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The present lot is immediately distinguished by the FAB. SUISSE signature beneath the moon phases aperture. This designation, reserved for French market watches, is present in addition to French import marks to the inside case back beside marks for the retailer Guillermin. These unique features are elevated further by the fantastic condition of the case which retains its thick lugs and sharp edges, and can thus be considered as one of the best preserved examples of the reference seen on the market.
Released in 1941, the 1518 was the first perpetual calendar chronograph produced in series by any manufacture. Interestingly the very first examples were modified variants of the reference 130 before the decision was made to produce the watch in series with its specific reference number.
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