Dodane Type 21 Watch Available On James List

Dodane Type 21 Watch Available On James List

Dodane Type 21 Watch Available On James List   sales auctions

Dodane is a very cool watch brand. They don't exactly have the biggest collection of pieces - banking it all on a single product with a few variations, but a nice product it is. Their fine offering is the Type 21 watch, a historical looking aviation timepieces with a healthy relevance for today's pilot or watch enthusiast. Nothing in the watch sacrifice's its core mission - to be a highly legible timepieces, with a flyback chronograph, and to function as a measuring tool in the event an aircraft's instrumentation dies.

Dodane's website does a very good job explaining not only the history of the watch, but also all of its functions and available variations - all with lots of pictures. While not perfect, the site is surprisingly useful - for a watch brand website that is. Based in France, Dodane watches are very rare in the US. The French brand is proud of their history that goes back to 1857. Today, it is said that the fifth generation Dodane family still presides over the brand. I think they even still have a cockpit mounted dashboard clock that you can buy from them (called the Type 211). If you are a fan of serious aviation tools and also want something different, the Dodane Type 21 is a good way to go.

Dodane Type 21 Watch Available On James List   sales auctions

Dodane Type 21 Watch Available On James List   sales auctions

Dodane Type 21 Watch Available On James List   sales auctions

Some people are going to call it a poor man's Breguet Type XX - which in a sense it is, though for not that poor of a man. I would say that both the Breguet and Dodane watches evolved together, which is why they look similar. I placed an image of the Breguet Type XX Transatlantique watch here for you to compare. Both are beautiful watches in their own right. Funny how the Dodane is the Type 21, and the Breguet is the Type 20 - coincidence?

The Type 21 is offered with a few dials, case finished, and straps. The case is 41.5 mm wide in steel, and available in a stain or polished case. You can get the rotating bezel in polished steel, or in black and polished steel. If you like, you can opt for the most traditional looking bi-compax layout with two subdials (but you can only measure 30 minutes). Or you can get the full three subdial array - which lets you measure up to 12 hours. There is also a yellow and black dial for enhanced darkness viewing, even though the hands and numerals are already covered in SuperLumiNova. Case is water resistant to 100 meters and has a sapphire crystal. The dial is really great looking, and very easy to read with all those Arabic numerals. The sloped chapter ring serves as a tachymetre scale.

Dodane Type 21 Watch Available On James List   sales auctions

While the variety of strap choice is nice, I am drawn to the interesting metal bracelet. It reminds me a bit of a cross between old Rolex bracelets and the bracelet on the famed Tiffany & Co. Streamerica watch. See what I mean. I would have to get that cool bracelet if I had this watch. Inside the Type 21 is an Dubois Depraz Calibre 42021 automatic chronograph movement with a flyback mechanism. You can see the movement through the caseback crystal window. Dodane offers a nicely decorated version of the movement in the Type 21 watch. So there you have it, a really cool watch you probably haven't heard of before that could easily be more mainstream than it's niche placement might suggest. Price for the Dodane Type 21 watch starts at about $3,000 and goes up to about $4,500.

See a Dodane Type 21 watch available on James List here.

7 comments
Scott A
Scott A

My sentiment on this watch is simular to "Tiger Moth" and "Joseph Frankie IV" posts on the Luminox Deep Dive (yes I own one of those too!). So with out re-writing what they have said I feel the same about this watch...or I should say my watch! I think the Dodane is a very nice piece indeed. Bought my from Martin Pulli. I have emailed back and forth to Mr.Dodane and wanted to share a few things about Dodane for anyone considering such an amazing watch. These are all the tid bits from Mr.Dodane himself.

"The movement which runs the TYPE 21 reissue is Dubois-Dépraz 42021.

Dubois-Depraz is an independent Swiss company.

Our production is currently about 300-500 wristwatches per year and one hundred onboard chronographs. We also have a big activity with the maintenance of army on board chronographs.

We relaunch in 2001 the brand by supplying parts and onboard chronograph for the army, and then we launch in 2004 a first reissue of 150 chronoTYPE 21. Then we produce a second reissue of 130 in 2008, and a third reissue of 100 pieces in 2009, and finally a 400 pieces serial. The series are composed by all versions (2 chronographs Totalisators dial, 3 chronographs Totalisators dial, yellow serial etc…). For example, the yellow serial of your chronograph is 100 pieces maximum in the reissue of 400 piece.

Around 5000 Type 20 and 21 were manufactured by manufacture Dodane SA from 1954 to 1994 and this under various brands (dodane, airin, airain dod, chronofixe etc…)and even without brand.

The movement is based on a ETA 2892-A2, with top finishing, sophisticated timing setting element: three legged Glucydur balance, Nivarox-I- flat spiral, Etachron fine adjustment,meticulous craftsmanship decoration: «Cote de Genève» finish on winding-mechanism, polished-surfacing with chamfered bridges, blues screws, Bridge rhodium finishing, Colimaçon décoration on Barrel.

Dubois Depraz assembled all the movement but since the beginning of swacth group strategy (to stop supplying other brands), they don’t continue to make the assembling of the ETA parts.

They now received a assembled movement and put their module on the ETA base. But this base movement must have some improvements (inspired by omega who develop with Dubois Depraz that movement) before being assembled with a Dubois Depraz module.

That also why we pay a particular attention to control and re-set the accurate of each watch, and it make a big deference between us and other brand who use the same movement.

Q;Are all 57 jewels functional or make the movement more accurate?

All the jewels are fonctionnal. They make the mouvement more accurate but mainly more reliable and more isochronal.

Kris C
Kris C

This is a nice one, but nothing really new or exciting here. What is it doing that a million other's aren't already?
You can ohh and ahh at 57 jewels all you like, but that basically just means there are a few dozen useless jewels that do little more than drive the price.
I don't think the price for this one is out of control, but I'd do much better for that money in a watch than this.

Alexis Sarkissian
Alexis Sarkissian

We love it so much that we became distributors. TOTALLY WORTH IT, LLC: 1 888 TWI 4ALL (1 888 894 4255).

Dale Taylor
Dale Taylor

Hi Guys
I have got to say this is a very beautiful watch. Simply complex and yearning for admiration. For some reason the type face, size and choreography of balance appears to be perfect Symmetry is such a creator of beauty for this chronograph.
Have a great week all
taylor883

Jonny Brand
Jonny Brand

I don't agree at all with Kris C. This watch is worth every cent, no jewel too many inside. Just a perfect watch. Beautiful to look at, great to use, no fancy details but everything functional, the way it should be for a pilot's watch. And I am a pilot myself, so I know what I talk about.

admin
admin

Cool Alexis! Is this a new brand that you are representing?

TotallyWorthIt
TotallyWorthIt

Dear Ariel, 2 years later... I just saw this sorry! Indeed, we distribute Dodane but the quantities are very small: 400 for the Type 21 and now only 300 for the new Type 23 which is delivered this month. I hope to hear from you before 2014. Cheers, Alexis