Urban Jürgensen - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Urban Jürgensen
    Year: Circa 1999
    Movement No: 80'542
    Model Name: Reference 8
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Urban Jürgensen buckle
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Urban Jürgensen Certificate of Authenticity dated 2021, product literature, hang tag, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since its acquisition in 1985 by Peter Baumberger and subsequent rebirth in the 1990s under the technical supervision of Derek Pratt and Kari Voutilainen, Urban Jürgensen has always maintained an immediately recognizable visual language with its elegant slim stepped cases, tear drop lugs, lavish guilloché dials and elaborate hands.

    The present watch perfectly encapsulates Urban Jürgensen's design philosophy. An early example made in the 1990s, it most notably displays a 37mm yellow gold case with immediately-recognizable teardrop lugs and a convex bezel. Finished to perfection, the case has been made in the "traditional" way, meaning that each component has been hand polished and made without the overuse of modern technology.

    The dial is a work of beauty, being decorated with a guilloché finish, made by hand. The numerals are made with blue enamel, and the contrasting patterns are delicate and a sight to behold.

    Most interestingly, the present watch was found as old stock at a retailer in 2021, having sat as-is in the stockroom for many years (also explaining the fact that the certificate is dated 2021). As such, it has been barely used and even still retains its original sticker and hand tags. The present watch represents the dream of independent watchmaking, made under the leadership of the horological greats: Derek Pratt, Kari Voutilainen and Peter Baumberger, reflecting a bygone era and produced during one of the most productive moments in the history of independent watchmaking.


An extremely well-preserved, rare and early yellow gold wristwatch with guilloché dial, original certificate and presentation box

Circa 1999
37mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF10,000 - 20,000 

Sold for CHF37,800

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022