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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 181

    Movado. An extremely fine and rare platinum chronograph wristwatch with Breguet numerals and unusual flexible lugs

    SIGNED MOVADO, NON-MAGNETIC, REF. 9798, CASE NO. 019025, MANUFACTURED IN 1938

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    Movado. An extremely fine and rare platinum chronograph wristwatch with Breguet numerals and unusual flexible lugs
    Signed Movado, Non-Magnetic, ref. 9798, case no. 019025, manufactured in 1938
    Cal. CML 90 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, the silvered matte dial with applied Breguet numerals, blued steel hands, outer railway five minute divisions and blue tachymetre scale, three subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hour registers, the circular case with unusual flexible lugs, snap on back, two rectangular-shaped chronograph buttons in the band, case, dial and movement signed
    31 mm. diam.


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    Particularly popular from the turn of the 19th century until the 1930s, platinum dominated the world of jewelery until its triumphal procession came to an abrupt halt during World War II: it was declared strategic material and banned from all non-military use.

    As a result, the present watch is one of the exceedingly few chronograph wristwatches made by any of the world's renowned watch manufacturers during this period. The rarity of this fine collector's watch is further enhanced by the charismatic dial featuring the highly popular Breguet numerals, unusual case design and very good overall condition.

    Literature

    The present watch is prominently illustrated and described in The Movado History by Fritz von Osterhausen, pp. 122 & 123.