If you’ve been a moderately dependable peruser of #TBT here on Fratello Watches, at that point you probably review a portion of the articles I’ve written on Gallets furnished with Excelsior Park developments. We’ve inspected a few Multichrons including the 12 , the 12HR , and a wonderful Decimal and all were furnished with super smooth “EP” developments. What I trust I’ve clarified before is that Excelsior Park fabricated watches, utilizing their own developments and cases, for companies like Gallet, Zenith and Gerard Perregaux, however they additionally sold pieces marked with their own name. These really “in-house” pieces don’t appear to come available to be purchased as every now and again, yet they’re alluring in their own particular manner and frequently include dials almost indistinguishable from those found on watches made under agreement by the firm. The present watch is extraordinary however – vastly different – on the grounds that it contains one of the more appealing and uncommon dial styles I’ve come across. How about we investigate the beautiful Excelsior Park Tuxedo Dial Chronograph.
First off, we should discuss the conventional wear reference found inside the name of the Excelsior Park Tuxedo Dial Chronograph. For quite a long time, watch companies like Tudor, , Rolex, and others have utilized the plan of circling a white or silver dial with a dark ring. A similar silver or white regularly, yet not generally, encompasses the dark ring to the edge of the dial. The dark ring by and large incorporates the hour files and the focal lighter bit is left generally uncovered. Still with me? What it makes is a genuinely differentiating look that helps one to remember the customary dull and light (or highly contrasting) tuxedo.
The just current models that come to mind with this look are the arrangement yet quite recently, Rolex delivered a Datejust 116234 in the mid to late 2000’s with such a dial. While it’s not incredibly uncommon, it is a kitschy piece from the generally sullen brand and it has grown fairly an after (hint: preferable to purchase sooner over later).
As you can see on the Excelsior Park Tuxedo Dial Chronograph, a shiny dim was picked as the balance to dark and I believe it’s staggering. Inside the focal point of the dial, the dim surface shows vertical brushing and is just separated the amazing “Excelsior Park” content. This is compared against both the dark ring and the dim sub registers that contain concentric edges. Look nearer and you’ll really see that the dark ring highlights an exceptionally slender white line on its inward surface to help make unequivocal partition between the tones. The white matches the sub register numerals just as the hour font.
And goodness that text style! The brand utilized some commonplace qualities on their watches and the “7” and the “4” are normal Excelsior Park. As you can see the Gallet Decimal highlights numbers in the equivalent style.
Before purchasing the Excelsior Park Tuxedo Dial Chronograph (Andreas of discovered it at a watch reasonable and sent me pictures before getting it), I truly just had one inquiry concerning the watch and that was identified with the hands. I did a great deal of web looking, and talked with , inside a hurried period – the watch was waiting after all – to check for different instances of this watch and I happened upon not very many. A few models contained lume and some didn’t. And afterward, a few pieces with this dial were in a waterproof case (read: round pushers) and some were house in cases with rectangular pushers. Adding to the complexity, I didn’t have the watch close by, so it was difficult for me to tell if the numerals were lumed. On the off chance that they had been, the watch would have required lumed hands. Eventually, fortunately neither the dial nor the hands contained lume. Concerning style of hands, I found a comparative form that had sold in Spain – and Fred felt the hands were like other 1940’s EP’s he’d seen – so I chose to pull the trigger. A decent sign is that the hand lengths coordinate the dial well and each reaches out to a “track”. The focal hands were a wreck shading shrewd when the watch showed up, however our watchmaker Paul cooled off from gathering Hermes Birkin sacks and took them back to spec.
As you can see, the Excelsior Park Tuxedo Dial Chronograph shows a tempered steel case that is very much like the Gallet Multichron 12. Those mark three-sided chamfers on the carries are a genuine “tell” that this was made by EP. Size savvy, the case is indistinguishable from the Gallet at 38mm in width and almost 44mm drag to carry. Strangely, however, the EP foregoes show with its 21mm carries though the Gallets stay with the undeniably more adaptable 20mm.
The Tuxedo piece additionally has bored through lugholes, which maybe focuses to it being from a previous time than a portion of the Gallets I own from the 1950’s.
As this is a waterproof form, the case back is of the screw down assortment and the pushers are round as well.
The Excelsior Park Tuxedo Dial Chronograph utilizes the EP Caliber 4, alluded to as the EP4, and it’s essentially a two-register form of the eponymous EP40 that we’ve examined finally. Regardless of whether it’s the EP4 or EP40, the development is sleek and, indeed, that focal chrono hand simply coasts back to 12:00 while discouraging the lower pusher. One thing I have seen with EP developments is that setting the time feels mechanical; maybe one can feel the pinion wheels turning while pivoting the crown. It’s not fortunate or unfortunate, but rather since running into issues with winding pinions and origins on these developments, it drives me to keeping these pieces as inconsistent wears.
Speaking of wearing, the Excelsior Park Tuxedo Dial Chronograph is a shocker on the wrist. Indeed, I own many vintage chronographs with a wide range of dial tones, yet this piece is so unique. Obviously, I’m happy Andreas considered me when he saw it.
It’s difficult to put an incentive on a watch like this on the grounds that there I’ve seen not many. I’d surmise that $3,000 or more would probably be a decent spot to begin. As usual, with pieces this way, proceed cautiously if hands are missing or if the development is a bundle of nerves. As should be obvious, I am tragically not, at this point the adrenaline junkie I used to be with regards to facing challenges on mechanicals.
With eye-getting pieces, for example, the Excelsior Park Tuxedo Dial Chronograph thus numerous others made for different companies, EP was a remarkable watchmaking company. For gatherers, they offer the uncommon chance to purchase a watch that was basically completely made under one rooftop – something individuals, appropriately or wrongly, go crazy about in the present marketplace.