Important Collectors' Wristwtches, Po...

New York, Sep 26, 2007

LOT 182

Stainless Steel ?Portuguese Chronograph Rattrapante? International Watch Co., Schaffhausen, "Portuguese Chronograph Rattrapante,? Ref. 3712, No. 2895663. Made in the 1990s. Fine and rare, large, stainless steel gentleman's wristwatch with round button split-seconds chronograph and register. Accompanied by a fitted box, certificate, and instruction manual.

USD 6,000 - 8,000

EUR 4,500 - 6,000

Sold: USD 8,024

C. Three-body, polished and brushed, overhanging front bezel, concave lugs, case back secured with 4 screws, sapphire crystal. D. Matte silver with applied pink gold Arabic numerals and dot minute indexes, guilloché subsidiary seconds and 30 minute-register dials. Pink gold "feuille" hands. M. Cal. C76240, gilt brass, "oeil-de-perdrix" decoration, 27 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to 5 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 41 mm. Thickness 13 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 1

As new

Movement: 1

As new

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


What is a split-seconds chronograph?
A split-seconds chronograph or 'rattrapante' is a type of chronograph watch with two coaxial superimposed center-seconds hands that are controlled by two pushbuttons. One push-button controls the splitseconds hand to stop or join the chronograph hand. The other push-buttons control both hands and all the functions of the chronograph. The chronograph hand and the split-seconds hand are used for timing several events that start simultaneously, but are of diffrent durations. To operate the split-seconds chronograph, both hands are started and remain superimposed. Then at the end of the first duration, the splitseconds hand can be stopped while the chronograph hand continues to move. The duration of the first event can be read. After recording, the split-seconds hand can be released to instantly move and join the chronograph hand, synchronizing with it and thus being ready for another recording. At the end of each event the hands then can be stoppeand returned to zero. The splitseconds chronograph, in its present form, was first introduced in 1880. Split-seconds chronograph wristwatches came on the market circa 1922 by Patek Philippe (the first known wristwatch of this kind was Patek Philippe No. 124824, case no. 235326, which was sold by Antiquorum as lot 448 on November 14, 1999 for US $1,918,387. This timepiece appeared five years prior to the official release of the splitseconds chronograph, making Patek Philippe the first manufacture to create this complication in a wristwatch. As they require a highly complicated and technical mechanism, these watches are desirable, very collectible and extremely difficult to produce accounting for their rarity.