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  • Manufacturer: Breitling
    Year: Circa 1950s
    Reference No: 791
    Case No: 761’319
    Model Name: “Duograph”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 38.5 mm diameter
    Signed: Dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Of all the models created by Breitling, the “Duograph” split-seconds chronograph is definitely one of the most coveted and collectable. An ingenious feature, the split-seconds chronograph mechanism is the perfect tool for recording intermediate periods of time.

    The present example, the reference 791, is housed in a 38.5-mm. case which was the largest case diameter manufactured by the brand by then. The reference 791 was offered in yellow gold, pink gold and stainless steel, as exemplified by the present example. The present watch was also fitted with a beautiful, silvered dial that is particularly well preserved, with three patterned subsidiary registers.

    There have only been a very limited number of the reference 791 offered in the secondary market thus far. Given the surging demand from connoisseurs for vintage split-seconds chronographs, the present watch is an exclusive opportunity to own one of the finest Duographs to ever come to auction.

  • 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. 791
A fine and very rare stainless steel anti-magnetic split seconds chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial

Circa 1950s
38.5 mm diameter
Dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$195,000 - 350,000 
€21,500-38,700
$25,000-44,900

Sold for HK$275,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018