Another watch brand you may be effectively ignoring.

Unexpected meeting with Kelbert

I have skirted on Kelbert on different occasions previously, despite the fact that I obviously recollect recognizing a portion of their watches throughout the long term. Particularly these fitted with Valjoux types. Why? Hard to say – something different consistently provoked my curiosity more. I wound up with the Kelbert chronograph exclusively after I began searching for Landeron 185 watches with bizarre schedule style. It was during a period I was delving into various date components and this one especially impacted me for it’s downplayed opulence.

Surprising date design

When you take a gander at the dial, it doesn’t contrast much from a common tri-compax chronograph with counters for quite a long time, 30 minutes and 12 hours. Anyway, what is all the quarrel about? In the event that you center around the sub-dials once more, you will see that the base sub-dial is marginally unique. It doesn’t check hours however days!

Showing the date as opposed to tallying the date

We all realize date wheels as a moderately standard. Concerning an extra focal hand highlighting the day printed around the external track near the watch case, this component was really common in little width watches around the 1940s across many watch brands. Yet, showing the date the way Landeron 185 does it, you don’t come across that consistently. I call it Date Counter Chronograph. Why? The perusing of the dial is indistinguishable from a regular tri-compax chronograph plan with one little contrast – base sub-register checks the date numbers rather than the hour numbers. Straightforward. I trust you appreciate the complex and rationale behind the Date Counter name. Of course, it is unessential from a specialized point of view, however decent for vintage watch geeks attempting to put exact clear name on each and every forte of the watch.

Counting dates

Back to the plan. Another little detail that may assist you with detecting this type sooner while looking on Ebay may be the marginally greater distance across of date counter. It has around 10 millimeters, that is perhaps 2 mm more in comparison to the minutes and seconds counters. What really resembles level plan gets visual layers after a couple of moments of zeroing in on the dial. On account of the bigger measurement and exceptionally clean extensive plan, the date counter looks a smidgen more prevailing. Simultaneously it isn’t in hitting or upsetting differentiation with the couple of other sub-dials. I’ve pondered how this Kelbert would look like if the date counter was done backward panda style a few times.

Little large subtleties on Kelbert date counter

Another unmistakable component? The bolt hand. It has similar thickness as the smaller than normal moment and little second hand, yet with a significantly more extensive focal circle. I would say it is twofold in size. The external day counter track features decent Arabic numbers for odd days with the even days set apart as spots in the middle. The red tip is a pleasant detail, complementing the red numbering. However I need to concede that I’ve gotten myself inside deploring that there is all in all too much red going on in the dial.

Golden problem

I object to gold. Unquestionably a private matter, not an issue of the watch. Upon some random irregular watch determination morning drill when I happen to instinctively get the Kelbert it generally goes this way: I put the watch on my wrist and something simply doesn’t feel right. I generally feel like I’m not mature enough to wear it yet, trusting that the watch will give me a sign that I can really wear a (gold-plated) watch. I attempt to battle my brilliant issue by zeroing in on the for the most part half cut Arabic numerals that give the watch a sportier look.

Usually, rather than going any place I should go toward the beginning of the day, I end up with a magnifier on my eye energetically concentrating how the focal hands are going to be eaten up by too small pieces of rust. Inquisitive to perceive how this miniature battle will advance throughout the following 50 years. My morning check up proceeds with energized murmurs over the still unique and rapidly blurring luming on hands. Notice that they have been embraced an exquisite light yellow tone patina. It’s exclusively after this normal that I feel prepared to take off from the house – with or without the Kelbert on my wrist.

Kelbert logo

I comprehend the time-frame the company logo comes from, yet I need to say I don’t care for it. I don’t expect to say that the logo represents the moment of truth a watch – a long way from it. Yet, take a gander at Wittnauer for instance. It merits expounding upon in light of the fact that back in those days a lot of excellent, outwardly basic brand logos were conceived. In any case, the Kelbert logo appears to be excessively pitiful, shallow and unbalanced. Basic typography would take care of business better.

Premium address

The Kelbert Watch Company was established in 1938 and dwelled on 608 Fifth Avenue New York, as obvious on adverts. It imported Swiss watches with QXO code names engraved on the developments. The greater part of the Kelbert chronograph watches, this one including, is triple endorsed on the dial, the development and the case back. You will discover an assortment of Kelbert logo printings just as an assortment of adverts advancing their watches. In the event that you don’t care for this date counter, you can search for their watertight chronographs that are profoundly esteemed because of their very much constructed cases and tasteful Valjoux types. In spite of the fact that they don’t come available to be purchased regularly, even more worth looking at.

Setting up the calendar

No shock here – only three schedule pushers fitted in the side of the case. What merits calling attention to is that squeezing the pushers feels sound and simple. Significant disclaimer! On the off chance that you like this date counter chronograph style, there are different models around with a similar dial composition yet with the date set through a spinning bezel and crown. Twofold rainbow, I know, yet I haven’t been fortunate enough to buy one yet.

Playing with the chronograph

If I revealed to you that setting the schedule gives me incredible fulfillment, I wouldn’t make a difference a similar assessment to the chrono. Time keeping and chrono timing are consistently precise and solid, yet that sensation of squeezing the beginning/stop pusher is by one way or another disappointing. You press the catch, yet get the sensation of not being certain you truly squeezed it. The snap is short, level and not certain. Yet, again – it is a normal quality Landeron development and I didn’t get it as a result of chrono usefulness. I got the watch on account of the strange date counter that adds a pleasant hint of assortment to my date watches collection.


Obviously, you can get a Landeron 185 type not just with Kelbert watches. I have recently seen some decent hardened steel Bucherer or Titus sold web based including this type. They don’t spring up frequently, yet you can unearth them occasionally. I would be cautious with the choice however as the vast majority of them come with beaten dials. Also, on the off chance that you concur that the most fascinating piece of the watch sits under the plexi at 6, I would prefer to stand by and put more into getting a piece in flawless dial condition. Around 600 euros to 1000 euros may get you just that.