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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 130

    Breguet. A very fine, rare and attractive 18K gold triple calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases

    SIGNED BREGUET, NO. 576, MANUFACTURED IN 1972 AND SOLD ON 22 DECEMBER 1973 TO M. BELMONDO FOR THE SUM OF 3,500 FRANCS

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    Breguet. A very fine, rare and attractive 18K gold triple calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases
    Signed Breguet, No. 576, manufactured in 1972 and sold on 22 December 1973 to M. Belmondo for the sum of 3,500 Francs

    Cal. 88 13''' mechanical movement, silvered matte dial, applied gold Arabic and baton numerals, outer blue Arabic date ring with central date hand, two windows for day and month in French, three sunken engine-turned subsidiary dials for moon phases and constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, circular case, angular downturned lugs, snap on back, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, case signed, numbered and stamped with French assay marks, dial signed





    36 mm. diam.


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    According to the Archives of Montres Breguet, the present chronograph wristwatch with silvered matte dial, calendar and moon phases was made in 1972 and sold on 22 December 1973 to M. Belmondo for the sum of 3,500 Francs.

    Although the first name of Mr. Belmondo is not stated in the Archives it can safely be assumed that the first owner of this fine watch was either the famous French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo or his father, the celebrated French sculptor Paul Belmondo, both passionate watch collectors.

    The watch offered here for sale is a highly attractive example of one of the exceedingly rare triple calendar chronograph wristwatches made by Breguet during the 1960s and 70s. It is furthermore preserved in beautiful, unmolested original overall condition.

    The layout of the dial and the solid and masculine case proportions echo the greatest watch designs of all times, most notably references 1518 and 2499 by Patek Philippe. Comparing it to its peers, it is inevitable though to immediately spot the more playful design of the dial, most notably the outer blue date ring. It is also noteworthy to mention that these exclusivities were made in much smaller quantities than their counterparts from Geneva. Inspired by French avant-garde design, these triple calendar chronographs by the celebrated house of Breguet are a connoisseur's choice and rarities on the market.

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