Bovet Mono-Rattrapante Valjoux 84 1940s 35mm Patina Tachymeter Big Logo DialBovet
For auction is a 1940's Bovet big logo stainless steel Valjoux 84 monorattrapante 35mm tachymeter telemeter patina dial. An explanation of how a Valjoux 84 works is in order: it is a type of rattrapante that was made for Bovet. The movement has a single pusher for stop/start/reset at 1 o'clock. It also has a rattrapante that is activated by the pusher at 4 o'clock; when the chronograph is running it will pause the chronograph hand for up to 59 seconds and catch up to where the chronograph would have been if it wasn't running so the user could time multiple events. Not the most useful of rattrapante functions but one of the least complicated. So, first the good: this watch was serviced by my watchmaker and is working well with one exception: when the mono-rattrapante is engaged it doesn't have a catch up feature but instead a pause feature. This is because it could use a new mono-rattrapante spring (coiled distinctive spring on the movement) but that is an unobtainable part. As a 30 minutes chronograph and time keeper it is perfect but the mono-rattrapante isn't working correctly. That all said it is still a gorgeous and rare vintage piece that offers up a ton of charm and quality.
Ref #: 312030
Diameter: 35 mm w/out crown, 37 mm w/crown, 42 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 18 mm at the lugs tapering to 16 mm (will take a 18 mm strap)
Height: 13 mm
Power-reserve: 32 hours
Water Resistance: N/A
Gram Weight: 36 grams
Movement: Valjoux 84 mono-rattrapante chronograph with the mono-rattrapante not working correctly but all other functions (time and 30 minutes chronograph) working correctly
Strap/Bracelet: High quality Italian pebbled leather
Case: Stainless steel with concave fixed bezel, chunky lugs and snap back individually numbered caseback, original pushers, crown appears original
Dial: Opaline with a patina, heavy fade on the red telemeter chapter, outer blue tachymeter chapter clear, red chronograph seconds and blued ballon sword hands, big dramatic Bovet logo at 12 o'clock, black arabic numerals
Condition: 75% (7.5 of 10): dial shows a heavy patina and mono-rattrapante isn't working fully correctly, case is nice and timekeeping and 30 minutes chronograph functions are good (watch just serviced)
Box/Papers: Watch only
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