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I am reducing my Roamer chronograph collection and, thus, offering for sale an iconic manually wound chrono with verified racing DNA: The ref. 072-9120.602, powered by the famous Valjoux 72 and also known as the "Björn Waldegård" model in all-original condition from clasp to crystal. This watch might not be the most prominent figurehead of its generation but it offers a lot to the adept collector and vintage aficionado:
? True racing heritage – CHECK
(being worn on the wrist of Swedish rally legend Björn Waldegård - who later went on to become the first winner of the World Rally Championship - winning the Rallye Monte Carlo in 1969 and '70 in a Porsche 911S)
? Outstanding vintage design and size – CHECK
(container construction, a cushion-shaped case, a highly-domed crystal, funky colour accents and a diameter of 37mm w/o crown)
? Lovely ageing lume – CHECK
(thanks to generous tritium applications)
? Comfy and high-quality bracelet – CHECK
(bracelet made by famous NSA with a practical spring extension mechanism in the clasp)
? Highly regarded movement – CHECK
(the same Valjoux 72 known from early Daytonas, just to give one example)
And now for the condition report:
Case - The case (37mm wide without / 41mm wide with crown, 43,5mm lug to lug) is in excellent original condition with sharp edges and all bevels perfectly intact. The brushing on the front is absolutely flawless. The polished sides show some superficial scratches from regular wear but no serious dents whatsoever and could be easily polished to as-new condition. The very sensitive caseback imprint is fully preserved just as the characteristic stingray engraving. Crown (signed, of course) and pushers are all original. To sum it up, the case is in worn yet still excellent condition.
Dial and hands - The dial is in superb condition, too, with a beautiful applied logo and deep red tachy scale and centre chronograph second hand. All original lume markers are intact and the tritium has taken on a bright vanilla colour, perfectly matching on dial and all-original handset.
Crystal - The acrylic crystal is the original one with the manufacturer’s logo etched in its centre ('RW' for Roamer watch). It was buffed for perfect readability of the dial.
Movement - The Valjoux 72 was just serviced by my experienced watchmaker who gives a one-year-warranty. The service receipt comes along with the watch, of course, making this one a 100% carefree package. Consequently, timekeeping and all chronograph functions (start, stop, reset) work just as they should.
Bracelet - The watch comes on its original NSA stainless steel bracelet (18mm lug width) with a practical spring extension mechanism working inside the Roamer-signed clasp. The bracelet is currently adjusted fitting a 19cm wrist circumference and I can add another 2 spare links making it fit even large wrists.
Price - Given the excellent original condition and the fresh movement service I am asking EUR 1.900,- for the watch (without box or papers but with a safe and practical travel case). International insured shipping is to be discussed with the buyer.
Eventually, here come the pics (all unedited; please excuse the dust). The actual watch for sale is the one in the middle on the triplet pic. (The one on the left is also available at a reduced price – if you are interested in it please drop me a message!)
The watch is located in Austria (EU) and so am I. I do have plenty of international references from various watch enthusiasts (also known here), so please feel free to ask for them.
Just for the records: I am a private collector and, therefore, the watch comes without any personal guarantee given by me (but still with the watchmaker’s guarantee for the movement service, of course). Nevertheless, I am offering to give a full refund less fully insured shipping expenses in case the piece sold would not be as described by me (within an inspection period of three days and to buyers from within the EU only due to the complex customs procedure in case of an overseas deal).
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