Monday, July 12, 2010

My new Titoni chronograph automatic

I purchased this watch back in 2009. It was one uneventful Sunday, I decided to pay a visit to one old watch shop. After much conversation with the "not-so-friendly" shop owner, he finally pull up this rare Titoni Chronograph Automatic from the vault. In a split second without much hesitation, I paid the shop owner an arm and a foot... I stormed out the shop before he could ever regret..... The only downside was that the shop owner couldn't locate the papers or the box .... but the initial price tag as well as the sticker still attached to the watch.
Not that I am wearing it or what.... I decided to change the original green leather strap that somewhat symbolises Titoni with a new leather strap to give it a more appealing look. I do however safe keep the old genuine  leather titoni factory strap.



I have tried to search for more information about this watch.... but because it is kind of rare, so I can only tell you the limited informations I can gather from my experiences. This watch probably dated back to earlier than Cosmo 2000 and 3000 (circa mid or late 1980's). Valjoux 7750 with 25 jewels beating at 28,800 bph provides the soul for the watch. Besides chronograph function, the watch also has day and date. The case is 20 microns gold plated and has a very classical look. The dial is simple and clean; matching this with a black strap generates a very distinctive noble feel. 

Titoni Chronograph Automatic ~ High end classic with sophisticated soul!





8 comments:

  1. I am glad to see your posting of this titoni watch.A lawyer friend of mine presented this watch to me and I have been trying to find the details of this watch for some time.If you do not mind,could I know the price you paid for it.Thanks,Best Regards.


    I live in Malaysia.

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  2. I owned this watch and lost it to thief. My dad bought me this watch and gave it to me when I am 13 in 1995. I miss this watch very much. The only thing he ever bought me.

    What is the model number?

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  3. Manraj: I paid RM2.8K.... Lucky u to have such a generous friend... How I wish I have friends who will showered me with watches as a gift :)

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  4. Mr Goodegg: I don't think this watch has any model number... it falls into category of cosmo 2000 and 3000 that surfaced in the early 1990's. Sorry for ur lost bro. Hope someday u can find the same one.... Too bad most dealers throw away their old brochures and catalogues... Titoni itself is not that resourceful with their own accounts, I have tried to get them help up in providing informations but very disappointing.... If I ever get to know more about this one, I will let u know. Cheers

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  6. My father just bought one with a black face and gold bracelet on an online rummage sale site. He is waiting delivery. Model # is TQ-93988. His was bought in 1979 and has spent most of the time in a dresser drawer, so is pristine. It does run. Paid no more than $1000. Believe he got a real bargain.

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  7. Sorry, that was 1997 when it was originally purchased in Switzerland. So watch is just turning 20 years old.

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  8. Face is actually dark green which looks black unless light hits it just right. Has Rose gold hands, Rose gold plated case and Bracelet.Came with original paper work except sales slip, so don't know original price when purchased in Switzerland. Runs beautifully.

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