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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 212

    Tutima. A rare and early stainless steel pilot’s flyback chronograph wristwatch

    UNSIGNED, NO. 216’039, CIRCA 1945

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    Tutima. A rare and early stainless steel pilot’s flyback chronograph wristwatch
    Unsigned, no. 216’039, circa 1945
    MOVEMENT: manual, UROFA cal. 59, 17 jewels
    DIAL: black, luminous Arabic numerals and hands, two sunk subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register
    CASE: stainless steel, screw back, fixed lug bars, two round chronograph buttons in the band, large crown, 39 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case and movement numbered


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    The present chronograph watch is a very late Tutima version most likely assembled in Moscow after the transfer of the manufacture in 1945. The different shape of the case and the lack of the bezel suggest that it was made by the First Moscow Watch Factory where production started with existing parts from Glashütte – in this instance movement and dial. It is important to note that the bezel was in fact not missing but could not be fitted, problably as the necessary coupling part was not available at the time.

    For a description and illustration of a comparable chronograph wristwatch also without bezel, no. 216’690, see Military Timepieces by Konrad Knirim, p. 372.

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