Welcome back to another Fratello on Air Podcast. This time, Balazs and Mike talk about their favorite vintage chronographs.

Balazs and Mike love vintage chronographs and are keen to share the top three favorite pieces within their collections. It’s a discussion of timers that spans the decades.

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The “Handgelenk Kontrolle” and some news

Before focusing on the main topic, though, it’s time for a “Handgelenk Kontrolle” and a fair bit of news. During this recording, Balazs chose one of his vintage chronographs for the occasion with the ’70s Seiko 6139-7070. He’s a huge fan of both the design and how it wears. Mike went off topic with his newly received 1960 Gruen Ocean Chief, a watch with more than a passing resemblance to the original Breitling Superocean.

We then delve into some news and start with our brief thoughts on the new Omega Speedmaster Professionals. We remark how they remind us of one of the most important vintage chronographs of all time: the Speedmaster 105.012. Next up is a quick chat on the Seiko Alpinist SPB201J1 that exited our shop and now will come to European Seiko boutiques very soon. Finally, we mention the new MING 27.02 and Mike reveals a guilty confession.

Angelus Dato 12 and Angelus Chronodato

Vintage Chronographs

We then move on to our favorite vintage chronographs — there was some tough decision making here!

Balazs discusses the following three pieces:

  • Omega Speedmaster Mark II with Racing Dial, an attainable watch that both of us own!
  • Angelus Chronodato, with its unique display. He also touches on the 215 with Hungarian Air Force provenance as well.
  • Lemania 27chro, a watch that’s worth knowing because of its tie to our favorite Moonwatch.

Heuer Autavia 2446 diagonal

Mike takes his turn on vintage chronographs and heads to the ’60s:

  • Breitling 765 CP “Jean-Claude Killy”, which ranks as one of the favorite watches in his collection.
  • Heuer Autavia 2446 “Jochen Rindt”, an absolute classic that harkens back to the good old days of motor racing.
  • Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.012, an all-time classic that looks just as good today as it did back in 1967.

We close out the show with some talk on Tritium dial Speedmaster models and a promise to return with vintage chronographs we’d like to buy.

Enjoy the show!