Angelus Stainless Steel DatoLuxe with large date, day of the week and moonphase.
Case: stainless steel, polished and brushed, stepped lugs, correctors in the left band, snap back
Dial: two-tone silvered with luminous Arabic numerals, outer minute divisions, luminous hands, center seconds, date and day windows below 12 o’clock, moon phase at 6 o’clock
Movement: Cal. 256, copper colored, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring, index regulator
Dial, case and movement signed.
Diameter: 34mm Thickness: 9mm
Case No: 253xxx
Angelus was founded 1891 in Le Locle two brothers, Albert and Gustav Stolz. By the early 20th century they focused on developing complications for wristwatches and gained a reputation for designing quality wristwatches, especially chronographs. Despite the early demand for their wristwatches, Angelus folded during the Quartz crisis. It has since been resurrected and currently produces high end tourbillons.
In the 1950’s, Angelus introduced the Datoluxe model, a non-chronograph complicated wristwatch that featured the day, date, and moon phase. Angelus was the first manufacture at the time to produce a model with the split number date. This feature is now commonly associated with the large date display on A. Lange & Sohne watches, showing how innovative Angelus was for its time.
The present example has a crisp case, and a beautifully aged two-toned dial and warm luminous numerals and hands. The innovative “digital date” display and moon phase complications further enhance the appeal of this vintage watch.