Certina Argonaut 8401-501 NOS

reverse panda dial - mint condition

In addition to its rarity and beautiful design, this Certina Argonaut 8401-501 impresses with its almost new condition - or in vintage technical jargon "NOS".

In contrast to the other well-known Certina chronographs, the Argonaut Chronos were only produced for a short time, between 1968 and 1972. This chronograph has a striking rectangular case. The surfaces show the original finish, the edges are razor-sharp and the engravings on the case back are deep. These characteristics suggest that this watch was never polished.

The black and white reverse panda dial is also immaculately preserved. A tachymeter scale up to 400 units per hour is attached to the silver outer ring. The two sub-dials at 3 and 9 o'clock have the same silver hue. Together with the black base color, it creates a very beautiful, high-contrast look. The chronograph minute counter at 3 o'clock shows red accents. The large hour markers contain original tritium lume. Every single tritium dot is completely intact.

For their chronographs, Certina used tried-and-tested movements. For this particular chronograph it was the Valjoux 23. This movement has been modified by Certina and given the caliber 29-063. The movement keeps accurately time and is extremely robust and reliable.

It can be said with certainty that this Certina is almost unworn. Together with its rarity and a beautiful look, this chrono qualifies as a valuable collector's item.

Serial number: 7667xxx

Int.Exe.: 30915

Manufacturer: Certina

Model: Argonaut

Reference: 8401-501

Functions: chronograph - small second - luminous hand - screwed-on caseback

Material: Stainless steel

Dial: Reverse Panda (black dial, white subdials)

Watch glass: plexiglass

Bracelet: leather

Type of clasp: pin buckle

Length: 42mm

Width: 38mm

Caliber name: Certina 29-063 (based Valjoux 23)

Movement type: manual wound

Year of Manufacture: 1971

Overall condition: 10 - NOS - unworn or almost unworn - unpolished


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