Rare Lemania Series II Non-Lume Royal Navy Nuclear Submarine Monopusher Chronograph

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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 Seamen of the Royal Navy and were produced for around 20 years, from the 50s to the early 70s, and in low quantities, they are now much sought after, however this particular guy is something extra special. Why? because it was sent to the bottom of the Ocean on a Royal Navy Nuclear Submarine.


As mentioned above, this Lemania was issued to the Royal Navy, for use on the nuclear submarines. Onboard these Royal Navy nuclear submarines, radiation levels required constant monitoring, for this reason the dial and handset features no luminous compound, which would have been radium based and so could have interfered with the radiation sensors on-board.  The results of this non-luminous design are striking and places a premium on legibility at every turn with a white dial that is particularly useful in the confines of a submarine and black painted hands, text, arabic numerals and not forgetting the "fat arrow".


These Nuclear Submarine Lemania's were produced in incredibly low numbers, with reports of around 450 pieces produced of the rare but more common Lemania Asymmetrical Series III. The Series II was produced in very small numbers (probably 200 max!) during a very short span before the Navy moved on to the Asymmetrical Series III. It is no surprise that these Subs are among the most desirable and collectible vintage military chronographs


View this Nuclear Submariner in a video: here

The Specs

Age: c.1962.
Movement: Manual Wind with 30 min Chronograph and Sub Seconds.
Calibre: 2220.
Timekeeping: Superb.
Service History: Full Service by John Senior March 2022.
Dial: Original Lemania Non Luminous Dial.
Case: Stainless Steel.
Measurements: without/with Crown: 38.3mm/41.5mm.  End to End: 45.3mm.
Bezel: Solid.
Water Resistant?: No.
Hands: All Original.
Crystal: Original Crystal.
Crown/Pusher: Original Crown and Pusher.
Strap/Bracelet: On a new Hirsch Bond Style NATO strap in black and grey to stick with the stark contrasting theme. It also comes with a vintage Bonklip style chrome bracelet which also looks fantastic and likely a very close match to the original.
Lug Width: 20mm with Spring Bars.
Box and Papers: No.

Getting Acquainted

Bits that stand out:
- Incredibly Rare.
-Non Luminous Dial in Fantastic Condition.
- Supreme Quality Fully Serviced Movement.
- It's been to the bottom of the sea on a nuclear submarine!!

Nitty Gritty:
- Some marks and scratches to the Case.
-Original Crystal has one small hairline.

Overall this Sub is in excellent condition.
The Dial is in fantastic condition. 
Stainless Steel Case is in good order with some age related marks and scratches. 
Original Crystal is in good order with some small scratches and a small hairline.
Original Crown and Pusher are in very good order.
The hands are all original and in fantastic order.
The Case has Spring Bars.

 Photographed on a 7 inch Wrist.