Breguet - The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN Geneva Saturday, May 12, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Breguet
    Year: 1978
    Case No: 2321
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2630, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 34mm Width, 39.5mm Length
    Signed: Dial signed, case numbered
    Accessories: Accompanied by Breguet Certificate confirming production of the present watch in 1978

  • Catalogue Essay

    While 1978 was the year disco music was monopolizing the charts the world around, rock tunes of The Police’s debut album, “Outlandos d’Amour” released the same year, is blasting away on the turntable. A man, lounging on his sofa, his feet slipped into elegant Gucci loafers is propped on the low table in front on him sipping a whiskey sour. His impeccably pressed shirt cuffs rolled up display a wrist adorned with an ususual and striking Breguet cushion shaped automatic timepiece.

    This is a man who does not bend to trends and mainstream but who walks his own path.

    He has on his wrist an extremely rare and singular Breguet without any of the design codes from the famed brand we are used to but a viciously cool 70s design with large faceted cushion case, black dial, black date disc offset by the white signatures on the dial and day disc.

    In overall excellent condition with strong angles to the case, crisp numerals engraved on the caseback and a deep black mat dial, the present Breguet will delight the non-conformist collector looking for an unusual and ultra-rare timepiece.

  • 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 fine and very rare stainless steel wristwatch with day and date

34mm Width, 39.5mm Length
Dial signed, case numbered

CHF5,000 - 8,000 

Sold for CHF8,750

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN

Geneva Auction 12-13 May 2018