The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.
Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261
71 Universal Genève Attractive and Sophisticated, CP-2 Military Wristwatch in Steel, Made for the Italian Air Force, Retailed by A. Cairelli Rome, With Extract from the Archives and Invoice
Estimate: € 20,000 – 40,000
Sold € 23,400
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Caliber: UG 285P
Case N°: 200 732
Movement N°: UG 285P
Dimensions: 43 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Extract from the Archives and Invoice
The foundation of Universal Genève dates back to 1894, in the Swiss city of Le Locle and during its long history of over a century it has been able to stand out for the great aesthetic and performative quality of its watches, for the great variety of models offered but above all for being one of the first brands to present wrist chronographs. The lot offered here is part of the most appreciated military wristwatches with its oversized case, chronograph model named CP-2 (Cronometro da Polso Type 2). Designed for mission use, the fly-back complication allows aviators to reset the seconds of the chronograph with one click of the pusher while the chronograph is engaged. The case is a perfect example of excellent preservation given its still sharp edges and its buttons of the chronograph almost untouched. The case back has the writing “AMI CRONOMETRO TIPO CP-2 MM 200732” for the areonautica militare italiana, CP meaning wrist chronometer, MM for Matrix Military. On the black dial with two counters, the sign in white of the retailer stands out: A. Cairelli Roma. A.Cairelli is one of the finest jewelers in Rome, supplied these CP-2 watches to the Italian Air Force, the Aeronautica Militare Italiana (AMI). Accompanied by an Universal Geneve Extract from the Archives and Invoice confirming production of the present watch in steel during the “60s.