Wakmann has seen a surge in popularity over the past few years as collectors discover the brand’s unique history and offering of interesting watches. A lot has already been written about it’s founder, and his start as a distributer and importer of watches, first in Europe then in the US starting in 1946. Although the brand became famous for creating aircraft cockpit clocks for the US military, they also started to produce their own watches after entering into a joint venture with Breitling in 1947.
Today Wakmann is probably best known for producing a variety of quality chronographs. The reverse panda we have in the shop today exemplifies what makes these vintage chronographs so attractive.
The luminous indicators have taken on a rich patinated colour, and combined with a deep black dial, large white registers, and colourful orange seconds and chronograph hands, add up to a classic styling that exudes charm. This alluring combination is housed in a classically shaped 1960s case, with just the right size and dimensions, making this a perfect fit for any occasion.
We’ve paired the watch with a black Camelgrain strap to emphasize the sumptuous colours of the dial.
Movement: Type: Manual Wind, Valjoux 7733, 17 jewels Movement has been fully serviced and keeps accurate time. Chronograph starts, stops, and resets smoothly. One year mechanical warranty included. Case: 36.5mm (not including crown and pushers) chrome case and stainless back Strap: Hirsch Camelgrain hypoallergenic calfskin leather in black Overall condition: Chrome case is in excellent condition, with very little wear present. Acrylic crystal and crown are good. Matte black dial is fantastic, and almost perfect aside from a few minor marks. Original tritium lume is gorgeous, nicely patinated and rich in colour. White hands are excellent, with darkened original lume. Lume active only under UV light. Orange seconds and chronograph hands are rich in colour, some small loss of paint.