There are still amazing finds to be made out there! Whether you’re searching flea markets, picking estates, or stocking local auction houses. This early National Park swiss Chronograph is a perfect example of what I’m talking about! What fantastic piece! Far from perfect aesthetically. The crystal is a little scuffed up, the case has some discoloration, the inside case in monogrammed A7N ADD which I believe is either 7th Armored Division, or A7N is was fighter plane used during WWII. So my assumption is that this watch was carried by a soldier or military pilot during WWII. The military shoe string used as a watch chain adds to my belief. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe this watch was ever intended for military use. Though I do believe it’s was a soldiers, most likely prize possession during a time of conflict.
If you look past all the little things that some would argue take away from this National Park Chronograph Watch, you will find a gorgeous near perfect double countersunk porcelain dial with Roman indices. Investigate further and you will find beautiful, well executed, clean movement that is as accurate today, as it was 100 years ago! Believe me I was as surprised as you probably are! Rarely will you find an old mechanical chrono in the wild that doesn’t need some level of attention to bring it back to an accurately functioning time piece! The movement is also decorated to a level that it reminds me of a movement which would have come from a shop in Lancaster PA, or Elgin Ill, as apposed to a watchmakers shop in Geneve Switzerland.
Like everything in life, as much as I would love to place this one in my safe, it isn’t going to happen and it has price at which it can be purchased! A very reasonable price I may add. So if you dig this National Park Chronograph and would like to add it to your collection. Head on over to my Ebay store and if you have any questions feel free to ask!