Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 19, 2022

LOT 1

HELVETIA
CHRONOGRAPH, MINUTE COUNTER, SILVER DIAL, CALIBRE VALJOUX 23; 18K YELLOW GOLD

EUR 1,500 - 3,000

USD 1,600 - 3,200 / HKD 12,300 - 24,600 / CHF 1,500 - 3,000

TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

Sold: EUR 715

18K yellow gold, manual-winding, round-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, snap-on case-back, silver colour dial with suspended Arabic numerals and radial indexes, silver colour auxiliary dials, subsidiary seconds at 9, 1/5 second chronograph, half-instantaneous 30-minute counter.


Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-24-01

Good

Slightly chipped

HANDS Original

Brand Helvetia, Bienne / Biel

Year circa 1940-1950

Movement No. 750 949

Case No. 38 018 (by Eric Monnier, La Chaux-de-Fonds)

Material 18K yellow gold

Bracelet brown leather strap

Buckle gilded metal buckle

Diameter 35.5 mm. (bezel)

Caliber 13’’’ (based on Valjoux 23 by Reymond Frères, Les Bioux, Vallée de Joux)

Height 44.2 mm.

Width 35.5 mm.

Weight 44.4 gr. (approx.)

Signature dial

Notes

Helvetia Watch Co., Bienne / Biel

On April 14, 1892, the Swiss watch company Louis Brandt & Frère registered the name “Helvetia” as one of the brand names for their watches. Two years later, in 1894, they also registered the name “Omega” and applied it to a new range of high-quality lever movement pocket watches they had developed using cutting edge manufacturing technology.