A fine and rare white and pink gold pocketwatch chronograph

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  • Manufacturer: Breguet
    Year: 1938
    Movement No: 3779
    Case No: B3779
    Material: 18K white and pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 952, 17 jewels
    Dimensions: 50mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Breguet Certificate confirming production of the present watch in 1938 and its subsequent sale on December 7, 1943

  • Catalogue Essay

    Another extraordinary piece from the house of Breguet, the present chronograph surprises by its vivid modernism.

    The large flat bezel, pink gold rims of the caseback and bezel as well as the bow provide a dash of panache to an already enticing timepiece.

    The dial is a study in post modern design with its succession of Arabic numerals and indexes surrounded by the blue tachymeter scale. The dial has furthermore turned a delicious and harmonious shade of vanilla.

    The subdials at 12 o’clock (minutes counter) and 6 o’clock (continuous seconds) are reminiscent of pilots’ chronographs, yet rendered in a sophisticated and visually enchanting “dress” pocket watch.

    A timepiece with such a potent mix of elegance, glamour and flamboyance is a rare treasures and as such this watch would have its place in the collection of the debonaire collector.

  • 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 fine and rare white and pink gold pocketwatch chronograph

1938
50mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 15,000 
€8,600-12,900
$10,600-15,900

sold for CHF12,500

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 81
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN

Geneva Auction 12-13 May 2018