Dodane 1857 Type 23 Montre Flyback Chronographe Swiss Automatic Pilot 42.5mm


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When it comes to aviation watches, we’re generally limited to watches that follow a particular style (say, a flieger reference), or perhaps something that’s based on a model from a brand’s archives. It’s a much less common thing for us to have available a civilian variant of a model that’s available to an active military air force – but that’s precisely what we’ve got with this new model from Dodane 1857.

Type 23 model had its development funded by by the sale of specific watches (750 in total) to members of France’s Air Force (makes for a rather interesting and specific military tie-in, for sure). Given those ties, it’s not a surprise that Dodane is using a movement designed to conform to military requirements for toughness and accuracy, the Calibre 2030.

Now, in many watches we really lose both the lines of the piece, and, more importantly, the readability. Fortunately that’s not the case with the Type 23. We still pick up on the lines of the watch quite easily, as it’s not a complexly-styled case. Additionally, crisp white is used to mark out the minutes track, tachymeter ring, and the outer timing bezel. This styling is also carried over to the two sub dials of the chronograph (more on that complication in a minute).

This sharp contrast helps ensure readability of the watch remains high, at least for the minor functions of the watch. For the major function (you know, timekeeping), they’ve widened the numerals and hands a bit, allowing for more lume to be applied. This keeps readability up both day and night.

Alright, now back to that chronograph. Of course, the mark of a mechanical chronograph is the flyback action on the seconds hand when you reset it. In this case, the flyback option refers to the fact you reset the watch without first having to stop the timing. While you and I may not think that it’s a big deal, it really is, if you think about what the movement has to go through to allow that continuous timing, with reset, all without mashing its gearing into a gnarly mess. With the Flyback option you’re getting a movement from the workshops of Dubois Depraz, which means there’s no shortage of expertise that went into the creation and assembly of the movement.

BRAND: Dodane

MODEL: Type 23 Flyback Chronograph

MOVEMENT: Swiss Automatic – Dubois Depraz Cal 42030

CASE: Stainless Steel

CROWN: Screw Down

SIZE: 42.5mm

LUGS: 22mm

DIAL: Black

BEZEL: rotating Pilot

CONDITION: Pre owned – As-New

BOXES/PAPERS: Complete Set as shown in pictures


STRAP/BRACELET: – Original & New Dodane Black leather strap with signed steel folding deployment buckle.

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