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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 89

    Breguet. A fine, rare and large 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with special flyback function


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    Breguet. A fine, rare and large 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with special flyback function
    Signed Breguet, case no. 2949, manufactured in 1957
    Cal. 225 14''' nickel-finished jewelled lever movement, the silvered matte dial with applied triangular and Arabic numerals, gold baton hands, outer five minute divisions and blue tachymetre scale, three subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, in circular case with downturned lugs, snap on back, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, case signed and numbered, dial signed
    37 mm. diam.

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    Accompanied by Breguet outer cardboard presentation box stamped "Breguet - Chaumet, 12, Pl. Vendôme, Paris" and a detached, associated 18K gold woven bracelet.

    According to the Archives of Montres Breguet, the present watch featuring a special "retour en vol" or flyback chronograph function was manufactured in 1957 and sold to Monsieur Besse on 17 June 1958 for the amount of 148,500 French Francs. The watch has remained in the same family ever since and is in beautiful, well-preserved original condition.

    The particularity of this watch is the addition of the "retour en vol" or "flyback" function, a highly unusual and rare feature to find in a gold watch. The flyback function, also called the "permanent zero setting", allows to instantly stop, reset, and restart the chronograph with a single press of the lower button, useful when only the completion of a certain event needs to be timed but not its duration.

    In the 1950s and 1960s, Breguet and other manufacturers supplied chronograph wristwatches to the French military forces, originally designated Type 20, fitted with the "retour en vol" function. The primary recipients of these chronographs were the pilots and flying personnel of the French Air Force, French Navy (Marine Nationale), and the CEV (Centre D'Essai en Vol, the French flight test center). Such utter "tools watches" were cased in less delicate and cheaper metals such as stainless steel. For a Type 20 "flyback" chronograph wristwatch in stainless steel see lot 333 in this auction.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the correct case number of this watch is 2949 and not 2919 as stated in the printed catalogue.
    Veuillez noter que le numero correct de boite de cette montre est 2949 et non pas 2919 comme indique dans la version imprimee du catalogue.

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