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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Oct 27, 2019

LOT 103

BREGUET MILITARY WATCH, FLY-BACK, BLACK DIAL; “TYPE XX” MADE FOR THE FRENCH ARMY; STAINLESS STEEL

Stainless steel, manual-winding, round-shaped, pilot’s wristwatch, with screwed case-back, rotating bezel, pear-shaped crown, black dial with luminescent Arabic numerals and skeleton hands, subsidiary seconds at 9, fly-back “retour en vol” 1/5 chronograph, half-instantaneous 30-minute recorder.

Brand Breguet

Model “Type XX” made for the French Army

Year Circa 1955

Calibre  13’’’ (based on Valjoux 22)

Case No.  7 313

Bracelet Brown leather strap, stainless steel buckle

Diameter  38.5 mm

Signature Case

HKD 210,000 - 250,000

CHF 26,850 - 31,800 / USD 27,000 - 32,000

Sold: HKD 212,500


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3-6*

Good

Slightly oxidized

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-55-01

Good

Luminous material reapplied

HANDS Original


Notes

Breguet “Type XX” Ordered by the French government for the French military forces in approximately 2 000 pieces, the first “Type XX” chronographs were delivered to the “Centre d’Essais en Vol” (CEV), to the French Air Force and to the Aeronaval Force, from 1954 to the 1970’s. Known as a fly-back “retour en vol” chronograph, the “Type XX” was built specifically for the use of pilots with the function of re-setting and restarting immediately by simply pressing one button: an invaluable time-saving for pilots at this period. These chronographs had to meet precisely the specifications established by the French army: a black dial with large hands and luminescent Arabic numerals offering good visibility at night, a 38 mm. case with a large dial opening, a rotating bezel, the fly-back function, and a pearshaped crown to facilitate handling with gloves. On the first versions, the Breguet signature did not appear on the dial. On the case back, we can see the guarantee ending dates, attesting to its military origin. Today, the Breguet “Type XX” is one of the most popular “tool watches” for collectors and enthusiasts of fine mechanics.