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FS: Philippe Pilot's Vintage Chronograph Valjoux 22 Gilt $1100


This is an excellent and rare example of one of the earlier vintage military aviator chronograph wristwatches. These were expensive watches for the time and were used by the military, aviators, doctors, scientists, and emergency personnel when they transitioned from pocket watches to wristwatches. This is a beautiful aged example of an earlier Valjoux 22 chronograph with breguet overcoil and gilt finish. We believe this to be one of the earliest examples of the Valjoux 22 movement. The watch case has one fixed lug and the other has a spring bar, likely because somewhere along the line the fixed lug was broken and they repaired it with a spring bar. The earliest vintage chronographs and wristwatches in general used fixed lugs and not spring bars. We estimate this watch to have been made during the earliest run of the two button Valjoux 22 based on its manufacturing attributes and the overall design of the watch and its case. The watch is running very well. This is a fantastic example of a classic Valjoux 22 vintage aviator chronograph.

Brand: Philippe

Type: Manual Wind, Chronograph

Calibre: Valjoux 22 with gilt finish and breguet overcoil hairspring

Case Material: Yelllow gold plated, much of the plating has worn-off

Size: 36mm

Strap: We fitted a new fixed lug strap, the screws you see are real/functional. The watch will not accept standard watch strap, it requires a strap as the one we provided or military Nato or one-piece straps due to its fixed lug.

Age: We estimate the watch was manufactured in approximately 1939.

Service History: We did not fully service this watch. ClockSavant performed repairs to the chronograph mechanism, replaced worn and broken parts with new old stock parts, and performed adjustment. We performed comprehensive testing and performance measurement.

Condition: Case has the typical scratches and dings that are common to watches of this age and add to its character. Similarly the dial shows some discoloration, again common for watches of this age. The gold plating on the watch has considerable wear and has flaked off in many spots. It contributes to its aged vintage look and charm but is something you should note. One of the fixed lug bars has been replaced with a spring bar.

ClockSavant Watchmaker Testing, Certification, and Performance Measurement: All the watches we sell go through a comprehensive series of ClockSavant-developed functional, stability, and performance tests and are only approved for sale if they meet or exceed the criteria we have established. Detailed performance measurements are available.

Return Period: 14-day return period provided that watch is returned in condition received.

Warranty: This watch carries a 2 month warranty-- customer misuse, neglect, accidental, intentional, or unintentional damage are excluded from the warranty. Vintage watches require special care and consideration when wearing. Please contact us for detailed warranty terms and conditions. For non-warranty damage, please contact us to obtain an estimate for servicing, repair, and restoration services.

Payment: We accept all major credit cards, PayPal, and Apple Pay. We accept bitcoin through BitPay.

Sales Tax: Virginia residents will pay sales tax

Shipping: Shipping cost can vary based on the cost of insurance and shipping speed. USPS Priority shipping within the United States averages $25. For international shipping, we typically ship insured via Federal Express with an average cost of $40. If you are located internationally, please contact us so we can verify that we are able to ship insured to your country and to confirm the final shipping cost.

Customs - International Buyers: The customs value for the shipment will be the same as the price you paid. Therefore, you may pay customs on the item based on your country's import rules. All customs fees will be your responsibility. We do not misrepresent information on customs forms or mark items as gifts. We put a good deal of effort into assuring international shipments are packed and forms completed correctly. If there are customs delays or problems, we will attempt to help you if it relates to anything under our control. However, customs delays may frequently be beyond our control.

Watches are not waterproof unless stated otherwise. Vintage watches should never be exposed to water.

Contact us today via email ( or call us at +1 (703) 457-6820 to purchase this watch or learn more. We are happy to answer any questions. Please note we perform a fraud check and verification on all buyers. ClockSavant has a 1000+ positive feedback history on the “famous auction site” and we are an established business, see google to learn more. Eric Greenberg, ClockSavant founder, is a long-time collector turned horologist, watchmaker, and clockmaker.

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