Today’s #TBT on the Venus 211 is an exceptional one as it is the main article from another Fratello benefactor, Tomas Rosputinsky ( on Instagram). Tomas is from, and lives in, Slovakia and has a desire for some somewhat varied vintage watches. Later on, we’ll see pieces on both the new and old from him, however today we start with something distinctly “dated”. Welcome, Tomas!
I think it was following an entire week with the Speedmaster 60th LE (my first Speedy ever) that I understood how frequently I take a gander at my wrist looking for the date. Regardless of the amount I delighted in the Speedmaster, that week caused me to notice vintage date watches. In any case, this time with a restored interest, attempting to comprehend what insider facts could be found available. A couple of unconstrained and pretty arbitrary buys later, I was empowered much more – this at last prompted the Venus 211.
You Know the Drill
It wouldn’t be a long way from reality to say that I just read a string at some neighborhood Italian, French or German discussion while attempting to discover more about explicit watch refs. The more you read (says thanks to Internet for Google interpret) and the more tabs you open, you end up with 20 new different developments, models, brands or refs you HAVE to explore.
The Biggest Curiosity – Finding the Venus 211
I tapped on one of my twenty newly opened program tabs and my eyes almost leaped out onto my console. What I saw was quite possibly the most nonexclusive and for some, too exhausting chronograph dial plans with two sub registers. However underneath them there was a twofold date pattern made of two turning circles that were so huge I needed to twofold watch that I was taking a gander at a vintage watch. In the event that that wasn’t sufficient, the digits showed a bizarre date ’38’. This was my first experience with the Big Date type Venus 211 and I was hooked.
Why Big Date?
The renowned Rolex Datejust from 1945 was the absolute first programmed wristwatch with an evolving date. Things got a move on in the following not many years on account of Hans Wilsdorf’s significant other who couldn’t peruse the date without any problem. As it ought to be in a caring relationship, her better half, who turned out to be the supervisor of Rolex at that point, figured everything out. In addition to the fact that he introduced the sorcery amplifying “Cyclops” that made perusing the date more comfortable, however he additionally presented the changing of dates pointedly at 12 PM in the flicker of an eye.
Yet the principal single window date dials on wrist watches showed up in the last part of the 20’s and mid 30’s, very nearly 20 years before the Rolex Datejust. The equivalent yet impressively more modest circumferential date circles were driven for instance by basic types with chamber escapements. On the off chance that you have an early single window date watch in your assortment, you realize that perusing dates was and still is somewhat of a torment. Watchmakers knew it 80 years prior as well. Enter the Venus 211.
When Cheaper is More Original
The Swiss development producer Venus governed the glad period of appreciated segment wheel chronographs. Watchmakers consider the Venus better than the significant chronograph competitors like Valjoux and Lémania, both in plan and capacity. Their participation with Breitling brought some amazing models that a normal authority will battle to put his hands on today. In the late forties in any case, the interest for less expensive chronographs developed and Venus reacted with a progression of cam-exchanged developments. One of them was the Venus 210 development that was subsequently improved with a date gadget – called Venus 211.
Hunting Time For a Venus 211
During my examination on the Venus 211 I found many watch brands, including Claude Meylan, Nivrel, Tollet, Unic, Agir Watch or Delvina. The one that struck me the most was from Bucherer, a brand whose sound and heritage I generally preferred. I just saw a couple of existing Bucherers with the Venus 211 on the web. The one I preferred most had round pushers. Finding a Venus 211 Big Date in decent condition isn’t simple – it took me an entire year to discover one on eBay. My delight was much greater when the Italian vendor recorded the Venus enormous date with a Bucherer logo on it. Albeit the watch has rectangular pushers, it appeared to be quite even accompanied the first box. As indicated by the seller the watch came from the first proprietor, a person working in Lucerne, who got it in the 60s.
Holding It For the First Time
I need to concede – the watch configuration may be somewhat nonexclusive and the dial somewhat occupied on this Bucherer, however the Venus 211 was the genuine draw. The dark moment track is firmly encircled by an external blue tachymetre scale and internal red telemetric scale. On the off chance that it was up to me, I would abandon the telemetric today. However what I see as the most serious issue is that all the track lines are of a similar thickness, making it simple to get lost when you need to peruse the specific time with simply a brief glance. On the off chance that things weren’t sufficiently occupied, the moment track is improved with lume specks at regular intervals. Gold three-sided thistle like markers sparkle at the odd hours with pleasantly formed Arabic numerals at even hours. Considering in the all around protected gold-plated case and all hands, a remarkable dream for a gold-tone sort of authority. An excessive number of gold tones are possibly the solitary motivation behind why this Bucherer doesn’t sit on top of my inner TOP WRIST TIME diagram. What satisfies my spirit most when seeing it are no grimy spots or scratches on the dial in close to consummate condition, no noticeable imprints on the sub-enrolls, no cuts on hauls and no untouchable profound or surface scars that are regularly obvious on the back or sides because of thoughtless watch opening.
Playing With the Date
All disgrace aside, I would say I gazed at the Venus 211 major date with my eyes totally open for quite a long time. Setting the date interestingly was a little service. I began with delicately hauling the crown out. Watching the date number hop interestingly made it an in some way or another new involvement with comparison to a date change through conventional date patterns that are typically a large portion of the size. Envision the inclination when I set up two free bi-pivoting plates with a small pin pusher fitted in the side of the case at the 8 position.
From a development perspective, in comparison to current Lange Outsize Date Mechanism that presented 2 plates being layered one over the another in 1994, the Venus 211 varies with no profundity impact as circles are set at a similar level. You can see a small hole made where the circles almost float into one another. Impact very much like the cutting edge Glashütte Original Panorama Date presented in 1997. It comprises of the two mathematical circles mounted concentrically on a similar level. This circles setup was likewise found in Angelus Dato12 models with type 255 in late forties.
What watch idealists may allude to as the greatest flaw or deformity of the Venus 211 major date is the thing that entertains me the most. This date development type tallies from 0 to 39, rather than 1 to 31. So you need to address each beginning month to 1. Not frequently does a designing flaw make an ideal talking point.
On the Wrist
Fitted with a slender and exquisite dark cordovan calfskin lash, I like wearing my Bucherer Venus 211 the most when the months are going to change. That non-conventional, if not abnormal, date bounce from the 31st to the 32nd or 33rd consistently urges me to disturb my own generalizations, to pause and think. It reminds me not to fail to remember that the human touch has a significant effect. For the record, the Venus 211 is no horological wonder, however its inheritance reverberates today significantly more. Anything can be designed or mechanized. However, for me this basic large date development is living verification of the way that going the complicated way that requires extra exertion may be more enjoyable, really captivating and carry a new view to your every day schedule. So human.
Look at the current creation of IWC with its Big Pilot Big Date “150 Years” Edition, the principal Big Pilot to convey a major date complication or Mido that praised its 100th commemoration with delivering oddities, for example, the Mido Baroncelli Big Date. One starts to comprehend that the huge date is acquiring on prevalence indeed and uprightly thought to be a complication that has its worth. In the event that it was not created by Lange in the nineties, the Venus 211 might be the most punctual large date application in a watch. Not awful for a chronograph watch from the fifties that you can get for under 1000 euros.