Awesome vintage observes often come in odd packaging.

Whether it is an entertaining shape, similar to the Zenith El Primero Big Blue with its TV Screen case. Or on the other hand a family unit watch brand’s unordinary model, for example, Tissot’s Wood-and Stone watches. Also a relaxed looking watch covering a great development, as any Junghans chrono from the ’50s with their astonishing J88 development. Imagine a scenario in which every one of the 3 comes in a single watch. In a watch that is from an easily recognized name from the business. A chronograph maybe, with an amazing development. To finish it off in an unusual rectangular case. All things considered, I know at any rate one such watch, but I’m certain there are numerous out there. Even better, I have this watch in my assortment and I’m glad to discuss it. It’s the Certina Argonaut chronograph first execution from the finish of the 1960s with a Valjoux 23 inside.

A little bundle doesn’t mean the content can’t be grand

Certina Argonaut

The Argonaut line comprises of a lot of various models from straightforward time-just watches to chronographs with Valjoux 72 inside them. As this article is about the Certina Argonaut chronograph I will zero in on these as opposed to giving you an overview in general model family. On the off chance that we needed to sort them, we would have to recognize 2 sub-dial and 3 sub-dial variants. The 2 sub-dial models had Valjoux 23 – or its subsidiary like the 236 – inside them. While the 3 sub-dial models had the famous Valjoux 72(6) as their “motor”. Argonauts likewise turned out in one or the other dark or white dials for either development varieties. The dials were a panda and opposite panda (white dial, dark subdials and the other way around) however there was additionally a dark dial just form by the name of Certina Argonaut 200m. As the name proposes it was watertight up to 200 meters.

References

To summarize it; Certina Argonaut chronos were either dark dials with white subdials or white dials with dark subs. There were 2 or 3 subdials, in light of what development was inside them. At that point there was this one model which was dark just, the 200m. It’s fascinating to comprehend the appearance of the watch since the reference numbers truly had neither rhyme nor reason. Everything began with the reference 8401 001 (like my watch) and a Valjoux 23 inside. Certina’s name for the 23; type 29-053. Later models that had the improved Valjoux 236 developments (Certina 29 063) bore the reference 8401 501. The 200m’s ref was 8401 002. These models had one subsidiary of Valjoux 23. Argonaut chronograph watches with Valjoux 726 had reference numbers beginning with 8501. The 2 distinct forms were; 8501 001 and 8501 501. Straightforward, isn’t that so? Wrong. It’s a mess.

Case

Now that we realize the essentials we should take a gander at the watch that I gained some time prior. It is the Certina Argonaut chronograph reference 8401 001. You can locate this number outwardly case back, simply over the chronic number. It has a case shape that is a blend among rectangular and pad where the carries are really continuations of the case instead of whatever else. The Argonaut estimates 41.9mm from carry tip to drag tip, the width is 38,6mm excluding the crown.  By these numbers, you can see that the Certina Argonaut chronograph isn’t especially huge watch, yet it wears extraordinary and somewhat bigger than its size. The as the dial is round you have huge level metal surfaces around it, with vertical brushing. The remainder of the case is cleaned from the finish of the drags aside and the case back.

 

Speaking of which, the case back is screw-in and, as I said contains the reference and the chronic numbers. The reference is over, the sequential beneath (I eliminated the last digits from the photographs). We are discussing a 7-digit sequential, that dates the Argonaut to 1968, which was the main year they came out. Argonaut chronos had a fairly short run in spite of an enormous number of watches you can in any case discover today. Certina made them somewhere in the range of 1968 and 1972 or somewhere in the vicinity. In light of this similarity 7.5million chronic numbers and higher are from 1969, 8million is 1970, etc. While the sequential would give you the unpleasant creation year, the reference can disclose to you the real watch determination. Initial 2 digits allude to the type, the subsequent 2 are the case material, the last 3 are the model number. Which means 84 (Certina 29-053, 29-063) 01(stainless steel) 001(model number).

Dial

I gabbed about the different dial varieties previously, so I don’t go into that once more. All things considered, how about we take a gander at the dial in detail. The Certina Argonaut chronograph dials are quite lively with a great deal of little subtleties and tones. On mine, the base tone is dark for the dial and the tachymeter scale, painted outwardly. On the while dial forms it’s dark and on later dark dial variants (8401 501) it’s white, giving an agreement to the entire watch. The files are steel and applied, the remainder of the dial is painted. At 3 o’clock you can locate a white subdial with minimal red subtleties. That is for the 30-minute counter. At 9 o’clock you can see another white subdial. That is the proceeds with seconds hand. the chrono focus hand is red, the huge white stick hands have Tritium on them.

Valjoux

When it comes to Argonaut chronographs, in any event the ones I think about, Valjoux developments went into them only. Since my watch is one of the soonest Argonaut chronos it has a Valjoux 23 inside. That is a manual breeze, chronograph development with 17 gems, 48 hours of force hold and 18,000 Vph. The 23 is a fascinating type for some reasons. To begin with it was broadly utilized by various brands from Certina, to Doxa, Nivada, Vetta, Heuer and so on It is likewise the base for the notorious Valjoux 72 that you can discover in vintage Rolex Daytonas for instance. As I referenced above, later Certina Argonauts (8401 501) had Valjoux 236 developments inside them. The 236 was a move up to the ordinary 23. It has a Vph of 21,600 rather than the 23’s 18,000. Aside from this anyway the two types are identical.

Higher vph (vibrations each hour) implied better exactness henceforth the redesign. It is exceptionally simple to check if your watch has the right type. You should simply to open the rear of your watch. Regardless of whether you have a previous Valjoux 23 (Certina 29-053) or the “update”, the Valjoux 236 (Certina 29-063) the type number is on the scaffold simply under Certina. In the event that you don’t have it on the scaffold it is most likely an assistance substitution, as unique extensions all contain this number. If it’s not too much trouble, allude to the photograph underneath. The development doesn’t just contain the Certina type number however the genuine Valjoux number too. You can see it engraved into the base plate simply under the equilibrium wheel.

Final words

This article ended up being more specialized as I initially planned to compose it. Be that as it may, I didn’t delve into the subtleties of the Certina Argonaut excessively profound. In the event that you have such a watch or wanting to buy one soon ideally this review will assist you with confirming the watch being referred to. Clearly, there are huge loads of other data in regards to this and numerous other vintage Certina models (Have you known about their jumper’s watches? j/k) and maybe gradually we will get to those as well. Meanwhile, I’d prefer to welcome you to visit the  , a site I expounded on a short time back . In the event that you have a Certina and you need to find out about it or simply want to do some examination on the brand it’ the best spot to begin. You’ll ideally do it with a vintage Argonaut on your wrist.