Tuesday 6 November 2012

A Lanco Converted 'Aviator' Watch.

The Lanco pocket watches came from the Langendorf Watch Company in the town of Langendorf in Labern, Switzerland.

Started as the Uhrenfabrik Lagendorf SA in 1873, the family owned factory soon became on of the largest watch movement factory in Switzerland (and the world) before the turn of the century.

The business grew along with its reputation for reliability. Thus it was only natural that products coming from this company were issued to the fighting men in both world wars.

The Lanco brand came in just after the war. The brand was successful inheriting its legacy. As with many Swiss watch companies, not many survived the 70's quartz era.

In the early 70's, the company was absorbed into the Omega-Tissot group.

The piece you see here is converted pocket watch with an aviator dial that made LANCO famous with the German Luftwaffe.

The metal dial is new, as the original one did not survive the sands of time.

This 15 rubies hand wound mechanical timepiece is housed in a nickel chromed casing. As with any pocket watches of this era, the strong tic-toc sound can be heard clearly.

The Lanco name can be seen on the main gear, along with the 'Swiss Made' engraving next to it.

The back of the watch was nicely engraved, giving room for personal monogram to be placed on it.

The antique 'onion' crown wounds well, though a bit rough to today's standards.

The leather strap that came with the watch was a bit used. What I did was to get a new green Nato strap for it. It gave this vintage the rightful WW2 aviator feel to it.

Anyone interested with this can email me at khairudin (at) vintagekrono.com (PoA).

wikipedia.org, thewatchforum.co.uk, watch-wiki.org.

Photos taken using iPhone4.

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