• Important Watches Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1372

    Important Watches Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION PART II

    10 May 2010, Geneva

  • Lot 47

    Invicta. A rare and unusual 18K gold rectangular single button 10 seconds chronograph wristwatch in later case

    SIGNED INVICTA, MOVEMENT MADE CIRCA 1930, ENCASED CIRCA 1970

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    Invicta. A rare and unusual 18K gold rectangular single button 10 seconds chronograph wristwatch in later case
    Signed Invicta, movement made circa 1930, encased circa 1970
    Cal. 9''' rectangular nickel-finished lever movement, 15 jewels, silvered matte dial, applied gold baton numerals, two subsidiary dials for 10 second chronograph hand and 60 seconds counter, constant seconds, later large rectangular case, back secured by four screws, sliding chronograph button in the band, dial signed
    24 mm. wide & 45 mm. long


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    The present watch is part of an exceedingly small series of the Invicta "Chrono Sport" single button chronograph. According to literature, less than 50 examples of this model were made in the 1930s, distinguished by the small 10 seconds chronograph dial with hand turning anti-clockwise and visible revolving 60 seconds register. The chronograph functions of the present watch are activated by a sliding button in the band.

    Invicta, Latin for "invincible", was founded in 1837 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland by Raphael Picard who aimed to sell fine quality Swiss timepieces at affordable prices. The small manufacture remained in business until the arrival of quartz watches in the 1970s. Invicta was revived in 1991 by descendants of the Invicta family.

    Other examples of the Invicta "Chrono Sport" model are described and illustrated in Armbanduhren - 100 Jahre Entwicklungsgeschichte by Kahlert, Mühe, Brunner, fifth edition, p. 338, pl. 1030-3032, and in Chronograph Wristwatches To Stop Time by Gerd-R. Lange and Reinhard Meis, p. 141, pl. 213-215.

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    This lot is offered without reserve.
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