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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 08, 2020

LOT 164

JARDUR/PILGRIM, REF. 960 BEZELMETER CHRONOGRAPH, 1ST EXECUTION, STEEL

A fine, early, attractive, manual wind, stainless steel chronograph wristwatch.

Brand Jardur/Pilgrim

Model Bezelmeter

Reference 960

Year Circa 1945

Case No. 29861

Caliber 72

Dimensions 38 mm

Signature Dial, case and movement

CHF 4,000 - 6,000

HKD 32,000 - 48,000 / USD 4,000 - 6,000

Sold: CHF 5,875


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3-8

Good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-6-01

Good

Slightly oxidized

HANDS Original


Notes

Jardur
Established by Samuel Klepper, himself a pilot, the company was established in 1937 in New York and was specialised in flight equipment, including watches. Whilst the second and third execution dials are regularly seen featuring the black dial with the red degree scale, these first generations featuring a copper degree scale are extremely rare and represent some of the most attractive and desirable version of the Bezelmeter ever made. The brand became forever tied to history when James Howard Dutch, president of the North American Aviation, gifted a Jardur 960 Bezelmeter, very similar to the one sold here, to General Jimmy Doolittle. The watch can be seen in the Smithsonian museum in Washington.