MINERVA 39MM VALJOUX 23 BROWN DIAL SKIN DIVER CHRONOGRAPH MANUAL WINDING STEELMovado
Two Register Valjoux 23 Brown
For auction is a 1970's Minerva Two Register Valjoux 23 Brown ref. 9075 AF brown dial 39mm. An unusual watch that shares the same case as the 9075 Olimpico but with a different dial and movement. Not unheard of on that particular reference; the 9075 has been seen as an Excelsior Park as well, but indeed odd with a Minerva and Valjoux signature. What is certain is the the inner caseback never had the GP logo; it has the same numbering scheme with 953xxx but Minerva engraved in the back (in all the GP variants it is the same but has a circular GP logo; this caseback has never been polished so it is clear that the case never was GP....this would make sense: these cases would have been made for GP by a casemaker...how this watch came to be a Minerva is a complete unknown). Minerva in the 1970s was a strange outfit, a shadow of their former selves they were labelling other peoples watches as their own. In fact a search of 1970s Minerva will lead one to a Gigandet/Minerva sold by the 'dink which is rather similar: a branding of another brands piece with Minerva logo and bridge. I've owned this watch for about 5 years and got it from a long time collector; wish I knew the backstory of how it came to exist as it does: a handsome, near NOS case with an unusual brown dial. Something unique and cool.
Ref #: 9075 AF 953725
Diameter: 39 mm w/out crown, 42 mm w/crown, 47 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 19 mm at the lugs tapering to 16 mm (will take a 19 mm strap)
Height: 14 mm
Power-reserve: 38 hours
Water Resistance: N/A
Gram Weight: 66 grams
Movement: Valjoux 23 with Minerva signed bridge
Strap/Bracelet: High grade leather
Case: STAINLESS STEEL brushed and polished skin diver chronograph with round pushers, brown acrylic bezel insert, high polished screw down caseback
Dial: BROWN with with Minerva signature, gold hands, and markers, red tipped chronograph seconds hand
Condition: 90% (9.0 of 10): excellent near NOS case and nice dial, working well
Box/Papers: Watch only
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