In 1946, Swiss watch brand Delma released its first chronograph at a time when wristwatches were previously seen as exclusive professional instruments for aviators, racers and military men. Named Midland and equipped with a mechanical hand-winding movement, this classic 18-karat yellow gold chronograph indicates the beginning of Delma’s sports watch collection. This year, the brand is marking the 75th anniversary of this exceptional chronograph.
To celebrate this milestone, Delma has created the Heritage Chronograph LE bicompax chronograph, which houses an automatic movement. It comes with a 43mm diameter polished stainless steel, yellow or rose gold PVD case.
Limited to only 75 pieces per model, this new watch maintains essential characteristics of the original and features a Tachymeter and Telemeter.
During those times, the Tachymeter was used to calculate speed, specifically units per hour. While today such measurements are readily presented to us with various electronic instruments, this scale preceded them by using a fixed marker to give an accurate measurement of the rate of travel of a car, train or even a plane.
The Telemeter, featured on the inner ring of the perimeter was innovated to measure the distance between the timepiece and a visual element through the speed of sound, a prime example being the proximity of lightning through the measurement of its visual appearance and the thunder heard. While this may seem novel today, this functionality was crucial on the battlefield and in various other applications.
Another vintage era inspired element is the three elongated lines on the minute counter at 3, 6 and 9 minutes, originally used to time phone calls at payphones as they would end in 3-minute intervals (if no further money were inserted).
While the new limited edition Heritage is undoubtedly a revival of a historic chronograph, it is also subtly enhanced with new design elements and materials. Cathedral shaped hour and minute hands in a blued finish with old radium luminous markers have been introduced to yellow gold and rose gold PVD case varieties.
A new black dial version features stainless steel hands with C3SuperLuminova.The central seconds hand rotates through the enlarged and luminous Arabic numerals now displayed in a slightly bolder, modernized typeface.
Model: Heritage Chronograph Limited Edition
43mm polished stainless steel, yellow or rose gold PVD case
Domed sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 100m / 330ft
Sunray-brushed dial with two circular guilloche-pattern counters
Tachymeter and Telemeter
Stainless steel or blued cathedral shaped minute and hour-hand, central seconds hand
Arabic numerals, minute and hour hands with SuperLuminova
Date window at 6 o’clock.
Automatic Sellita SW510 Bicompax chronograph movement
Small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30 minutes at 3 o’clock, Date at 6 O’clock
DELMA customized rotor visible through transparent case back.
Genuine leather strap in black, blue or brown with folding clasp with pushers
Delma natural wooden box
Limited edition to 75 pieces per model
Recommended retail price
Stainless steel version: CHF 2400 / EUR 2600 / USD 2750
Yellow gold / rose gold PVD version: CHF 2500 / EUR 2700 / USD 2850