Lemania Monopusher Series 3 6bb RAF Military Chronograph c.1960

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The Watch


Lemania boasts a rich history, providing Timepieces for the British Armed Forces, amongst other militaries around the World. These Lemania single pusher chronographs were issued to the Pilots of the RAF and were produced for around 20 years, from the 50s to the early 70s, and in low quantities, they are now much sought after. 


Lemania at the time was regarded as the world's best for chronographs and even supplied movements to companies such as Omega and Patek Philippe. Meaning these watches were at the pinnacle of watchmaking for the time.


This particular Lemania Chronograph is a Series 3 and was issued to an RAF Pilot in 1960. The Series 3 Monopusher is probably the most sought after of the Lemania Chronos, thanks in no small part to the excellent Movement and large 40mm asymmetric Case.  The Movement in question is the famous column wheel Lemania 2220. At 40mm, the case has a modern presence you don’t often see in pieces of this era, The monopusher side is thicker to prevent the pusher stalk bending.


View this Pilot in a video: here

The Specs

Age: c.1960.
Reference: 6bb
Movement: Manual Wind with 30 min Chronograph and Sub Seconds.
Calibre: 2220.
Timekeeping: Very Good. Well within the reasonable expectations.
Service History: Unknown.
Dial: Original Lemania Fat Arrow Dial.
Case: Stainless Steel.
Measurements: without/with Crown: 40mm/41.5mm.  End to End: 46mm.
Bezel: Solid.
Water Resistant?: No.
Hands: Original.
Crystal: Acrylic, possibly original.
Crown: Original Crown.
Strap/Bracelet: On a new 20mm Blue NATO Strap, with steel buckle.
Lug Width: 20mm.
Box and Papers: No.

Getting Acquainted

Bits that stand out:
- Supreme Quality Movement.
- Issued to an RAF Pilot!
- Muscular 40mm Asymmetric Case. 

Nitty Gritty:
- Evidence of previous polishing to the Lugs.
-Marks and Scratches throughout the Case.
-Small Speck of paint missing from the "2".
Overall this Pilots Watch is in very nice condition.
The Dial is in very good condition with some aging to the Tritium. 
Stainless Steel Case is in good order, it has been polished in the past.
Acrylic Crystal is in good order.
Original Crown in nice nick.
The hands are in excellent condition.
 Photographed on a 7 inch Wrist