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Zoom Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph
Zoom Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph
Zoom Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph
Zoom Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph
Zoom Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph
Zoom Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph
Zoom Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph
Zoom Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph
Zoom Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph
Zoom Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph
Zoom Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph
Zoom Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph

Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph

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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.

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Technical Details Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph, Ref. MTML-T-XX
Movement SW511 M BH b, manual winding.
Functions Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph.
Features Warm, tropical dial inspired by William Massena's vintage Type 20 from his personal collection.
Case Stainless steel, 38.5mm, with a bidirectional, rotating bezel with Arabic numerals.
Crystal Box mineral glass with sapphire coating.
Bracelet Delivered with two straps: brown sueded calfskin straps or Bund, also in brown sueded calfskin
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SPECIAL THANKS


Thank you to the American Airpower Museum for their warm welcome and allowing our team to photograph the Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB inside the Museum's hangar and on-board various historical and operational airplanes. The American Airpower Museum is located in Farmingdale, New York, at the site of the former Republic Aviation Plant where 9,000 P-47 Thunderbolts were produced for the United States during the second World War. Today the mission of the Museum is the preservation and education of American aviation and military history in New York State. All photographs taken by Atom Moore on-site and with the permission of the American Airpower Museum on Long Island, New York.

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