Lemania “Double-Pusher” Royal Navy Chronograph c.1976

Lemania “Double-Pusher” Royal Navy Chronograph c.1976

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Lemania “Double-Pusher” Royal Navy Chronograph c.1976

In 1969, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) changed its wristwatch chronograph specification from a single-pusher to a double-pusher. This was to enable the wearer to pause the timing of an event and then subsequently resume the stopwatch function. This is in contrast to the earlier single-pusher chronographs which can only reset the stopwatch function after having paused the timing.

These exceptionally rare chronographs were issued to pilots of the Royal Navy and only a mere 500 are believed to have been issued over two years, 250 in 1975 and 250 in 1976.

The 1872 calibre movement which powers the watch is largely based upon the more famous 321 calibre movement of the early Omega Speedmasters.

The watch for sale is particularly special as it was formerly the property of Lt. Paul Littleton, who was a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter pilot.

Lt. Littleton, along with four other servicemen, tragically died in a Sea King helicopter collision on approach to HMS Invincible on Friday 6 March 1981.

It is believed Lt. Littleton was wearing the watch during the crash. This may explain the deep scratches on the glass, which can be seen in the photos.

According to the details of the crash, it would appear Lt. Littleton’s body was not recovered for nine days after the accident, meaning the watch is likely to have been submerged beneath the sea for all this time.

A detailed report of the collision is as follows:

Collided six miles south of St Catherine’s Point, Isle of Wight during independent approaches to HMS Invincible and when 2½ miles astern of the ship. Both crashed into the English Channel killing all four crew of XZ917 and one of the four crew on XZ915. Both wrecks were located by divers on the 15th March, and were recovered to the AIU at Lee-on-Solent

The watch comes on its original NATO strap and is accompanied by a photo of Lt. Littleton in uniform aboard HMS Lynx in 1969 and a letter of provenance detailing the crash.

The Lemania “Double-Pusher” for sale is in lovely overall condition.
The dial is in wonderful original condition with no major flaws or blemishes.
The hands, crown and pusher are all correct to the original specification of the watch.
The casing is in good condition with a number of marks and scratches commensurate with the age and history of the watch. There are numerous deep scratches on the glass.
The 1872 calibre movement is in very good condition and is currently running well and keeping good time.

The watch comes complete with a free six-month warranty, its original NATO strap and a quality handmade leather watch pouch.

Diameter: 40mm (exc crown)