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LACO Support Chronograph 44 -09

posted 21 Feb 2015, 06:05 by Markus Helander   [ updated 21 Feb 2015, 06:10 ]
Having just started my very expensive hobby, I was daily seen on the awesome watch community called Watchuseek. It's been on hold for a while now but every now and then I found myself browsing through the /f2 ie Public Forum. This was actually the same place I first heard of, well obviously the whole brand Laco, but also of project watches and special editions. This was in 2009 and Laco had design a few different models and let the Laco subforum members vote and decide which would be produced.

The winning combination was like seen on this page.

It's stealthy watch not only because of the stealth chrono subdials but 
also due to the very simple matte case, small pushers and lack of crown guards.

It's on the larger side, tho. Not with it's 42mm diameter but the 16mm width and flat bottom makes it sit rather high on the wrist. The crystal obviously includes an anti-reflective treatment and it is also slightly domed.

There's an ETA/Valjoux 7750 inside and it works well, as it normally does. 
Mine worked well after it had visited a watchmaker I knew. The oscillating weight screw had come loose and the weight made a terrible noise when moving around. It wound the watch fine but of course needed to be serviced. 

That said, this did not end up being the last 7750 I had issues with. But more about that later down the line.

So why a limited edition of 44 pieces? The story goes (from Laco) that 1941 was the year the most Laco pilot watches were manufacture. Mine was numbered 31 and engraved to the rotor.


I remember this watch mainly from the pilot-style strap it was delivered in (above). 
While it was a good looking one, there was no way it felt good on me. The watch was always tilted some way and this made me try out many different straps and even order the matching bracelet after couple of weeks. Here are a few more images of the tryouts.



Pretty, and I'd even add innovative, design to something very classic and standard like pilot watches. Ended up flipping it quite soon and have not longed for it.

Well, now I do!