Exclusive Timepieces & Jewels 17 –⁠ 18 Jul 2019 | Monaco LOT 71

71. Ulysse Nardin A very fine and unusual Ulysse Nardin Chronograph in stainless steel with round buttons

Estimate € 3,000 –⁠ 6,000

Sold € 5,720
Lot Description
Model: Chronograph
Material: stainless steel
Case N°: 615259
Caliber: 13'
Bracelet: leather strap
Dimensions: 35 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement

In 1846, in Le Locle, Switzerland, young watchmaker Ulysse Nardin had a vision of the future. Despite living miles from the sea, he was convinced of two things: a rising demand for marine and pocket chronometers, and his ability to meet that demand.
By the 1870s, over 50 navies and international shipping companies were equipped with Ulysse Nardin marine deck chronometers, providing sailors instruments for accuracy and efficiency across trades and continents. But the elements of Ulysse Nardin were not limited only to water, because also heaven and earth had a special place in the production of the Swiss brand, which is demonstrated by the large number of pilots’ watches and chronographs produced like the present lot. This fine waterproof example in stainless steel is as simple as beautiful as it looks: the very thick and resistant case with screw back has on the edge two buttons able to start, stop and reset the chronograph. The dial has the classic clean design of that period, with large counters for constant seconds and 30 minutes registration and large Arabic radium numerals capable of making easy to read the time even at a very quick glance.