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Gotham Steel Chronograph Valjoux 72 circa 1950's Mint!

$5,250.00

Unless you are a Batman fan, the name Gotham probably doesn’t conjure up a lot of associations to highly collectible vintage watches. We are hard pressed to recall ever owning a Gotham watch before , but even more challenged to find another example as special as the one offered here. We understand that Gotham was a brand within the Ollendorf family of watches, some with Swiss movements cased in the U.S., and others as here, imported whole from Switzerland. The current example is truly a standout vintage chronograph with mint condition unpolished fully signed screw back case, round pushers, 3 register, manual wind Valjoux 72 movement, and stunning original 2 tone dial with Breguet figures and blued steel hands. All this, and great looking and in mint condition!

A fabulous looking stainless steel manual wind 3 register chronograph triple signed Gotham, circa late 1950’s. Featuring a 34 x 42mm stainless steel mint condition and unpolished case with screw down case back, faceted elbow shaped lugs, and round pushers. With stunning condition 2 tone silver dial with black printed Breguet figures outer telemeter scale and inner spiral tachometer scale. Powered by classic Valjoux 72 manual wind movement with 3 registers for constant seconds, 30 minutes, and 12 hours. The movement is in pristine condition (see photos) and rests safely behind a full dust cover to protect the movement from dust and moisture. The movement has just been fully serviced by one of our veteran watchmakers. We see only one prior watchmaker’s repair mark on the case.

The case, dial, and movement are all signed Gotham. The dial reads Gotham “Gothameter” and Incabloc and Antimagnetic. The case back bears a deeply die struck GOTHAM surrounded by Gothameter SWISS, surrounded by Antimagnetic, Waterproof, Shockabsorber. The inside case back is signed Gotham Watch Co Inc SWISS and with the Gotham logo “Since 1868!” One further manufacturing detail, the movement # is 361310 and the case # is the next number sequentially 361311.

One further detail which speaks to the unique and high quality of this watch is something we don’t ever recall seeing before. The watch features 3 different types of blued steel chronograph hands! The 30 minute register hand is the leaf style, as are the hour and minute, while the constant seconds hand is in the “gothic” style, while the 12 hour hand is the most distinctive being the snake like “serpentine” hand! All original and quite a testament to the attention to detail in every respect of this watch.

Truly a terrific looking and high quality treasure from a practically unknown brand. Though 34mm in diameter, the extended elbow lugs, beefy case design (reminiscent of the Spillman cases,) and oversized pushers give the watch strong wrist presence. Offered with your choice of sporty or dressy leather or exotic skin strap. Recently serviced by one of our veteran watchmakers and offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate timekeeping and reliability. Accompanying your purchase is one of our signature Italian leather watch travel pouches, a $55 value!

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Rolex Serial Numbers and Clasp Codes

Rolex Serial Numbers

Rolex Production Year Serial Number
2010 G
2009 V
2008 M OR V
2007 M OR Z
2006 D OR Z
2005 D
2005 F
2004 F
2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K OR Y
2000 K,000,001
2000 P,000,001
1999 A,000,001
1998 U,932,144
1997 U,000,001
1996 T,000,001
1995 W,000,001
1994 S,860,880
1993 S,000,001
1992 C,000,001
1991 N,000,001
1991 X,000,001
1990 E,000,001
1989 L,980,000
1988 R,598,200
1987 R,000,001
1987 9,400,000
1986 8,900,000
1985 8,614,000
1984 8,070,022
1983 7,400,000
1982 7,100,000
1981 6,520,870
1980 6,434,000
1979 5,737,030
1978 5,000,000
1977 5,008,000
1976 4,115,299
1975 3,862,196
1974 3,567,927
1973 3,200,268
1972 2,890,459
1971 2,589,295
1970 2,241,882
1969 1,900,000
1968 1,752,000
1967 1,538,435
1966 1,200,000
1965 1,100,000
1964 1,008,889
1963 824,000
1962 744,000
1961 643,153
1960 516,000
1959 399,453
1958 328,000
1957 224,000
1956 133,061
1955 97,000
1954 23,000
1953 855,726
1952 726,639
1951 709,249
1950
1949
1948 628,840
1947 529,163
1946 367,946
1945 302,459
1944 269,561
1943 230,878
1942 143,509
1941 106,047
1940 99,775
1939 71,224
1938 43,739
1937 40,920
1936 36,856
1935 34,336
1934 30,823
1933 29,562
1932 29,132
1931
1930 23,186
1929
1928 23,969
1927 20,190
1926 00,001
 

Rolex Clasp Codes

Bracelet CodeYear
A or VA1976
B or VB1977
C or VC1978
D or VD1979
E or VE1980
F or VF1981
G1982
H1983
I1984
J1985
K1986
L1987
M1988
N1989
O1990
P1991
Q1992
R1993
S1994
T or W1995
V1996
Z1997
U1998
X1999
AB2000
DE2001
DT2002
AD2003
CL2004
MA2005
OP2006
EO2007
PJ2008
LT2009
RS2010
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