EKEGREN | YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DAY, DATE, MONTH AND MOON-PHASES, CIRCA 1990
YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DAY, DATE, MONTH AND MOON-PHASES,
Calibre: cal. 3019 PHF automatic, 31 jewels
Case: 18ct yellow gold, screw-down back
Closure: black unsigned alligator leather strap with TWD (Walden Design) 18ct yellow gold folding clasp
Dimensions: 39mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
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DIAL: with some marks around the 12 and 1 o'clock markers and towards the centre. With signs of oxidization to the applied numerals. Small marks and discoloration to the 6 o'clock subdial. Hands show light marks.
CASE: with some scuffs and marks, hallmarks remain legible. Minimal signs of oxidization visible around the crown and pushers.
Inside caseback stamped WALDAN CREATION
MOVEMENT: running at time of cataloguing, chronograph starts, stops and resets to zero, moon phases and date advancing, day and moon-phases quickset pushers working, 24 hour indication not working. Seconds hack when the crown is pulled out.
Movement signed Movado
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
**The strap of this wristwatch is made from an endangered species, please refer to important notices for further information**.
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Zenith launched the El Primero calibre in 1969, asserting it to be the first automatic chronograph movement to ever see light. Zenith's financial difficulties during the quartz crisis and following its acquisition by the American Zenith Radio Corporation in 1972 lead them to supply other brands with their innovative and reliable high-frequency calibre.
The initial calibre 3019 was produced between 1969 and 1986 in two variations: the 3019PHC starred as the chronograph only version while the 3019PHF boasted an additional full calendar complication.
The present timepiece is branded Ekegren on the dial, Movado on the rotor and Waldan International on the inner caseback. This interesting co-branding exemplifies the interesting situation back then, as the El Primero calibres were indeed distributed on the American market under the Waldan International and Ekegren brand names, while Movado was traditionally associated with Zenith in developing the El Primero.
The timepiece's yellow gold case conceals the rarer, full calendar version of the original El Primero calibre, the elusive 3019PHF which is rumoured to have been produced in 2'720 examples.
This rare watch relies on a legendary movement and is a testament to Zenith's tumultuous history, making it a rare opportunity to acquire a seldom seen and meaningful timepiece.