Awesome vintage observes often come in odd packaging.
Whether it is a clever shape, similar to the Zenith El Primero Big Blue with its TV Screen case. Or on the other hand a family unit watch brand’s uncommon model, for example, Tissot’s Wood-and Stone watches. Also a calm looking watch hiding a magnificent development, as any Junghans chrono from the ’50s with their stunning J88 development. Imagine a scenario where each of the 3 comes in a single watch. In a watch that is from an easily recognized name from the business. A chronograph maybe, with an unbelievable development. To finish it off in an abnormal rectangular case. All things considered, I know at any rate one such watch, but I’m certain there are numerous out there. Even better, I have this watch in my assortment and I’m glad to discuss it. It’s the Certina Argonaut chronograph first execution from the finish of the 1960s with a Valjoux 23 inside.
The Argonaut line comprises of a lot of various models from basic time-just watches to chronographs with Valjoux 72 inside them. As this article is about the Certina Argonaut chronograph I will zero in on these as opposed to giving you a once-over in general model family. In the event that we needed to classify them, we would have to recognize 2 sub-dial and 3 sub-dial renditions. The 2 sub-dial models had Valjoux 23 – or its subsidiary like the 236 – inside them. While the 3 sub-dial models had the notorious Valjoux 72(6) as their “motor”. Argonauts additionally turned out in one or the other dark or white dials for either development varieties. The dials were a panda and converse panda (white dial, dark subdials and the other way around) however there was likewise a dark dial just form by the name of Certina Argonaut 200m. As the name proposes it was watertight up to 200 meters.
To summarize it; Certina Argonaut chronos were either dark dials with white subdials or white dials with dark subs. There were 2 or 3 subdials, in light of what development was inside them. At that point there was this one model which was dark just, the 200m. It’s fascinating to comprehend the vibe of the watch since the reference numbers truly had neither rhyme nor reason. Everything began with the reference 8401 001 (like my watch) and a Valjoux 23 inside. Certina’s name for the 23; type 29-053. Later models that had the improved Valjoux 236 developments (Certina 29 063) bore the reference 8401 501. The 200m’s ref was 8401 002. These models had one subsidiary of Valjoux 23. Argonaut chronograph watches with Valjoux 726 had reference numbers beginning with 8501. The 2 distinct variants were; 8501 001 and 8501 501. Straightforward, isn’t that so? Wrong. It’s a mess.
Now that we realize the rudiments how about we take a gander at the watch that I obtained some time back. It is the Certina Argonaut chronograph reference 8401 001. You can locate this number outwardly case back, simply over the chronic number. It has a case shape that is a blend among rectangular and pad where the hauls are really continuations of the case as opposed to whatever else. The Argonaut estimates 41.9mm from haul tip to carry tip, the width is 38,6mm excluding the crown. By these numbers, you can see that the Certina Argonaut chronograph isn’t especially enormous watch, yet it wears incredible and somewhat bigger than its size. The as the dial is round you have enormous level metal surfaces around it, with vertical brushing. The remainder of the case is cleaned from the finish of the hauls aside and the case back.
Speaking of which, the case back is screw-in and, as I said contains the reference and the chronic numbers. The reference is over, the sequential underneath (I eliminated the last digits from the photographs). We are discussing a 7-digit sequential, that dates the Argonaut to 1968, which was the primary year they came out. Argonaut chronos had a fairly short run regardless of an enormous number of watches you can in any case discover today. Certina made them somewhere in the range of 1968 and 1972 or thereabouts. In view of this relationship 7.5million chronic numbers and higher are from 1969, 8million is 1970, etc. While the sequential would give you the unpleasant creation year, the reference can disclose to you the genuine watch determination. Initial 2 digits allude to the type, the subsequent 2 are the case material, the last 3 are the model number. Which means 84 (Certina 29-053, 29-063) 01(stainless steel) 001(model number).
I jabbered about the different dial varieties previously, so I don’t go into that once more. All things being equal, we should take a gander at the dial in detail. The Certina Argonaut chronograph dials are really energetic with a ton of little subtleties and shadings. On mine, the base tone is dark for the dial and the tachymeter scale, painted outwardly. On the while dial forms it’s dark and on later dark dial adaptations (8401 501) it’s white, giving an agreement to the entire watch. The lists are steel and applied, the remainder of the dial is painted. At 3 o’clock you can locate a white subdial with minimal red subtleties. That is for the 30-minute counter. At 9 o’clock you can see another white subdial. That is the proceeds with seconds hand. the chrono focus hand is red, the enormous white stick hands have Tritium on them.
When it comes to Argonaut chronographs, at any rate the ones I think about, Valjoux developments went into them solely. Since my watch is one of the soonest Argonaut chronos it has a Valjoux 23 inside. That is a manual breeze, chronograph development with 17 gems, 48 hours of force save and 18,000 Vph. The 23 is a fascinating type for some reasons. To begin with it was broadly utilized by various brands from Certina, to Doxa, Nivada, Vetta, Heuer and so forth It is additionally the base for the notorious Valjoux 72 that you can discover in vintage Rolex Daytonas for instance. As I referenced above, later Certina Argonauts (8401 501) had Valjoux 236 developments inside them. The 236 was a move up to the ordinary 23. It has a Vph of 21,600 rather than the 23’s 18,000. Aside from this anyway the two types are identical.
Higher vph (vibrations each hour) implied better precision thus the overhaul. It is exceptionally simple to check if your watch has the right type. You should simply to open the rear of your watch. Regardless of whether you have a prior Valjoux 23 (Certina 29-053) or the “update”, the Valjoux 236 (Certina 29-063) the type number is on the extension simply under Certina. On the off chance that you don’t have it on the scaffold it is presumably a help substitution, as unique extensions all contain this number. Kindly allude to the photograph underneath. The development doesn’t just contain the Certina type number however the genuine Valjoux number too. You can see it engraved into the base plate simply under the equilibrium wheel.
This article ended up being more specialized as I initially proposed to compose it. In any case, I didn’t delve into the subtleties of the Certina Argonaut excessively profound. On the off chance that you have such a watch or wanting to buy one sooner rather than later ideally this review will assist you with confirming the watch being referred to. Clearly, there are huge loads of other data in regards to this and numerous other vintage Certina models (Have you known about their jumper’s watches? j/k) and maybe gradually we will get to those as well. Meanwhile, I’d prefer to welcome you to visit the , a site I expounded on a short time back . In the event that you have a Certina and you need to find out about it or simply want to do some exploration on the brand it’ the best spot to begin. You’ll ideally do it with a vintage Argonaut on your wrist.