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    How can I get smart on Tissot chronographs?

    I have been checking out a lot of 1960s/70s Tissot chronographs such as the Seastar Navigator and the four hand Navigator Automatic.

    Is there a website where I can get more educated on these chronos and what to look for (and watch out for) in them?

    I didn't see any Tissot reference sites listed here:
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f295/si...es-221588.html

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    Re: How can I get smart on Tissot chronographs?

    E.g., here is a listing for a Navigator Automatic that appears to be quite pristine and generally matches other offerings I've seen. But I won't be surprised if you eagle-eyed collectors spot something of concern on it... totalizer hands seem a bit off... and should the logo on the crown (T with a bar through it) match the logo on the bracelet (T with no bar through it)?
    TISSOT NAVIGATOR CHRONOGRAPH 45.501 AUTOMATIC CAL.LWO 1341 MENS 38.5x 42mm SWISS | eBay
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    Re: How can I get smart on Tissot chronographs?

    That seems to be a decent example in that it retains its original parts, but I wouldn't call it pristine. The flaws I notice are the re-lumed hands and the severe loss of the original finish on the top surface. These are obviously not disqualifying flaws for most people, but certainly reduce the collectible value.
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    Re: How can I get smart on Tissot chronographs?

    Quote Originally Posted by DC guy View Post
    I have been checking out a lot of 1960s/70s Tissot chronographs such as the Seastar Navigator and the four hand Navigator Automatic
    The Lemania powered four hand Navigator has got six hands if you count the sub dials, see you have learned something already!
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    Re: How can I get smart on Tissot chronographs?

    My 1974 Tissot Seastar navigator Val 7734 (Lemania movement)
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    Re: How can I get smart on Tissot chronographs?

    Quote Originally Posted by KickToc View Post
    My 1974 Tissot Seastar navigator Val 7734 (Lemania movement)
    That is spectacular.

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    Re: How can I get smart on Tissot chronographs?

    My Seastar T12 with the Lemania 1281.

    Unfortunately it needs some work, the hour collector will move to indicate 1-2 elapse hours even when the chronograph isn't running.

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    Re: How can I get smart on Tissot chronographs?

    Valjoux 7734 (Tissot 2070) All the ones I've seen have been from 1974, also with reverse panda or a silver dial, 40mm case.

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    Lemania 1341 auto, again most seem to be from 1974, 38mm case.

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    Lemania 1341 Navigator 'Yachting', a bit later these 1974-76, 42mm case.

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    1970 Lemania 873 (Tissot 1873) manual wind, huge 44mm case!

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    Re: How can I get smart on Tissot chronographs?

    Very impressive, guys, keep 'em coming!

    And if you could share any secrets on where/how you unearthed these precious gems in such wonderful condition, I'm all ears!

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    Re: How can I get smart on Tissot chronographs?

    This model seems to be the rarest, a Lemania movement again with German day/date so perhaps just for that market, 40mm case circa. 1975.

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