The new Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grand Dome DT Vintage 1946 automatic chronograph watch is basically a refinished version of D&S Grand Dome DT model from last year. However, the refreshed version is now equipped with an even more appealing vintage-styled dial with almost the same set of vertically aligned sub-dials. While the original with its glossy and carbon-fiber-style surfaces was clearly high-tech, the new version has a certain Patek Philippe aura about it.
Well, in fact, the new finish of the dial seems to be the only difference between the “base” and the Vintage 1946 version of the watch.
As you can see on a fragment of a high-res image placed a couple of paragraphs below, the new piece features a nicely guilloched, ivory-toned dial.
The circular chronograph sub-dials at 12 hours (a 30-minute counter accompanied by Day and Day of Week indicator) and at 6 o’clock (a 12-hour counter combined with a moophase display) are finally replaced with barrel-shaped ones that match the shape of the elongated body.
Even the steel chapter ring was removed and replaced with 10 diamond-shaped hour markers accompanied by a finely printed minute track that also allows you to measure time intervals with accuracy up to 1/5th of a second.
The inner ring, which is supposed to indicate current date, also does its job very well.
As the first version of the watch, the timekeeper is powered by a modified version of the well-known ETA Valjoux 7751 movement (it is basically the same cal. 7750 work-horse with a full calendar module.)
Besides rearranging its sub-dials, the Swiss watchmaking specialist has also extensively redecorated it with all main elements rhodium-plated and the oscillating weight hand-engraved.
There is also a finely executed Les Ponts-de-Martel (Dubey & Schaldenbrand S.A.’s home village) coat of arms on the movement, also done by hand.
It is reported that the watch will be officially displayed next month during the upcoming Baselworld 2012 trade fair.
Photos: Dubey & Schaldenbrand
Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grand Dome DT Vintage 1946 automatic chronograph watch specification
Movement: Automatic, ETA Valjoux 7751, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Hand-engraved, rhodium-plated
Functions: Hours, minutes, chronograph, date, day of week, moonphase
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Tonneau
Bezel shape: Tonneau
Case size: 52.00 mm x 37.00 mm
Case height: N/A
Lug width: N/A
Hour markers: Diamond-shaped, steel
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Padded black alligator leather with folding clasp in steel
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective coating
Case back: Sapphire