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    vintage leonidas chronograph

    I received this watch after my Dad died. He bought it from a buddy in the service in the fifties. It doesn't work at the moment. I would like to identify it and find a watch repairer to fix it. It's 18k gold. There is a serial # on the back, 567596.

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    Re: vintage leonidas chronograph

    Welcome to the Vintage forum and congratulations. The movement in your watch is a Cal. Valjoux 72C:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Valjoux 72C

    It looks a little tarnished but that may just be dirt and should be nothing that a decent service can't fix. A nice heirloom. Leonidas used to be independent but were bought up by Heuer (now TAG Heuer) in the 1960s.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: vintage leonidas chronograph

    Hi and welcome
    Your Dad's watch is really a nice piece similar to a Universal Geneve 'tri-compax' (Month day and date)
    Yours had unusual bur very nice blue hands.
    I like it a lot
    Worth getting serviced
    Your Dad had good taste
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    Re: vintage leonidas chronograph

    Hi
    I am also a newcomer to this forum! I recently bought a Leonidas Triple Date Moonphase watch. There are photos of it at this link: Leonidas * Triple Date Moonphase Chrono c.1950s | Secondhand and Vintage Watches - Poshtime.co.uk

    I am hoping someone may be able to help me synchronise the moon phase dial. At the moment it is about 4 days ahead i.e. the full moon symbol is central in the dial about 4 days before the actual full moon. I have tried winding the main hands forwards (and backwards) and also moving the date hand (with the bottom left button). My problem is that they all move together so I can't change the synchronisation. Is there a way that I can advance the date hand without advancing the moon phase dial?

    Looking forward to joining in this forum and learning more about some lovely watches!

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    Re: vintage leonidas chronograph

    Welcome to Watchuseek. Your watch should have quick setting mechanisms for the date and moonphase at 8:00 and the day-of-the-week and month at 10:00. The 10:00 pusher moves the day-of-the-week when lightly pushed and the month if pushed a little harder and further in. The same goes for the 8:00 pusher (lightly for the date, harder for the moonphase). You should always avoid advancing around the time of the changeover. 6:00 or 18:00 are generally good times for quick setting calendar features. If all still fails, some of the date (or moonphase) friction springs must be bust. See also:

    bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Venus 200

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: vintage leonidas chronograph

    great reply from Hartmut.
    Just to emphasize do not try to set the quick setting mechanisms between 9.00 (21.00) and 3.00 (15.00) hours, I usually do about 4.30 hrs

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    Re: vintage leonidas chronograph

    Thank you so much for the replies. I hadn't realised there was a 'soft push' and 'hard push' option. I will certainly try this and let you know how I get on.

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