|Size - diameter excluding winding crown:||37.5mm|
|Size - length including lugs:||45mm|
Excellent condition French military watch Airain type 20 with black dial. It comes with two sub dials, 3 o’clock for the minutes and 9 o’clock for the seconds. The face comes with Arabic numerals for the hours as well as for every five minutes marked. At 6 o’clock comes “17 rubis – Incabloc” The hands are originals and the color of the luminous are mustard. The bezel is dented and graduated up to 11 and the arrow for 12. It is a screw back base in stainless steel. It is numbered 249152 with the three stars. The watch comes with a Valjoux 222. The watch has a NATO grey strap. The watch is serviced.
Dodane, orginially located in La Rasse and then Besançon, was founded in 1857 by Alphonse Dodane and Francois Xavier Joubert. It has been a specialist in aeronautics timekeepers since World War I. The company has also been making Type 11 and Type 12 dashboard chronographs. In 1929, the company was certified by NATO and received the homologation RAQ2. In the 90’s Dodane produced up to 100,000 pieces per year. Dodane is famous for its type 20, 21, 23 where the original brand name is hidden behind by the stamped 3 stars of the CETHEOR of Besancon. Dodane recently provided 750 watches to the French air force.
Generally speaking the Airain Type 20 was used by the French Army, typically in Helicopters (Aviation Legere de l'Armee de Terre), while its sister watch, the Dodane was used by the French Air force. The watches are otherwise the same as Dodane manufactured them both.
Type 20 movement is a Valjoux 222 which is a modified Valjoux 22 with added flyback complication. The size of the movement is 14 lignes or 31.6mm, 17 jewels, 18,000 BPH, column wheel (9 teeth), Breguet overcoil hairspring, anti-shock and screwed balance ring.
Diameter excluding winding crown: 37.5mm
Length including lugs: 45mm