Phillips | Geneva 14 May: Start-Stop-Reset 88 Epic Chronographs

START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs – Geneva 14 May 2016

PHILLIPS in association with Bacs & Russo

START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs

Hôtel La Réserve, 301 Route de Lausanne, Geneva

14 May 2016

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Stopping Time by Aurel Bacs and Sam Hines

Over the centuries, the world’s most ingenious watchmakers and engineers have graced us
with dazzling and bewildering complications. May these complications enhance precision such as tourbillons, offer an acoustic delight such as minute repeaters or squeeze the cosmos into rotating pinions and gears such as perpetual calendars and moon phases, few are at the same time speaking to the hidden adventurer within us, action loaded and visible as the chronograph.

From the Greek “chronos” meaning time and “graph” meaning to write, the chronograph measures and records time intervals stated in seconds (and sometimes even less), minutes and/or hours.

However, the chronograph also embodies one of mankind’s greatest – yet unattainable dreams – that to control and stop time. However, what it does allow is to freeze a moment, preserve it for posterity and to look back with consideration.

It is of no surprise that doctors, scientists, sportsmen and members of the armed forces have relied on their trusty chronographs in the course of their daily lives, their successes (and sometimes failures) recorded by their timepiece. Where life does not offer the possibility to stop time it does sometimes offer a second chance and as with chronographs to reset and start again. A second opportunity to overcome a failure, to repeat a success and sometimes, to break a new record. Thus the name of this thematic auction: START-STOP-RESET.

Rome, January 2016. During a dinner with Pucci Papaleo we started discussing a thematic sale focussing on tool watches, those most likely to have been used in action loaded, rough and exciting environments and by dessert the theme of stainless steel chronograph wristwatches, the date of the auction, the scope and responsibilities were decided upon! Curating this sale was a fascinating journey for the specialists at Phillips Watches. A true team effort shared with our friend Pucci Papaleo whom, after the Glamorous Day-Date auction, needs no further introduction.

The team includes Andrea Foffi who kindly shared his encyclopaedic knowledge and prepared many of the watches for photography, Fabio Santinelli, whom many consider the world’s most talented photographer of watches, supported by Gino La Bella for image management, Paolo Gobbi, an extremely talented contributing writer and finally Naomi Ornstein as general coordinator… and believe me, the need for a coordinator was vital!

Choosing is renouncing and we had to regretfully refuse highly interesting pieces that either did not meet our extremely stringent quality criteria or duplicated another consigned piece. We wanted to offer you the broadest variety in terms of brands, styles and period and each model needed to tell a captivating story. The result being a catalogue reuniting over 80 classic, legendary, rare and attractive examples from the world’s most prominent chronograph makers.

Being chronographs aside, all the timepieces shown in this catalogue have in common that they are not only technically and visually stimulating but are historically relevant, having survived in amazing original condition, decades after they left the workshops and happily accompanied their wearers, may they have been sportsmen, doctors or members of the armed forces.

We sincerely hope you enjoy this journey through 20th century watchmaking and that we will be able to welcome you personally to one of our preview exhibitions or in Geneva for the auction and maybe one of the chronographs in this auction will enable you to start, stop and reset your own story.

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The legendary Heuer Carrera 1158 18k for sale on meridianaeshop.com

FullSizeRenderChiunque chieda a Jack Heuer quale sia il suo orologio preferito, riceverà sempre la stessa risposta: il Carrera oro 18K referenza 1158.

L’orologio, sul mercato per tutti gli anni ’70, fu donato da Jack Heuer a tutti i piloti e dirigenti dei Team Ferrari F1 e Endurance di quel periodo. Piloti del calibro di Niki Lauda, Clay Regazzoni e Ronnie Peterson, l’ingegner Mauro Forghieri, furono straordinari testimonial per Heuer che proprio a quell’epoca aurea deve la sua fama. Ogni pilota inoltre portava il logo Heuer sulla tutta all’altezza della spalla e la scuderia Ferrari lo appose sulla parte anteriore delle auto da corsa in Formula Uno ed Endurance.

Jack Heuer stesso dichiarò quanto fosse legato alla referenza 1158: “Questi orologi hanno un significato profondo per me, anche perché alcuni di coloro cui ne feci dono hanno perso la vita in terribili incidenti durante le corse”.

L’orologio, sostanzialmente un Carrera automatico ma con cassa in oro 18K, impreziosito da una pietra preziosa alle ore 12 è oggi rarissimo e molto ricercato dai collezionisti.


L’oggetto nelle foto è in vendita su meridianaeshop.com con prezzo su richiesta. La scatola autografa “Arturo Merzario” non è in vendita.

For sale on meridianaeshop.com, price on request. Box not included.

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Have you ever seen a Vetta “Ermetico” Chronograph like this?

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Continuando a parlare di rarità, ecco un esemplare di Vetta Ermetico in splendide condizioni di conservazione vista l’anagrafica. Si tratta di un cronografo degli anni ’40, difficile da trovare in questo stato, con cassa impermeabile “a forte pressione” di 38 mm di diametro.

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Vetta adottò questa chiusura del fondello sorprendendo con una soluzione apparentemente semplice il problema della tenuta stagna della cassa, come d’altronde si nota sull’inserto promozionale dell’epoca.
Il movimento, un Valjoux 22 appositamente adattato dalla maison, completa un oggetto veramente elegante che difficilmente passa inosservato.

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Continuing to talk about rarity, here is an example of Vetta “Ermetico” in excellent condition of conservation from its 70 years ca. It is a chronograph of the 40’s, hard to find in this state, with waterproof case “high pressure” of 38 mm in diameter. Vetta adopted this surprising and seemingly simple solution of case as it can be seen on the promotional vintage insert. The movement is a Valjoux 22 specially adapted by the maison. A watch that hardly goes unnoticed.

Oredelmondo Christmas gift: 70s Eterna Chronograph Valjoux 726

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Eterna, fondata a Grenchen nel 1856 da Joseph Girard e Urs Schild è una delle più importanti maison dell’orologeria Svizzera.
Ricca di brevetti, il più noto dei quali, il rotore supportato da cuscinetti a sfera (stilizzato) sarebbe divenuto il logo aziendale, sta alle origini del sistema elvetico delle produzione per Eubache.

Già nel 1932, infatti, Eterna fonda una sussidiaria, ETA, specializzata nella produzione e commercializzazione di movimenti industriali per orologi.
L’orologio che oggi Oredelmondo ci presenta è uno splendido cronografo degli anni 70 con cassa impermeabile a vite di 41mm di diametro, pulsanti a pompa e animato da un movimento valjoux 726 (ovvero modificato innalzando le semi oscillazioni del bilanciere da 18.000 a 21.600). Uno splendido esemplare, robusto ed affidabile nella piena tradizione della casa di Grenchen.

Price € 1450 (shipping included worldwide)

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Eterna, founded in Grenchen in 1856 by Joseph Girard and Urs Schild is one of the most important Swiss watchmaking maison.
Full of patents, the most notable of which, the rotor supported by ball bearings would become the company logo, is the origin of the Swiss system of production for Eubache.

Already in 1932 Eterna founded a subsidiary, ETA, specialized in industrial watches movements making.
The watch that OreDelMondo presents is a beautiful 70s chronograph with waterproof case screw, 41mm diameter, pump pushers and engined by a movement valjoux 726 (modified by increasing the semi oscillations of the balance from 18,000 to 21,600).

A splendid example, robust and reliable as the tradition of the Grenchen House.

Price € 1450 (shipping included worldwide)

For order info@oredelmondo.com

Oredelmondo Christmas gift: 1988 Rolex Date Ref. 15000

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Ecco un altro splendido orologio selezionato per noi da Oredelmondo, è un Rolex Date referenza 15000 serie R del 1988/89 in condizioni pari al nuovo. Versatile, elegante e prezioso. Particolarmente chic nella calda versione con cassa in oro Giallo 18k Oyster in tre corpi, 34mm di diametro.

Movimento automatico Rolex 3035 spirale Breguet, bilanciere Microstella, 28.800 A/h, 27 rubiniQuadrante argentè soleil con indici e logo applicati in oro rosa. Un intramontabile esempio di “daily elegance” orologiera.

Price € 2750 (shipping included worldwide)

For order info@oredelmondo.com


Here it is another splendid watch selected for us by Oredelmondo, it’s a Rolex Reference 15000 R Series 1988/89 in mint condition. Versatile, elegant and valuable. Especially in this chic version with 18k Yellow Gold Case. Oyster waterproof three bodies case, 34mm diameter.

Automatic, Rolex 3035 Breguet spring, Microstella, 28,800 A / h, 27 rubies. Argentè dial with applied pink gold indexes and logo. A timeless example of “daily elegance” watchmaking.

Price € 2,750 (worldwide shipping included)

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Rolex Daytona Ref. 6240, ’60s. Forever young…

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Il Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 6240 si può considerare una sorta di modello sperimentale, una specie di prototipo introdotto per testare i nuovi pulsanti cronografici a vite definiti “millerighe” per la zigrinatura che li caratterizza. E’ il primo Rolex Daytona a mostrare la scritta “Oyster” sul quadrante, in virtù dei nuovi pulsanti e della corona dal diametro più ampio. Fu presentato nel 1965, disponibile solo in acciaio. Fu prodotto fino al 1969 e si stima ne esistano circa 1.700 esemplari.

I primissimi pezzi, come quello che Oredelmondo presenta oggi, sono caratterizzati da un quadrante con la sola denominazione “Cosmograph Daytona” senza la scritta Oyster. Infatti nonostante sia un “Oyster” e quindi con i pulsanti a vite e non a pompa, Rolex non lo ha di fatto riportato ufficialmente sul quadrante nella prima produzione.

Occorre aggiungere che il Rolex Ref. 6240 non fu inizialmente accolto con entusiasmo dalla critica date le proporzioni dei pulsanti che a detta di alcuni clienti “rovinano i polsini delle camicie”. Quante camicie saremmo disposti a buttare per uno di questi splendidi Daytona, oggi? La conseguenza di ciò fu una produzione più limitata ed oggi un valore di mercato molto alto.

Questo esemplare in particolare ha uno splendido quadrante caratterizzato da fondo nero e contatori argento a “scodella” che lo rendono ancora più attraente. Monta il calibro 722T e ha un diametro di 37.5 mm. E’ corredato da un bracciale Oyster rivettato, come da produzione fino al 1967 circa. In seguito il bracciale verrà gradualmente sostituito con il nuovo a maglie ripiegate che accompagnerà il Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 6240 fino al termine della sua produzione nel 1969.


The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 6240 can be considered a kind of experimental model, such a prototype introduced to test the new chronograph screw buttons now dubbed “millerighe” (thousand lines) by collectors. It’s the first Rolex Daytona to show the word “Oyster” on the dial. It was introduced in 1965, only available in steel. It was produced until 1969 in about 1,700 pieces.

The earliest pieces, as one that presents OreDelMondo today, are characterized by a dial with just the strings “Cosmograph” and “Daytona” without the “Oyster” one.

Ironically, the 6240 Daytona is not well received by the market. Its generous proportions are considered not appealing for the taste of the time. In fact, many of its owners complain that the large chronograph pushers and winding crown wear out their shirt cuffs! Who knows how many buyers of the time would today opt for a different choice…

This model in particular has a beautiful black dial features silver and “bowl” counters that make it even more attractive. Powered by a 722T caliber. It’s equipped with a riveted Oyster bracelet, in production until about 1967. Soon after the bracelet will be gradually replaced with the new mesh folded that will accompany the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 6240 until the end of its production in 1969.