As an avid watch collector and blogger, I have written extensively on the iconic vintage chronographs such as the Rolex Daytona (including the ‘Paul Newman’), Jean-Claude Killy, Tudor Homeplates, early Omega Speedmasters and Heuers. The Rolex Daytona ‘Paul Newman’ has always been a ‘grail’ watch and a watch I really enjoyed owning. Go to any vintage Rolex meeting or follow any high quality watch auction and they will always be the Kings!

It was at the infamous Passion meetings, that I was exposed to the charms of other watches, the less known brands with a more discreet image, but objectively at least as beautiful as the above icons of watchmaking’s history. One such discovery were the 1940s steel cased chronographs which can have such great combinations of classic dials with beautiful detail and elegance in the case forms.

It was seeing these incredible watches in the collections of Bas from Cosimo and John Goldberger that sparked my passion for these watches. This article has been written with input from Bas and John also and together, we hope that you have as much pleasure in the journey of discovery as we did!

Bernhard Bulang

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