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Breguet Rare 1950/60s World Time Enamel Prototype Moveable Dial Desk Travel Clock

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Pre-owned (Very good) Year of production 1950 Original box No original papers
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Basic Info

Listing code DS8VZ8
Brand Breguet
Movement Manual winding
Case material Bronze
Year of production 1950 (Approximation)
Condition Very good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)
Scope of delivery
Original box, no original papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United States of America, New York, New York, New York


Movement Manual winding
Movement/Caliber mechanical moveable world time dial


Case material Bronze
Case diameter 75 mm
Water resistance Not water resistant
Bezel material Gold/Steel
Crystal Glass
Dial Yellow
Dial numerals No numerals


Bracelet color Gold/Steel
Lug width 75 mm
Clasp material Gold/Steel
Buckle width 75 mm


Panorama date, Chiming clock, Alarm, Equation of time


Guilloché dial (handwork), Luminous numerals, Luminous hands, Power Reserve Display, Rotating Bezel, Limited Edition, Only Original Parts, Luminous indices, World time watch


An Extremely Rare Piece Unique 1950/60s Specially Ordered Breguet Coin Edge & Hand Painted Enamel World Time Desk / Travel Clock with alarm function Further Accompanied by Breguet service Box & Documentation

Basic Specifications & Dimensions
-75mm case diameter with hand painted Enamel Day/Night 24 Hour Bezel
-Hand Painted & Engraved World Cities
-Coin Edge Beveling to Gilt Case & Strut Design Concept
-Baton Hour & Minute Markers, Manual Double Barrel Mechanical Movement
-Luminescent Inner Numbering System & Hour Minute Hands inner hour numbering system
-Eight Day 24hour revolving chapter ring & Additional Alarm Function
-Recently serviced by Breguet & In perfect working condition
-Accompanied by Breguet service documentation confirming authenticity & condition

Relative Market Results : Patek World Time Clocks
Christies 2021 $47,500.00
Sotheby’s 2021 $44,100.00
Christies 2019 56,250CHF
Christies 2018 400,000 HKD / $60,000USD

Catalog Note

The present 1950s Breguet World Time Clock is one of the most rare and collectible Breguet timepieces a collector can acquire from the brand as a true trophy piece especially because it is not only historically important to the period, but also a very rare prototype design concept by the legendary firm that was specially commissioned in the very first years, that world time moveable dial technology was invented. Notably, adding even more rarity to this concept, Breguet never mass produced a world time reference as a result of Patek Philippe purchasing the patent to the technology soon after its introduction.

In 1930, Louis Cottier invented the first world time movable dial technology for timing devices which many leading watch firms sought to implement as it surpassed all major obstacles of the time to meet the evolving needs of the period’s society. The revolutionary concept focused on one movement that was capbable of showing the times of the 24 time zones at once and it became an immediate success due to the ingenious engineering which implemented concentric rings as rotating mechanism to enable its user the immediate knowledge of the time in every time zone of the world at a quick glance.

The main idea behind the engineering was to facilitate use of the watch and overall improve legibility. This new take on the world time watch allowed local time and that of the 23 other time zones to be permanently displayed. Divided into three, the central dial shows the local time with hour and minute hands; the first, inner disc shows the 24 hours, and the second, outer disc bears the names of the cities. As local time advances, the inner 24-hour disc turns, allowing the wearer to follow the ‘progress’ of midday through the time zones.
That means that whatever the local time, the user can immediately see the time of day or night under the names of the 24 cities.
As a traveler would change their location one could change their reference time zone by simply pressing a push-button, without affecting the accuracy of the watch in any way: the hour hand advances one hour per push, while at the same time the 24-hour and city discs move one increment anti-clockwise, without affecting the accuracy of the minute hand. For the user, nothing simpler, but behind it is a complex, patented clutch system consisting of a 12-tooth star wheel for the hours with a jumper and counter-spring, both an integral part of the hour wheel.
This invention allowed new form of timekeeping which could calculate the differences between time zones automatically, in order to facilitate communication as telecommunication became more and more popular. While the Prime Meridian Conference in Washington D.C. unified the 24 time zones in 1884, it wasn’t until this concept in 1931 that Louis Cottier would be able to debut his first world time watch and navigate the difficulties in producing such a complex mechanism. At first glance, the rotating bezel upon which the names of the principal cities or places of the different time zones are inscribed make it extremely for the user as a result of all the prior planning behind it.

It was a very short time window of time where this world time moveable dial technology was accessible for any other manufacturer because by 1959 Patek Philippe already obtained the patent from Cottier’s revolutionary device with their (Swiss Patent No. 340 191) and it was instantly deployed by the firm to give way to their 1415HU and the 2523 Patek Philippe references further confirming the rarity of the present example which was produced fully in-house by Breguet with its case dial and movement all Breguet commissioned so extremely rare.

In addition, Breguet never offered a world time reference wrist or clock to the public nor in mass production making the present example exceedingly rare to own since the technology was owned exclusively soon after by Patek Philippe. Today, collectors continue to appreciate the world time function as Patek Philippe in circa 2000 produced a series of world time clocks which commonly fetch between $40-60,000USD regularly at auction, however unlike the present Breguet which is a first series technology innovation and fully signed and produced mechanically by Breguet, Patek Philippe’s world time clocks are produced nearly 40 years more recently as a reincarnation of this technology demonstrated in the present Breguet World time clock and also interesting to note Patek Philippe’s world time clocks have also been produced in larger production numbers as well.

In fact, Patek Philippe world time clocks also differ from the present Breguet world Time clock as the Breguet clock is fully produced in-house whereas the Patek Philippe world time clocks were commissioned by Patek Philippe however contractually created by the Swiss company Inducta that specializes among other concepts in the manufacturer of display clocks for leading brands as a promotional tool. Additionally, the Patek Philippe world time clocks were also never sold to the public but designed interestingly to help launch as a marketing effort for Patek Philippe’s world time 5110 reference and given to the celebrated retailers for display purposes a testament to how noteworthy this innovation really is to horology.

Additionally, the present Breguet Clock is in excellent condition and operated by a complicated Breguet mechanical double movement & barrel integrated alarm & 24-hour world time system which has been recently serviced by Breguet Headquarters in Geneva and in perfect working condition. The present clock is also further accompanied with Breguet service receipt confirming its authenticity and the condition as well as a Breguet Service Presentation Case.

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