A rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with ‘tropical’ dial

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  • Manufacturer: Mathey-Tissot
    Year: Circa 1970
    Case No: 333'742
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 726, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel, max length 200mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Mathey-Tissot, not to be confused with the firm Tissot, was founded in 1886 by Edmond Mathey-Tissot in Les Ponts-de-Martel, Switzerland, and specialized in complicated pocket watches. However, the firm soon began to manufacture high-quality chronograph movements. During the 1914 Kew Observatory competition, Mathey-Tissot entered six observatory chronometers with split seconds timing, which all achieved a “Class A ‘ rating with the note that they were “especially good”. By World War I, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers commissioned Mathey-Tissot to provide them with precision chronographs. Breguet also looked to the firm in the 1950s, when it chose them to produce and assemble the now iconic Breguet Type XX chronographs that were used by the French navy.
    The present lot will remind connoisseurs of the famed Rolex Daytona Paul Newman. Not only the case design, but both watches are based on the same Valjoux 72 three-register chronograph movement. Similar to the Daytona, the dial on this Mathey-Tissot was also manufactured by Singer, yielding striking similarities between their dials. Having aged to a gorgeous and consistent shade of brown, this chronograph, with its large 40 mm case, sharp powerful lugs and appealing tropical dial, offers tremendous values for connoisseurs of exotic steel chronograph wristwatches.

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A rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with ‘tropical’ dial

Circa 1970
40mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF5,000 - 10,000 
€4,600-9,200
$5,200-10,300

sold for CHF23,750

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016