Professionally restored and fully serviced in-house here at the Localtime Spa, this is a rare and stunning example of a vintage “Index-Mobile” split-seconds rattrapante chronograph from Dubey & Schaldenbrand [Swiss] with a highly modified Landeron Cal. 248 movement.
The large and tall case has been exquisitely re-plated [yellow gold], the highly modified Landeron Cal. 248-based movement fully serviced and can be admired from the exhibition caseback. Quite a large size watch for that period at 37.25mm in case diameter [40.25mm counting the centre crown pusher], this classic rattrapante chronograph comes on one of our own handmade genuine croc straps in cognac brown. You can see more of these straps if you search for ‘crocodile’ in our store.
We have made many photos, including some macro close-up shots we took just for fun. As with all the watches we service in-house, it comes with a 6-month written warrantee from the date of purchase. Feel free to ask us for whatever clarifications you might need.
Some information about the brand from the Dubey website: “Dubey & Schaldenbrand was founded in 1946 by the inventors of ‘the split second chronograph’, Georges Dubey and René Schaldenbrand. Its headquarters are located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Patented in many countries, the revolutionary idea of the split second chronograph was their first creation in 1946. Mr. Dubey made some modifications to the ‘Landeron’ base movement in order to bring to the market an affordable split second chronograph. Part of the complication was hidden under the dial but the split second hand didn’t have enough power to support it. Adding a useful spiral between the two chronograph hands provided the power it needed. Inspired by Art-Deco, the brand was built with avant-garde ideas that brought evolution to the watch industry with special mechanical movements. Dubey & Schaldenbrand continues and thrives for evolution and design (mainly with is historical tonneau shape) whilst respecting the traditional watchmaking skills of our ancestors. We are developing watches with our own DNA using our own tools, special materials and achieving ground breaking innovations.”
Extra: Try our Localtime straps! Handmade from premium calf leather to our specifications in Italy they come in 5 sizes [lug width/buckle width]: 18/16, 19/16, 20/16, 21/18 and 22/18mm & 4 colours: tan, brown, dark brown and black. We sell these separately in our eBay store under eBay item number 401105271426 and you can also see them in the last photo here.