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  • Manufacturer: Breguet
    Reference No: 3813PT/G2/3ZU
    Model Name: BREGUET TYPE XXI 3813
    Material: Round case in platinum with delicately fluted caseband. Rounded attachments. Bidirectional rotating bezel. Screw-lock crown. Water-resistant to 10 bar (100 metres).
    Calibre: Self-winding chronograph movement with flyback function, numbered and signed Breguet. Cal. 584Q/1. 13 ¾ lignes. 25 jewels. 45-hour power reserve. Annular balance. In-line lever escapement. Flat balance spring. Frequency 4 Hz. Adjusted in 6 positions.
    Bracelet/Strap: Strap in aged calfskin.
    Dimensions: 42mm. Diameter

  • Catalogue Essay

    Stemming from the wrist chronographs produced by Breguet in 1935, the first Type XX watches were developed to order for the French military and delivered to its air force and navy from 1954 onwards through to the 1970s. Supplied to pilots as standard issue, the Type XX soon became a cult object much sought-after by aviators. This enthusiasm incited Breguet to produce a contemporary civilian version some years later.

    The Only Watch model meets Breguet’s current standards in the field of mechanical horology while featuring a vintage style inspired by its predecessor. This Type XXI 3813 is equipped with the special flyback function featured on the original 1950s model. This complication inherently linked to the field of aeronautics enables instant zero-resetting and restarting of the chronograph counter in one smooth move. Another characteristic of this one-of-a-kind model lies in its central chronograph minutes counter ensuring instant readability. The date aperture and 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock also contribute to its time measurement capabilities. This Type XXI chronograph is also equipped with a day/night indicator and small seconds subdial that round off the main functions.

    For the first time, the mechanical self-winding 584Q/1 calibre is housed in a platinum case, fitted with a bidirectional rotating bezel. The design of this 42mm-diameter timepiece renowned for its reliability and sturdiness will appeal to a broad audience because of its undeniable authenticity. Its matt slate grey dial, crafted in an exclusive execution for Only Watch, bears stylised Arabic numerals composed of a white transferred base coated with Superluminova. It is enhanced by luminescent hands and hour-markers.

    The sporty and sophisticated Type XXI 3813 chronograph in platinum proves itself entirely worthy of its proud lineage: it is a concentrated blend of technical refinement in a reaffirmed vintage style. Fitted with a aged calfskin leather strap, it is delivered, like any great timepiece, in an exclusive presentation box and accompanied by a “unique piece” certificate.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 3813PT/G2/3ZU
Breguet and its President & CEO Marc A. Hayek are renewing their support to Only Watch by participating in the 6th edition of the biennial charity auction co-organised by the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy and the Monaco Yacht Show. Within this context, the Maison has developed a one-of-a-kind creation for this sale, from which the proceeds will benefit research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy: a special Type XXI chronograph, made for the first time in platinum.

42mm. Diameter

CHF75,000 - 90,000 

Sold for CHF90,000

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Geneva Auction 7 November 2015 3pm