A very rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “tropical” dial, unusual lugs and tachymeter and telemeter scales

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  • Manufacturer: Hermès
    Year: 1935
    Case No: 267'907
    Model Name: "Tropical Bamboo Hat"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 14”, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Hermès is an international brand revered for its quality craftsmanship and attention to detail, a commitment they have maintained since their founding in 1837, when Thierry Hermès opened his first harness shop in Paris serving European nobles. Over the decades, the firm branched out adding accessories and clothing, and today it is a multi-billion dollar corporation focusing on highest quality leather goods, fashion, and luxury products. The present chronograph wristwatch from the 1930s is an exemplary example of the firm’s long-term commitment to selling only the highest quality items.

    This Swiss-made watch beautifully defines the Art Deco period with a synthesis of styles from Futurism to Cubism. The innovative design has a breath of modernity not typically seen in gentlemen’s wristwatches. The timepiece is highlighted by the prominent cone-shaped hinged lugs, while the black dial has gracefully aged with a warm brown hue, which is complimented by the gold colored markers, tachymeter and telemeter scales. The watch has been hardly worn and well-maintained over the years, preserved in excellent condition, and a wonderful example of a time period when design played an important role in the everyday. The aesthetic is certainly atypical, with an exuberent expressiviness that make it an exciting addition to any collection.

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Hermès

A very rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “tropical” dial, unusual lugs and tachymeter and telemeter scales

1935
35mm Diameter
Dial signed

Estimate
$25,000 - 35,000 
CHF24,900-34,900
€21,700-30,400
HK$196,000-275,000

Contact Specialist
Paul Boutros
Head of Watches, Americas
+1 212 940 1293
pboutros@phillips.com

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