Wakmann, Triple Date Chronograph, Ref. 71.1309.70
A fine, attractive, manual wind, stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with triple date, circa 1968.
Case: Three-body, screw-down case back in stainless steel.
Dial: Black with baton indexes. Day and month at 12. Subsidiary dials for the seconds, 30 minute, and 12 hour registers. Luminous baton hands.
Movement: Valjoux caliber 730, 17 jewels, signed Wakmann Watch Co., Swiss Unadjusted.
Condition: The case is in good condition with some scratches throughout. Dial shows some aging mostly in the silver pats with day of the month. Both the month wheel and the day of the week wheel work properly. The watch was serviced in 2021. Timing is within vintage specs +/- 12 sec per day.
More about Wakmann:
The Wakmann Watch Company was a distributor of luxury watches based in New York starting in 1946. In addition to their distribution business (importing and selling Swiss-made watches to the American market), Wakmann also operated its own technical workshops to develop their own watches and clocks.
When the The Swiss Watch Import Act began to tax the import of finished watches and finished watch movements, Wakmann leveraged their workshops to assemble unfinished watches and unfinished movements imported from Switzerland while avoiding additional duties.
During this same time, Wakmann expanded production of its own watches and timepieces. In the 1950s and 1960s, Wakmann made several successful chronograph models, the most famous of which is the present example.