Posted 6 years ago
My girlfriend bought this watch for me for my 40th birthday after I spotted it on eBay for very little money, I think if I remember correctly it was £140 + postage, it was sent from Argentina and so probably cost £20 in postage, so £160 in all. It came on a NATO style (very old) red and black nylon strap but I changed that for an Oyster Type bracelet. It is not a Rolex bracelet, just a good quality after market one without a brand name on it. I had to slightly adapt the bracelet by shaving about 0.5mm from each side to ensure a flush fit (which I managed to achieve) as I hope you can see by the pictures.
Anyway, I bought the watch first and foremost because I loved the look of it, the Black, Red and White just look perfect, an great colour combination. I then started to do a little research on these watches and low and behold, about a week later I found one on ebay, it was not a Sub 200, but it was a Nicolet Watch fitted with a Landeron 248. It had a gold dial and it was a quite plain looking 2 register chronograph (30 min register) and it was up on a buy it now for £995 and it sold.
I have not yet come across either another Sub 200 with this same colour combination. Infact I have not come across another Sub 200.
The watch is my everyday watch, I wind it twice a day, 6 revolutions before bed and 8 in the morning. I barely use the chronograph functions but they do all work correctly and the flyback works as it should with everything shooting straight back to the 12 o'clock position.
The watch has a serial number engraved/stamped between the lugs, something that is usually associated with either limited edition watches or watches that have come from a quality maker, as each is individually numbered.
I have had a few people look at it, some say it is most definitely a non commercial NATO issued watch, someone else said that it was a prototype watch that never actually went into mass production.
My questions then are these:-
Has anyone else ever seen one of these exact watches in the same colours?
Has anyone seen one in ANY colours?
Does anyone know if these were Military Issue Watches to any foreign Armed Forces Unit. With it being a Divers Chronograph, I would suspect a Naval Special Forces type unit, due to the chrono and the waterproofness. Also the movement, the Landeron 248 was in its day one of the best movements available. Landeron were used by great watch makers like Heuer, Breitling, Longines and many others. The watch runs spot on and has never (touch wood) given me any cause for concern. I obviously keep it away from water as its clearly a 1940s/1950s watch and having taken the back off myself, I have seen the perished water seals.
I personally think it looks great on the steel bracelet as opposed to the NATO strap.
I will wear this watch as my daily watch forever, I have no doubt it will last that long, for it was my 40th birthday present from my girlfriend (of almost 5 years) and so this watch will NEVER leave my collection, I would though like to know any more about it and in particular if anyone had ever seen one with the same colour scheme.
Having paid less than £200 for it over a year ago, I already know that it is worth 4 times in the region of what she paid for it, watches are like Classic Cars, so long as you take good care of it and have it serviced, the time piece will only ever increase in value. In 50 years time, mechanical watches may well be obsolete as Quartz movements, Kinetic Movements, Eco Drive (Solar) Movements (all non mechanical) become cheaper to produce and are absolutely 100% accurate and can even be remotely & automatically corrected when the clocks go back or forward. No mechanical watch can do that.
Some mechanical watch producers will continue to produce mechanical watches, but with the world in the state it is financially, countries bailing out other countries, countries invading other countries, people will want good quality watches, reliable, waterproof and everything else. Quartz are cheaper to produce and have many more functions to offer than most mechanical watches.
Anyway, lets hope someone can show me where I may find another Sub 200 in the same colour as mine.
Thank you in advance (and sorry about the rant ^^^^^ up there,) about watch movements.... I often just go on one!