De Bethune - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: De Bethune
    Year: Circa 2008
    Reference No: DB8W
    Case No: 012
    Model Name: DB8 “Football Chronograph”
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. DB5008, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold De Bethune pin buckle
    Dimensions: 42.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated De Bethune Certificate of Authenticity, instructions manual, wooden presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Coveted as one of the most innovative independent watchmakers of our time, De Bethune has ceaselessly impressed collectors with their unconventional displays of time, expressed through exciting exotic materials. Evolving from the DB1, the DB8, otherwise known as the “Football Chronograph” is a single-button chronograph that has matured from the brand’s first creation.

    Stepping away from the typically audacious designs, the present timepiece features a clean and classical white dial with contrasting blue Arabic numerals, a railroad track and feuille hands. The most notable highlight of the “Football Chronograph” is its 45-minute sub-register, which corresponds to a match of two equal halves of 45 minutes each. Fusing form and function, the dial is adorned with hand-finished guilloche patterns that further separate the different registers, simultaneously enhancing its appearance and legibility.

    Sporting a large dial with substantial wrist presence, De Bethune opts for maximum wearability with its slim white gold case and bullet-shaped lugs that sit comfortably on the wrist.

    Offered at Phillips for the first time, the present timepiece is offered in excellent overall condition with its original accessories. This is a rare opportunity to acquire the now discontinued De Bethune DB8W is not to be missed.


Ref. DB8W
A rare and attractive white gold single-button chronograph wristwatch with center seconds, 45-minute sub-register, certificate and presentation box

Circa 2008
42.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$150,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$630,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)