There is no doubt that Lemania is a well-known manufacturer among vintage watch enthusiasts. It may not be recognized for watches bearing its own name, but rather for its significant contributions to other watch brands such as Tissot, Omega, Heuer, Breguet, etc. Despite this, vintage collectors know that Lemania was a fully fledged and legitimate brand it its own right, even making watches for the military.
What we have here today is a highly coveted, Lemania 15TL. With a stainless steel case size measuring 38mm in diameter, this watch was considered quite large for the period it was produced in, making it very wearable by modern standards today. As far as aesthetics go, the 15TL features a stepped case design, oval chronograph pushers, as well as its black glossy gilt dial and cathedral hands. These distinctive design elements of the 15TL clearly reflect the style of the time period it was produced in.
During that era, Lemania also held a prominent position as one of the best chronograph makers within the watchmaking industry, and this particular example here actually houses one of their finest achievements — the manual-winding Cal. 15TL. It is an in-house movement that boasts a column wheel design and is exquisitely gilded, making it not only a delight to operate but also visually appealing when viewed beneath its solid caseback.
Interestingly, while this version is intended purely for civilian use, it's worth noting that the Cal. 15TL movements were deemed exceptional enough to be issued for military usage as well.