Rare vintage Lemania SAAF South African Airforce Chronograph watch from 1980’s in used condition
Watch is all original as found with battle marks and scratches, there are some scratches to the original plexi crystal. Watch is powered by Lemania caliber 5012 and is in good working order chronograph function works and hands slide back to zero, I have not touched the watch movement but it can be serviced if requested. Stainless steel case showing wearing marks and scratches , case back AF reference indicates this watch was made in the later batch of production. Watch case measures 41mm with the crown, 20mm between lugs
The SAAF had been commissioning pilots’ watches from Lemania since the late 1950s. For this particular model, the 5012 calibre, the SAAF procured two batches of 400 watches each in 1980. It’s uncertain just how many remain in existence today, but there’s an interesting and often repeated story to be found here regarding the sad fate of a number of them: http://www.wix.com/rbasson/saafwatches#!
This is a very rare bird that you don’t see often for sale