1970 Mathey-Tissot Chronograph "Exotic Dial" Valjoux Cal. 726
Mathey-Tissot was founded in Les Ponts de Martel, Switzerland in the year 1886 and specialized in manufacturing repeater and chronograph movements. Throughout the brand's early years Mathey-Tissot was contracted to produce wristwatches for the British military and then later for the United States military in WWI and again for both nations in WWII. It is believed amongst collectors that the manufacturer of the famous Breguet Type XX military pilot chronograph was actually Mathey-Tissot.
The Mathey-Tissot chronograph featuring the Valjoux cal. 726 is one of the most notable and sought-after watches produced by the brand. Featuring a Singer manufactured "exotic dial", reminiscent of the Rolex Paul Newman Daytonas of the era, with a matte black center dial, white sub-dials and "tachometer" scale on the outer track, and red accents that jump off the dial. The case is very similar to the Heuer compression cases manufactured by EPSA during the same era, though the Mathey-Tissot cases feature a screw-back case design. The Valjoux cal. 726 is a beautiful workhorse chronograph movement that was an improved design of the well-known Valjoux 72.
|Dial||Matte Black "Reverse Panda" W/ Red|
|Strap||2pc Handmade Leather Strap|
The impressive case is believed to remain unpolished featuring strong factory bevels, chamfers, and finishing with honest signs of use. The original bi-directional bezel is in excellent original condition, retaining its tritium pearl at the 12 o'clock position and has achieved a charming dark grey fade. The case retains its original pump-pushers and Mathey-Tissot signed crown. The case back retains all of its factory markings in deep and crisp condition, the case back does exhibit some tool marks and scratches from a previous service. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.
The exotic matte black "reverse panda" Singer dial is exceptionally well preserved, showing no blemishes or major signs of age. The printed text all remains intact and in excellent condition. The white sub-dials remain bright with only minimal signs of age. The tritium topped markers have achieved a handsome golden coloration and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands have aged slightly lighter than the dial and remain in superb original condition, showing no degradation under U.V. light inspection.
None. The watch is keeping time and functioning perfectly, previous service history is unknown.