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Bovet*** Mono-rattrapante Chrono*** 1947
BOVET Iconic mono-rattrapante chronograph, 1940’s
Serial: XXXX
Circa: 1940’s
Reference No.: 5347

DIAL: Black dial with luminous Arabic hour markers and two registers: subsidiary seconds at 9 o’clock and 30 minute counter at 3 o’clock. Tachymeter and minutes graduation on the periphery of the dial. Singed BOVET on the dial. Gold luminous hour/minutes hands and gold chronograph seconds hand in the center. White register hands, arrow-shaped chronograph minutes hand.

CASE: 39mm, stainless steel with plated brass pushers, snap back

MOVEMENT: Bovet patented mono-rattrapante column-wheel chronograph movment, 17 jewels

BRACELET: Not specified

CONDITION REPORT: The watch is great evenly aged and all original condition.

NOTES: BOVET was founded by three Bovet brothers in 1822, Bovet is probably the most famous watch company from the Val-de-Travers region to have produced the most exquisite enameled, hand-engraved and pearl-set pocket watches for the Chinese imperial court. Watchmaking entrepreneur Edouard Bovet was born in Fleurier in 1797. At the age of 17, he joined brothers Alphonse and Frederic as they left for London, among the largest watchmaking centers at that time. After several years, Edouard sailed to China, where he took several Bovet pocket watches and quickly sold four of them for 10’000 francs, the equivalent of one million dollars today. This success continued through the 19th century and in 1889, Fritz Bovet, Alphonse Bovet’s son, filed one of the first patents for a single-button chronograph on behalf of the company. Bovet soon became well known for its single-push rattrapante (split-seconds) chronograph labeled the ‘monorattrapante’.

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