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#TBT Angelus ChronodatoThrough the PairAs our host most abundant in Mike Stockton is busy to things immediately, I am going to take over his celebrated #TBT to enable you to get just one more amazing time piece from the brand that failed victim to your quartz crisis; Angelus.A superb month or two ago after i did a "guest appearance" on #TBT I talked a bit with regards to the Angelus L.E. that had been issued towards the Hungarian Air Force inside 1950's. I still need that watch inside my collection but even then I used to be eyeing another model.I love replica watches with complications, allow that be considered a moon phase, chronograph, triple calendar or even just to start dating. Once you have them combined, suggest, that's something worth a closer inspection. The Chronodato models were on my small radar (and my wish list) for a long time but the right example wouldn't show up. To start with in this year I spotted a gold plated example on eBay, that was serviced along with fairly good shape according to the seller and the photos he provided. I pulled the trigger along with the watch for the little over K.It really so happened that even though I was expecting delivery with this model a lot rarer version was listed on my very own turf, German eBay. Your opportunity title lacked anything specific aside from "Angelus" high wasn't any reference to the chronograph or perhaps the name Chronodato and so the bid was still low. Along with some luck I was able to close the deal on this model for merely a similar price because gold plated version. Nevertheless was stainless-steel in excellent condition having a crispy case where original polishing is still clearly visible. While i knew our Mike likes the model at the same time, I offered him the gold plated version because i didn't have any purpose of keeping both. He agreed and the Fratello family gained 2 Angelus Chronodato replica watches at a time; one out of gold plated then one in stainless steel. So exactly what is this model and its particular significance in "wristory" (sorry for stealing your shine Shane @woundforlife)? Let's find out.Angelus Chronodato - almost - full set, photo credit @watchfredChronodatoThe Chronodato model was introduced by Swiss watchmaking power house Angelus in 1942. This was our planet's first chronograph having a full calendar (day-date and month) these types of these characteristics, it became highly popular among consumers. So much in fact, in truth, that this line was in production for roughly A decade. From the 1950's, however, the Chronodato model was substituted with the astounding Chrono-DatoLuxe family, which lacked the month display but experienced a moon-phase and also a big date instead. It absolutely was produced in stainless steel, gold plated and solid gold versions with various dial variations. The most frequent yet still easily acquirable version could be the gold plated case model, which is easy to identify as the caseback is stainless steel, whereas the solid gold version features a gold caseback.It is a big watch at approx. 38 millimeters and thick too, close to 13mm. Not much of a flat watch by any means but nonetheless sits comfortably within the wrist and stick out a lot of despite the high crystal these replica watches usually/should consist of. Below you can view the many case types the Chronodato was sold with, pay attention to the little photos showing various lug variations available at any time.Copy of the 1948 Angelus catalog with the different Chronodato variants during the time. Many thanks Sebastien Chaulmontet for your catalog.Within the right side with the case there is an usual chronograph pushers and also the crown and also on the left side you will have the hidden pusher to adjust the date. However, should you push it, your day indicator also jumps. Between lower lugs among 6 and 7 o'clock you can find the next adjuster pusher during the day therefore the date is defined to your correct number even so the day is just not matching it is possible to adjust this too. watches The caseback has a nice brushed finish, it's snap-on and contains the Angelus logo as well as the serial number. The stainless-steel models I discovered had the logo and the serial number on the outside of, or perhaps the ghd serial numbers only. Low serial number models, like mine, possess the logo therefore it is safe to envision any time quite some time the company chose to get rid of the logo in the case back. The solid gold models have the symbol only or maybe the brand name and the gold hallmarks but never a serial: which is always involved back watch holder . Gold plated models, in accordance with my research, had the emblem but across the 272XXX serial number mark it disappeared and it was not displayed after that. The initial finish on the case is really a combined polished and brushed surfaces. The bezel holding the crystal is polished whereas the edges of the case are horizontally brushed. The lugs are vertically brushed creating a visual contrast on the case finish. Now what's really important to find out are these claims watch can be a so-called "manufacture" and thus this company failed to employ a movement from another brand but did everything (development, assembly) in-house. The movement would be the Angelus caliber SF 217, that's using the SF 215 that we already featured within my aforementioned article about the Angelus L.E. Strangely enough, the SF 215 is identical movement Panerai used in their Mare Nostrum chronograph so technically the cornerstone on the Angelus Chronodato is equivalent to one of the primary Panerai chronographs. The SF 217 is often a 17 Jewel hand wound column-wheel movement with triple calendar and chronograph features. It is a great and reliable movement but quite delicate to deal with furthermore, as it isn't common parts are pretty difficult to find contrary bites the dust.In the years, Chronodato models were offered using a many different dials. The design, however, was mostly exactly the same: you'd chose the chronograph seconds counter framing the dial and outside of this you'd have the numbers with the date from 1 to 31. Occasionally, like with my watch, between these 2 rings you'd have a very telemeter scale also. That is, however, never to often seen. Regarding the colors, white (well, light) or black (some say grey at the same time, I think it's really a faded black) were the leading versions. Some dials turned beige/yellow after some time but as far as I'm concerned they started their lives as white - or cream at worst.Black dialed version, photo credit @watchfredThe scarcest models are definitely the stainless-steel versions having a black dial. You do not see many of those around. In connection with layout from the dial, rolex watch prices it can be easy enough. There is a 2-register chronograph where the sub dials have reached 3 (Forty-five minutes counter) and 9 (continues seconds sub register) and a central chronograph used. Your window for the month is just below 12 along with the window for your name of the day is on top of the 6. The Angelus logo and the model name "Chronodato" below it's just right in the month window and whenever in the earliest examples (around the 21XXXX reference number range) you'd also find "anti-magnetic" across the day window. On some later models, but nevertheless with relatively low serials, the "Swiss" indication replaced this "anti-magnetic" writing. A while later both texts disappeared. The dials can be painted but often you will notice applied indexes as well as numerals.AvailabilityRegarding availability, these replica watches are nevertheless out here to be acquired to get a fairly cheap price. You will find a decent example from the 200-500 budget range, however solid gold or steel models might fetch a rather higher amount. This is not bad whatsoever if you think maybe with what the Chronodato can offer. It is just a relatively common watch, though with an in-house movement, complications of your chronograph AND triple date within a large 38mm-sized case. A final time I checked replica watches basic features, they fetched a pretty penny. Really the only concern you ought to have is the availability of parts. Make an effort to seek out the ideal example in fully condition and reduced the chance of of needing a repair. ResurrectionThis year will likely be a thrilling one to the Angelus. As most of it is likely you understand the brand is resurrected recently . This time in the different segment in comparison to where back in the day looking hundreds of years. Sebastien Chaulmontet, head of innovations, is surely an avid chronograph and Angelus collector himself making it reliable advice that Angelus is within great hands with him with his fantastic team. They have something truly wonderful inside making, that i cannot talk to you about just yet, however can promise you it'll be awesome.We shall report regarding it on Fratello when it's time. However, as negotiations continue to be ongoing, i'll just tell that it'll be a quick classic to the lovers of Angelus.For the time being, I'm looking to get my practical one of the latest 2016 novelties from Angelus to execute a thorough review. I already spoke with regards to the new models in the following paragraphs and was amazed by every single one of them so I'm really excited about possibly buying one with an in-depth review. In the meantime, keep your eyes open for Angelus replica watches, travel and table clocks; these are incredible timepieces with rich background and innovation.