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A yellow gold wristwatch Circa 1955 | 寶璣 | 黃金腕錶,製作年份約 1955

Property from a Royal Family



A yellow gold wristwatch Circa 1955 | 寶璣 | 黃金腕錶,製作年份約 1955

A yellow gold wristwatch Circa 1955 | 寶璣 | 黃金腕錶,製作年份約 1955


A yellow gold wristwatch

Circa 1955


黃金腕錶,製作年份約 1955

Dial: silvered

Calibre: cal. Peseux 260 manual winding, 17 jewels

Case: 18k yellow gold, snap-on case back 

Case number: B1'523

Closure: 18k yellow gold Breguet buckle

Size: 35 mm diameter

Signed: dial 

Box: yes

Papers: no

Accessories: Breguet Extract from the Archives and presentation case

MVT: is running at the time of cataloging.

CASE: is in fairly good and attractive condition. It presents some surface scratches and minor dings. A nice patina has developed around the lugs. The case back with several service engravings. It has been polished.

DIAL: in in fairly good condition. It presents some wear consistent with age.

"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."

Founded in 1775 by Abraham Louis Breguet, the namesake brand has established itself as one of the heritage brands of watchmaking. Its founder is considered among the greatest watchmakers to have ever lived and is the inventor of some important functionalities and complications, such as the tourbillon, shock resistance or the hammers used in minute repeaters. 

This very recognizable watch on which many of Breguet's tradition watches are based has been built in 1955. It is equipped with a Peseux 260 calibre. This legendary movement has is an observatory grade movement and was used on several occasions in the Geneva Observatory chronometer competitions. Over it's 23 year production, from 1944 to 1967, it is believed that approximately 3300 pieces have been produced. Originally, this movement was meant only to participate in competitions. It was not intended for commercial use. Later, many recognizing the precision of this movement, such as Kari Voutilainen, has seeked this movement to include it in their timepieces. 

Aside from the movement, the 'empire' style watch has a beautiful hand guilloché dial, 'pomme hands and the brand's signature coin edge. It was built in an era where most of Breguet's wristwatch production was concentrated on the Type XX for the French army. Moreover, it is from a royal provenance. The watch was puchased by a member of the de Bourbon-Parme royal family and has stay in its care until this day. It comes accompanied with its presentation case and an Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on March 3, 1955 to Princesse M. de Boubon and services in their workshops for Prince Michel de Bourbon-Parme.