PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN
In its early days, the 5020 acquired the nickname “television set” as a result of its unusual shape. Collectors were not enthralled with its overall design and rather large and chunky case. Strange, that those very elements which were initially derided by the collector world came to be loved and contributed to the 5020 becoming an icon in its own right - a watch whose exceptional aesthetic appeal and timeless design have only become more and more appreciated with the passage of time.
The reference 5020 had a relatively short and unsuccessful run that came to a close in 2002. To the best of our knowledge, there were a combined total of about 150 examples of 5020 produced in yellow, pink, white gold and platinum. Scholarship has recorded that fewer than 20 pieces were cased in platinum, five of which were fitted with a black diamond dial, one pink diamond dial, one black Breguet dial and one black diamond dial that was later changed to a silvered dial. The present watch is the earliest and only known original white silvered Breguet dial.
Manufactured in September, 1995, this platinum 5020 came with just one back, the solid platinum back. It has been in the collection of a distinguished and fastidious collector since he purchased it.
There is another feature which makes this particular watch even more appealing. It appears that only the early 5020 white gold and platinum models have the captivating royal blue/yellow moon disc; rather than the more standard and subdued black/silver moon disc. The present lot with its royal blue and yellow moon disc belongs to what might be called the first series of the 5020 platinum.
The present watch has all the elements the discerning collectors could hope for: extreme rarity, exceptional beauty, unpolished condition, complete with all original accessories and freshness to the market.
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