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The king of jeweler, the jeweler of kings: so is called Cartier. We dare to add, “the jeweler of distinguished women”. Every lady dreams of Cartier, be it a ring, a bracelet… or a timekeeper! Countless, indeed, are the watches that Cartier designed expressely for the fairer sex. We are pleased to offer a very rare watch from the recent Cartier production: it’s a “La Dona”, meaning “The woman” in Spanish, and is a very elegant stainless steel watch with an integrated interwoven bracelet. Thin, refined and seldom seen, it is the perfect accessory for any lady of class!
Cartier is famous for the exquisite silhouettes of its watches, combining elegance, comfort and aesthetic beauty. The Tonneau is one of the maison's most beloved and comfortable watches, and this yellow gold version surely is one of its most unique! Why complicate a dial with a second time zone hand, when you can instead directly divide the dial into two? Two different sets of beautifully blued hands are powered by two distinct mechanisms, creating a splendid and balanced ensemble. Double dial, double mechanism, double crown, for one of the most elegant travel companions ever.
Octo Finissimo Skeleton
Since the launch of the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo a few years ago, its incredibly thin and timeless design has made this model an iconic must-have feature that combines Italian culture with Swiss watchmaking tradition. Among the record-breaking Octo Finissimo models, Bvlgari unveiled, in 2019, a new black ceramic model with a skeletonized dial, giving the watch an even more modern and futuristic look. It also features a hand wound 2.25mm thick caliber with hours, minutes, second, and power reserve indicator. The iconic thin case, at just 5.5.mm thick, allows the watch to fit on smaller wrists, despite its large size.
Since the launch of the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo a few years ago, its incredibly thin and timeless design has made this model an iconic must-have feature that combines Italian culture with Swiss watchmaking tradition. It can't be helped: the precious charm of platinum is undeniable, and nothing enhances it like the depth of black. The chromatic interplay between the case and the dial is perfectly continued by the indices and hands, while the iconic seconds at seven o'clock break up the watch's symmetry with inexplicable beauty. The theme from the dial continues elegantly with the splendid black leather strap, perfectly integrated into the silhouette of the case.
That of the Laureato is a story that, like the best, began during the quartz crisis. In response to the obsolescence of traditional watches, Swiss watchmakers completely transformed watchmaking, creating the concept of the modern sports watch. Very sporty and modern, the Laureato will feel comfortable during any event: from the most professional to the beach. And so will you. But the icing on the cake of this timepiece is clearly the dial, embellished with fascinating Persian numerals, giving this ultra-limited edition of just 28 pieces an unrivalled charm.
Breguet may not be the first Maison one would think of, but that is a big mistake. In the panorama of Haute Horlogerie and in the hearts of collectors, Breguet always has a special place. But Breguet also has its place in the sea, and this Marine Classique ref. 3400BA is its proud representative. We find all the distinctive traits for which Breguet is famous: a splendid guilloché dial, blued Breguet hands, coin edge, and the highest attention to detail. This splendid timepiece is driven by the automatic calibre 899/1 with a 21-carat solid gold rotor.
What's the quintessential Rolex watch? Most people would probably answer with the non-date Submariner, and we believe that its most iconic iteration has to be the 5513. The first Submariner with crown guards, it bridges Rolex's past and future, having paved the way for some of the most loved and well received watches in the brand's history. The present example is an all-correctexample dating to 1977, and sports a nice Tritium dial with applied lume plots. It probably served expressly as a tool watch back in the days, as the owner did not keep the box or papers, as it often happened at the time, yet it has been preserved in great original conditions!
Royal Oak Jubilee
Since its inception in 1972, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has redefined the concept of watch design. In fact, its bold lines proved to be so timeless that, even after half a century, only some small modifications have been made to the original design, which periodically pops back up in catalogs. The present watch is indeed one of the celebrative remakings of the original 5402 from 1972, launched in 1992 under the reference 14802 to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Royal Oak. Our example, sold in 1993, is one of only 700 pieces made in steel; it features the correct “small AP” dial with the iconic black tapisserie motif and is accompanied by its original box.
Daytona "Paul Newman"
Often addressed as the most important Rolex creation ever, the Daytona lineage represents for sure the object that gave birth to the collecting world as we know it today. The very first generation of this illustrious family is known worldwide as "manual Daytona" and its most eminent member is surely the "Paul Newman" dial and screw-down pushers iteration. Our example pushes this non plus ultra combination even further, bearing a completely tropicalized minute track, an exceptionally rare feature only seen in less than five examples worldwide.
Some people's love for Rolex has faded over the years, because the Maison - so they say - has given up the audacious experimentation of the past decades in favour of a static and pretty monotonous collection. While we still love the Geneva brand, we can certainly hear their point, especially while handling this piece. It is a Day-Date reference 18048, aptly nicknamed "Pleiades" by collectors for the mesmerizing mesmerizing constellation of princess cut diamonds set on the dial. Coming in different colours including silver and champagne, the Pleiades dial certainly looks best in black, since the contrast between the plate and the clear stones. This watch furthermore sports a factory-set bezel, which is not commonly seen on this configuration and adds to the charm of the piece. We are glad to offer it in practically unworn conditions! Get it now!
Split Seconds "A. Cairelli"
As Phillips’ said “In the hierarchy of collectible Universal Geneve wristwatches, the present split-seconds chronograph occupies the very top position in terms of rarity, desirability and importance”. Universal Geneve was considered to be among the finest watchmakers of the first decades of the 20th century, and it’s easy to understand why. Manufactured in the 1950s on the requirements of the Italian Air Force, the dial displays an unusual 24-hours time, as used in the military. The split second movement is based on a modified Valjoux 55, cased in an enormous 44.5 mm case, for ease of readability during combat missions. Imported by the Italian dealer "A. Cairelli", it’s believed to be produced in not more than 50 pieces. An incredibly rare find, it’s made even rare by the immaculate conditions of the case.
You know what you’re thinking: “this isn’t much more than a Royal Oak hommage”. But in reality, the Girard Perregaux Laureato is definitely more than that, as it pre-dates the Nautilus to be one of the earliest competitors to the AP watch. Originally launched in 1975, and pretty much unchanged since, the Laureato sports an octagonal bezel and an integrated bracelet, and has been implemented with a number of complications over the years. The present watch is indeed a chronograph, showing screw-down pushers and three counters on its signature blue tapisserie dial. It comes in like new conditions, complete with its full set.
Prestigious and ancient Swiss maison, blue tapisserie dial, stainless steel case with integrated bracelet. Must be a Royal Oak, right? We’re happy to invite you to think again, then take a look at this gorgeous Girard Perregaux Laureato Automatic. A story, like the greatest, that begins during the quartz crisis: the maison dates back to 1791, and in 1975 it introduced its first model with octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet. Very sporty and modern, the Laureato will feel comfortable during every event: from the most professional to the beach. And so will you. The movement is proudly produced in-house, and you can admire the decorations of the splendid automatic cal. GP01800 from the exhibition case back. A smart choice that many collectors are finally understanding: hop on the train while it’s just starting the journey.
H.Moser & Cie.
Moser is one of the most eclectic and daring independent brands currently on the market, and often talked about for its irreverent watches cased in swiss cheese or copied from the most famous smart watch in the world. But, when it comes to high end watchmaking, Moser certainly delivers. This white gold tourbillon, part of a limited edition of 20 pieces, is extremely complicated in its simplicity, hiding an automatic movement behind a silver degradé dial. Originally sold in 2021 and virtually unworn, it is of course offered as a full set. Pieces like this don’t come around often, so don’t sleep out!
Grand Seiko celebrates its 55 years of excellence with this limited edition of 550 pieces only, whose revolutionary Spring Drive mechanism boasts a power reserve of up to 5 days. While Japan's finest micro-engineers were in charge of creating the sensational caliber, where the hand glides effortlessly to symbolize the flow of life, the stunning dial was crafted by the most skilled artisans, engaged in the eternal quest for the perfect marriage of aesthetic beauty and material perfection. There is no doubt about it: this exceptional timepiece is the perfect piece for those in search of absolute perfection in every respect, the only standard to which the Japanese people can conform. After all, it is no coincidence that "Seiko" is the Japanese word for "excellence".
Manual winding Daytonas embody one of the landmarks of vintage watch collecting and nowadays represents one of the first choices either for beginners and seasoned collectors. Despite not being such a rare sight, it is true that not every configuration is created equal, hence the dramatic price gap that might occur between two specimen. As always happens with vintage watches, condition is what drives collectors mad and what makes our example of 6265 in gold so special and desirable. Being much rarer than its steel counterparts, gold examples trigger a special feeling whenever you handle them, especially when they are preserved in like new old stock condition like our watch, which retains even the original sticker on the caseback. Very few example came to us in those state of preservation and even fewer are accompanied by their original guarantee, coming all the way from Italy
We treat our customers with the finest and rarest pieces that horology has to offer. So, what’s exactly going on with this solid gold and diamond bracelet? Well, only if and when you’ll decide, you can open the secret compartment and the Omega logo will proudly appear. Inside, a small hand-wound movement is responsible for making this splendid craftsmen’s masterpiece into a functional watch. Ladies, you don’t need anyone to gift you anything: treat yourself with this utterly rare jewel. With an inner diameter of 16.5 cm, this spectacular timepiece comes with its original full set of box and papers.
Reference 1415HU has been the very first world timer wristwatch ever produced by Patek Philippe. Made in just 115 examples, very few specimen have reappeared and even fewer show a good state of preservation. Our example offers an unparalleled quality both case and dial wise, and is recognised as one of the best yellow gold example to grace on the market in recent years.
Manufactured for the pilots of Japan's legendary air force during World War II, the Seikosha Tensoku-Dokei ("Celestial Watch") follows the traditional requirements for pilot's watches of the 1940s: a splendid dial with high readability, no frills, a large onion-shaped crown that can be operated with gloves on, and a very generous 48 mm case to ensure resistance and ease of reading in any extreme conditions. Nicknamed the "Kamikaze", because of the tragic fate reserved for many of these watches and their owners, it is easy to understand the incredible rarity of finding an example, even in poor condition. This timepiece is a splendid piece of history that we have the pleasure of offering in perfect museum condition, and is therefore an event of unquestionable uniqueness.
Cosmograph Daytona "Flat"
All collectors know that, when it talking vintage Daytonas, details make the difference. It may be the "Swiss" printing, the bezel or the hands; this time, it's the whole dial. This early Daytona 6265, indeed, is fitted with the ultra rare "flat" dial, with subdials placed on the same level as the main dial plate, of course correct for the 2.9 million case serial. Released as the final iteration of Rolex's celebrated hand-wound Daytona lineup, the reference 6265 is unmistakingably recognized for the screw-down pushers paired to a stainless steel (or gold) bezel; this example, part of the early production, has a marked vintage feel given by the Mk1 "Millerighe" pushers, which were later replaced by different, more modern versions. We are delighted to offer you this true gem in pristine conditions, virtually untouched and with factory finish still clearly visible on the lugs. The crisp bezel and perfect dial complete the watch, a true showstopper and a museum-grade example.
Reference 6234 was first introduced in 1955 and was also the first Rolex Chronograph to have the now iconic Oyster case. It can be considered a “transitional model” between the ‘50s Chronographs, along with the “pre Daytona” reference 6238, and the 60’s Daytonas, which have now become some of the most iconic and sought after references. Since the launch of this model, several dial combinations have been created in addition to the classic. The present stainless steel iteration we are presenting today features a crisp silvered dial with outer light-blue tachometer scale and inner telemeter one in red. In addition to that the dial also features black enamel indexes that enhance the rarity of this specimen. Graphics are sharp and perfectly legible and shows no signs of ageing. The case still retains all the original and correct sizes. The manual winding cal.72 is running smoothly and is stamped ROW on the bridge.
It is no secret that Middle Eastern rulers always had a burning passion for wristwatches, and Rolex especially. When, in the early seventies, they began having commercial and political relationships with foreign dignitaries and guests in general, they would often hand out personalized timepieces as gifts. The present watch, a Rolex 1675 GMT Master dating to the late 1970s is one of such watches - and one of the most elusive and sought after, for that matters. It features a regular matte black, but the COSC rating at six o' clock has been wiped out in favor of the national UAE emblem, the Quraysh Hawk. Next to the polychrome emblem is the signature of the Ministry of Defense, rendered in arabic script. The watch is preserved in wonderful conditions and is one of very few known specimen. It is a cornerstone of any serious Rolex collection, and a coveted treasure for any vintage watches enthusiast.
Some people's love for Rolex has faded over the years, because the Maison - so they say - has given up the audacious experimentation of the past decades in favour of a static and pretty monotonous collection. While we still love the Geneva brand, we can certainly hear their point, especially while handling this piece. You'd be hard pressed to find something as funky and unexpected when looking at the current Rolex catalogue: who would dare mixing three different gold alloys in a single watch today? Back in the years, though, someone did: and so was born the Rolex "Tridor", delivered on a President bracelet with three-tone central links. The present example, dating to 1985, is a reference 18039B with a beautiful, deep blue dial and the craziest bracelet Rolex ever built. If you know what we're talking about, there's no need to remark how rare this watch is. So don't sleep on it, it won't last long!
That of the Patek Philippe ref. 3587 is one of watchmaking's most beloved silhouettes: launched in 1970, its funky appearance fully reflects the style of its era. The 43 mm case is a necessary adaptation to accommodate the rare and world-famous Beta-21 caliber, the first quartz movement produced in Switzerland by a consortium of more than twenty competing companies, including Patek Philippe of course, united in an effort to beat the Japanese. Its presence on the wrist is amplified by the stunning blue dial, which perfectly accompanies the white gold case and bracelet, preserved in exceptional condition. Not the usual icon, as a Submariner or Royal Oak may be, but there is no doubt that this is a horological milestone and the perfect watch if you are looking for something unique.
For a long time, The Royal Oak and the Nautilus, more mainstream, overshadowed the Vacheron Constantin Overseas. While the 222 has now reached a cult status, recognized as an icon of the 1980s, the Overseas has just begun its ascent. Collectors have realized that the Overseas is an incredible piece: designed by Vincent Kaufmann and Dino Modolo, the now-iconic bezel is reminiscent of the Maltese cross, VC’s logo. The elegance, the beautiful movement, and the impeccable quality of this masterpiece are finally shining: a true sports watch combined with the undisputed refinement and craftsmanship typical of Vacheron Constantin. We dedicated a whole article to this watch, explaining why we are convinced that it represents the next big boom in collecting. You can find it in our magazine section, but we are sure the pictures here will be enough to make you fall in love with this watchmaking icon.
Cosmograph Daytona "Tropical"
Rolex introduced its most famous iteration of the manual winding Daytona, being them 6263 and 6265, between 1970 and 1971. Earliest example are sometimes overlooked compared to the famous "big red" configuration, however they equally charming and historically relevant. Even more if you manage to find an example aged like ours, which has developed a stunning brown tone. Collector really prize "tropical" dials, since they show unparalleled charme and are actually extremely rare to find. Our timepiece bearing 2.6 million case gathers all the peculiarities a collector can look for when he is looking for an early manual Daytona.
Daytona "Paul Newman"
Rolex 6239 has been the very first Daytona reference to be equipped with the now iconic exotic dial, later renamed "Paul Newman" by the collectors community. The nickname is related to the fact that Paul Newman himself used to wear this configuration during his races and movies. The first examples appeared in 1966-1967 and our watch belongs to this first elusive batch and shows all the right features, such as the wide "t swiss t" designation. The three-colours Paul Newman dial with wide swiss represents a purist choice and one of the most beautiful manual winding Daytonas ever produced.
Between the 30’s and the 60’s the Movado manufacturer has been one of the foremost makers for professional and military watches. Beside their iconic chronographs equipped with Borgel cases and anti-slide pushers, Movado gifted us with some beautifully designed time-only, which offers a multitude of different designs. However the ones that really spark the interest of the collectors are those equipped with a “military style” dial and case. Our example is equipped with an highly unusual oversize steel case, which gives a huge presence on the wrist. Dial-wise the watch shows a rare black dial with radium numerals, a very desirable configuration for collectors. Very few example of such examples, especially with this level of quality, have ever appeared on the market, hence the great chance for refined enthusiast to add one of the most peculiar time-only of its era.
Universal Geneve once was one of the most important watchmakers, crafting some of the finest chronographs on the market. The brand is now defunct, but its luster never vanished to the eyes of connoisseurs. Chosen by many armed forces around the world, Universal Geneve specialized in the realization of what, at the time, used to be “oversized” timepieces, developed for aviators. The specimen we’re pleased to offer fully embodies the spirit of the 1940s, with a clean aesthetics, legible dial and wonderful syringe hands. Perfect conditions and the rarity of this tri-counter configuration make this piece the perfect choice for a gentleman’s collection.
The Rolex Datejust is an undisputed icon, and the ref. 6309 marks an historic moment in Datejust history. Merging the formal attire of the traditional gold Datejust and the sportiness of its unique bezel, the “Turn-o-graph” represents a real curiosity in what’s generally a pretty conservative line by Rolex. Dating back to 1954, this reference is the first ever “Turn-o-graph” and, thanks to its impeccable conditions, means that this very watch a real collector’s dream. The wonderful leaf hands interact with the pointed applied indexes, while its precious yellow gold theme is then completed by the sublime framing of the date window, the gold prints and applied crown logo, over a deep black dial. Take a second (no pun inteded) to admire its beautifully shaped second's hand: unbeliveable, right? A yellow gold Datejust is a must have in every serious collection, and a pristine Turn-o-graph ref. 6309 is the yellow gold Datejust to have.
Dating back to the 1940s, this wonderful and rare Vacheron Constantin Triple Calendar is a true connoisseur’s dream. The incredibly limited production of VC means that its master watchmakers can focus on impeccable details, like the champagne dial and pointed-drop shaped lugs of this fine complicated timepiece. Elongated pencil hands indicates the time in a very discreet manner, while a red pointer is in charge of telling the current date. Two perfectly executed and balanced windows display the day and the month, while applied gold roman indexes and dots contrast the recess of the windows. The perfectly smooth operation of all the functions is entrusted to the beautiful caliber P495: its decoration and layout are the among the finest examples of the masterful savoir faire of the traditional Swiss watchmaking, of which Vacheron Constantin is one of the highest exponents.
It's hard not to come up with the Reverso when thinking of the most iconic watches in the history of horology. The small rectangular watch, with its peculiar hinged case and swinging face, is indeed one of the most famous and oldest dating timekeepers - having been introduced by Jaeger-LeCoultre as far back as 1931. The present Reverso can be considered part of the ealy production of the model, and dates back to the 1940s. Furthermore, its black military-style dial, paired to the radium-filled dagger hands and center sweep seconds, make it a very rare and desirable configuration. It is preserved in fully original conditions, and shows an interesting monogram on the caseback which we were able to identify as the crest of a noble family from Belgium. Vintage Reversos don't get much better than this: don't miss your chance to acquire a superb example of the model!
Omega has widely contributed to the chronometer trials, where the most reputed brands were challenging one another. Omega has successfully participated countless times, mainly thanks to its most famous caliber, the 30t2. This example represents an exceptional time-capsule and one of the most beautiful references to encase this movement. The overall condition of the watch can be defined as new old stock with its oversize pink gold case immaculately preserved. Sized at 37mm, the case has a huge presence on the wrist, also thanks to its peculiar sculptured lugs. Just like the case, also the dial lays in exceptional conditions and is adorned with applied dagger indexes and dauphine hands. As you might have understood this watch has it all: a most important caliber, huge case and unique design. All those peculiarity paired with the nos conditions, make it one of the most beautiful time-only watches of its period.
The 1970s were a period of experimentation and this Omega De Ville is clearly not your ordinary watch. We’re used to rectangular watches, but we rarely find a case that’s wider than longer: the tiny hands are protected by a box-shaped crystal and powered by a manual wound Omega movement. But let’s now talk about the real show-stopper: the bracelet. Crafted in sterling silver, this 4-row double chain provides an undisputed funky and interesting aesthetic that won’t surely go unnoticed. A truly rare watch to find, don’t miss the chance.
When someone says “Rolex”, we all picture in our minds the same characteristics: sporty oyster case and bracelet, stainless steel, substantial presence on the wrist, automatic. This Rolex Precision timepiece is anything but that. Integrated to a wonderful flat brick bracelet, this refined Rolex is entirely crafted in solid yellow gold and powered by a thin manual movement. If you want to be precise - like the print on the dial suggests - this is technically a “cocktail watch” rather than a Dress watch… but if you are confident enough, we guarantee that this beautiful timepiece can be worn at any hour of the day.
Cosmograph Daytona "Porcelain"
If you care for the absolute best, this Daytona is the perfect piece for your collection! Far from being just a regular Zenith Daytona, it is indeed part of the very early production, dating back to 1988, and features all the most sought-after details for the reference. The dial is the so called "Porcelain", with deep threedimensional printing, "floating Cosmograph" and inverted 6 in the 6 o' clock subdial. Correctly, the case serial number begins with "R", and the bezel is the rare and coveted "200 UPH". Inside, of course, beats the caliber 4030, Rolex's take on the Zenith El Primero. We are delighted to offer this precious piece of horological history in fantastic conditions, accompanied by its full set including original warranty, booklets, box, outer box. Available now, only at The Watch Boutique!
The earliest Daytona in gold featured two unique configurations, which remained in production for only a very brief period of time. The first dial is the socalled "three lines", meaning it doesn't show the SCOC designation, even if the caliber is already tested as a chronometre. The second version is the present one and embodies the last step before the final configuration. An exceptionally rare occurrance, this dial retains a very peculiar writing positioning, since the "Rolex Oyster" is detached from the SCOC designation, therefore it was later renamed "Oyster Split". Our example retains a 3.3 million serial case, therefore it perfectly fits in the accepted range for those dials. Its great condition increases the rarity of this landmark model and represents an ideal trophy for the discerning collector.
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, thousands and thousands of miles from any land bigger than a small town, stands the island of Tahiti. You might know it for Gauguin's famous paintings of women on its beaches or, if you're more keen of jewelry and watches, for the fascinating mother of pearl that is sourced there. Rolex, one of the foremost maisons when it comes to natural dials, has used Tahitian mother of pearl in several different watches, all binded together by a common feature: their extreme rarity. Only very few pieces of each reference appear on the market, and this is one. It's a white gold Daytona 116519 from 2004, offered as a full set and sporting an elegant black crocodile strap paired to the stunning pink/greenish tahitian MOP dial. It's a rare chance to own a cool and very rare Daytona!
Introduced at the end of the 30's, reference 2508 represents one of the very first modern chronograph made by Rolex. In addition to that, its design stands as an example of aesthetic balance and beauty with some examples being among the most fascinating chronographs ever made. Reference 2508 remained into production till the mid 40's. Almost 100 years old, our example would impress even the most seasoned collector for the conditions of the case, being it nearly untouched. Together with outstanding state of preservation of the case, this dial is certainly the rarest variant possible. The black colour with lacquered finishing perfectly matches with the stainless steel case, making this example a truly unique chance to acquire one of the very first Rolex's chronograph ever made.
The Rolex Explorer embodies one of the most successful watches in the brand's history. Reference 1016 was introduced back in 1959 and remained into production all the way till 1989. The production of gilt dials spanned across the 60's and today represents the most desirable configuration. Our watch is one of the very few examples belonging to this elusive series to show such a pristine case. The overall exceptional conditions match with a highly-coveted dial, which during the years turned completely into a beautiful brown colour. Such a rare feature makes this timepiece one the best 1016 out there.
Wittnauer chronographs are some of the most appreciated among collectors, and with this ref. 242T it’s easy to see why. The lume developed a rich walnut tone that perfectly matches the gorgeous black dial, with substantial lume-dots as hours marker and an outer decimal ring. The case is wonderfully sized at 38 mm, perfect for today’s standards, and is in great overall conditions. Never officially confirmed, this reference was submitted by Wittnauer to NASA’s contest to find the watch to equip astronauts with, making the ref. 242T incredibly desirable and sought-after. Powered by the iconic Valjoux 72 caliber, this wonderful timepiece is the perfect representation of what a mid-century chronograph should look like and shouldn't be missed in an historically-relevant chronograph collection.
Introduced at the end of the 30's, reference 2508 represents one of the very first modern chronograph made by Rolex. In addition to that, its design stands as an example of aesthetic balance and beauty with some examples being among the most fascinating chronographs ever made. Reference 2508 remained into production till the mid 40's. Almost 100 years old, our example would impress even the most seasoned collector for the conditions of the case, being it nearly untouched. This is clearly visible through the writings on the caseback, which are still perfectly visible. Together with outstanding state of conservation of the case, this dial is certainly the rarest variant possible. The black colour with lacquered finishing perfectly matches with the gold case, making this example a truly unique chance to acquire one of the very first Rolex's chronograph ever made.
The present watch embodies all the romantic flair of the diver-chronograph era from the 1960s, offering all the characteristics that a collector can look for. The gorgeous bi-chromatic bakelite bezel, a feature often absent, appears in impeccable shape and retains all its original charme. Very pleasant at 39 mm, the size was surely oversized for its era, but appears perfectly appropriate for today’s standards. Inside, a classic manual Valjoux 7736 caliber ensures a reliable function of its two counters and the gorgeous pink central hand. Small running seconds are featured at nine. The plexy crystal is a testament to the real action that this beautiful timepiece lived, while the case maintains an overall great shape with little to no wear. This timepiece is the perfect representation of an era and will please both the new aficionado as well as the seasoned collector.
Multichron Navigator GMT
Gallet has been a pioneer in the history of the chronograph complication. In 1943 the brand launched what is regarded as its landmark model, being it the Multichron Navigator GMT, something way ahead of its time and one of the most complicated watches available on the market back then. Designed with the purpose to fulfill the needs of pilots and navigators, the Multichron GMT represents the very first chronograph to simultaneously display either 12 and 24 time. Furthermore the GMT feature was also a groundbreaking novelty, which allowed the user to have two different timezones in the dial. Another quirky peculiarity is the presence of an additional crown at 9 o'clock that stops the continuous second hand. Due to the complexity of the movement and the price, this Gallet has been manufactured in very limited quantities and today stands out as one of the rarest chronographs of its period. Our example comes in great condition, featuring the highly desirable radium indexes configuration.
It's not a secret that, over the years, Rolex has produced an immense number of different Day-Date iterations. Their flagship "President" watch ranges indeed from the simplest, white gold-silver dial version, to the funkies, flashiest and most outstanding gem-set configurations. Gem set versions exist also of the already rare "Oysterquartz" Day-Date, a line that Rolex kept in production from the 1980s to the early 2000s and was powered by one of the most precise, refined and well executed quartz movement ever designed. The present Day-Date is one of those, and has a series of uncommon features that make it possibly unique: the wooden dial with diamond markers, the factory set diamond bezel and the matching President bracelet with paved central links. It's a great occasion to own one of the most attractive and rare quartz Day-Dates ever made!
The original reference launched by Audemars Piguet back in 1972, when the Maison asked Gerald Genta to design an “unprecedented watch”: the first, the ref. 5402. Described by Genta himself as the masterpiece of his career, the iconic Royal Oak ref. 5402 embodies the perfect balance between function and refined design. The petite tapisserie dial features the AP logo at 6, as only first models from the B series do. Only around 1000 pieces from the b-series were manufactured, with just the first examples featuring this detail and even fewer in yellow gold. Yes, the watch we’re offering you is a pretty rare one indeed. The yellow gold case is sharp and its 39 mm sit wonderfully on the wrist. The bracelet is tight and in excellent conditions. It’s powered by the famous automatic cal. 2121, to date the thinnest full-rotor automatic caliber in production and still used in the contemporary Royal Oak ref. 15202. This incredibly rare watch comes with the fullest original set possible: box, papers and even the original purchase receipt from the AD.
Breguet is one of the most respected maisons in haute horlogerie, and this stunning timepiece is the perfect explanation. The timeless design of its 35mm gold case is framed by coin-edge decoration to accommodate the marvelous dial with multiple guilloché finishing. Indication of time, perpetual calendar, equation of time and power reserve is accomplished through blued hands, including the famous Breguet-shaped. These fine complications are provided by the automatic skeletonized caliber Cal. 502 QPET, whose hand-engraving can be admired through the exhibition case back. The overall condition of this precious timepiece is impeccable, the only acceptable ones to fully enjoy this horological masterpiece.
In the era of large, stainless steel sports watches, most people think dress watches are a think of the past - outfashioned and somehow boring. While that ultimatley depends on one’s taste, some of these old watches have the power to warm the heart of even the more sceptical collector. The present Zenith is indeed such a watch: dating back to the early Seventies, it is hand wound and housed in a fancy yellow gold “flying saucer” style case, with a matching gold tone dial. The absence of a seconds hand and the minimal graphics on the dial - just the “Zenith” name and a little applied gold star, make it extremely sophisticated and elegant.
The ref. 79160 “Big Block” is one of the most beloved watches from Tudor and it’s easy to see why: it is the perfect bridge between vintage and modern, bringing together the allure of an Oyster case with screw down pushers, a gorgeous bakelite bezel and the commodity of an automatic movement with date display. A very pleasant 40mm in diameter allows this watch to sit comfortably on every wrist, with a gorgeous panda dial that will prove a winning choice in every occasion. The 1993 example we’re pleased to offer is the perfect choice for both seasoned collectors and new aficionados, coming in like-new conditions and complemented by its original full set of box and papers.
Hermes has, for more than a century, been one of the most famous names in the fashion world. An undisputed symbol of Parisian luxury and style, Hermes has defined the style of its prestigious customers with bags, scarves, leather goods and, of course, watches. This splendid timepiece represents all the Parisian flair of the 1950s, preserved in excellent condition that still promises to give unparalleled charm to its lucky owner.
The Centigraphe Souverain represents one of the most coveted and incredible creations of F.P. Journe, who is in fact the leading and most desired independent watchmaker in today's market. Its breath-taking solid gold chronographic mechanism, that can be admired via the exhibition case back, is capable of measuring time spans with a precision up to 1/100th of a second. The Centigraphe Souverain sits wonderfully on the wrist, thanks to its 34.5 mm case. Just as comfortable to an elegant dinner as during a promenade, the tachometer allows to measure speeds ranging from 6 km/h to 36.000 km/h, so you’ll be covered in your next walk or rocket launch. To complete the spectacular and rare occasion we are pleased to offer to our clients, this white gold watchmaking-artwork comes in immaculate conditions and is complemented by its full set of box and papers.
GMT Master II NOS
In recent years, Rolex seemingly had a great fun playing with the configurations of its GMT-Master II. First, they replaced the Batman with the new Pepsi, only available on jubilee; then, they launched the Batgirl, making it the only one fitted with a steel jubilee; eventually, the Batman made a brief one-year comeback in 2021, before being apparently sent to retirement for good. What you are seeing here is a 2020 Batman - or, if you prefer, a GMT-Master II with a black and blue Cerachrom bezel fitted on an Jubelee bracelet. It is virtually unworn and of course comes as a full set, with box and warranty card. It's the perfect watch for the purist looking for some rare details: a crown at six o'clock paired to an Jubelee bracelet and a blue/black bezel is no common sight at all.
Hammered leather strap Colour: Grey Taupe Sizes available (please specify the size in the order form): 18x14mm 19x14mm 19x16mm 20x16mm
Deer leather strap Colour: Taupe Grey Sizes available (please specify the size in the order form): 18x14mm 19x14mm 19x16mm 20x16mm
Nappa leather strap Colour: Taupe Grey Sizes available (please specify the size in the order form): 18x14mm 19x14mm 19x16mm 20x16mm
Saffiano leather strap Colour: Grey Sizes available (please specify the size in the order form): 18x14mm 19x14mm 19x16mm 20x16mm
Shell Cordovan leather strap Colour: Black Sizes available (please specify the size in the order form): 18x14mm 19x14mm 19x16mm 20x16mm
Shell Cordovan leather strap Colour: Dark Brown Sizes available (please specify the size in the order form): 18x14mm 19x14mm 19x16mm 20x16mm
Deer leather strap Colour: Honey Sizes available (please specify the size in the order form): 18x14mm 19x14mm 19x16mm 20x16mm
Only the best and softest Alcantara is selected for the interior of our elegant and refined hand-made Watch Cube, where your timepiece will be securely stored thanks to the removable pad. The top-quality Mirage Blue leather exterior will provide a premium look and feel, to perfectly complement your precious watch. Measurements of out Watch Cube are 7.5 x 6.8 x 9.6 cm
The inception of the automatic Rolex Daytona in 1988 represented a dramatic change in Rolex's chronograph family. Apart from the obvious mechanical difference, indeed, the new course of style was radically different from what had been seen earlier, since the Daytona no longer had contrasting subdials. This was until a new dial design found its way inside gold Daytonas like this 116518 from 2007. Champagne subdials contrast against the black dial, with the icing on the cake being the red accents provided by the chronograph hand and the outer minute track. The watch is fitted on its factory original Oysterflex rubber band, and is perfectly preserved in full set conditions. It's a very sporty and fresh take on the most sought after chronograph in the world!
If you're looking for the perfect pocket-size solution to safely transport your beloved timepiece, you can't miss on our leather Pouch. Despite its small size, we did not compromise on providing the highest standards to protect your precious watch: the Pouch is hand-made with top-quality Mirage Blue leather and lined with the softest Alcantara. Our premium pouch is complemented by a detachable watch silhouette in Mirage Blue leather, to prevent the bracelet from scratching the back of your luxury timepiece. Holds one single watch up to 51 mm, exact measurements are 14.5 x 6.5 x 1 cm
Travel time watches are icons frome a long gone era: a time when commercial transoceanic flights were an absolute novelty, and more and more people were moving between different time zones for work or leisure. Keeping efficient track of time back home was essential to make phone calls at the office, greet your family without waking them up in the middle of the night and generally just knowing what time it was on the other side of the planet. While some, like Rolex or even Patek with its world timers approached the matter in a spectacular way, with rotating bezels, colourful dials and names of exotic cities, other watches had a definitely understated approach to travel time keeping. It is the case of this beautiful and discreet Patek Philippe reference 2597, which at first glance might seem nothing more than a regular 570 Calatrava. Cased in a coin-edge yellow gold case, a sharp set of Dauphine hands marks hours and minutes, while running seconds are placed at six. Then, when you need it, a click on the pushers on the left side of the case will make a third hand jump one hour back or ahead, to mark a second time zone. When you fly back home, it will go back concealed under the main hour hand, and your watch will be the ultimate everyday sleeper.
Introduced in 1959 and kept in catalogues for 21 years, until 1980, the reference 1675 was the longest produced GMT in the history of Rolex, bridging the gap between old 6542 and the more modern five-digits models. Made iconic by the "Pepsi" red and blue bezel, it was produced with a wide variety of dials replacing each other over the years. The present watch, firmly placed in 1979 by its 5.7 million serial number, is correctly fitted with a matte "Mark 4" dial, with a clear, easily readable and well balanced layout - possibly the most contemporary of the whole 1675 production. Furthermore, this example has perfectly preserved prints, with no signs of fading and a light, even and pleasant patina to the lume plots and the tritium in the hands. The watch is a time capsule example delivering the very best of vintage Rolex production. It is a great occasion to own and enjoy a virtually untouched GMT Master 1675, one of Rolex's most loved models ever.
For a long time, the Rolex 5512 has been the only diver's watch offered by Rolex with a COSC movement, a detail made evident by the two additional lines of text appearing on the dial below the depth rating. This improvement made it way more expensive - and, in perspective, rarer nowadays - than its non-COSC sibling ref. 5513. The present example was manufactured in 1967 and still retains great overall conditions. The dial is a very desirable and sought-after “Meters first”, where we can see the depth indicated as “200 m = 660 ft”. Another rare detail is that the dial is “gilt”, meaning that the prints are realized using gold paint. Given the general desirability of this reference, the amazing shape and incredible details of this piece make it a special and rare catch for every collector.
The Rolex Datejust ref. 6605 is among the rarest of all Datejust history, given its production span of just 3 years from 1956 and 1959. The present example we’re offering today was manufactured in 1958, right in the middle of the short life of this reference. The beautiful and iconic 18kt yellow gold oyster case is in great shape for its over 60 years. Its flat bezel is the perfect frame for the dial, non-luminous, featuring a gilt print and dagger indexes. Wonderful in every occasion, the ref. 6605 is a watch that’s still a great sign of elegance and it’ll still be for decades to come.
The Rolex ref. 6075 is one of the first models in the “datejust” line introduced in the late 40s. Due to its domed case back, necessary to fit the automatic winding rotor, the model got the nickname of “ovettone” (“big egg” in Italian) by the community. It’s unbelievable to look at the overall conditions of the watch and bracelet: the 18kt yellow gold, extremely soft, shows almost no signs of wear. On the beautiful white dial you can admire the charming “radium burn”, a detail left by the decay of radium paint on the hands. Sized at 36 mm, it’s extremely modern and enjoyable even 70 years after its creation, we’ve been able to date around 1949. Extreme rarity, perfect conditions and modern size make this watch worth a special place both in the tasteful collector’s watch collection.
Few watches are as popular and instantly recognizable as the Omega Speedmaster, the first (and only officially recognized) watch to land on the moon. When NASA selected Omega's chronograph to equip the astronauts of the Apollo program in 1965, however, the Speedmaster was already eight years old, and had gone through an evolution that brought to stick hands and bakelite bezel. If we go all the way back to 1957, this is what the first Speedmaster looked like: the 2915-2 is the first iteration of Omega's iconic wristwatch. Characterised by an extremely sporty appearance, its steel bezel and broad arrow hour hand give a very dynamic look to the reference. The present example is preserved in absolutely original condition, with its rare "Base 1000" bezel, often swapped during services, and its correct elastic bracelet. The luminous material on indexes and hands has aged evenly and shows a warm patina, while the dial is perfectly legible and shows almost no signs of ageing.
Sometimes, a watch doesn't need to bear a coveted name on the dial to be an over-the-top collector's item. That is the case with this Election chronograph, likely produced around the mid 1940s and delivering every imaginable feature for a chronograph of the era. First and foremost, the dial is an extremely refined and well preserved two-tone black mirror gilt. The gold prints are crisp and legible, and the arabic numerals are designed in a beautiful ornate and dynamic font. Besides the hours and minutes track, the watch features two different scales: the inner one is a telemetre, the outer one is instead tachymetric. Then, the steel case: oversized for the time, and still very contemporary, it is a sought-after and seldom seen "clamshell" case, meaning that the caseback is not snap-on nor screw-down, but is rather held in place by four screws concealed behind the lugs. Inside the caseback, a "Brevet 189190" inscription confirms that the case is crafted after the original 1937 patent by Schmitz Freres and co. Finally, the beating heart of this amazing chronograph is a Valjoux 22 movement, one of the most appreciated and technically refined chronographic calibers in history - as much as it was even chosen by Patek Philippe to be the cornerstone of their ébauches, finding its place inside the coveted references 130, 1463, 1579 and so on.
Universal Geneve was considered to be among the finest watchmakers of the first decades of the 20th century, and this incredible Compur is a confirm. The stainless steel case is just over 35 mm and features a beautiful flat bezel and square pushers. Conditions are unbelievable. The extremely clean dial developed a charming cream tone, complementing beautifully the light-blue telemetric scale and the central snail scale. A warm patina on the luminous paint contrast wonderfully with the blued lozenge hands. We can identify the year of manufacture as 1934, given the print “Universal Watch” on the dial. Thanks to its oversized case - very contemporary - and clean appearance, this chronograph is the perfect watch for the tasteful collector that’s looking for a great piece to wear.
Introduced in 1959, the Rolex 5512 might well be considered the first "modern" submariner. Its inception marked the appearance of crown guards on the submariner, and in general of a case design that is still contemporary today and remained almost untouched up until the late 1980s, when its sibling reference 5513 was retired from production and replaced by the 14060. The present example is powered by Rolex's own cal.1530, and dates back to 1963. It shows a rare and highly sought-after "two line" dial: given its age, it is probably one of the last specimen not submitted to chronometer testing by Rolex. Shortly after, around 1964, all 5512s would be marketed with "four line" dials, while the new reference 5513 would remain the entry level diver of the swiss maison. Consistently with its production date, the present watch features a so called "underline" dial, in reference to the small line printed below the model name. Scholars tend to agree that this detail, only correct on watches produced between 1962 and 1964, was Rolex's way to indicate the use of tritium instead of radium on luminous dials, in compliance with the latest regulations in terms of radioactivity.
Longines is considered to be the creator of many of the best chronographs of the last century, and the 13ZN has been described as one of the most beautiful and sophisticated movements to date. Launched in 1936, this movement allowed the wearer – mostly pilots – to reset the chronograph without the need to first stop the movement, a feature called “Flyback Chronograph”. Another prestige feature is the column wheel, for a perfect and precise operation. This historical movement is housed in this beautiful and rare “Tre Tacche” case in excellent conservation state, manufactured in the 1940s. The charming matte black dials features Arabic luminous numerals, while the lumed hands are a hybrid between syringe and pencil. All the luminous paint turned to a beautiful and even toasted tone. The extreme rarity, the details and perfect conditions make this watch worth of the greatest chronograph collections.
Watchmaking in the 40s was really focused on brevets, since the brands wanted to beat the competitors by introducing technical novelties that would help users in their daily life. The Aero-Compax has been certainly one of the most surprising brevets achieved, consisting in the addiction of a sub-dial that registers an important time for the user. It was regulated through an additional crown put on the left profile of the case. The production started in 1940, although the brevet was only registered in 1944. What we have for sale definitely makes justice to the model's importance, coming with a very rare black dial and all the correct graphical features. Movement-wise the Aero-Compax housed various in-house calibres with the most-common being the 287, while our watch do encases a rare cal.285 with gilt finishings. The peculiar case shows sharp edges and together with the pump pushers and the black dial makes this specimen the rarest configuration you can find on a Areo-Compax.
Military watches are among the most fascinating items you can come across. They are not only a matter of aesthetic or technic, they also bring the history of the tasks its original owner has accomplished. Military timepieces often share common features, like the large diameter of the case or the highly leigible dial. Today we present you what is maybe the king of this category, the Longines Big Indian reference 6111-2. The name is related to the fact that it was used in India by RIAF's pilots and then, after the Indian independence by the IAF. The look of the Big Indian is really impressive with a massive 44mm steel case, assigned back and large black dial with radium numerals. Our example belongs to the the second and last series showed by "-2" in the reference and was presumably sold in the early 50's. The main difference between the two series is the movement, 15.68N for the first one and 14.68N for the second with the addiction of the stop seconds sistem. A very limited production run of only 100-200 first series and 200-300 second series added to the difficult conditions in which they were used makes this an unbelievable collecting value.
Produced around 1952-53, this ref. 4062 by Rolex represents a beautiful example of the exquisite production from the “non-oyster” line of the maison. The telemetric and tachymetric dial developed a rich nutty nuance, contrasting wonderfully with the light blue telemetric scale and the gold dagger indexes and leaf hands. The real delight is on the coin-edge decoration on the case, a tasteful and visually interesting detail of this 36 mm case. Tear-drop lugs complete the elegant look of this piece. The rectangular pushers activate the manual-winding chronograph caliber 23. A true connoisseur’s piece, in excellent conservation conditions.
Day-Date “Chocolate Doorstop”
The yellow gold Rolex Day-Date 1803 is an icon. On the wrist of countless politicians, entrepreneurs, and VIPs, to own a yellow gold 1803 means nothing else than “Power”. Every 1803 is extremely beautiful and desirable per se, but this exact example is something that’s not that easy to find. Manufactured around 1974, conditions are impeccable, showing almost no sign of wear, a difficult detail given the softness of yellow gold. But the real gem is the dial: over its almost 50 years of life, the originally black dial developed a wonderful brown shade, with complex nuances and tones that reminds of chocolate. The indexes are the very rare “Doorstop” indexes, nicknamed for their unusual shape. These details, unique to this piece, play incredibly well with the perfect yellow gold case, creating a watch that’s virtually a piece unique.
For a long time, the Rolex 5512 has been the only diver's watch offered by Rolex with a COSC movement, a detail made evident by the two additional lines of text appearing on the dial below the depth rating. This improvement made it way more expensive - and, in perspective, rarer nowadays - than its non-COSC sibling ref. 5513. The present example was manufactured in 1967 and still retains great overall conditions. The dial is a very desirable and sought-after “Meters first”, where we can see the depth indicated as “200 m = 660 ft”. Another rare detail is that the dial is “gilt”, meaning that the prints are realized using gold paint. Rare and collectible features, but the wonderful shade of brown that the dial acquired over time (also referred as “tropical”) is a non-replicable and mesmerizing detail. Given the general desirability of this reference, the amazing shape and incredible (and unique) details of this piece make it a special and rare catch for every collector.
Launched in 1952 as the heir to the famous ref.565, the Patek Philippe Calatrava 2533 improved the aestethics of its predecessor while keeping true to the origins with a screwback 35mm case and the hand wound caliber 27SC. The casemaker was, in this case, Charles Dubois (170 in a hammer head). Despite a decennial production, only about 400 examples of the reference were manufactured overall, making it extremely rare and sought after by discerning collectors. The present example is certainly amongst the better preserved ones, with vivid edges on the yellow gold case and an absolutely untouched dial, as proven by the strong accent above the second "E" in Genéve.
Pre Extra-Fort Split Seconds
All Pre-Extra Fort chronograph by Eberhard are rare and desired by collectors… but some are even more. This wonderful Pre-Extra Fort Tricompax Rattrapante is one of the most stunning and rare pieces a collector can find. Impeccably preserved from the early 1940s, this 18kt yellow gold manual chronograph feature one of the most sought-after complications: the rattrapante chronograph. When activated, the second, perfectly hidden chronograph hand splits and allows the owner to measure two different records. The best part? The caseback is hinged, so you can have a look to this wonderful and masterfully executed mechanism. The rare “Tricompax” configuration and the slide at 4 (exactly, that’s not a pusher) complete this incredible and highly desirable chronograph that shouldn’t be missed in a gentleman’s collection.
Chronograph “Pre Daytona”
The predecessor to the Daytona, the ref. 6238 aka “Pre-Daytona” was shortly produced by Rolex from 1962 to 1969, in what’s believed to be under 2500 pieces. Due to its scarcity and historical relevance, the “Pre-Daytona” is highly sought-after by collectors. This example dates to 1963 and features the beautiful first series Dauphine hands. The dial is in flawless conditions, with a charming cream tone and the correct “Swiss” print. The case, the pump pushers and the bracelet are in excellent conditions. Inside, the mythical manual chronographic Caliber 72B is in perfect running state. The perfect reference to complete every chronograph collection, this example is surely the one to go for.
This beautiful and sought-after Eberhard Pre-Extra Fort chronograph from the early 1940s is cased in an oversized 40 mm 18kt yellow gold case. The case, in impeccably sharp conditions, is hinged to the caseback on the left side. The champagne dial is in perfect conditions, as well as the indexes and the telemetric and snail central scale. What looks like a pusher at 4, is actually a slide. Patented by Eberhard, it allows to “stop-lock” the mechanism without resetting the recorded time. Perfect conditions and rarity make this piece the perfect fit in a gentleman’s collection.
Pre Extra-Fort Split Seconds
This beautiful Eberhard pre-extrafort from the 1940s features a rare version of the split-second chronograph: the pusher hidden in the crown acts as a start, stop and reset. The other pushers are responsible for the split-second operation and the "stop-lock" mechanism. Wonderfuly aged, the case is in sharp conditions and the dial developed a light patina that contrast nicely with the telemetric scale and the snail center scale. Syringe hands and luminous arabic numerals complete this gorgeous, rare and extremely desirable chronograph.
Submariner "Tiffany & Co"
For a long time, the Rolex 5512 has been the only diver's watch offered by Rolex with a COSC movement, a detail made evident by the two additional lines of text appearing on the dial below the depth rating. This improvement made it way more expensive - and, in perspective, more rare nowadays - than its non-COSC sibling ref. 5513. The present example, placed by its serial number in the production of 1977, correctly features the modern and sought after mark one dial, also known as "maxi" due to the size of its lume plots, which are in this case graced by a light and uniform patina. Finally, the Tiffany stamp, which only appeared on some Rolex watches sold in the US by the world-renowned jeweller, makes this all but an average 5512, turning it into the perfect example to enrich any world-class collection of Rolex watches.
Back in the 1940s, a number of maisons and movement makers started working extensively on the production of reliable yet precise and refinished complicated wristwatches. Besides coveted brands, also some smaller maisons produced watches of extreme quality, paired to flamboyant case designs typical of the era. That's what happens with this 37mm Record Genéve watch.integrating in a striking 37mm two tone case not only a split seconds chronograph, but also an indication of the date and phases of the moon. The beating heart inside this stunning watch is a Venus 185, activated via three pushers at 2, 3 and 4 o' clock. The dial, seemingly untouched, is a lesson in understatement and readability, making the present Record a very wearable and contemporary watch to these days. A period correct two-tone beads of rice bracelet completes the look of this rare and appealing watch.
Introduced shortly after the first diver from Tudor, the ref. 7928 was the first Tudor Submariner to feature crown guards. Loved on the civilian market, the increased water resistance allowed the Tudor ref. 7928 to be chosen by the United States Navy as official watch for its Marines, engaged in the Vietnam War. This very model, built around 1963-64, is an extremely rare survivor of its years in the Navy. From the excellent conditions, we think it was probably issued to an official. The leather strap is a probable clue about a past “Olongapo” bracelet that may have been on the wrist of its owner while on duty. The small-rose logo on the dial is another delightful detail that the real collector will appreciate, replaced by the shield on later examples.
The ref. 6105, one of the most desired Datejusts, is referred as “Ovettone” (Italian for “Big Egg”) due to its domed caseback. This shape was necessary to accommodate the rotor of the rhodium-plated automatic cal. 296. Highly sought-after by collectors, this example is in incredible conditions, with original jubilee bracelet and Millerighe bezel. The red date is framed in a yellow gold aperture, a detail that creates balance and add a refined touch to the galvanic gilt dial, with applied gold coronet and dart luminous indexes. The yellow gold leaf hands contrast wonderfully with the deep black dial. The size is very modern at 36 mm, not a common choice for 1951-52, when this very example was manufactured. The timeless and refined design, combined with the pleasant size and the impeccable conditions, make this example worth a place in the best gentlemen’s collection.
Calatrava Reference 570 was presented in 1938 as a larger version of the already celebrated ref. 96. The perfect size and the highly legible dial made it the perfect everyday watch and briefly became one of the best sellers inside Patek Philippe’s catalogue. Up for sale is a pristine example, coming from the very early production batch. The Gerlach case retains its correct shape and represents a timeless design in the watchmaking world. Gold cases(such as the present one) measure 35.5mm, while steel one are a bit larger at 36.2mm. The dial developed a great patina, which enriches the watch with character and charm. The hard-enamelled Patek Philippe signature looks very crisp, together with the accent still clearly visible. Two features contribute to make this watch not an ordinary 570. First it showcases the Somazzi signature on the dial with Somazzi being a long time Lugano based Patek Philippe dealer and happens to be one of the rarest double signatures you can come across. The second one refers to the caliber housed, which is a 27SC. Usually ref. 570 was equipped with small seconds movements, while this example has an indirect central second hand, which is coherent with the very beginning of the production.
The Cartier Pasha is one of the most important and iconic watches of all times. Originally created for the Sultan of Marrakech, the Pasha was revisited in 1985 by Gerald Genta, who removed the protective grill originally present over the crystal. This example of ref. 2495 comes from the ultra-limited edition of the “Collection Privée” realized by Carter in only 5 pieces. Virtually unique, the white gold case of this unbelievable piece is masterfully set with diamonds from the maison and houses the astonishing Cloisonné enamel dial, a true masterpiece. This extremely complicated technique requires a gold strip to be bent and then the space is filled with extra-fine enamel and melt. To make it even more precious, four baguette-cut diamonds are set on the dial. The beautifully automatic Cartier signed caliber 311B can be admired from the exhibition caseback.
Going back to the mid ‘900 Audemars Piguet was a small craftmanship lost in the mythical Valée de Joux, which average production was way smaller than its competitors such as Patek Philippe or Vacheron Constantin. Due to the limited numbers and knowledge spread, vintage Audemars Piguet remains still today a land for connoissuers and passionate treasure-hunters. What you are starring at is a square case time-only specimen, coming in great shape from the end of the 50s. Beside the few circular time only made, Audemars Piguet used to impress their customers with unusual shapes like the present one, furthermore enhanced by the generous size of 25x25mm On top of that what makes this exemplar even rarer than its usual siblings is the platinum case, a metal back then only used for important references. Another interesting and rather unique feature is the circular shape of the dial in a square case, which perfectly matches with the art deco baton indexes and hands. Last but not least we mention the highly desirable Cartier “double signature”, a feature that really close the circle on this watch increasing its prestigiousness.
Launched in 1977 and designed by Jorg Hysek to celebrate the 222nd anniversary of Vacheron Constantin, the 222 has been an underrated gem for a long time and is now one of the most desired and sought-after integrated watches, for its scarcity and refined beauty. Powered by the VC automatic caliber 1121, only about 100 were believed to be produced in yellow gold, of which just a extreme small percentage were factory-set with diamonds both on the bezel and the bracelet. The impeccable conditions of this very example make it an absolute rarity.
El Primero "Disco Volante"
An El Primero is always a special watch on its own, being the first automatic chronograph ever, but this very one is even more special. The G382, nicknamed “Disco Volante” (Italian for Flying Saucer), was produced in a very limited run of 250 pieces between 1969 and 1970 and features an extremely funky and interesting case and lugs design. The round case and the yellow gold make the wonderfully aged brown patina on the dial look even better than the black that used to be before this fascinating process of time. Given the particular design, the presence on the wrist is very modern and pleasant. A G382 is a pretty rare find per se, and this example comes in unbelievable conditions, showing almost no sign of wear and with the original sticker still on the back. A conversation starter for sure.
Introduced in the early half of 1950’s, the reference 6034 could be considered as the grandfather of Cosmograph Daytona later introduced with reference 6239. This model could be seen as a hybrid between a sporty model and a dress watch combining some sporty elements with the elegance of previous chronograph models. This reference was mailny produced in stainless steel and the gold iterations are rare and sought after. The present watch, cased in 18kt yellow gold, is an appealing an example of a 1963 specimen preserved in untouched condition, with rare double scale creamy dial with gold applied indexes and dauphine hands.
This intriguing and rare Universal Geneve Uni-Compax chronograph features a 38mm waterproof Spillmann steel case still in excellent original condition, with no damages or signs of eccessive wearing. The screw-down case back is original and numbered with the reference hallmark. The black gilt dial is flawless, with no signs of ageing or flaws. The watch houses the 385 column wheel Universal Geneve caliber which runs smoothly. An unique chance for Spillmann case-lovers to get a museum-condition specimen.
Housed in a massive and well preserved 18k yellow gold case manufactured by Ponti Gennari, this Zenith is a dress watch full of character. The square shape that earned this kind of watches the nickname "cioccolatino" (italian for chocolate) was extremely popular in the fifties and sixties, yet is rarely seen paired to a black dial and automatic movement, as in the present watch. Furthermore, this Cioccolatino is powered by Zenith's own automatic caliber 133.8, a bumper movement designed in 1951 that, at the time of its launch, was the thinnest center seconds bumper caliber in the world. The well preserved and pleasantly patinated black dial, showing an applied gold star above the signature of 12 o'clock - Zenith's signature - completes the charming look of the piece.
Diamonds and Emeralds
Piaget have always been a brand rooted into tradition and know-how. The creativity and the audacity gave to the brand the chance to distinguish itself in the world of fine watchmaking an jewellery. Over the years Piaget developed quite an obsession for ultra-thin watches and for high jewellery creations that combined together gave birth to some of the most beautiful and luxury watches out there. It’s around ‘70s that Piaget designed an impressive range of watches made of gold and adorned with precious stone that become iconic works of art now are highly sought after by collectors all over the world.
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Royal Oak Jubilee
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