Minerva Chronograph VD 712 | steel


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Basic Info

Ref. No. VD 712
Movement Manual winding
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Leather
Condition 1 (mint)
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United Kingdom, London
Price £2,650 (= $3,230)
Availability Available now


Movement Manual winding
Movement/Caliber Valjoux 72


Case material Steel
Case diameter 37 mm
Waterproof Not Waterproof
Glass Plexiglass
Dial Silver
Dial numerals Arabic numerals


Bracelet material Leather
Bracelet color Brown
Clasp Buckle
Clasp material Steel




Small Seconds, Luminescent Hands, Blue Steel Hands


This vintage manual winding Minerva VD 712 chronograph is in good condition, has perfect mechanical functionality and is covered by our limited warranty for 12 months. As a vintage watch, we cannot guarantee its current water resistance.

Interestingly, while this piece is a civilian model, VD 712s were used by the Swedish Navy during the late 1950s and 60s. While records are thin, there has been indication that each ship or submarine used by the Swedish Marine during this period had a few of these Minerva chronographs to use for various calculations, and is certainly a testament to the quality and reliability of these watches.

Powered by the famous and reliable Valjoux 72 movement, this Minerva shares the same movement used by other watches in the same era such as the Rolex Daytona and Heuer Autavia. It is a column wheel chronograph and the bridge is marked with the Minerva brand.

The chrome plated 37 mm case has a stainless steel back and is in overall good condition with the exception of one notable scratch on the top right lug. From lug to lug the watch measures at 44.5mm and has an overall thickness of 14mm. It has round pump pushers and a domed fluted crown. The caseback is original with all of the correct markings of a Minerva VD712. The case has a stepped, polished bezel and the bevelled long slender lugs sits well on the wrist.

The three-register white dial has been professionally restored with running seconds at nine o’clock, a minute counter at three o’clock and an hour counter at six o’clock. This Minerva has its original heated blue steel pencil hands and is filled with luminescent material.

Our preowned watches have all undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, polished, resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards.


All watches are either covered by a full, or a limited twelve month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information.

If ordering from the UK before 1 PM, your watch will be sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery by Next Day. All of our parcels are fully insured.

If ordering from outside the UK, your watch will be dispatch the same day with DHL Global Express. Delivery is expected by the end of the next working day. However, delivery time may depend on customs clearance.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

For more information and photos, including 360° degree rotations at, please contact us.




32 Tavistock Street
Covent Garden
London WC2E 7PB
United Kingdom
Tel.: [+44] (0)20 3179 9599

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