Up until the 70s and then with a brief, but labored attempt at relaunch in the early 2000s, Lip has bounced a bit back and forth. Perhaps not a watch brand with monumental horological breakthroughs and mass global following, but you'd be hard-pressed to meet a French citizen of a certain age who was not familiar with lip.
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Some have called it the "Seiko of France" which I think is a bit unfair and quite short-sighted.
Lip was, in many ways a true brand with a true identity. Maybe not the most glamorous, but trusted and interwoven in the French psyche.
This particular piece is the Nautic-Ski. A watch that was revolutionary at its time owing to its water resistance, and electronic movement. I believe these first hit in 1967, and were worn by such luminaries as the crew of the Calypso.
The original was smaller, and equipped with an electronic movement - something that at the time was the cutting edge of technology. Today's Lip Nautic-Ski is available in either a quartz or self-winding mechanical.
In so far as the details for the self-winding, they are as follows:
38 mm in diameter, stainless steel
Water resistant to 200 meters
Movement - automatic Miyota 8215