Angelus Collector’s Guide

Christmas is not quite here, yet apart from the giveaways we have just another gift for our readers. This is not a watch or a book but something many vintage watch lovers will enjoy. Thanks to Klassik Uhren Magazine, a publication that – like us – also belongs to Ebner Publishing, we have the pleasure to publish a very excessive article about one of my personal favorite brands; Angelus. You might remember that I already did two #TBT articles on the Angelus L.E. chronographs as well as the Angelus Chronodatos.angelus

Klassik Uhren Article

Dr. Christoph Öhm-Kühnle’s wonderful project came out in Klassik Uhren 6/2016 (in Germany). Our German speaking readers can still purchase the magazine here by the way. Dr. Öhm-Kühnle contacted me as he needed some photos and information. This email led to a long discussion between him, me and eventually our great friend Dr. Sébastien Chaulmontet from Angelus. We agreed that after the magazine is out we would translate it and publish it on Fratello Watches. As far as I know this is the most complex project about Angelus to date. It involves the history from the beginning, Angelus’ most famous movements, the different logos and a serial number chart among many interesting details. You can read about the different travel clocks, the Hungarian Air Force watches or the famous Angelus Chronodato.

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Latest issue of Klassik Uhren Magazine

There is even more

Compared to the German article the English has a few new details. Dr. Öhm-Kühnle could not publish these in the original version as it was already in print when he collected these additional facts. New additions are the more detailed serialnumber chart as well as a list of serialnumbers with exact dates. He also managed to get an even more detailed and dated classification of various Angelus logos. Improved quality and quantity of photos as well as a huge appendix with original patent document submitted by Angelus. These documents date until 1960. It is safe to say that the 70-page article is a must read and have to every vintage watch lover. You can download the whole document as pdf here (8MB).

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I would like to thank Dr. Christoph Öhm-Kühnle and Mr. Christian Pfeiffer-Belli, Editor-in-Chief of Klassik Uhren, for translating and allowing us to republish the article.

Balázs Ferenczi

Balázs joined Fratello Watches in 2014 and he has been a fan of watches as long as he can remember. His passion for watches really took off in 2007 when he purchased his first fine Swiss timepiece. From 2007 up to recently, he was also an active and involved member of a number of on-line watch communities. Balázs has a weak spot for vintage Omega watches and vintage watches in general.
  • Fortuneteller1936

    Dear Balasz, I have red this interesting blog and downloaded and red the whole article by Dr. Christoph Öhm-Kühnle.

    In this article, the author, while speaking about Chronodato, says: “a slight confusion about the model’s name was caused by an early ad from 1942, in which by mistake the name is spelled “Chronodate”, this logo however never actually was used by Angelus”.
    in fact, I own a Chronodato watch with final E on the logo. Thid dial looks original under various point of views. In a French web site I red that ChronodatE was the first commercial name, soon changed.
    I would like to go deep in the question. So, if you want, I could send you some pictures of my watch. Do you are in touch with Mr. Ohm-Kuhnle? If yes, I can send him my pictures for his review, too.
    Antonio

  • Richard Baptist

    great article. Thank you, I’m looking to add a chronodato sometime in the future.

  • kierke_888

    Dear Balázs,

    Thank you very much for sharing this article. Dr. Öhm-Kühnle deserves enormous credit for compiling this document. Indeed it is a treasure for vintage watch enthusiasts, especially for those who know and appreciate Angelus. I count myself among those, what’s more, I’m a happy owner of a military-style Cal 215 chrono. Mine is without the L.E. engraving, but the serial number and the provenance suggest that it might have been one of the Hungarian military contingent.
    What puzzles me slightly in Dr. Öhm-Kühnle’s article is the production date (1951) he associates with these Hungarian military chronographs. Knowing Hungarian history, it is just very hard to fathom that the Ministry of Defence in what was then a hard-liner Stalinist regime would have ordered a large contingent of expensive watches from Switzerland (and all that for hard currency). It is much more plausible for me that those watches are a leftover from an order by one of the previous regimes during WWII. Naturally, the engravings that we see on some of them refer to later years, but these not necessarily have anything to do with the production date. I know this hypothesis somewhat questions the credibility of the serial number table in the article, but nevertheless I wanted to put it on the table. What do you think?
    The article also mentions that you have assembled a database of the known Hungarian military Cal 215s. Is it something you would be willing to share? I myself have a (very short) list of serial numbers and would be happy to compare.
    Yours,
    Attila