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Good morning to everyone,

I've been looking for a while to spot a picture of the original Chronographe Suisse issued Mangusta watch of the beginning 80's(aparently limited to 500 pieces).

For me, this watch remains a complete mystery as nothing is available but "stories" and legends.

In fact Chronographe Suisse Cie tell us that this watch inspired the contemporary Mangusta Supermeccanica.

Any information welcome,

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JC Langlais
 

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Pics, including movement pics, would help a lot.
 

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I try in google image and this is what I find... Is this one???



 

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Indeed probably mythical. Read:

http://groups.google.co.uk/group/al...nk=gst&q=Chronographe+Suisse#2319a73376274491

In summary, the experts on there are of the firm opinion that there was no such company. The present company seems to be using (as a name) a term which simply means 'Swiss chronograph' and which was applied to watches produced by a variety of makers over a period of time. Perhaps they are trying to produce an enhanced sense of heritage for their products.
 

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Well, I'd give the gold version twelve out of ten for legibility in the dark! The movement, however, seems to be a standard ETA 2894 or other dial module of an ETA 2892 so it can't be that rare. If that one is the new one (as I suspect), I'd like to see what's in the original watch that makes it so rare. If it turns out to be just a bog-standard Valjoux 7750, it wouldn't be worth it in my opinion.

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Pretty interesting...

I bought a chronograph Suisse two register chronograph a month ago.it looks like the current chronographe Suisse but, of course, much smaller.

I put a Nato strap on it and, well, it just looks perfect for me.
 

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Quoted by Merrick Indeed probably mythical. ...
the experts on there are of the firm opinion that there was no such company. The present company seems to be using (as a name) a term which simply means 'Swiss chronograph' and which was applied to watches produced by a variety of makers over a period of time. Perhaps they are trying to produce an enhanced sense of heritage for their products.




I totally agree with Merrick. In the past, the "Chronograph Suisse" was a generic brand used by many, many companies , some known ,but most of them unknown . In my experience (and many of my colleagues from the Spanish forum) they are nice vintage chronos with beautiful dials, bearing mostly Landeron calibers, with some cased in 14 or even 18 K gold.

It is clear that the "new" Chronograph Suisse is trying to obtain advantage from all this (in the same way that Cuervo y Sobrinos). I have to acknowledge however, that they have beatiful watches in their collections.

It is interesting the question about the "mythic" Mangusta model, because until now I have not seen an single example of a vintage like this. I have the impression there was a model used by the Italian Army with that name, but is only a guess.

Salud;-)s
 

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My watch indeed also features a landeron caliber.Unfortunately the dial shows a bit of slight corrosion.
I might get it redone, but I 'm not sure whether it will have the same look after being redone...

Any suggestions?
 

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My watch indeed also features a landeron caliber.Unfortunately the dial shows a bit of slight corrosion.
I might get it redone, but I 'm not sure whether it will have the same look after being redone...

Any suggestions?
I wouldn't think that it was worth it. Most refinished dials either don't look right or cost an absolute fortune. Or both. Slight corrosion is OK on a vintage watch. Your watch looks good as it is. :-!

Picture of my CS attached.
 

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AFAIK there were variants of cases made of solid gold and without the cover/stiffener. The ones with the stiffeners were called the paper-cased versions, because the back was so soft it could be dented (hence the stiffener).
 

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Well, I'd give the gold version twelve out of ten for legibility in the dark! The movement, however, seems to be a standard ETA 2894 or other dial module of an ETA 2892 so it can't be that rare. If that one is the new one (as I suspect), I'd like to see what's in the original watch that makes it so rare. If it turns out to be just a bog-standard Valjoux 7750, it wouldn't be worth it in my opinion.

Hartmut Richter
In my humble opinion, if you can not get over 60% off MSRP a new watch is not worth it. It is like buying a new BMW. I won't but I am glad others will so I can get them eventually ;-)

... But, have you looked at Eta's tech docs on the ETA 2892? Their design spec is so tight EVERY ONE meets Chronometer specs!

Nowadays, bog standard can be a darn good watch.
 
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