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The 7 watchmaking treasures of Normandy to be offered at auction


A first watch sale in Le Havre will be an opportunity to disperse a hundred vintage watches of all kinds.

Is Normandy a watchmaking destination?

As much as the richness of its heritage, the fruit of all these bocage mansions once so dear to Jean de la Varende, is known, the watchmaking charm of the Normandy coast is more discreet.

However, between large families and looking out to sea, there is no shortage of beautiful surprises to add to your collection.

Enough to encourage Le Havre Enchères to offer a first 100% watch sale on September 30, bringing together around a hundred collector's watches.

Among them, we find both affordable pieces signed by big houses and rarer timepieces, not to mention the watch collection of an ex-diver.

A sale to follow also online via the Interenchères site.

Watches to turn back time.


We can particularly notice a sporty Cartier watch from 2012, 37 mm in diameter (Lot n°3 - Estimate: €900 - €1,400).

An automatic sport model Autoscaph 21 ref.

2427, with Cartier monogrammed dial, self-winding caliber signed Cartier / Eta 2892 Swiss base.

An astonishing Pilote Formula Ferrari by Cartier Group chronograph should appeal to lovers of youngtimers.

(Lot no. 15 - Estimate: €400 - €800).

Released around 1985, this 41 mm multifunction quartz chronograph, part of a collection created for Scuderia Ferrari in the 1980s, has a brushed steel case in the shape of an octagonal nut with a Ferrari-engraved gold-plated bezel, four pushers and gold-plated nut-shaped crown, and a screwed back.

Its checkered red dial features three ringed counters (small second hand at 6 o'clock, minutes at 9 o'clock, large chrono second hand in the center, 1/10 second stopwatch and date/day windows at 3 o'clock).

Still in the sporting spirit, an Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing Chronograph ref.

145.014 should attract enthusiasts.

(Lot no. 21 - Estimate: €3,500 - €4,000).

Dating from 1971, this classic tonneau-shaped steel pilot's chronograph with brushed bezel has a screwed back with Seamaster logo in the seahorse (signed and numbered), a matt black dial with patinated orange checkered minute bezel and a tachometer bezel graduated to 60 (screen-printed on the mineral crystal in superb condition).

In very good condition, it features a hand-wound mechanical caliber signed Omega / 861 Swiss.

A superb Patek Philippe travel watch.


For Patek Philippe enthusiasts who don't limit themselves to the few most fashionable contemporary models, lot no. 5 mm, signed Patek Philippe & Co, around 1895, with the motif of Saint-Georges slaying the Dragon n° 91775. Its entirely chiselled case with foliage and rockery decoration on the two bezels is decorated inside with a "Christ in a boat in the middle of a storm with the mention "Intempestate Secvritas".

This piece is signed Patek Philippe & Cie Genève on the dust cover of the movement, hallmarked and numbered, numbered 211039 on the inner cover.

It beats to the rhythm of a hand-wound mechanical caliber signed Patek Philippe & Cie Genève / 2680 (with lever escapement - n° 91775) Swiss.

A very beautiful pocket watch signed L. Leroy.


Lovers of beautiful pocket watches could also be tempted by Lot n°51 (Estimate: €800 - €1,000) A L.LEROY & Cie watch (Horloger de la Marine / Palais-Royal n° 58867), circa 1880/90, made for the Countess Fernand de la Ferronnays, n° 2205, with an 18-carat (750 thousandths) yellow gold case with a clipped back decorated with initials (signed Leroy & Cie - Horloger de la Marine / Palais-Royal on the dust cover of the movement, signed punched and numbered).

Added to this lot is a miniature collar watch n° 7530 18 carat pink gold (750 thousandths) with clipped back decorated with a flower set with diamonds and rubies (stamped and numbered), with enamel dial with pearl path, Roman numerals , spear hands, crown at 12 o'clock and ornate bail.

But this sale also contains some beautiful diving watches to wear on the wrist even far from shore.

Like an elegant Omega Genève Diver Amirauté - Gray ref.

135.042 (Lot no. 69 - Estimate: €2,200 - €2,800), circa 1969. A rare diver's watch from the Geneva collections called "Amirauté" (2nd generation), with a round steel case with overflow crown and screwed back (signed Omega and numbered, Waterproof).

Its unidirectional gray steel bezel is graduated to 60 with a pearl at 12 o'clock.

Its period Omega bracelet is in steel with a caterpillar mesh with a folding clasp (ref.1193).

With a diameter of 37.5 mm, it features a hand-wound mechanical caliber signed OMEGA / 601 Swiss.

A diving classic with a very French double marking.


Still for lovers of fine diving watches, Lot No. 70 is a classic for amateurs: a piece with double markings reflecting its very French history.

A Blancpain fab Swiss (Fifty Fathoms - Distribution by LIP n° 667670) estimated at €6,000 - €8,000.

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the mythical Fifty Fathoms, created with the legendary Bob Maloubier for the first French combat swimmers, we admire this 1958 version, 34 mm in diameter, with a patinated black dial with large applied indexes and skeleton hands. luminescent.

Its steel case with straight handles and domed back is screwed in 2 parts with a strapping ring (engraved on the inside Rayville SA Swiss).

This piece was produced with the double signature LIP, which was the brand's distributor in France at the time,

especially for the navy).

Its rubber strap is vintage.

This piece has an automatic mechanical caliber signed on the LIP Blancpain / Fifty Fathoms R108 balance wheel - base AS 1361N (n° 31224) Swiss.


- Dive into the precision of an apprentice watchmaker

Source: lefigaro

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