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  • Manufacturer: Bovet
    Year: 1950
    Reference No: 5347
    Case No: 4393
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm. Diameter
    Signed: Dial signed Bovet, case and movement signed Rensie Watch Co, case back further engraved R. Eberhart 444491

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present chronograph watch offers immense value thanks to its incredible design but also to its interesting chronograph movement.The black dial still features the original luminous on the numerals perfectly matching the hands. The substantial stainless steel case is remarkably well-preserved.The most interesting of all features is the patented flyback mechanism which fulfills the same function like a traditional split seconds chronograph but with only one chronograph hand. When pressing the button at the 4 o’clock position, the seconds hand stops and upon releasing it, it catches up the really elapsed time.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1822

    The firm Bovet 1822 has a rich, centuries-long history beginning when Edouard Bovet sold four decorative pocket watches in Canton Asia for what would today equal $1 million. By 1822, Edouard, with his brothers, registered the company in London, which at the time was an important center for watches and clocks. That same year, they moved their manufacturing center to the Swiss municipality Fleurier. Bovet became known for their highly decorative pocket watches for the Chinese market. Their richly engraved movements were so important to the watch that Bovet created the concept of the transparent watch back so owners could see the beauty of the movement. Bovet's oversized chronograph wristwatches, such as the Mono Rattrapante chronograph, are especially sought-after. Today, the firm continues their tradition of exquisitely enameled watches.

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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 5347
A rare and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with black lacquer dial and flyforward chronograph

38mm. Diameter
Dial signed Bovet, case and movement signed Rensie Watch Co, case back further engraved R. Eberhart 444491

CHF2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for CHF8,750

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm