Has anyone ever seen one of these before?
Views in the three figures and nobody thinks this rare??
I have been showing it at pen and watch shows for over 5 years and (once they had stopped asserting that it is just some pocket watch conversion) people weren't even aware of its existence and nobody had ever seen any watch of this type before!
A Swiss single button chronograph, late 1800s or early 1900s, possible American market as they were the first to require the movement be marked with where the watch was made. rare perhaps, unseen no.
Instead of showing it at pen shows, you should have perused the forum.
I started the following thread over 6 years ago. In my research, I encountered a number of variants including non-minute recording chronographs like your ex-watch (see image below). The movements seem to have been made by Hahn & Cie/Landeron. Here is my thread: https://omegaforums.net/threads/early-heuer-chronograph-wristwatch.29668/
So no one else of all the experts here noticed that all the numbers are in the wrong places?
wow... you're getting kind of snotty... bad day?
I would suggest the watch is set up for wearing on the right wrist, it wouldn't be the first dial of that type I've seen.
now might I suggest you go have a time out in the corner.
Sorry if that is how I came across but all I was saying is that this is rare bordering on unique and people who did not seem to have noticed what it was were saying that it wasn't.
Yes, not unique. There was a left handed watch observed in an omega catalogue in 1936. And don't U-Boat make some? Possibly even chronos!
I was/am confused by the title of the thread, so I wasn’t sure what to say
Wrong according to what? In the link I provided above, there is another example with the same setup. They're out there.
Not to mention, when you wear it on your left wrist, your right thumb pushes the button.
Wrong for it tobe an ordinary single button chrono, ior for it to be a pocket watch conversion.
As I said, in over 5 years of owning that watch and watching hundreds of dealers and collectors handle it, only one per cent knew what it was, or that left handed watches existed.
Including left handed onlookers! Curiously, that includes one collector in Los Angeles who bought over a dozen unusual watches from me And who admitted to being left handed!
I personally do not believe it is exclusively left-handed. Try wearing it on your right wrist with that big crown poking into your hand.
And knowing that during WW1 they were ordered right and left-handed... (or right or left-crowned for @SkunkPrince, who may be right: it would also avoid to "mispress" the chronograph button)
You can also find ads from that time of left-handed wristwatch chronograph. This configuration was far from rare
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