On the wooden beam: Favre-Leuba Chronometer

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Another Favre-Leuba Chronometer – this time, single signed with automatic movement from the late 1950’s…

Classic elegant with some interesting details: the dial – on the dial is not the usual hour glass logo but a trident logo. I have not been able to identify when or why this logo was in use, but if you search the net there are several Favre-Leuba watches with this logo, based on the looks from the late 1950’s.

The minute track are small silver dots recessed into the dial. Applied index with the 3/6/9 enlarged with patterned facets creating a very interesting play with light.

Here is a document from 1958 Basel Fair showing a similar Favre-Leuba watch, B ref. 64 033. Notice the similar hidden crown.

With the less pronounced crown, the case has a very nice and balanced symmetry.

Another indication of this being a late 1950’s watch is the movement inside, the Calibre FL 103 that was released in 1957.

The case shape is also very interesting. The long slightly curved lugs have bevels only on the top corner of the profile, leaving a larger volume of material without giving an impression of being unshaped.

Here is another example of a Favre-Leuba watch with similar bevels, document from the 1959 Basel Fair.

On the wrist this 35 mm diameter watch has a great presence. Stylish, elegant and quite unusual!

Favre-Leuba, yet another brand I need to dig deeper into…