Grieb & Benzinger chronograph watch is a 'six-figure' prize for collectors



2015-06-26 12:39:53

Grieb & Benzinger chronograph watch is a 'six-figure' prize for collectors

Grieb & Benzinger's rare Blue Ocean 'skeletonised monopusher chronograph' wristwatch is for sale

Grieb & Benzinger is one of Paul Fraser Collectibles' favourite watchmakers.While the German master craftsmen build up to their "highlight of[the] year" - a tourbillon minute repeater watch - the brand has announcedits new luxury release for fans of special chronographs.

Grieb & Benzinger describes its new rare Blue Ocean wristwatch as "a skeletonised monopusher chronograph based on a column wheel chronograph movement from 1926." The watch's movement is housed in solid platinum with a guilloch platinum crown button.

Measuring 47mm, the watch is intended as "a design statement on the wrist."

Rarity is as crucial to a watch's value as any other collectible, and Grieb & Benzinger says the Blue Ocean is an "absolutely unique piece."


The Blue Ocean: 'a skeletonised monopusher chronograph based ona column wheel chronograph movement from 1926'

As with all the best watches, the processes behindthis piece's manufactureare as important as the end product. The Blue Ocean is apparently the result of "countless hours" of restoration, hand-skeletonisation andhand-engraving.

Even the watch's wheels were guilloch, says the maker.

The heads of all 34 steel screws were polished by hand and classically tempered to a 'cornflower blue' colourover an open flame. Other features include a 26-jewel movement outfitted with a Breguet compensation screw balance with blued hairspring.

Boasting one-of-a-kind status, the Blue Ocean's price is said to be in the six-digit Euro region.

We've previously handled Grieb & Benzinger's rare watches here at Paul Fraser Collectibles, includingthe firm'sRussian Imperator.

Paul Fraser Collectibles solda Russian Imperator watch by Grieb & Benzinger, earlier this year - click here to learn more about this remarkable watch

The Russian Imperator's exposed cogs and internal mechanism, both front and back, were especially striking. It was a true skeleton watch, and truly rare. We sold it for $125,000 to a lucky buyer, earlier this year.

Our other rare luxury wristwatches for sale include this beautiful model by Swiss luxury watch maker Longines (founded in 1832). Click here to find out more about this striking and coveted timepiece.

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