Friday, December 4, 2015

DODANE 1857 - 23 Chrono BNL, 23 GMT & 21 Héritage

Cédric Dodane represents the 5th generation of a line of watchmakers first established in1857 in Franche-Comté (in the east of France, near the Swiss border),  the  year  of  the  first  Dodane  watch  design  and manufacturing  workshops.  The  company  was  founded  by Alphonse  Dodane  and  until  recently  managed  by  Cédric's father Laurent. Maison Horlogère Dodane 1857 is today one of the rare companies to have remained completely independent, still run by the same family.

Since 1930, Dodane has been one of the accredited and most respected  suppliers  of  military  and  civil  aviation  and  also international  organisations.  The brand has forged a solid reputation in watches for pilots with its "Type 21", a navigation instrument essential for every pilot's wrist in the French Air Force.

Referenced by NATO, today Maison Dodane 1857 offers onboard chronographs for civil and military planes, as well as a range  of  individually  numbered  "Made  in  France" wristwatches,  created  as  limited  editions.  They combine expertise, reliability and aesthetic appeal, values that speak volumes to pilots and all who love aviation and wonderful mechanics in general.

The focus is on the possibility of customising all the models, for private customers and for institutions such as the Air Force, Air France, Morane Saulnier, Latécoère, etc., and also on the value of a French family's watchmaking legacy and aviation heritage. On  request,  the  chronographs  can  obtain  "Chronometer Certification"  for  "Time-Frequency-Chronometry"  from  the Observatoire National de Mesure in Besançon, a recognised and independent academic inspection body.

In this article we highlight three contemporary watch models from the brand.

DODANE 1857 23 Chrono BNL
Type 23 models have a Low Light technical coating applied to the dials. The same coating is applied to Type 211 on-board chronographs for civil and military planes, making the entire dial visible when flying at night.
Features: "23 BNL": Chronograph 316 steel case, brushed finish, black PVD -60-minute progressive scale steel bezel with aluminium insert, 12-hour brushed or polished steel scale, 42.5mm in diameter, waterproof to 10 bar(100 metres). Low-light hands and indices on the dial, 2030 mechanical movement to 1/5th of a second by Dubois Depraz, Flyback mechanism optional. Transparent mineral crystal base, top sapphire crystal – Black Barenia calfskin strap with yellow top-stitching

DODANE 1857 23 GMT
Entirely black, the 23 GMT is an automatic winding mechanical watch, with date and GMT functions.
Features: "23 GMT": 316 L satin-finish steel case, black PVD, 60-minute scalesteel bezel aluminium insert, 42.5mm diameter, waterproof to 10 bar(100m). BGW9 hands and indices on dial, 312 mechanic movement to1/5th of a second by Dubois Depraz, GMT complication, 42-hour power reserve, transparent mineral crystal base, top sapphire crystal – Black Barenia calfskin strap with white top-stitching

DODANE 1857 21 Héritage
The Type 21 Héritage is a reissue that retains the functionalities and personality of the original Type 21, given to French Air Force pilots from 1956 to 1994.
Features: "21 Héritage": Steel case, Dubois Depraz 42021 mechanical movement, 57 rubies, 42-hour power reserve, Flyback mechanism, scratch-proof sapphire crystal (hardness: 9 on the Mohs scale or 1,800on the Vickers scale), waterproof to 10 bar, pressurised, depressurised. Luminescent SuperLuminova C3 handles and indices, uni-directional rotating brushed steel bezel with 12-hour numbers - Brown Barenia calfskin strap with white top-stitching.

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