This watch is rare in so many ways!! Let us start with the name: “Kronometer Stockholm”. The company “Kronometer Stockholm” was founded in 1933 and where in business until 1976. In the beginning of Kronometer Stockholms history they mostly handled the transactions for workwatches, stopwatches, labwatches, different watches for ships, pocket watches and chronograph-based watches for measuring time. But times changed and so did the companies focus hence they switched to wristwatches which in late 1950s and 60s where there main business. Kronometer Stockholm chose to put even more focus on chronographs to the private market and opened their own shop on Roslagsgatan 9 in Stockholm during the 1960s. They mostly sold expensive pieces through their contract with Breitling. Many of these Chronographs both had Breitling and Kronometer Stockholm logo on their dials.
Kronometer Stockholm soon felt the hard sting of competition when other retailers and importers grew stronger. The companies investment in the private market showed to be too difficult and the company made one final attempt to sell their watches to one of the government run companies; “Televerket”. The fact that Televerket bought a Breitling-chronograph to some employees working in the call automat stations makes these Breitlings very unique today. Partially because it is Kronometer Stockholms last big business-transaction and partially because the dial on these Panda dials only have the Kronometer Stockholm logo marked. The back case have the text “Tillhör Televerket” engraved. These watches were sold to Televerket in the beginning of 1974.
But what then, is the story with Televerket and Kronometer Stockholms Breitling watches? During the 1970s Sweden had different telephone rates and since Sweden is a fairly long country it was split up in different zones. The zones was depending on where the caller was posted relative to where the receiver was situated. If the distance was long the rates became more expensive than if the call just was within the so called area code. Price indicators was divided into shortcalls about 10-20 second or longcalls up to 6 minutes. This was the governments way of funding expansion of the lines. Some personal working at Televerkets automat stations was given a Breitling chronograph to be able to measure and control these call times.
The watch that WOFS now can put up for sale is one of these given to its original owner in 1974. The watch therefor only have had one owner before us and is in a magnificent and historical condition: 100% original and in an unpolished case!
Object nr: 72
Original crown: Yes
Size: 38mm ex crown
Strap/Bracelet: A uncommon Maruman (50S19) bracelet. A more comfortable bracelet is hard to find. It fits 19-19.5 cm wrists. There is also a new black FLUCO strap included!
Lug Width: 19mm
The watch shows light signs from wear but it is in an outstandig collectors condition- unpolished case, original dial without any damage or patina, cream brown/yellow tritium, original hands and original crystal. The crystal got some small signs of use and the back case got some scratches but nothing remarkable. If you search for something authentic and uniqe this is the watch for you!
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