Type XX Montre bracelet chronographe en acier | Stainless steel chronograph wristwatch Vers 1960 | Circa 1960
September 29, 12:31 PM GMT
20,000 - 35,000 EUR
Montre bracelet chronographe en acier |
Stainless steel chronograph wristwatch
Vers 1962 |
Calibre: cal. 225 remontage manuel, rubis
Boîtier: acier, fond vissé
Numéro de boîtier: 1046
Fermoir: bracelet associé en cuir et boucle ardillon en acier
Dimensions: 38 mm
Signé: boîtier, cadran et mouvement
Accessoires: exrait d'archives Breguet
Calibre: cal. 225 manual winding, jeweled
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back
Case number: 1046
Closure: associated leather strap and stainless steel pin buckle
Size: 38 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Breguet extract from the Archives
Poids brut 66.30 g |
Gross weight 66.30 g
Breguet started producing the 'Type XX' around 1954. The reference has a special flyback feature, so-called by the French Air Forces 'retour en vol', which enabled pilots to quickly reset and instantaneously restart the chronograph by means of one pusher.
The Type XX quickly became a central piece of the Breguet catalogue as well as one of the most coveted and iconic chronographs ever produced. Part of its recognition can be attributed to the fact that it perfectly embodies the meeting of the utilitarian tool developed for military purposes, a timeless aesthetic and a legendary name.
There have been several generations of Type XX over its 70-year history. This civilian version is the most sought-after iteration of the Breguet chronograph as it has the three registers dial and the thin engraved bezel.
Demonstrating its iconic status and importance, Breguet took this model as an inspiration for the new Type XX they presented earlier this year.
Powered by the Valjoux 225, this watch has an unusual 15-minute chronograph subsidiary dial, instead of the usual 30-minute counter found on the more common Air Force models. This choice was most probably dictated by the quest of the easiest and most precise readability.
Presented in very attractive condition, this watch has a case retaining strong proportions with nicely faceted lugs and clear engraved case number on the back, its original dust cap, an overall well-preserved black grainé dial with harmoniously patinated indexes and its distinctive seringue hands.
Very rarely appearing at auction, especially in that condition, this original Type XX is a wonderful opportunity to acquire a true watch icon.