Up for grabs is a very rare and attractive Minerva chronograph from the 1940s, featuring faceted lugs and a black gilt dial. In addition, this Minerva chronograph also stands out for its use of the Valjoux 71 movement – a movement not often used.
The watch offered today is in great condition. The dial is absolutely unpolished, and razor sharp. The original dial shows some uniform fade/spotting, largely due to wear consistent with the use of radium lume. The lume in the hands and the dial is the original radium applied from the factory, and only shows minor loss, noticeably at the 4 o’clock marker, and small cracking throughout the hands.
This is a gorgeous example of a gilt dial from the 1940s, which do not come up for sale often.