The Magical Art of Cartier

Geneva, Nov 19, 1996

LOT 369

"Montre bracelet chronographe à double rattrapante" 18K yellow gold, gentleman's wristwatch with single button split-second chronograph and register New York, 1939

CHF 280,000 - 320,000

USD 230,000 - 270,000

Sold: CHF 333,500

Massive case, polished, engraved dedicated back. Matt silver dial with applied gold "Breguet" numerals and auxiliary seconds and 30 minutes register dials. "Spade" gold hands. Rhodium plated, 13"' movement, signed Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, "fausses côtes" decoration, 28 jewels, lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, 8 adjustments, Breguet balance-spring. Measuring approx. 33 mm. in diam. Cartier Certificate of Authenticity N° 2369.

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Extremely fine and maybe unique single button, Split second chronograph wristwatch ever signed by Cartier. This watch combines e very elegant dial with applied Breguet numerals, an unusual feature for such an early watch, with the highly sophisticated technology of a split second chronograph. The chronograph functions are activated by means of the winding crown, the single push piece on the side of the case located above the number 2 positions being devoted to the split second.