"Rima" three-register Swiss chronograph, Valjoux 71, fully serviced
This lovely piece is from the 1950s I’d say. Old school non-sealed chronograph case. Non-lumed dial with blued hands. Dial shows wear and marks from years of wear and servicing. Significant scratches around the “1” marker especially. Dial surface shows freckling as well; artifacts of the non-sealed case letting in humidity.
Movement is a beautiful Valjoux 71. This is the slightly larger variant of the 72, being 15 ligne. Otherwise they are the same. The Valjoux 72 is, of course, famous for being part of one of the longest-produced movement families (one proverbial for quality, excellence), but also for being the power plant for the Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona, as well as many other racing chronographs from the 1960s and 1970s.
This particular watch was found and restored by a Rolex tech in Texas. He did a full servicing on the movement, and re-blued the original handset, put in a new crystal, and cleaned the case etc.
“Rima” brand - not much I can find on them.
Base metal case, stainless back.
Case shows plating loss but not a ton of wear, actually. It’s pretty clean.
Nice side-to-side crystal that increases the apparent size of the watch.
Lovely, simple, elegant layout of the dial.
Manual-wind Valjoux 71 is fully serviced and adjusted, and functions correctly.