Why is this a rare find for collectors? Yes it it is gorgeous and panda chronographs are going thru the roof in pricing...but what else?(1) Of all Valjoux movements, the column-wheel 72 and 23 (e.g 1960s Rolex Daytona with its Valjoux 72B/C, Breitling, etc) are the rarest and most expensive. 23 is the base movement, beating at 18000bph. 72C is a variation of the 23 with same beat rate. The movement of this watch: 236, is a special variation of the 23 beating at 21,600 bph. It's rare and very expensive even on its own.Gorgeous 60s Panda choreographs selling on eBay for $1-$2k are equipped with the much more common Valjoux 7733--or rarely 92--all grades below the 23-6 of this timepiece.(2) The condition of this watch is near-mint, both inside and out. Simple polishing could have removed the scuff marks on the case, but I chose to keep it original. Ditto with the dial, hands with original lum etc.(3) This watch was serviced at great expense, from movement disassembly/re-assembly and oiling to pusher disassembly and greasing, so winding and chro start/stop are smooth and crisp.The dial is beautiful ivory color with nice blue circles for the chronograph hands--hence the term "panda" for these watches--they look like a panda bear with blue eyes.A brand-new racing genuine leather strap has been added to the watch and the crystal has been replaced as part of the last service.The watch is a manly 37mm across (40mm with crown) and a desirable stainless-steel (not gold plated, which was more common in the 40s-60s and is less desireable today)
I just recorded a hi-definition Youtube video of this watch so you can see the perfect chronograph functionality: start/stop/advance minutes and reset to zero: Please ask any questions. This watch is ready to go in your safe or on your hand. Will package well and ship fully insured. I have 100% positive feedback and expect to sell it to a collector such as myself.