Rodania ‘Viggen’ Vintage Chronograph 817
An Extremely Rare and Interesting Chronograph by Rodania In A 817 Case
Switzerland, early 1970s
Matte, black tritium dial, white tritium pencil hands
Stainless steel compressor case 817 with screwback caseback
High grade, manual wind Lemania 1872 calibre, serial: 3025268
New beige pigskin strap by JP Menicucci
Overall, the watch is in very good condition. Dial and hands appear to be in very good condition. The tritium of the chronograph hand appears to be relumed. The case appears to be polished once, preserving the original shape and showing chamfers. The bidirectional bezel has faded to a mid-grey colour. The watch has a correct hashed crown. The chronograph is in full working order. The recently serviced watch is in very good running condition, running with a high amplitude, keeping accurate time.
This particular watch represents one of a very few (possibly only 3) Rodania 817 chronographs that have resurfaced in the past couple of years. The watch is completely identical to the Lemania Viggen – a watch issued to the Swedish Air Force as well as sold as a civil version. On the dial – the applied Rodania signature appears to be an oval sticker above the original ‘Lemania’ signature. A similar watch was features on HODINKEE ‘Bring a Loupe’ column last year. It seems that the Rodania is a civil version, as there are no military engravings on the caseback. Rodania, usually, provided tool chronographs to the Canadian military. The watches share the same case, dial, bezel and movement.