Before they became the hip clothing store they are today - Abercrombie was an outfitter like Orvis. They made camping and fishing gear! The company was originally established as Abercrombie Co. by David Abercrombie on June 4, 1892, in a small waterfront shop at 36 South Street in downtown Manhattan, New York. Wealthy New York businessman Ezra Fitch became one of the store's regular customers. In 1900, Fitch bought a major share in the growing Abercrombie Company and thus joined as co-founder. Abercrombie Co. later moved into larger quarters at 314 Broadway, and Fitch began to implement experimental ideas to renovate the store. In 1904, Fitch's surname was added to Abercrombie's, so the official name became Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
The Abercrombie & Fitch of old is very different from the Abercrombie & Fitch of today. The company had two locations, one in Chicago (with the additional name VL&A) and one in New York. It produced top-quality gear for the outdoors-man, fishermen, racing enthusiasts, hunters, and many others. It’s advertisements trumpeted itself as "The sporting goods store of choice for any true explorer or outdoors-man". From hunting gear. to watches, to hot air balloons, Abercrombie & Fitch carried everything that any sportsman would ever need and one of the essential items was an accurate Chronograph Wristwatch. With a Chronograph not only could a man tell the time but he could time sporting or racing events with stop watch accuracy.
This is the only Abercrombie and Fitch Chronograph we have ever had the privilege to offer for sale and it is a very interesting piece! It still has its original finish dial that speaks to all of the adventures it has seen. When you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos you will see all of its proudly worn battle scars form years of being on the wrist of an active sportsman. Our head watch maker has completely restored all of its timing functions to like-new performance so that you may use this watch for another lifetime of adventure. The movement is an Angelus, seventeen jewel, 14 ligne caliber 210, with a 45 minute register. There are two subsidiary dials, the one at the three o'clock position is for accumulated minutes (once you engage the stop watch function) and the one at the nine o'clock position is for constant seconds (anytime the watch is running). The blued steel hands are a nice contrast against the perfectly aged silvered dial background, but I think what sets this dial off is the copper colored circle just outside the chapters. The "Abercrombie & Fitch" name arches across the top of the dial just under the 12 and just below the 6 there is the "Made in Switzerland" designation. The case measures 34mm in diameter (not including the crown and pushers) by 42 lug to lug. The case bezel is chrome and the case body and back are stainless steel. The pushers are slightly brassed out on their ends but working perfectly.
If you are looking for a watch you won't see walking up and down the avenue, then this may be the one for you!