If you needed to pick one watch complication that you can’t live without what might that be? Many would likely say; it must be a chronograph.

But how often do we time anything with them any longer? Not very often, I presume. Others may say; it needs to have a date. However, we can discover what day it is nowadays beautiful without any problem. In any case, complications, regardless of whether they are just about as basic as a date or complex like an unending schedule, impact our choice when purchasing a watch. Usually, they are the absolute most significant interesting point when settling on a buy choice; I needed a flyback chronograph, so I purchased XYZ watch. This was pretty much my manner of thinking when I went for the Angelus Datalarm. Beside that, it is a great watch and under the radar. It has a lot of cool different highlights too.

The Angelus Datalarm


I needed a watch with a caution work since the time I heard my companion Eric Wind talking so affectionately about his vintage Vulcain Crickets. Not really for the caution work, for that, I have past iPhone. All the more so for the sheer joy of possessing a watch that can do something like this. As far as I might be concerned, a mechanical alert is the complication of those colossal old tin morning timers. It generally entranced me how might they actualize this kind of development in a lot more modest case. Presently, obviously, I comprehend that it isn’t a particularly serious deal. In any case, my captivation for alert watches remained. Truly, one of my first vintage Omegas was a Memomatic with the uncommon blue and silver dial. During my Angelus research, I discovered that they to be sure had a caution watch, the Datalarm.


So, the chase was on. I needed to discover an Angelus Datalarm with a good to pleasant dial (rather hard) and a working caution. Though the case back on these is screw-in because of the way that it has 2 crown tubes the chance of getting water for the situation through both of those was high. Particularly since the caution possibly works if the crown (at the 2 o’clock) that sets the alert is out. Angelus made the Datalarm around the finish of the 1950s (1957/58) anyway it had a significant since quite a while ago run. A wide range of case variants came around, both in steel and gold plated. Diverse case shapes were utilized, for example, round (like mine under the reference 10/11 B) or pad (16/11 B). Angelus even made a pocket watch Datalarm (11/11 B) additionally in steel and gold plated. The B alludes to later generations.

Datalarm pocket and wristwatches


I saw some pocket watches that somebody changed over into wristwatches. You can tell this by the rest of the depend working on it at 12. Fortunately the greater part of the watches you can discover available are the genuine article however. The case isn’t huge at all at 34.8mm. The thickness, in any case, is really generous for a watch like that at 12.2mm. The carry tip to haul tip length is additionally a decent 42mm. In light of these estimations and realizing that the bezel, just as the carries, are fairly thick, the Angelus Datalarm wears in reality well even on a bigger size wrist, similar to mine. The watch takes a 18mm lash and has 2 crowns; the one that sets the time is at 4 and the caution crown is at 2. Typically, the crowns have the Angelus “A” logo on them, mine are replacements.

The base just sets the time, there is no speedy date work on these yet. The intriguing thing is the upper crown. You can wind a similar way you’d wind the watch. When it is completely wound you need to haul the crown out and set the alert hand. When the hour hand arrives at the moment hand the alert goes off. On the off chance that you turn the Datalarm over, you see the back with the Angelus name and the reference being the most noticeable in the center. Other data, (for example, “Antimagnetic” and “Waterproof”) are additionally on the back. There is a screw-on ring that holds the back to the case. When you unscrew the ring you can lift the back and the development becomes obvious. A little metal pin stands apart working on this issue back’s inward side. At the point when the caution component’s sledge hits this, it will make the humming sound.

Caliber AS 1475

Angelus is one of those vintage marks that had their own in-house types back in the days. Numerous different companies never took the time and exertion to build up their own developments. They often utilized Excelsior Park, Valjoux, Lemania and in actuality, Angelus types. The most renowned of such developments was the Angelus 215, a chronograph type we discussed here . Having said that, few out of every odd development was in-house that Angelus incorporated into their watches. Tragically, Datalarm is such a watch. The brand utilized a development that is very notable among vintage alert watch fans; the AS 1475. ASSA (short for Adolf Schild S.A.) was a Swiss development producer who had a wide range of types yet among them, the best was the 1475. ASSA made this development somewhere in the range of 1954 and 1970 selling over 780.000 pieces. Other than Angelus numerous different brands utilized it.

Datalarm on the left, 215 on the right

The 1475 was a manual breeze, twofold barrel (one barrel for the time, one for the caution) development with 18,000 Vph around 46 hours of force hold and 12 seconds of alert time. 17 and 21 gem rendition went to the market. You can discover Datalarms with the two varieties. It is not difficult to discover which one it is, as the gem number is likewise on the dial at 6, simply over the “Datalarm”. Some of the time it’s set apart as “17/21 rubis” different occasions, as on mine, it says “17/21 Jewels”. I accept that the rubis adaptation was for the European market, the gem dials went to the US. There are 3 different adaptations of the 1475; the 1568 (18,000 Vph and date work), the 1930 (21,000 Vph) and the one that is in the Datalarm, 1931 (21,600 Vph and date). 17 gem Datalarms have the AS 1568 types inside.

Alarm goes off – you can see the sledge running at the 1 o’clock position


If you loved the tale about the development, you will not be baffled with this passage either as the Datalarm has a similarly fascinating dial. Early Angelus watches has a purported outline logo. Notwithstanding, around 1957 and onwards the casing vanishes. The Datalarm has the subsequent age none-outline logo. The delivery date of the watch just as the date of the presence of the new logo coordinate at 1957/58. As indicated by some early promotions the absolute first dial had a tremendous blurred Angelus church ringer logo. This is similar logo as you’d find on the level crowns. Later on, the congregation chime was no more. The dial tone for the most part was light the later pad watches had a bronze/earthy colored tone. The applied files were either steel (for the steel case renditions) or gold (for the 20-micron gold-plated cases). The moment scale, just as the content, are painted on.

Even however the principle dial tone was white it had 2 shades. Now and again the external ring – same thickness as the files – was lighter and the internal dial was hazier. Or on the other hand the opposite way around, more obscure external ring and lighter internal dial. The line was consistently the painted second’s scale. The hands prior were dauphine-shape, on later models, similar to mine, they turned out to be level and had lume lines on them. You can likewise discover lume dabs on the external sides of the lists. One intriguing component that my watch has is the Meister under Angelus on the dial. Presently, seeing a Meister dial isn’t really uncommon however a), it adds a touch of coolness to the watch (in my book, in any case) and b), it is somewhat surprising with regards to Angelus Datalarm. I presently can’t seem to see another during my examination.

Worth knowing

About 10 years after the underlying delivery in 1967 Angelus created the most extraordinary form of the Datalarm. That one made some world memories dial and a dark 24-hour bezel. Those had similar cases yet, because of the bezel, looked and wore somewhat bigger than the prior variants. There are 2 dial forms; the Paris and the Stockholm dials. They got their names after the city over the 12 o’clock list. Stockholm is immediately unmistakable since on those the name of the city is in red. In any case, just Stockholm, the other city names stayed dark. The pocket watch rendition of the Datalarm went to the market in 1960. You can in any case discover them generally modest (€400-600) however ensure you search for a completely working model. The Angelus Datalarm is a fun and valuable watch, not a one stunt horse. It’s the ideal friendly exchange too.

Rare Angelus Datalarm – photograph by Angelus Watches

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