Got this beauty in the early 90's before the brand's bankruptcy. Glad i did as nowadays originals are so hard to find .i love it's simple design .
The Dodane company, was founded by Alphonse Dodane in 1857 in the city of Besançon France.Besides manufacturing watches for the French armed forces,the company has a rich history dating back to ww1 ,even making watches for the US Army and Signal Corps.
Dodane produced under their nameType 20 and Type 21 chronographs for the French jet pilots ,between 1950 and 1980. (A small series was issued to NATO in the 1970s.) Total production was around 5000 pieces. Dodane used different movements at different times. They started with their own movements and then switched to other brands.
All Dodane chronographs were contructed the same way ,with the same stainless steel housing,with screw-back. Generally the caseback was engraved with the Phoenix of the Besançon observatory.....