Breguet - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Breguet
    Year: 1941
    Movement No: 4296
    Case No: 4296
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 253, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Dial signed
    Accessories: Breguet certificate
    Literature: Accompanied by Breguet Certificate No. 4250 dated 23rd of July 2004 confirming the sale of the present wristwatch to Monsieur Gaffé on 17 May 1941 for the amount of 6'800 Francs

  • Catalogue Essay

    No other style of dial is more associated to one company than the guilloché dial that Breguet has produced. From the early pocket watches for the Kings and Queens of Europe to more modern times, the two-tone guilloché dial with Roman numerals and blued steel Breguet hands is iconic.

    This classically elegant example, with its well-proportioned case and crisp untouched dial, will give a sense of history and regality to the wearer.

    The production of wristwatches by Breguet during the 1930s and 1940s, was incredible small, and especially during World War II, most likely not even a few dozen of gold wristwatches left their workshops each year. Compared to their prestigious counterparts from the most established Geneva manufacturers, Breguet wristwatches of that period are manyfold rarer and more exclusive.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1775

    Established in 1775 by Abraham Louis Breguet, widely considered the greatest watchmaker of all time, the storied brand continues to thrive in the modern era, creating exceptional high-end watches as the Swatch Group's premier prestige brand. Some of the most important and lasting inventions in watchmaking are attributed to Abraham Louis Breguet, including the tourbillon, shock resistance and the use of hammers and gongs employed in nearly all minute repeating watches made since.

    Eighteenth and nineteenth century Breguet pocketwatches are especially sought-after by collectors, and many of them were made for the elite of European society, including Napoléon and Marie Antoinette. Key wristwatches from the twentieth century include oversized dress watches, two-register chronographs, triple calendars and Type XX aviator's chronographs made for the French military and civilians.

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A very rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with two-toned silver and engine-turned dial

35mm. Diameter
Dial signed

CHF30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF67,500

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm