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  • Manufacturer: Breitling
    Year: 1945
    Reference No: 769
    Case No: 606’472
    Model Name: Chronomat
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Venus 175, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Associated bracelet, max length 180 mm
    Dimensions: 36 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in 1942, the Chronomat was the world’s first chronograph wristwatch to feature a slide rule. This model is based on a patent document that Breitling submitted, patent number 217012, which granted protection for a rotating bezel which consisted of a circular slide rule. With this ingenious system, the wearer could perform various calculations and measurements effortlessly.

    The watch is fresh to the market, to our best knowledge. Considering its age, the present watch is preserved in excellent condition. The case number is crisp and clean on the caseback. Likely created in 1945 – the year which marks the end of the Second World War – this present lot is a significant memorabilia of history and Haute Horlogerie.

  • 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. 769
A fine pink gold chronograph wristwatch with rotatable slide rule and seconds subsidiary register

1945
36 mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$31,000 - 47,000 
€3,400-5,200
$4,000-6,000

Sold for HK$43,750

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018