Sports chronographs from the 60’s and 70’s have been all the rage for some time now and I do think it has a lot to do with the fact that you can buy something in that style with almost any budget. All the way at the top with first execution Heuer Autavias to something more humble, but also very attractive like this Avia reverse panda chronograph.
Featuring a solid 36mm stainless steel case, all the magic is in the dial. Something about the 60’s where the nailed proportionality, this Avia has just the right amount of spacing and design cues to make it so pretty. The thick outer white track and the inner black glossy subdial combine to make one of the nicer reverse panda dials out there. I even rate these higher than the much more expensive Top Times.
This example comes in very honest condition, with its original crown and caseback engravings still very visible. The Lantern 149 is an economical movement but you can be sure it is a workhorse that will never fail you.