Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 21, 2021

LOT 279

Minerva 
Early large single-button chronograph, minute counter, inner scale graduated in an Archimedean spiral; 18K yellow gold

EUR 3,000 - 5,000

USD 3,600 - 6,000 / HKD 27,700 - 46,200

Sold: EUR 5,460

18K yellow gold, manual-winding, round-shaped, large gentleman’s wristwatch, hinged case-back, white enamel dial with subsidiary seconds at 9 and two horological complications: 
• 1/5 second chronograph (activated by the single olive-shaped push-piece located on the case-band at 2 o’clock) with telemeter scale graduated for one kilometre and inner tachometric scale graduated in an Archimedean spiral for 360 kilometres per hour
• Half-instantaneous 30-minute counter (subsidiary dial at 3 o’clock)


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Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3-8

Good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original

Brand Minerva, Villeret (Bernese Jura)

Year circa 1925

Movement No. 1 427 188

Case No. 373 557 (by Louis Wursten fils, La Chaux-de-Fonds)

Bracelet black leather strap; gilded metal buckle

Caliber 17’’’

Dimensions 45.5 mm

Signature dial, case and movement