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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 109

    Urban Jürgensen. A fine and rare platinum self-winding perpetual calendar wristwatch with phases of the moon and power reserve


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    Urban Jürgensen. A fine and rare platinum self-winding perpetual calendar wristwatch with phases of the moon and power reserve
    Signed Urban Jürgensen, Copenhagen, ref. 3, no. 045, manufactured in 1999
    With nickel-finished lever movement, 35 jewels, engine-turned 21K gold rotor, the engine-turned massive silver dial with Roman numerals on blank chapter ring, gold moon-style hands, two subsidiary dials indicating phases of the moon and date, two windows for day and month, arch-shaped sector for the power reserve, in circular case with stepped bezel, snap on back, downturned lugs, platinum Urban Jürgensen buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. diam.

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    Accompanied by Urban Jürgensen Certificate of Origin dated 14 October 1999, operating instructions and original fitted wooden presentation box with outer packaging. The watch is in like new condition and has a one year guarantee valid from the day of sale.

    Urban Jürgensen's Reference 3 has been introduced as the natural successor to the Reference 2. As its predecessor, it features an extremely thin 35-jewelled automatic movement with perpetual calendar but with the addition of the power reserve. Many precision watches, particularly marine chronometers, feature another hand indicating the state-of-wind of the mainspring. This is commonly known as the "up and down" indicator or "power reserve". When the watch is worn continuously the mainspring will normally be kept fully wound and the hand will indicate "up". However, if the watch is not worn for any reason it will gradually run down and the hand will show exactly how long it has to run at any time. Urban Jürgensen have incorporated this useful complication in the Reference 3 without increasing the thickness of the only 2.4 mm. thin movement, involving nearly 2 years of development to design a small mechanism with some 3 dozen and adding an additional 10 jewels.

    Made in an exceedingly small series only, the watches were available in yellow gold, pink gold and platinum. Connoisseurs are particularly attracted by this model's simple and practical dial layout displaying the full perpetual calendar functions beautifully and elegantly.