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Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph
Introducing the Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph, one of two vintage-inspired chronographs released in collaboration with famed, Swiss watchmaker Mathey-Tissot, both honoring one of the great tool watches of mid-century aviation.
In the 1950s and 60s, several prominent manufacturers, like Breguet, were issued contracts by the French Ministry of Defense (MOD) to produce pilot’s watches according to certain military specifications. The requirements included a flyback function, or retour en vol, which allowed a pilot to instantaneously restart a running chronograph without the typical need to stop, reset, and then restart; a black dial with large, luminous, Arabic numerals and two registers at 3 and 9 o’clock; a bidirectional, 12-hour rotation bezel; and a power reserve of at least 35 hours.
When Breguet, based in France at the time, lacked the resources to complete the contract on their own, they turned to their partner in Switzerland, Mathey-Tissot. Mathey-Tissot was the one of the most industrious suppliers of the Type 20 chronograph of the post war era, supplying a great number of the chronographs to the French government. In fact, out of the 2,000 Type 20 chronographs that Breguet had agreed to supply, none were made by Breguet. They were, instead, made by Mathey-Tissot.
The Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph has a warm, brown, tropical dial, and coffee-colored, luminous Arabic numerals. This dial is exclusive to Massena LAB and inspired by William Massena’s very own, vintage Breguet Type XX chronograph from his personal collection.
The Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph is the companion piece to the Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Flyback Chronograph.
The Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph is powered by the manual-winding Sellita caliber SW511 M BH b, with a power reserve of 63 hours, 28,800 half oscillations per hour (4 Hz), and 23 jewels.
The Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph is a limited edition of 99 pieces and is available immediately.
The first 50 watches will ship immediately after purchase. The remaining 49 watches will ship by mid December.
Free, express shipping.
• Manual-winding, Sellita caliber SW511 M BH b.
• 28,800 half oscillations per hour (4Hz).
• Diameter: 30mm.
• Power reserve of 63 hours.
• 23 jewels.
• Stop second device.
• Hours, minutes, small seconds, chonograph functions.
• Limited to 99 pieces.
• Individually numbered.
• Delivered with presentation box, papers, instruction manuals, and Massena LAB NFC card.
• Warm, tropical brown dial with Arabic numerals.
• Rich, coffee-colored lume.
• Dial exclusive to collaboration with Massena LAB.
• Radially-grooved subsidiary registers: small seconds at 9 o'clock and "big eye" fifteen minute counter at 3 o'clock.
• "Heritage" Mathey-Tissot signature.
• Diameter: 38.5mm, thickness: 14.6mm.
• 45.5mm lug to lug.
• 316L stainless steel.
• Bi-directional, no click bezel with Arabic numerals.
• Oversized crown.
• Box mineral glass with anti-reflective, sapphire coating.
• Delivered with two straps, both in sueded calfskin: Bund style or classic two-piece.
• Two-year guarantee