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..The Origins of DODANE 1857

DODANE manufactory was founded in 1857 and rapidly became known in the world of watchmaking for its research ethos and for the interest of its ancestors in aviation.

In 2005, the fifth generation of the Dodanes decided to re-issue the TYPE 21 in order to restore the brand DODANE 1857 and perpetuating family know-how.

Specialist in chronometric instruments of navigation for military and civil aviation, DODANE 1857 re-issues the TYPE 21, the famous chronograph watch provided to the pilots of Franch Airforce from the sixties.

The Type 21 is the symbol of precision watchmaking craftmanship in service to the armed forces. Full-fledged navigational instruments, these chronographs were designed on the basis of draconian specifications from the Ministry of Defence.

The technical quality of the TYPE 21, combined with its reliability, have made it a truly renowned timepiece. The distinctive features of the watch provide a refined, authentic style, perfectly preserving the line and personality of the original watch that was the pride of generations of pilots.

This personalized limited edition is assembled in the Swiss Jura region, respecting age-old watchmaking traditions. The uniqueness of your watch is guaranteed when it is listed in the special register maintaned by the Company; from this moment on, it is a collector's item.

The intrinsic qualities of the TYPE 21 movement enable us to offer, at special request, to have your watch certified as a chronometric instrument by an official observatory of time measurement and verification.

Whether used by military or civilian pilots, they are acknowledged by professionals to be irreplaceable instruments, as a result of their extreme reliability.

More about Dodane and the new Type 21: Article in the La Cote des Montres Magazine

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DODANE Type 21

Flyback chronograph

The Type 21 is a very high-precision chronograph. It is equipped with a special mechanism called fly-back enabling to measure pre-set time with continuous or interrupted operations. This function enables to start, stop and restart the central hand telling seconds divided to the 5th as well as the hands telling minutes and hours.

The chronometer's Start function is set by pushing the first push-button A. With a second push on this button, the central hand is stopped. A third push on the same button re-starts the chronometer hand. This enables to stop a time measurement and re-start it at the stop mark.

Zero-setting function of seconds, minutes and hours is obtained by pushing the second push-button B.

The Fly-back device allows it to be instantly reset during the chronograph's operation by pressing the second button (B), without having to first stop the operation with the first button (A). When pressure is maintained on the second button, the hand stays at zero and only starts again when pressure is released. The device enables an aircraft pilot or ship's captain to follow instructions and change headings according to a predefined course. Once a sequence has elapsed, pressure on the button launches the following sequence.

The rotating bezel completes the sums of minutes and hours by acting as a countdown timer. For a four hour flight, the pilot enters the number 4 opposite the hour hand of the main dial, and starts the chronograph: when the hour hand is opposite the luminous 0 mark, the four hours have elapsed.

The tachometer measurement enables to know the plane speed when taking off on a short runway. As a matter of fact, if the pilot has not reached the sufficient acceleration to take off regarding a pre-set distance, he will choose to reverse the engine push in order to try to take off again safely.

Click here to download the Dodane booklet (2.5MB PDF)


•  Three Chronographs totalisators (hour, minute, second) to 1/20 of a second
•  Water-resistant 100 meters (10 bars)
•  57 jewels Automatic chronograph movement 42021 Dubois Depraz Swiss-made
•  Chronometric assortment and "Côte de Geneve" finish
•  Flyback function
•  42 hours of power reserve
•  316 L stainless steel case protected for allergy diameter 41,5 mm, thickness 13,7 mm
•  Unidirectional rotating bezel with anti-clockwise return pawl 
•  Superluminova Hands and figures luminescent
•  Sapphire Upper Glass and Hardenned Glass case-back
•  Leather strap or Stainless steel bracelet with double claps opening

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Stainless steel bracelet


Chronometric certificate


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