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De Bethune

DB25 Perpetual Calendar

DETAILS

An extremely rare, early, collectible, and charismatic rose gold perpetual calendar wristwatch of the Swiss watch brand De Bethune, founded in 2002 by the Italian vintage watch dealer David Zanetta and French watchmaker Denis Flageollet. Reference introduced in 2010–2011. Case in 18k rose gold, diameter 44mm, 12.5mm thick, lugs of a hollowed design, sapphire caseback. Matt silver-plated dial with central zone decorated by ‘lotus’ guilloché motif, raised chapter ring with dark-blue pad-printed Roman numerals, leaf-shaped blued steel hands, spherical moonphase indicator in palladium and flame-blued steel on a blued steel sub-dial inlaid with yellow gold stars. Caliber DB2324 QP, self-winding, De Bethune patented 4-spoke titanium balance with platinum ogival weights, De Bethune patented self-compensating free sprung hairspring with flat end-curve, double barrel and 5-day power reserve. Functions – indication of time in hours and minutes, perpetual calendar indicating date at 6 o’clock, days of the week in an aperture at 9 o’clock, months in an aperture at 3 o’clock and leap-year in an aperture at 12 o’clock, De Bethune spherical moonphase indicator at 12 o’clock. Black leather strap with De Bethune pin buckle in 18k rose gold. Numbered edition. De Bethune recently reported only 23 pieces made since 2011. 

REASONS TO BUY

The timeline of De Bethune’s perpetual calendars started in 2004, just two years after its founding, when the young brand launched the ground-breaking DB15 perpetual calendar, embedded with an impressive list of unique features. Its most notable asset was the one-of-a-kind combination of perpetual calendar and the astronomical moonphase indicator, accurate to one lunar day every 122 years, with a lunar sphere made of platinum or palladium and blued steel that rotates around its axis representing the evolution of the moon phase. This complication is supplemented by a ‘hidden’ leap year indicator, which is installed in the largest star of the decorative sub-dial of the moonphase indicator at 12 o’clock – directly below the spherical moon. 

The present lot dates back to the early reference production period, as evidenced by the low case number.

SPECIFICATION

CasePolished rose gold case 750/1000 with a sapphire caseback,pierced lugs, lateral correctors, crown at 3 o'clock
StrapBlack Alligator leather strap, with a original rose gold pin buckle
DialSilver engine turned dial with dark blue Roman numerals, "Chemin de fer minuterie" spherical moon phase indication at 12 o'clock, month indication at 3 o'clock, date indication at 6 o'clock, weekday indication at 9 o'clock, blued hands
MovementRhodium-plated automatic movement, sandblasted bridges, calendar function
Cal.DB2024.739
Ref.DB25QPARS1
Movement No.2324.118
Case No.003
D=44mm

CONDITION REPORT

Case:Very good, small signs of wear
Strap:Very good, small signs of wear
Dial:Mint condition
Movement:All functions working properly
Amplitude (Dial on top/Lift angle 52):Approx 300°
Accuracy (Dial on top):Approx +10 sec/day
Box:Yes
Papers:Yes

DELIVERY & RETURNS

We offer worldwide delivery on all of our watches.

If ordering from Switzerland or Europe, your watch will be sent the same working week. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working week.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on the choice of courier and destination.

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

WARRANTY

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards.

Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new.

All of our new watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer. Please contact us for further information.

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