A rare and highly attractive stainless steel flyback chronograph with tropical dial

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  • Manufacturer: Breguet
    Year: Circa 1960
    Case No: 3531
    Model Name: Type XX
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 225, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Dimensions: 38.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Dial signed, case numbered

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in the 1950’s, the French government sought accurate timepieces for their Navy and Air Force, the watch needed to be a flyback chronograph, and while several brands designed watches, the Breguet is the architype.

    The present example, sold on February 23, 1960, for 490 francs, is offered in extremely well-preserved condition and has a lovely “tropical” dial that has turned a mocha hue, with original lume plots and hands. The case retains it sharp facets and edges, and is a lovely example of the archetype. Today’s collectors seek watches that are rare and have a historical perspective, the Breguet “Type XX” is a classic example and this chronograph will add value to any collection.

    We sincerely thank Montres Breguet and especially M. Emmanuel Breguet, for kindly supplying us with information from their archives.

  • Maker Bio

    Breguet

    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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Breguet

A rare and highly attractive stainless steel flyback chronograph with tropical dial

寶璣,十分罕有,精鋼鏈帶腕錶,配飛返計時功能及「Tropical」棕色錶盤,1960年製

Circa 1960
38.5mm. Diameter
Dial signed, case numbered

Estimate
HK$240,000 - 400,000 
€26,400-44,000
$30,800-51,300

sold for HK$275,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018