1940s Bovet Mono-Rattrapante ref.5347 black dial with Valjoux 84

Bovet, an old and renowned watchmaker from 1822, is known as the inventor of the transparent case back and as the first Swiss watchmaker to approach the Chinese market in the early 1800s. Introduced in the 1940s, the Bovet Mono-Rattrapante is a two-register chronograph powered by the Valjoux 84. It has a similar function as a Rattrapante, but with one hand, hence ‘Mono’ Rattrapante.
This chronograph is a mono-pusher, activated by the top pusher. The bottom pusher, when pressed, stops the chronograph hands for easy reading. When this pusher is released, the hands go back to where they should be, if not stopped.
This example is the most coveted version (black dial with lumed numerals) and is in mint condition. Its sublime intact black dial has survived the epochs, with Arabic numerals and its original patinated radium that give a unique appeal to the chronograph. The contrast created is amplified by the cream pulsometric and tachymetric scales as well as the two counters at 3h and 9h. The dial is turning brown on some areas, have started a tropicalization process, which will make it even more desirable.
The stainless steel case and round pushers are remarkably well preserved and free of any brand. A real time capsule!
The mechanics of the watch also has nothing to envy to the attractive aesthetics, equipped by the movement Valjoux 84 with a column wheel you are dealing here with a pure collector’s piece.

ModelMono-rattrapante chronograph
Case materialStainless steel
MovementManual Valjoux.84

CaseUnpolished, perfect condition
DialStunning condition, original radium
HandsOriginal, original radium
BraceletStainless Steel


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