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DODANE 1857
THE COMPANY. The firm was founded in 1857 by Alphonse Dodane and his father in law. Today the firm is still run by the Dodane family. Initially watches only were produced but from WWI onwards the company diversified into on board chronographs for aircraft and later other instruments and timing devices. This division was developed making Dodane an important supplier to civil air lines, military airforces and aircraft manufacturers inside and outside France. One product created by the company was the 1/100 second timer for ejection seats used by Aerospatiale. Dodane's expertise and heritage has encompassed watches, avionics and precision timing devices for many years. This is why the French Ministry of Defence approached the company in the 1950s with the request that it should design and produce a precision wrist chronograph for military aviation use. The requirements were very stringent and included a "fly back" facility. The result was the famous Type 21 issued to the French Airforce from the 1960s onwards. The product was such a success that it was widely adopted by other pilots and other users inside and outside France. It is the pilot's chronograph par excellence. It is rugged, precise, easy to read and a seriously useful navigational aid. Having been out of production for a while, the Type 21 has been reintroduced as a limited edition. The new Type 21 has the same features and characteristics as the original but uses a modern and probably rather better mechanism. Dodane 1857 is a French company with a Swiss manufacturing facility in the Jura region. The company web site is: www.dodane1857.com
THE PRODUCT. The Type 21 is the only wrist-watch produced by Dodane. It is a chronograph which has all the usual features and functions of ordinary chronographs (commonly based on the Valjoux 7750 movement) but with the additional feature of "fly back". This means that the chronograph seconds hand while still running can be instantly stopped, returned to zero and released to time a second interval all by single pressure and release of the pusher at the "4" position. This makes it very easy to follow a procedure (e.g. following a bearing) for a definite time period and then change to another procedure instantly for another timed period.

Chronograph with fly back function
Chronometer certificate optional
Polished stainless steel case (like the original)
Unidirectional rotating bezel
Tachymeter scale
Sapphire crystal front and hard mineral glass rear
Luminous
42 hours power reserve
Decorated movement
Water resistant to 100m.
D= 41.5mm. H= 13.7mm.
Special movement based on 42021 Dubois Depraz and ETA 2892. 57 jewels.

This model is a limited edition of 150. Dodane 1857 keeps records of all owners and the guarantee cards are engraved with the owners' details. This is a watch with real history and heritage as well as being a useful tool offering very good value for money for its specification.

Type 21 Fly Back Chronograph with black leather strap and folding clasp £2295

Stainless steel bracelet £329

Chronometer certificate £170


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