Stainless Steel - Dodane Type 23-C
42.5mm Case - Hi-Vis Dial
Circa 2012 - Preowned - Full Set - $3499
The Dodane Type 23 chronograph was designed by Julien THIEBAUD in association with Cédric DODANE. France’s SIRPA AIR requested Dodane to make the Type 23, similar to how the French government, in the 1950’s, commissioned the Type 23’s predecessors, the Type 20 and Type 21.The Type 23 is 42.5mm in diameter, with a contemporary format provides optimum readability, in line with the military specification requirements.
The finish is brushed to assure durability. Dodane’s quality stems from years of very tight production for the Air Force - where the tolerance is zero.
The mechanical watch has been successfully subjected to strict testing for the regularity of its functions, its resistance to shocks and magnetic fields, it's consistency during temperature variations, and water resistance. It was manufactured according to the latest technology and with the highest quality of materials associated with precision movement.
The satin finished 316L stainless steel case is 42.50 mm in diameter and is water resistant to 10 bars. The unique dial is not luminous, but Hi-vis at the request of the jet fighter pilots whom the watch was designed for. The lacquered hands are applied with luminescent SuperLumiNova C3. The bidirectional rotating bezel has 12 hour calculation. The bidirectional rotating bezel has 60 minute calculation. The chronograph is a two register bicompax, featuring running seconds and a thirty minute counter. Scratch-resistant upper sapphire glass, sapphire display back, screw down crown and a black calfskin strap handmade with deployant butterfly clasp adds to the premium quality of this fine timepiece. Lining the chapter ring is an angled tachymeter with the clear demarcations of seconds at its base along the dial perimeter. A pilot would use the tachymeter to calculate ground speed by measuring the time for a fixed distance and then looking on the chapter ring for the average speed. Scratch-resistant upper sapphire glass, screw down crown and a black calfskin strap handmade with deployant butterfly clasp adds to the premium quality of this fine timepiece.
The TYPE 23 chronograph is based on the Swiss Made Dubois Depraz 2030 movement, with 45 jewels that beats at 28800 A/H (4 Hz), that was designed to conform to military requirements for toughness and accuracy. The watch has a 42-hours power reserve, Cote de Genève finish on the winding mechanism, polished-surfacing with chamfered bridges, blues screws, the bridge has rhodium finishing and Colimaçon décoration on Barre.