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

Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Flyback Chronograph

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Introducing the Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Flyback Chronograph, one of two vintage-inspired chronographs both honoring one of the great tool watches of mid-century aviation, released in collaboration with famed, Swiss watchmaker Mathey-Tissot.

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 Flyback Chronograph features a clean, black dial with large, coffee-colored Arabic numerals, painted with soft layers of lume and two registers:  a “big eye” fifteen-minute counter at 3 o’clock, and small seconds at 9. This dial is exclusive to Massena LAB.

The Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Flyback Chronograph is the companion piece to the Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Tribute Chronograph.

The Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Flyback Chronograph is powered by the self-winding Arola caliber 7750 FlyB, so-named for its flyback complication, with a power reserve of 48 hours, and 29 jewels.

The Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Flyback Chronograph is limited to 25 pieces and is available immediately.

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Technical Details Mathey-Tissot x Massena LAB Type XX Flyback Chronograph, Ref. MTML-XX
Movement Arola caliber 7750 FlyB, self-winding.
Functions Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with flyback complication (retour en vol).
Features Oversized, Arabic numerals with coffee-colored lume and "big eye" fifteen minute counter.
Case Stainless steel, 38.5mm, with a bidirectional, rotating bezel with Arabic numerals.
Crystal Box mineral glass with anti-reflective, sapphire coating.
Bracelet Delivered with two straps: brown sueded calfskin straps or Bund, also in brown sueded calfskin
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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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