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2.0305 LIP ‘DUROMAT’ Automatic 200M diver, France, 1970s

£480.00 (incl. VAT) £432.00 (incl. VAT)

We here at Horological Underground are in the business of selling horological history, and LIP certainly has some history to it! The brand name has become synonymous with a triumphant labour uprising that occurred during the early 70s in one of their factories, part of the company was entirely worker-run at one point! A highly collectible piece from the longstanding and still number one French watch manufacturer. This Duromat powered diver features a steel-bakelite countdown diving bezel, deep blue dial with lume ‘blocks’ and robust steel case and bracelet. Comes with a 12 month warranty.

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Key Features

Powered by a perfectly functioning German Duromat movement by Durowe, this automatic diver is a handsome piece. The cushion case is a sturdy 13.6mm thickness including the acrylic crystal, and the prominent winding crown makes it a full 38mm in width. The diving bezel is in great condition and highly legible, crosshatched stainless steel with a bakelite insert and brightly glowing lumed arrow to track diving time. A date indicator features at the 3 position of the deep blue sunburst dial which catches the light beautifully, and the same healthy glow can be found in the ‘block’ lumed indices and baton style hands.

About LIP

The company has its roots in a clockwork workshop founded in 1893 by Emmanuel Lipman and his sons, under the name Comptoir Lipmann. In 1896, the firm released the Lip Stopwatch, which later became the brand name of the company. LIP famously released the first electronic watch (‘electronic’ rather than ‘electric’ due to the presence of a diode in the mechanism) which was worn by figures such as Dwight D Eisenhower and Charles de Gualle. In the modern age, LIP has released more eccentric designs like the LIP Mach 2000, which features a left-offset case and dial with large multicoloured chronograph pushers.

The firm is associated with a huge labour movement in the 1960s, where workers successfully took control of and improved the working conditions in the factory, forming a cooperative that eventually fell apart with the company’s liquidation in 1994. Since then, businessman Jean-Claude Sensemat bought the company and modernised the watch designs, bringing it into the 21st century where it continues to produce timepieces today.

Servicing and Guarantee

This timepiece has been serviced with full disassembly. Make sure to follow the usage and care guidelines.

Overview

Case and Strap

  • Stainless steel cushion case
  • Steel bezel with bakelite insert
  • Lumed arrow indicator on bezel
  • Steel winding crown
  • Screw-down steel caseback
  • Integrated steel bracelet
  • 200M Waterproof

Dimensions:

  • Width w/ crown: 38mm
  • Width w/o crown: 34.2mm
  • Height: 38.8mm
  • Thickness: 13.6mm
  • Strap: 22mm (15mm)

Dial and Hands

  • Blue sunburst dial
  • ‘Block’ lumed indices
  • Lumed baton style hands
  • ‘LIP’ signature below 12 position

Movement

  • German made movement
  • Durowe 7525
  • Automatic
  • 25 jewels
  • Quickset date
  • 38hr power reserve

Testing results:

  • Testing duration: 1 week cyclic test
  • Average timekeeping range: 15-40 sec/day

Servicing and Guarantee

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