SAAF Lemania 5012



A rare and interesting chronograph with deep-rooted history in South Africa, this Lemania 5012 automatic chronograph has a central chronograph minute and seconds recorder as well as sub seconds at 9 o’clock. This watch and movement (Lemania 5012) was made for the South African Air Force in a total of 800 examples, but very few remain.

This example, AF11909 is in fantastic condition, with a very visible, deep AF number. The edge of the aluminum bezel has some wear, suggesting that this watch has seen some action.

This rare and uniquely South African timepiece is a necessity for any military watch collector and a great opportunity to get their hands on a unique watch which rarely surfaces. The watch has been purchased serviced by the Waterkloof Air Force Base watchmaker- Responsible for servicing these watches throughout the eighties and nineties.

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The dial is a matte black with a white minute track around the edge of the dial, running onto the countdown bezel. The minute chronograph recorder has a ‘plane’ style hand which, like the other central hands, have been covered by lume. A small amount of white paint on the ‘Plane’ is missing. There is a sub-seconds feature at 9 o’clock which divides the minute into six ten second intervals and a date at 3 o’clock.


Diameter: 41mm

Lug Width: 20mm

Case Material: Steel

Strap Material: Morellato ‘Green Collection’ Strap