Massena LAB Geometer Limited Edition of 99 Tribute
The Massena LAB Geometer is a reincarnation of a little-known, vintage chronograph, the Rodania Geometer, which has long been considered something of a grail watch for a niche of vintage watch enthusiasts and collectors. Notoriously difficult to find, and even more so to acquire, vintage examples can fetch prices in the high double digits at auction, making the watch all the more inaccessible to a larger audience.
The original Rodania Geometer reference, while closely resembling another famous Swiss chronograph, dates to 1954, three full years before the release of its doppelgänger, the Omega Speedmaster.
Little else is known about the genesis of the watch, and while the company exists to this day, journalistic outreach to Rodania has not proved fruitful as the company has seemingly not responded for comment. Like many other Swiss manufactures (and in this case, Belgian) its ownership has changed hands over the years, and sadly, the company no longer resembles its former self.
The Massena LAB Geometer is a vintage-styled chronograph with a tropical dial, distinctively wide and sharp hour and minute hands, three registers, and cream lume on its hands and hour indicators. The Geometer is fitted inside a 39mm polished stainless steel case with brushed lugs for visual interest.
Its three sunken subdials, which are radially grooved, include a thirty-minute counter at 3 o’clock, twelve-hour counter at 6, and small seconds counter at 9.
The Geometer uses a domed, acrylic crystal, with the addition of an engraved and stylized “M” at its center. This small, but important, detail, while difficult to manufacture, is a meaningful nod to the original, and now vintage, models.
|Water resistance||10 ATM|
|Movement/Caliber||SW510 M Elaboré hand-wound|
|Power reserve||58 h|
|Number of jewels||23|
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