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    Maybe a little love from the vintage forum...My new Orfina Chronograph

    I usually hang out in the Breitling, Omega, and Pilots forums but I'm going to call my new Orfina chronograph vintage if you all don't mind.

    I have been on the quest for thi sone for quite awhile now. I wanted one that was in nice shape and reasonably priced. I came across this one that included all the original paperwork and box. Afterbeing fully serviced 22 years ago it was been stored away in a humdity controlled safe. Now it has found a new home and I'm thrilled to finally have it as part of my collection now.





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    The Lemania 5100 is, without any doubt on my part, the best mechanical chrono made. Nice catch! Add pics of the box and paperwork to make this display almost complete... need a movement shot for the full shebang
    "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: Maybe a little love from the vintage forum...My new Orfina Chronograph

    Hi and welcome to the vintage forum, great looking piece esp being all black

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    Re: Maybe a little love from the vintage forum...My new Orfina Chronograph

    Grandad Orfina says Hi


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    Re: Maybe a little love from the vintage forum...My new Orfina Chronograph

    Congrats!

    The "Chrono I" from Porsche Design is a very nice chronograph, I like it.
    Orfina 5100? AFAIK, those from Orfina have a Valjoux 7750 inside before the cooperation with IWC started in 1978.
    Here´s some info in an earlier thread.
    Best regards, Mike

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    Re: Maybe a little love from the vintage forum...My new Orfina Chronograph

    Quote Originally Posted by mike184 View Post
    Congrats!

    The "Chrono I" from Porsche Design is a very nice chronograph, I like it.
    Orfina 5100? AFAIK, those from Orfina have a Valjoux 7750 inside before the cooperation with IWC started in 1978.
    Here´s some info in an earlier thread.
    Notice there are four central hands on the example Orfina - wall time hours, wall time minutes, chrono seconds and chrono minutes. This describes the Lemania 5100 not the Valjoux 7750.
    "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: Maybe a little love from the vintage forum...My new Orfina Chronograph

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    Notice there are four central hands on the example Orfina - wall time hours, wall time minutes, chrono seconds and chrono minutes. This describes the Lemania 5100 not the Valjoux 7750.
    Well spotted Eeeb.

    Great looking watch Flyinghell, and as Eeeb points out, a great movement.

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    Re: Maybe a little love from the vintage forum...My new Orfina Chronograph

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    Notice there are four central hands on the example Orfina - wall time hours, wall time minutes, chrono seconds and chrono minutes. This describes the Lemania 5100 not the Valjoux 7750.
    Thanx, I now discovered the 4th central hand under the second hand.
    So, following Roland´s info, it´s from 1978 or later. Next question: Is this Porsche Design Chrono I still made by Orfina? 1978, the cooperation between Porsche Design Studio and IWC started.
    Best regards, Mike

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    Re: Maybe a little love from the vintage forum...My new Orfina Chronograph

    Thanks for all the great information. I have to admit that most of my purchases are made along the "This looks cool," school of thought. The more I read the responses and the information provided regarding the watch I'm pleasantly surprised by its quality and history.

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    Re: Maybe a little love from the vintage forum...My new Orfina Chronograph

    Quote Originally Posted by mike184 View Post
    Thanx, I now discovered the 4th central hand under the second hand.
    So, following Roland´s info, it´s from 1978 or later. Next question: Is this Porsche Design Chrono I still made by Orfina? 1978, the cooperation between Porsche Design Studio and IWC started.
    I have a hard time differentiating early 5100s, especially in these black case designs. They all look alike to me. I have a Torneau (actually made by Heuer) that differs only in dialing... I suspect everybody subcontracted out to the same assembleur.
    "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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