Chronographe Suisse vintage Mangusta

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    Chronographe Suisse vintage Mangusta

    Good morning to everyone,

    I've been looking for a while to spot a picture of the original Chronographe Suisse issued Mangusta watch of the beginning 80's(aparently limited to 500 pieces).

    For me, this watch remains a complete mystery as nothing is available but "stories" and legends.

    In fact Chronographe Suisse Cie tell us that this watch inspired the contemporary Mangusta Supermeccanica.

    Any information welcome,

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    JC Langlais

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    Re: Chronographe Suisse vintage Mangusta

    Pics, including movement pics, would help a lot.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Chronographe Suisse vintage Mangusta

    I try in google image and this is what I find... Is this one???




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    Re: Chronographe Suisse vintage Mangusta

    Indeed probably mythical. Read:

    http://groups.google.co.uk/group/alt...19a73376274491

    In summary, the experts on there are of the firm opinion that there was no such company. The present company seems to be using (as a name) a term which simply means 'Swiss chronograph' and which was applied to watches produced by a variety of makers over a period of time. Perhaps they are trying to produce an enhanced sense of heritage for their products.

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    Re: Chronographe Suisse vintage Mangusta

    Well, I'd give the gold version twelve out of ten for legibility in the dark! The movement, however, seems to be a standard ETA 2894 or other dial module of an ETA 2892 so it can't be that rare. If that one is the new one (as I suspect), I'd like to see what's in the original watch that makes it so rare. If it turns out to be just a bog-standard Valjoux 7750, it wouldn't be worth it in my opinion.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Chronographe Suisse vintage Mangusta

    The original Chronographe Suisse watches were usually a wafer thin 18k case with a cover/ stiffener over the (usually) Valjoux movement.

    They originated from Italy, Swiss referred to the movement.
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    Like this, Neil?







    Cheers,
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    Re: Chronographe Suisse vintage Mangusta

    Exactly like that Gator.

    Nice example.
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    Re: Chronographe Suisse vintage Mangusta

    Pretty interesting...

    I bought a chronograph Suisse two register chronograph a month ago.it looks like the current chronographe Suisse but, of course, much smaller.

    I put a Nato strap on it and, well, it just looks perfect for me.
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    Re: Chronographe Suisse vintage Mangusta

    Quoted by Merrick Indeed probably mythical. ...
    the experts on there are of the firm opinion that there was no such company. The present company seems to be using (as a name) a term which simply means 'Swiss chronograph' and which was applied to watches produced by a variety of makers over a period of time. Perhaps they are trying to produce an enhanced sense of heritage for their products.




    I totally agree with Merrick. In the past, the "Chronograph Suisse" was a generic brand used by many, many companies , some known ,but most of them unknown . In my experience (and many of my colleagues from the Spanish forum) they are nice vintage chronos with beautiful dials, bearing mostly Landeron calibers, with some cased in 14 or even 18 K gold.

    It is clear that the "new" Chronograph Suisse is trying to obtain advantage from all this (in the same way that Cuervo y Sobrinos). I have to acknowledge however, that they have beatiful watches in their collections.

    It is interesting the question about the "mythic" Mangusta model, because until now I have not seen an single example of a vintage like this. I have the impression there was a model used by the Italian Army with that name, but is only a guess.

    Saluds
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