De Bethune - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV Hong Kong Friday, May 27, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: Circa 2002
    Reference No: DB5S
    Model Name: DB5S
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2072, 20 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold De Bethune pin buckle
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by blank De Bethune Certificate of Authenticity, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Having launched a few models in the first fiscal year, with the first model being the DB1 single-button chronograph, the firm also released the DB5 such as the present example featuring essentially the same aesthetic as the DB2, however upgraded with center seconds.

    These early models featured ogival lugs that has been embedded in the brands appeal consistent with some models that are still in production today. It is important to mention that the aesthetics and DNA has never been shifted from where the brand started but refined over the years, making De Bethune timepieces a class on its own.

    An important and significant model of De Bethune’s history, the DB5 features a 42mm diameter case with a refined guilloché dial complimented with painted blue Roman numerals and blued-steel Breguet-style hands. Known to be cased in only precious metals, the present piece redefines this norm. Cased in stainless steel, the present DB5S is of extreme rarity and was not available to the public, known to have made in such metal with only 3 examples confirmed by De Bethune, this variant was a gesture of appreciation to its Italian retailers that supported the brand in the early days. A perfect fusion between the past and future. Extremely well-preserved and offered with its certificate and accessories, a rare trait on its own for these early examples, this is an extraordinary opportunity to acquire a significant piece of the beginning from an epic brand.


Ref. DB5S
A exceedingly rare, early and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, guilloche dial, certificate and presentation box

Circa 2002
42mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$130,000 - 230,000 

Sold for HK$529,200

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022