Movement : Automatic Lemania Cal. 5100
Age : 1981/1990
Specific Age : Circa. 1980s
Case Size : 40mm
Case Thickness : 14.5mm
Lug to Lug : 44mm
Lugs : 20mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : None
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Warranty : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 7inch
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original box or paperwork. The watch comes paired with its 20mm unsigned bracelet with a flip lock folding clasp, the bracelet will fit up to 7-inch. The watch is from Circa. 1980s and is sold in worn condition with some signs of wear being seen, but overall it is in very fair condition for its age. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty. The watch also comes with a Lemania Stop Watch, more photos and details can be seen in the additional photos and YouTube video below.
For more photos see here - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DSCB9IK-tagM_OvI0wh8uLjl5Is9XO0d?usp=drive_link
4K YouTube video, skip to 7:54 - https://youtu.be/aDzrsLz4ayI
Here we have a Rare 1980s Lemania Chronograph Cal. 5100 & Lemania Stop Watch that was made for Preston's Timer Division in Bolton, it is housed in a base metal case from Circa. 1960, the stopwatch is operated by winding it manually, and the push-in crown allows the watch to return to zero, the Stopwatch is started and stopped using the black slide on the left side of the case, the dial has black Arabic numerals that show the 100-second scale, there is also a grey centre with a white subsidiary 30-minute register, and a red tapered chronograph hand hits its mark precisely, the stopwatch uses a Lemania Watch Co. movement with a jewelled lever escapement and comes paired with a fabric NATO strap. A Rare 1980s Lemania Chronograph Cal. 5100 inspired by the chronographs of the 1970s such as the Porsche Design, Heuer, and many others. Its 40mm tonneau case has an unusual grey bead-blasted finish, and a lug-to-lug length of 44mm and a case thickness of 14.5mm give the watch an impressive wrist presence and comfortable fit, thanks to its profile. On the right side, you find the recessed chronograph pushers and a crown in the centre. The flat crystal is recessed above a matte black dial, an outer 12-hour scale with an inner minute track, and tritium-coated baton indexes mark the hours. Under the batons, we have 60 minutes printed in white, at 12 o’clock a 24-hour register, at 6 o’clock a 12-hour register, and finally at 9 o'clock a 60-second register. The framed day/date window balances the dial. Slender sword hands are complemented by an orange chronograph second hand. Text is minimalist with Lemania Automatic above the day/date window. On the reverse, a screw-down case back, inside an automatic Lemania Cal. 5100, 17 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. This workhorse of a movement was also used by Sinn and Heuer amongst others, the movement was quietly discontinued in 2003/4 once Lemania was absorbed by the Swatch Group in 1999. The watch comes paired with a grey bead-blasted 20mm unsigned bracelet and flip-lock folding clasp.
I have always been a massive fan of this watch and all the variants like it from Sinn & Heuer and others, so to get my hands on this one is a real treat! Whilst it isn't a small watch and it does wear quite thick, it is such a stunning design and really striking on and off the wrist!
Lemania was founded by watchmaker Alfred Lugrin in 1883. Specialising in high-quality chronographs, stopwatches, and repeaters. Companies like Omega and Patek Philippe have used Lemania-based movements among many others. In 1932 they became members of the SSIH Group. In 1946 Albert Piquet developed the movement that became the Omega 321 which powered the first Speedmaster in 1957. Lemania's name comes from the French for Lake Geneva ”Lac Leman”. During the 1970s they developed the Cal. 5100 which was used by Heuer. They broke away from the SSIH Group in 1981 and changed its name to Nouvelle Lemania. In 1992 Lemania was bought by Breguet, who later in 1999 was acquired by the Swatch Group.