Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

93 Breguet Attractive and Well Preserved Chronograph Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Reference 318, With Silver tachymetric Scale Dial

Estimate: € 25,000 –⁠ 50,000

Lot Description

Material: Yellow Gold
Reference N°: 318
Year: 1940s
Case N°: 318
Caliber: 13’’’’ Valjoux 23
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 318
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 33 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

Chronographs have been part of Breguet’s history and tradition since the year of its foundation, first as pocket watches and later as wristwatches. Its earliest chronograph wristwatches can be traced back to 1935 and those of that age are extremely sought after amongst collectors. In the list of the most iconic timepieces must be inscribed the present model 318, expression of the brand’s revolutionary principles for watches’ design: pure forms, harmonious proportions and elegant dials. This specimen coming from the 40’s strikes for the conditions of its 18k yellow gol case and its sophisticated design with elongated concave lugs, three bodies composition with snap on back and two square pushers for the chronograph. The dial has that “fanée” charm, affectionately called this way by collectors, that shows the passage of the years but does not diminish its beauty, indeed, enriches it with history and feeling. The external tachymeter scale retains its initial blue as the seconds scale does not lose its blackness. The Arabic and dot applied indexes, together with the patina that pervades them, embellish the entire configuration. This is an object that represents the style and ability that has always distinguished Breguet in all its history and object of merit for every collection.