De Bethune - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII Geneva Friday, November 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: Circa 2002
    Reference No: DB5W
    Case No: 002
    Model Name: DB5
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 20 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold pin buckle
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by fitted box, Certificate of Authenticity and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Whereas today DeBethune is synonymous creative and contemporary designs and technical prowess best symbolizing 21st century watchmaking, the origins of the brand showed a more “traditional” and “classic” face yet certain design elements, such as the bullet shaped lugs, can still be found in the brand’s current models.

    One of the “founding” models the DB5 is De Bethune stripped to the essentials: hours, minutes and seconds but in the most perfect De Bethune manner with a slim case, bullet shaped hugs, superbe gulloché dial and blue Roman numerals.

    The DB5 was launched in 2002 and made in only 15 pieces in white gold making it an incredibly rare model. Adding historical significance to to its rarity is the the fact the the present example bears case number 002 meaning it was only the second DB5 ever produced adding to the present watches overall desirability.


Ref. DB5W
A rare and early white gold wristwatch with center seconds, guilloché dial, certificate and presentation box

Circa 2002
42mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF40,640

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII

Geneva Auction 3 - 4 November 2023