Editor’s Picks of the Week – Doxa, Angelus, IWC Schaffhausen

Balazs Ferenczi
Dec 08, 2017

 

The authors of the Chrono24 Magazine hand-pick the best watch offers on Chrono24 – from affordable daily drivers to famous watch icons and exceptional collector’s pieces.

If you want to buy one of the watches, simply click on the offer and place your order on Chrono24 today.

This week’s offers:

Daily Drivers: Great Watches for Under 5,000 Euros

Doxa Sub 300

 

As far as true diver’s watches are concerned, only a small, elite group of brands and models are to be included. Doxa undoubtedly rules this group with their long history connected to diving with a thousand ways. The iconic case shape that many brands copied is still their trademark, just like the bright orange dials of the Sub 300s.

Despite the legendary status, they still managed to keep the prices of these utilitarian tool watches at an affordable level. That combined with a high “cool factor”, as found in the Doxa Sub 300, is a winning combination. The bracelet still looks like the original beads-of-rice ones from 50 years ago However, you can replace it with a vintage leather or a rubber strap and it looks just as good. It’s great bang for your buck and a watch many will compliment. That’s no surprise. I mean, it’s a Doxa Sub 300 after all.

 

Enthusiast’s Corner: Rare or Exceptional Timepieces

Angelus Chronodato

 

Angelus is one of the great, almost forgotten brands that fell victim to the quartz crisis many decades ago. Even though the brand has been resurrected, it doesn’t have much in common with the vintage pieces, and certainly nothing in common with the Chronodato. To many, myself included, the Angelus Chronodato embodies the greatness of 1940’s watchmaking. The large (38+ mm) steel case houses a great in-house caliber (Angelus 217) with an easy-to-read dial that is not only a rare black color but has also aged beautifully.

The Chronodato is a triple calendar chronograph, meaning the day, date, and month are displayed separately on the dial. The 217 is based on none other than the legendary Angelus 215 used by Panerai in their Mare Nostrum chronographs. If your vintage watch collection only consists of the Angelus Chronodato, you don’t have to worry. You’ve already done well.

 

Iconic Timepieces: Great Value for Money

IWC Schaffhausen Portuguese Chronograph

 

IWC Portugieser has graced the wrists of many – from everyday people to celebrities and even royalty. This watch is simple, easy-to-read, and has a large case. It is iconic Schaffhausen watchmaking. When the name IWC is said, many automatically associate it with the Portugieser. This model line has had one of the longest runs and has seen many amazing models – from the large time-only pieces of the 1940’s to the great chronographs of the 2000’s, including this particular model from 2016.

It is an iconic piece. While a lot has changed since its introduction more than 70 years ago, it is still the same at its core: a beautifully classic dial, large steel case, and great wrist presence. The IWC Portugieser is a versatile piece that goes well with suits as well as with jeans and a t-shirt. It is a truly exemplary timepiece.

 

Read more:

Top 10 Chronographs

Vintage Chronograph Collecting

Diving Watches – Beyond the Water


Balazs Ferenczi
By Balazs Ferenczi
Dec 08, 2017
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