So I come across this Angelus Chronodato chronograph with day-date-month almost 2 years ago at a local store.
I liked the watch, which was barely running and desperately in need of service, and buy it hoping it could be serviced and will someday be usable.
After almost 6 months with my watch guy (who does an amazing job with my other watches), he sends it back to me telling me he has serviced / done a complete overhaul of the watch and it should be usable. The service/overhaul actually cost me more than it does for my Rolex Daytona....which was a surprise.
However, for a watch that is almost 75-80 years old, this is an absolute joy to wear. It keeps time well and the chronograph works perfectly now. All the pushers, chronograph and date-day-month) work as they should and the crown clicks with a very pleasing sound when wound. The 38mm size is just right and I find myself looking at the watch more to enjoy it than to tell time.
I was hoping forum members could help me answer some questions:
1. What are those red markers on the minute hand of the chronograph dial - any reason these red markers are placed at those locations ?
2. Once fully wound, which takes about 20, maybe 30 turns, what is the power reserve on this watch supposed to be ? Would using the chronograph feature cut the reserve time drastically ? If anyone has this model, how much operating time do you get on yours before it stops or needs to be wound again ?
3. My watch guy was adamant to not over-work or replace the hands or the dial to make it "look like new". He said it would be best to try to clean up the dial/face and hands gently, as best as possible, but leave the original watch face/dial/hands as-is. While I wouldn't mind leaving it as is, are there options available to restore the dial and/or watch hands ? would replacing the original dial, if such a service is available, be worthwhile ?
Obligatory watch pictures - as it looks/works today