First chrono - Lebois & Cie movement ???

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    First chrono - Lebois & Cie movement ???

    I made a trade my art deco pocket watch (Omega with 38.5 LT1 movement) for this vintage chrono. Lebois & Cie is the sign on the dial. Not shure if this is the one from a french chronograph maker Raymond Dondane which owned a brand Lebois & Co:
    http://www.mikrolisk.de/show.php?sit...earchWhere=all
    It looks to be one, looking at few similar on the net.
    He usualy used Landeron 39, Valjoux 22, Venus 188 and similar large size movements. But I cant recognize this one.

    Otherwise it is a large 39mm (WO crown) stainless stell housing chrono, movement is 34-35 mm in diameter, so some 14,75-15``` measured on the back side. Movement is not signed on the back. I guess it should be somewhere between 1936-1942.

    Watch came winded a little. All chrono functions do work properly. Crystal has some inner cracks (replacement is an option). Dial is in wery decent condition. Movement needs cleaning (and ofcourse servicing) and case needs some polish.

    Can someone please help me on that movement ID. Some old Venus (Valjoux), looking at the bridges, could be a candidate, but I can`t find one that looks like this one. Any other info is moore than welcome.

    Thanks!
    Marijan Radaljac
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    Re: First chrono - Lebois & Cie movement ???

    The layout looks closest to a Venus 150 series:
    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...uswk&Venus_150

    The picture here is of a 152, which may explain the more subtle differences. Or it could be from whatever came before the 150.
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    Re: First chrono - Lebois & Cie movement ???

    Thank you very much for taking time Rob and a confirmation on Venus direction.

    I put on new, more decent photos of the watch. I took old ones in a hury yesterday. Sorry about that.

    When I got it I first thought that I had a watch which will be clasified as one of many mas produced chronos with some Landeron or similar, "lover" grade movement.
    Case and quite delacate dial and hands indicated that it could be a nice piece though.

    After all aditional search (and help from WUS), it turned out that I probably got quite a nice, good quality piece in hands.
    Movement is indeed a Venus but it shoud be an early version of 175 cal, used in Breitling Premier and Chronomat for example. I made a mistake measuring the diameter by including the outer ring in measurement. Photo shows the unsigned one (by Altro).

    Info, the first one I found, was on WUS in a great thread https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=9103 by forum member "Altro", thanks for that.

    I know that 178 looks similar but the match is allmost complete on 175. Am I wrong?

    Thanks again Rob!

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    Last edited by Marijan; February 3rd, 2010 at 11:13.

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