Britix chrono 18k antique HELP

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    Britix chrono 18k antique HELP

    Hello Horologists, I have not posted much on WUS but have a cool antique timepiece a friend asked me to look into. I cant find anything really on Britix so wondering if anyone has any input on this manufacturer or model.

    All it says is Britix Chronographe suisse ancre 17 rubis, antimagnetic
    reverse details: a shield with a roman head, 18k, o-750,123 and 127

    Seems to work when manually wound, i am not sure if its accurate. chronograph works.

    speidel bracelet, new

    I appreciate any info! thanks



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    Re: Britix chrono 18k antique HELP

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    BRITIX WATCH CO. S.A. FACTORY LENGNAU (Lengnau is near Bienne, Switzerland)

    Britix seems to be a difficult brand to pin down. This thread has some information:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthr...ghlight=britix

    The movement is probably a Landeron 48 or similar. Thousands of these were produced and cased under many names - some simply as 'Chronographe Suisse'. Possibly dating to the 1940s or 1950's.

    Maybe someone else will know more.
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    Re: Britix chrono 18k antique HELP

    I've also seen the Britix chrono's with a Valjoux 92 movement.

    They are well made watches, with whatever movement was popular/available in Europe at the time.

    Garrett

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    Re: Britix chrono 18k antique HELP

    In one of the German watch magazines, there was a Britix with a Venus (175, if I remember right).

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    Re: Britix chrono 18k antique HELP

    I'd recommend getting the Speidel off and replacing it with a leather strap. The reason being that bracelets will tend to chew out the lugs of vintage gold cases. I've seen a few Chronograph Suisse and the lugs are particularly delicate due to being partially hollow. A great watch though. Real character, and a properly serviced vintage chronograph is a joy to use.
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    Re: Britix chrono 18k antique HELP

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Hi

    BRITIX WATCH CO. S.A. FACTORY LENGNAU (Lengnau is near Bienne, Switzerland)

    Britix seems to be a difficult brand to pin down. This thread has some information:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthr...ghlight=britix

    The movement is probably a Landeron 48 or similar. Thousands of these were produced and cased under many names - some simply as 'Chronographe Suisse'. Possibly dating to the 1940s or 1950's.

    Maybe someone else will know more.
    Not to go off topic or hijack the thread, but I recently read Chronographe Suisse watches were specifically made for tourists with Landeron or other cheap movements. The idea was the watches would last for 2 weeks and then stop. This would be just enough time for the tourist to go back home. The funny thing is many Chronographe Suisse watches are still running today. I wonder if Britix was another one of these brands.
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    Re: Britix chrono 18k antique HELP

    I've got a lovely 18k Chronographe Suisse with a Venus 170 inside. Not a great movement and finished pretty crudely but it still runs like a top - and keeps good time as well. My guess is that they sometimes used factory seconds and overstocked movements, but that the ones which have survived are pretty decent.

    As for Britix, most of the ones I have seen (in the flesh and online) have a Landeron 48 variant inside. They come up on the 'Bay pretty often - some of them have some very nice dials as well. I think they are probably a step up from the more generic 'Chronographe Suisse' types.

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