Breitling - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Breitling
    Year: circa 1938
    Case No: 292'941
    Material: Stainless steel
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 37mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The 1930’s and early 1940s were a decadent time for watch manufactures and their case designs. Presented here is a wonderful example from Breitling, housed in a generous steel case that is wonderfully preserved.

    The flat-hinged lugs are well defined and crisp and the small oval push buttons, typical of the period, sit elegantly within the stunning brushed finish case.

    Furthermore highlighted with an eye catching black dial, it has a fantastic bronzed effect to the printing of the spiral tachometer and the outer telemeter scales, which adds character to an already interesting collectors' watch.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1884

    The firm started by Leon Breitling in 1884 is best known for its technical aviation and oceanic watches. Today, all models are outfitted with certified chronometer movements, used for accurate timing. Early aviation pioneers in specialized chronograph timepieces, Breitling introduced the circular slide rule to watches in the 1940s for use by pilots. The firm’s most iconic chronograph, the Navitimer, was introduced in 1954 and continues to be manufactured today. Another key model is the Duograph, a split-seconds chronograph that was Breitling's most prestigious wristwatch during the 1940s through '60s. Their watches are built on their reputation for precision and sturdiness.

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An attractive and large stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with flexible hooded lugs, black dial, telemeter and tachometer scales

circa 1938
37mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF5,000 - 8,000 

Sold for CHF10,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm