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Hi, this is my first post and I am by no means a watch expert, but I am looking for information on this watch I bought many years ago. A Dodane type 21 helicopter edition. On the research I have done, my understanding is that there were only about 50 ever made of these. I'm enclosing a picture of the watch, and as you can see the watch is in mint condition.

The question is really - Is this watch sought after at all, and what is it worth? Sorry if this the wrong section to post this thread.
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We here at WUS don't do valuations, but I can tell you that Dodane is not widely know, but I really like them. I don't know if they're sought after though. Dodanes very rarely come up used and there doesn't seem to be a large market for them; so if you want it, make sure you want to keep it. It might not be easy to get rid of.
 

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I would have posted in our PilMil forum because the type 21 clearly is a pilot's watch. However, here we go:

Dodane was founded by Alphonse Dodane in 1857 in Besançon. They were a long-time specialist in aviation timepieces, having constructed them for the US Army and Signal Corps since World War I. Besides manufacturing watches for the French armed forces, Dodane was a key part of their maintenance and service organization, and did general overhauls on all Type 20 and Type 21 watches in production. Dodane constructed Type 20 ( two sub dials) and Type 21 chronographs between 1960 and 1980. (A small series was issued to NATO in the 1970s.) Total production was around 5000 pieces. Dodane used different movements at different times. They started with their own movements and then switched to outside movements including the Valjoux cal. 22 and later the Valjoux cal. 720. The change to the Valjoux cal. 720 may have been made with the switch to the Type 21. …". Some of those type 21 chronographs have been issued to Marocco. However, they never became an official issue.
Those 21 for french helikopter pilots are rare, as rare as the Breguet. All have in common that they were serviced evera year by the ARAA = Atelier de Reparation de l'Armee de l'Air.
 
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