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  • Manufacturer: Breitling
    Year: 1945
    Reference No: 766
    Case No: 544'776
    Model Name: Duograph
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 179, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gilt buckle
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Duograph" was the name of Breitling’s family of split seconds chronographs produced in the 1940s and 1950s.

    Available in stainless steel, yellow gold and pink gold, the present version, cased in 18k pink gold, has a substantial diameter of nearly 38 mm and must be considered the top-of-the-line version.

    The silvered dial is extraordinarily well preserved and appears to be free of any restoration or other signs of ageing.

    The case was probably never polished since new, retaining superbly defined bevels and the original satin-finish throughout. The bezel is, quite amazingly, featuring one surface completely mirrored-polished and the lower level with concentric satin brushes. The crystal, with some internal crackling, is most likely the original one dating from the 1940’s.

    We can hardly remember seeing on the market a more original and crisper example of Breitling’s legendary split seconds model.

  • Artist Biography

    Breitling

    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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Ref. 766
An extremely rare, charismatic, and large pink gold split second chronograph wristwatch with tachometer scale

1945
37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF24,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF42,500

Contact Specialist
Nathalie Monbaron
+41 22 317 81 83

Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm