Vital Bueche, the master watchmaker behind Bueche-Girod, is a watch designers and maker that you have probably never heard of, but I would guess that you have seen some of his watches, specifically those that he made for brands such as Cartier and Bulova. In the 60s and 70s, many luxury brands relied on outside suppliers to make watches for them and I’m not just talking about movements. I’m talking about entire watches and if this watch reminds you of a Cartier it’s because Bueche was also making watches for Cartier at the same time that they produced this watch. It’s also while you will see many popular watches from Cartier with the name Bueche-Girod on the dial.
The dual time is a sought after feature of many watches. Today the ability to tell the time in multiple time zones on a single watch is most often achieved through either the use of a GMT function or a dual time function. This watch harkens back to a much earlier and simpler way of displaying two times simultaneously. It is just two movements and dials housed in one case. We love GMT’s and dual times but there is something romantic and whimsical about having two watches in one. You have to wind them individually, set them individually, and read them individually. I also think that this watch exemplifies a shift in design focus that has taken place over the last 20 years. Today you see design being user experience first meaning that ease of use and simplicity are key whereas in the past the simplest answer often at the expense of user experience was acceptable, hence two movements in one watch.
The elongated solid yellow gold case is in excellent condition showing only surface-level scratches throughout. All of the components including the crowns, crystals, and caseback are correct and thought to be original. The watch comes on its original strap with a matching gold buckle.
The Dials and Hands
Unlike every other watch that we have offered on Dial + Bezel this watch has not one but two dials and accompanying handsets. Both dials are in excellent condition with no major flaws to note. The dials are very much in the Cartier style with bold roman numerals and accenting blued hands
The hand wound Bueche Girod movements are both runninning and winding as expected. The service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Hand Wound, Bueche-Girod Movements|
|Year||1960s - 1970s|
|Case Material||18k Yellow Gold|
|Band Material||Original Leather Strap|