Record Datofix Triple Date Watch
Rare Record Datofix with triple calendar and moon-phase.
Circa 1950s, the watch has a stunning three-tone dial, the main body of which has a matte silvered finish whilst the hours are marked with ‘tumbling’ Arabic numerals against a higher sheen, circular grain background. The outermost date ring is calibrated with black Arabic numerals and the central red-tipped hand indicates the date.
In the early 1950s, Record was one of the few independent watch manufacturers to have developed their own in-house movement calibre, with the combined complications of day/date/month/moon indication. Indeed, B. Humbert, in his book “Modern Calendar Watches” (2nd Ed, 1954) lists only 8 independent watchmakers producing their own triple calendar, and moon-phase calibres in 1954; among the 8 listed, Humbert cites: Record, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Omega and Jaeger-LeCoultre.
The ‘Datofix’ model was listed by Record in 1949 and was advertised in the same year. The company exhibited their calendar watches with moon phase at the Basel Watch Fair in both 1949 and 1950. The Datofix is especially unusual for its placement of the moon phases at 12 o’clock rather than the traditional position of 6 o’clock that is more commonly found on the dials of other watchmakers.
This example is in beautiful condition and comes complete with a slim brown leather strap finished with a chrome buckle.
This watch comes in a contemporary presentation box.