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.
DODANE 1857 23 GMT
Entirely black, the 23 GMT is an automatic winding mechanical watch, with date and GMT functions.
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.
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