De Bethune - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII Hong Kong Thursday, November 25, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: Circa 2002
    Reference No: DB3
    Case No: No. 018
    Model Name: GMT 7 Days Power Reserve
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. DB, 21 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 a blank De Bethune Certificate of Authenticity, catalogue, fitted presentation case and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    De Bethune holds a special place not only in the hearts of collectors but also in the history of contemporary independent brands.

    The brainchild of Davide Zanetta, a collector of vintage timepieces and art and Denis Flageollet, a genius watchmaker who started his career restoring vintage timepieces and developing über complicated movements for others, De Bethune was created in 2002 and in the last 20 years they have developed over 35 in-house movements and are at the origin of a cavalcade of extraordinary technical inventions.

    The DB3 was launched in 2002 during the start of the brand and it was produced in very small numbers in white gold and pink gold. The present DB3 GMT with 7 days power reserve is part of the brand early days creation with the recognisable bullet-shaped lugs and blue Breguet hands are signature features that had a huge impact on the brand’s current models. One of the standouts and clever features that De Bethune has done is using the Moon phase indicator that acts as a power reserve which is pleasing for the wearer to admire.

    The present lot is further kept in a ‘new-old-stock’ condition and accompanied with all the accessories, making it highly desirable to collectors who are looking for the early creation of the brand.


Ref. DB3
A rare and early "new-old-stock" white gold dual-time wristwatch with 7-Day power reserve indication, guilloché dial, certificate and presentation case

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

HK$125,000 - 195,000 

Sold for HK$441,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021