UNIVERSAL GENÈVE | REF 39901 RETAILED BY A. CAIRELLI: A PLATED OVERSIZED 30 SECOND WRIST CHRONOGRAPH WITH COUNTDOWN CIRCA 1940
Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 USD
RETAILED BY A. CAIRELLI: A PLATED OVERSIZED 30 SECOND WRIST CHRONOGRAPH WITH COUNTDOWN CIRCA 1940
Caliber: cal. 19 gilt manual winding jeweled movement
Case: chrome plated base metal, snap on hinged case back
Case number: 740609
Dimensions: 52 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
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The case is in good condition with scratching and wear visible throughout.
The dial is in good overall condition. The luminous material is partially missing near the baton at 5 and 10, and is completely missing on the batons of 20,40, and 60. There is partial loss to the lume at 40 and 60. There is dirt on the luminous '2' of 20.
The movement is running at time of cataloguing, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."
The present lot is a well preserved example of a timer used for bombing missions by the Italian Air Forces and retailed out of the famous A. Cairelli stores in Rome. The scale measures distance in hectometers to allow the bombardier to set the rotatable bezel's arrow to the distance to the target for the countdown function. The 30-second chronograph can then be used to accurately to determine when an explosive would hit the intended target.