Mathey-Tissot - START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs Geneva Friday, May 13, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Mathey-Tissot
    Year: Circa 1960
    Case No: 262’684
    Model Name: Type XX
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 720, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 38.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Mathey-Tissot began delivering chronograph wristwatches to the US Army’s Corps of Engineers during the First World War. At first glance, you will be amazed by the striking resemblance of this watch to Breguet’s Type XX. It is no coincidence, however. The production of Breguet’s acclaimed Type XX timepieces were in fact subcontracted to Mathey-Tissot, who manufactured and assembled them for Breguet, in accordance to the French Ministry of Defense’s specification.

    The example presented here is believed to be a prototype model. Made for the Aéronautique Navale – the French Navy’s Aviation division, the dial features a large and unusual 15-minute counter at 3 o’clock with five luminous markers at each 3-minute interval. The hour counter positioned at 6 o’clock sets this watch apart however, as this third sub-dial is extremely uncommon, with an estimated 50 examples produced. Nearly all of these were signed Breguet, making this “Mathey-Tissot” signed example exceptionally rare.

    The present Type XX watch remains in excellent overall condition, and is an exciting, hardly ever seen example that will delight any collector.


An extremely rare, highly attractive stainless steel fly-back chronograph with black dial, luminous hour markers , and rotatable bezel.

Circa 1960
38.5mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF10,000 - 20,000 

Sold for CHF32,500

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START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs

Geneva Auction 14 May 2016