Rare 1950s Excelsior Park doctor’s chronograph in impeccable condition. The watch exudes quality on the wrist.
36 mm chromed stainless steel case with only light signs of wear and with original unsigned crown. Snap back case without any dents or scratches.
Original silvered argenté dial is in amazing condition showing even patina throughout. The dial is in rare pink with Art Deco numbers, that are most beautiful and unique. The hands are original blued steel.
The watch runs on Excelsior Park Cal 40 manual wind movement. The movement is a 17 jewel manufacture-grade, column wheel chrono which runs very accurately and smoothly. Movement was recently regulated in Switzerland and we guarantee the movement for 6 months.
Excelsior Watch was founded by Henri Jeanneret-Brehm, a member of the Jeanneret watchmaker family, who purchased the Magnenat-LeCoultre factory in Saint-Imier in 1911 with financial assistance from the Gallet company. He had previously registered the Excelsior name but added the English “Park” at the suggestion of Gallet to make their products more accessible to English-speaking buyers and to South America which was a thriving market through 1960s..
From 1918 through 1983, Excelsior Park manufactured a range of stopwatches, branded watches, and watch movements for Gallet, Girard Perregaux, and Zenith. The company focused on timing movements, including stopwatches and chronographs, and was quite successful in the post-war period. Their chief competitor (especially for business with Zenith) was Martel and their close partner, Universal Geneve.
After the quartz crisis, Excelsior Park was unable to continue operations. Gallet purchased the remaining stock to service their customers and the name went to Flume Company of Germany who were unable to revive it.
Movement: Manufacture Cal 40, 17 jewels, 18,000 vph
Dimensions: 36mm diameter (not including crown) 12 mm thick
Dial: original pink dial
Hands: original blued steel