GEOMETER, REFERENCE 5621 H
STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET
Calibre: cal. 72 manual winding, 17 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back
Case number: 89'767
Closure: stainless steel Fixo-Flex elastic bracelet
Dimensions: 38mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 180mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: original Rodania guarantee booklet dated 20 September, 1965 and presentation case
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DIAL: in excellent condition with very minor losses of ink to the O on the Rodania logo, to the outer minute scale between 10 and 11 o'clock, visible under magnification. With one small mark to the periphery of the dial between 4 and 5, visible under magnification. The hands bear some minor pitting and have been relumed.
CASE: in very good condition, the well-preserved case has been lightly polished. With surface scratches to the case profiles and back, one small dent to the top left lug profile, one dent to the lower left lug profile.
MOVEMENT: running at the time of cataloguing, chronograph starts, stops and resets.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
Please note: Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not
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The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
Rodania was founded in 1930 in Grenchen, Switzerland. Initially named Rodana SA from 1933 onwards, the company introduced the Rodania name in around 1952. The brand was shortly highly regarded for the quality of its pocket watches and carried on producing high-grade sports watches before seeing its production decline during the quartz crisis.
The Geometer chronograph in stainless steel was introduced in 1954. Despite its long availability in the catalogue, it was manufactured in low quantities with a total production estimated at less than 1000 pieces. The chronograph is powered by a Valjoux 72 calibre, adjusted to 3 positions. This was a surprisingly rare feature in 1954, as most manufacturers would then encase unadjusted Valjoux 72 movements. The Geometer was produced with either a black or a silver dial, such as the present piece. The large 38mm case diameter and great quality overall make the Geometer an extremely compelling vintage chronograph.
The present Geometer was sold in 1965 and stands in very compelling condition. It is furthermore accompanied by its original guarantee and Rodania presentation case.