A rare and unusual chrome and stainless steel wristwatch with alarm

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  • Manufacturer: Breguet
    Year: 1971
    Reference No: 35-865
    Case No: 367
    Material: Chrome with stainless steel back
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13'', 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 37mm Width, 40mm Length
    Signed: Dial signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Breguet Certificate confirming production of the present watch in 1971 and its subsequent sale on December 23, 1971 for 457 French Francs.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Breguet alarm wristwatch is a mystery…a beautiful and unusual mystery. It was believed that Breguet started making wristwatches with alarm function in the early 90s featuring all the Breguet design codes such as Breguet hands, guilloché dials and coin edge cases.

    The present watch redefines scholarship as it is the earliest Breguet wristwatch with alarm that we have encountered and even more surprisingly it lacks the Breguet design elements that we are so used to.

    Its rarity is rendered even more enticing by its design. The monochrome effect of the generous and elegant cushion case, along with the dark grey dial, results in a highly contemporary appeal.

    The alarm function is wound and set via the crown at two o’clock and rings impressively loud for approximately 15 seconds.

    An unexpected and unusual watch, the present Breguet wristwatch alarm appears today on the international auction market after having spent over two decades in an important private collection. This is a rare opportunity for the collector of extraordinary timepieces to add it to his or her collection before the present lot disappears again for another twenty years.

  • 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

Ref. 35-865
A rare and unusual chrome and stainless steel wristwatch with alarm

1971
37mm Width, 40mm Length
Dial signed

Estimate
CHF3,000 - 5,000 
€2,600-4,300
$3,200-5,300

sold for CHF11,875

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

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Geneva Auction 12-13 May 2018