11 June 2004
Telda. A fine and limited edition 18K gold split-second chronograph wristwatch with two-tone dial and pulsemeter
Signed Telda, Antimagnetic, Rattrapante, No, circa 1945/1997
With nickel-finished jewelled lever movement, the two-tone silvered dial with Arabic and dot numerals, outer brushed pulsemeter scale, three engine-turned subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds, 30 minute and 12 hour registers, the large circular case with stepped bezel, downturned teardrop lugs, snap on back, split-second chronograph operated by two rectangular buttons in the band and one through the crown, dial signed, case numbered
37 mm. diam.
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This watch is number 10 of a limited edition of 70 examples. In 1997 the Telda watch company produced these watches using Calibre Venus 185 movements that date from 1945.
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