A New Dawn for Montres Airain

July 2020

As a valued supporter of Lebois & Co I want to inform you on an interesting development in our company. I would like to introduce Montres Airain. Or rather, reintroduce. Because, just like Lebois & Co, Airain is a watch brand that used to exist and which has an interesting history; it was, along with Breguet and Dodane, one of the selected suppliers of the Type 20 model for the French Army in the 1950s and 60s. Today, the Airain Type 20 model is one of the most sought-after military timepieces of all time.

To mark the occasion we have acquired an original, vintage Airain Type 20 Flyback Chronograph which is available for purchase on our new website.

Known for its reliability and stunning looks, the Type 20 has a case diameter of 38 millimetres and a black dial with Arabic numbers and an interesting bezel that counts in reverse from twelve to one. Its two in-dial registers at the 3 and 9 o‘clock mark can count to 30 minutes. The Type 20’s flyback function lets pilots restart the chronograph timer instantly, without the need to press two more buttons, a highly praised feature in its heyday.

The original Airain is also known for its pocket stop watches, ‘Sous-Marine’ diver watches and the elegant, anti-magnetic Airain ‘77’ with a power reserve of 50 hours and Incabloc shock protection.

Preparations for Airain’s revival started in 2018 and led to the acquisition of the only and last remaining live French trademark, the 18 year old ‘airain.com’ domain name and re-registrations of the brand globally. The adding of Airain is in-line with our medium term strategy to revive more old watch brands and thus form a group of watch brands. We start with reissuing a new version of the highly sought after ‘Type 20’ Flyback Chronograph. We’ll keep you up to date!

Thank you for reading!
Compagnie des Montres Lebois & Cie

Tom van Wijlick


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