This morning's post delivery finally contained my Kody. You may recall Kody as the parent company of the VOG I got hold of a short while ago.
Kody was founded in 1922 by a M. Franck Allot in Besançon, and soon opened offices in Paris before finally moving completely to rue de Temple in Paris after WW11, where they are to this day. During the 1950's Kody continued to be a very upmarket Parisian brand, and they are still proud to mention that in 1954 Kody, along with the Union of French Artists, organised an official reception at which the lottery prize was a solid gold Kody valued at a million (old) French Francs. By the end of the 1960's Franck Allot's son Donald was running the company, and with the advent of the quartz revolution he positioned Kody to produce high cost mechanical gold watches. In 1998 Donald Allot sold Kody to one Jean de Laubret, to run alongside his two other high end brands, Rialto and Claude Meylan. To quote Kody verbatim, "Kody continues to serve the retailers by allying it’s acumen with the modernity of its products." Kody was very active in promoting it's product from its very inception, and this practise can be seen to be ongoing in the 1960's as this advert, featuring stars of the Moulin Rouge, shows:
My Kody, which is as it arrived, is a first for me, a "diver" style from the late 1960's/early 1970's.The non rotating bezel shows wear, probably from being under a shirt cuff for most of its working life, and then are a few faint scratches to the chrome to be polished out.
This version runs a Lorsa P75A, with quick adjust date:
There was also a sub second version in a smaller case, like this one currently on French fleabay, which used a Lorsa 238A of similar vintage
On my scrawny wrist the Kody looks huge, but hopefully I'll get used to it
As usual, thanks again for getting this far if you did, and I'll leave you with a Kody advert suggesting you purchase one as a gift for your child's first communion!