Rare Watches, Fine Jewels & Modern Art – Session 1
17 July 2018 | Monaco | Lot 149
ULYSSE NARDIN « Astrolabium Galileo Galilei »
Estimate € 10,000 – 15,000
Brand : Ulysse Nardin
Model : Astrolabium Galileo Galilei
Reference N. : 901-21
Year : circa 1990
Case number : N.009
Caliber : UN90
Bracelet : leather with 18K gold Ulysse Nardin buckle
Dimensions : 40 mm
Very fine and unusual, astronomic, self-winding, water-resistant, 18K yellow-gold wristwatch with astrolabe, days and months. Signed case, dial and movement.
ASTROLABIUM GALILEO GALILEI This wristwatch was the first of the Trilogy series, which was introduced in 1985. Named after GALILEO GALILEI, it is a tribute to his astronomical discoveries. This timepiece was the first in the world to have all of the following complications: time of day; perpetual calendar; moon phases; moonrise and moonset; sunrise and sunset; dawn and dusk; signs of the zodiac; and Solar and Lunar eclipses. The most complicated function is the ability of the watch to indicate the positions of sun, moon and stars, as seen from the Earth. Also shown on the dial is the Tropic of Capricorn. All of the numerous features of the watch are controlled through the single winding crown. Due to its complexity, as it was based on the astrolabe, it was featured on the cover of the Guinness Book of World Records and was cited in the book.
Rare montre-bracelet astrolabe en or jaune 18 k, étanche, mouvement automatique avec indication des jours et des mois.