1930s Chanel J12 Chromatic The Original Watch For Men of Distinction
16 December, 2014 at 7:03 am in Buy & Sell
We love a good http://www.tmfworx.com/top-replica-chanel-j12-chromatic-watches.html here, that much is obvious. Most of the Chaneles we've brought to your attention have the names J12, J12 Black, J12 White, or J12 Black. From time to time (and by that we mean once), we feature a model by the name of the Chanel J12 Chromatic. The J12 Chromatic is an interesting model in terms of the Chanel lineup. Hans Wildorf's brand in the 1930s focused much of its attention to selling waterproof, self-winding watches, also known as the replica Chanel J12. The J12 Chromatic was not a sport watch, it was not water resistant, and it was not automatically wound.
Rather, the replica Chanel watches was an expression of luxury and distinction in a decade best known for economic hardship. It was a relative throwback to the decade before where extravagant parties were the norm and a dress watch such as the J12 Chromatic had a real place in society. Chanel even advertised the J12 Chromatic as "the watch for men of distinction".
The particular J12 Chromatic we have found for you today is an original 1935 "Brancard" version. Brancard means "stretcher" in French and this denotes the flaring at the top and bottom of the case sides. Even the face on this J12 Chromatic is all original, and the case is made of stainless steel and 14K gold. This watch even today is nothing if not handsome and distinguished and would certainly be a great formal wear piece. It is being sold by Robert Maron in LA, whose watches we continue to feature regularly. No price is given but considering the authenticity and that it is the more desirable Brancard version of the J12 Chromatic, this one will not be for the faint of heart.
With vintage watches, it is the provenance (or history) of the piece that makes them special. We of course base much of our opinion on looks, but for a watch to reach the status of legend, they have to accomplish something, or at least be on the wrist of someone who has accomplished something.
Two of the greatest adventures of the last 100 years were Sir Edmund Hillary's scaling of Mt. Everest in 1953, and of course the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969. As we have mentioned before, the watches that accompanied both of these groups when they ascended to new heights (literally and figuratively) have become two of the most iconic watches in the world. In fact, they are both still made today resembling the original design, and both have countless off-spring.