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Minerva

Oversized stainless steel single button chronograph wristwatch Circa 1930 | 特大型精鋼單按鈕計時腕錶,約1930年製

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

15,000 - 20,000 CHF

Minerva

Minerva

Oversized stainless steel single button chronograph wristwatch Circa 1930 | 特大型精鋼單按鈕計時腕錶,約1930年製

Oversized stainless steel single button chronograph wristwatch Circa 1930 | 特大型精鋼單按鈕計時腕錶,約1930年製

Estimate:

15,000 - 20,000 CHF

Lot sold:

12,600

CHF

Minerva


Oversized stainless steel single button chronograph wristwatch

Circa 1930


Dial: black 

Calibre: cal. 19/9CH manual winding, 17 jewels

Movement number: 1'520'054 

Case: stainless steel, snap-on back

Case number: 469'060 

Closure: brown unsigned military leather strap and stainless steel buckle   

Dimensions: 46 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: no 

Papers: no  

Accessories: none

MVT: is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. All functions are working properly. The chronograph is operating.

CASE: with nice proportions and only some very minor pitting to the case between the lugs at 6 o'clock. The watch is numbered 60 at the top left lug. The outer case back with light wear but overall a nicely preserved aviator's wristwatch.

DIAL: is in very attractive, original condition with spotting and tarnishing throughout that gives the watch immense character. The lumes all react well under UV. The lumes on the hands have been replaced. The case with fixed bar lugs and surface wear throughout which is consistent with the age of the watch.


"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."

Minerva was a watch manufacturing company founded in 1887. A top watch manufacturer at the time which specialized in chronograph pieces, the brand was able to offer movements with the capability of accurately measuring time down to the hundredth of a second. In 2006, Minerva was purchased by Montblanc which had eventually used its resources to develop their new collections.

The present lot was originally designed as a tool watch. Fit with an oversized case and black dial against large luminous plots for better readability, collectors today believe that such a watch was purposely built for pilots who required precise reading during their flights, especially at night. In decent condition for its age, the present watch is truly a rare jewel to come across in today’s market.