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Universal. A unusual and very rare oversized stainless steel split seconds chronograph wristwatch with 24 hour dial
Universal. A unusual and very rare oversized stainless steel split seconds chronograph wristwatch with 24 hour dial

SIGNED UNIVERSAL, GENEVE, RETAILED BY A. CAIRELLI, ROME, MOVEMENT NO. 2'619, CASE NOS. 22'560-26, CIRCA 1945

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Universal. A unusual and very rare oversized stainless steel split seconds chronograph wristwatch with 24 hour dial
Signed Universal, Geneve, retailed by A. Cairelli, Rome, movement no. 2'619, case nos. 22'560-26, circa 1945
Cal. 619 jewelled lever movement, silvered matt dial with dot and Arabic 24 hour indication, outer fifths of a second divisions, blued steel hands, two subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 16 minute register, in large circular case with extended downturned lugs, engraved snap on back, split seconds chronograph mechanism operated through one rectangular chronograph button in the band and through the crown, case, dial and movement signed, dial further signed by the retailer
44 mm. diam.

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Lot Essay

The offered lot is considered by collectors to be one of the rarest military wristwatches ever made. Delivered to the Italian Military Air Force (A.M.I.= Areonautica Militare Italiana) just after WWII in few examples, it features a 24 hours dial and a 16 minute chronograph register. Those rare and unusual functions on a split-second chronograph were especially made for astronomical night flights.

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