If there is one fact to know about Minerva is that it is one of a very small handful of brands that was able to survive the quartz crisis due to the rare capability to produce their own balance wheels and hairsprings in combination with the mastery of various timekeeping frequencies. All of which earned them high praise from professionals within the industry and discerning customers alike. The brand, originally founded under the name H. & C. Robert in 1858, built a reputation for quality and craftsmanship in both movement and complete watch production the honest way by focusing on innovation and excellence since their inception. Pieces such as their 1916 chronograph, capable of measuring time accurately to 1/100th of a second, official Olympic chronographs, and Golden Section Calibre 10-48 show this to be self-evident. In October 2006 the Swiss luxury goods group Richemont bought the Fabrique d’Horlogerie Minerva SA and all of the movement manufacturing knowledge that came with it. The brand would then be merged into Montblanc as a department under the name Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie, where they continue to produce high quality movements for the brand today.
For auction is a lovely Minerva chronograph from the 1950s. This Minerva chronograph measures 35mm in case size with fixed lugs and bi-pushers on either side of the crown. This particular Minerva runs on a Valjoux 22 column wheel movement with two sub registers.
The 35mm stainless steel case is in very good condition. The case has most likely been polished in the past but the case edges remain sharp. Additionally, the case features small scratches throughout indicating a life of good use. With limited examples of this reference being available we can not say with certainty that the pushers and crown are correct for the watch but they are correct for the era.
The Dial and Hands
The silver dial with engine turned sub dials has some signs of oxidation but remains clean except for a small mark near the 5 o’clock marker. The tachymetre remains legible and adds a great contrasting element to the overall design of the watch. Also, adding to the design is the inclusion of an arrow hand on the 45 minute chronograph sub dial which differs from the standard stick hands seen on the center hand stack and sub seconds dial.
This watch features a manually wound Valjoux 22 column wheel movement. The seller notes that the chronograph still functions very well and resets to zero consistently. The movement has been regulated with a new Minerva fourth wheel added due to wear and tear of the existing wheel.
|Location||Singapore (shipping included)|
|Movement||Manual, Valjoux 22|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|