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De Bethune DB12WT

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Pre-owned Year of production 2005 No original box Original papers
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Basic Info

Listing code E657S1
Brand De Bethune
Reference number DB12WT
Movement Manual winding
Case material White gold
Bracelet material
Crocodile skin
Year of production 2005
Condition (Worn with little to no signs of wear)
Scope of delivery
Original papers, no original box
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United Kingdom, London


Movement Manual winding
Movement/Caliber Venus 175


Case material White gold
Case diameter 42mm mm
Water resistance Not water resistant
Bezel material White gold
Crystal Sapphire crystal
Dial Black
Dial numerals Arabic numerals


Bracelet material
Crocodile skin
Bracelet color Brown
Clasp Buckle
Clasp material Rose Gold


Chronograph, Date


Central seconds


One of only five pieces made for Chicago-based retailer, Swiss Fine Timing, this De Bethune DB12WT* is a very rare piece produced early on in the brand’s history. A chronograph with day and date indicators, the watch combines futuristic aesthetics that have become De Bethune’s signature with more traditional elements.

In 2002, David Zanetta and Denis Flageollet joined forces to establish De Bethune, united by their shared vision of what contemporary watchmaking could look like. Zanetta was an enthusiastic collector, with a passion for art and history, whilst Flageollet was an accomplished fourth-generation watchmaker. The name “De Bethune” pays tribute to the Chevalier de Bethune, a French nobleman credited with inventing an escapement mechanism for pocket watches and clocks in 1727.

Part of the “Founding Collection” produced between 2002 and 2007, this De Bethune DB12WT is an especially early example of the brand’s work. The piece is also exceptionally rare, as one of only five pieces produced for the Chicago-based retailer, Swiss Fine Timing.

The design of the piece combines modern aesthetics with traditional watchmaking techniques, as seen in the dark grey dial with rose gold accents, with a modern font juxtaposed against a guilloche dial. The calibre used within the watch is an ebauché of the Venus 175, a chronograph movement that was introduced in 1942. Meanwhile, a markedly more futuristic touch that pays homage to the more futuristic elements of the brand’s body of work is the inclusion of De Bethune’s signature ogival-shaped lugs. This is a feature borrowed from Gothic architecture that refers to a pointed, curved surface not unlike the shape of a bullet.

Ultimately, the piece is an excellent example of the philosophy that De Bethune espouses, combining their independent spirit and technical skill to create an exciting piece. Given the rarity and attractive appearance of the watch, it is a remarkable opportunity for the collector searching to own a significant, foundational piece of a brand’s history.

This De Bethune DB12 is in very good condition overall, with a few superficial marks throughout consistent with wear over time. There are some more noticeable marks in some areas, most notably on the bezel at 4 o’clock, on the left-hand side of the case, and on the right-hand side of the case, close to the bottom pusher.

We stand by the quality of all of our pre-owned watches and mechanical objects. If something goes wrong, we’ll always strive to remedy the situation in a timely manner and to the best of our ability. The satisfaction and trust of our clients is of the highest importance.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough, non-invasive mechanical inspections and have been serviced, if appropriate, to ensure that they meet our highest standards of timekeeping and functionality.

If sold within the United Kingdom, this De Bethune DB12WT will be subject to 20% VAT.

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