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BREITLING - CLOISONNE ENAMEL DIAL - DIONYSIUS & DOLPHINS Breitling, "Cloisonne Enamel Dial - Dionysius & Dolphins", case No. 608617, Ref. 1216-19. Made in 1952. Very fine and extremely rare, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with cloisonné enamel on gold dial
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BREITLING - CLOISONNE ENAMEL DIAL - DIONYSIUS & DOLPHINS Breitling, "Cloisonne Enamel Dial - Dionysius & Dolphins", case No. 608617, Ref. 1216-19. Made in 1952. Very fine and extremely rare, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with cloisonné enamel on gold dial. \n\nC. Two-body, polished, wide inclined and stepped bezel, concave lugs, recessed winding crown, snap-on back. D. Cloisonne enamel on gold decorated with the ship of Dionysius and two opposing dolphins below, ivory-colored background, applied yellow gold dart indexes and Roman quarter-hour numerals. Yellow gold dauphine hands. M. Cal. 19, gilt, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating flat balance spring, shock absorber, index regulator.
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Dial, case and movement signed, the reverse of the dial scratch numbered "No. 67 & 9 167" beneath the counter enamel. DIAM. 36 mm. THICKNESS 7 mm. Breitling watches with cloisonné dials are extremely rare and the present watch has a finely executed dial depicting the ship of Dionysius and dolphins. This design seems to have been inspired by the decoration of a famous ancient greek kylix of circa 530 BC, now in the Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Munich. The story is that Dionysius was once captured by Etruscan pirates who mistook him for a wealthy prince they could ransom. After the ship set sail Dionysus invoked his divine powers, causing vines to overgrow the ship where the mast and sails had been. He turned the oars into serpents, so terrifying the sailors that they jumped overboard, but Dionysus took pity on them and transformed them into dolphins so that they would spend their lives providing help for those in need. The image is created by using fine threads of gold wire, to be applied on the surface. Once the wires have been fixed, areas are created inside to form cells or in French cloisons. Each cell can be filled by glass powder, the enamel base material mixed with metal oxydes to achieve the desired color. The enamellist has to apply and fire the different colors, according to the different melting temperatures of the compounds. One mistake will ruin the end result and by no means the result of each firing process can be predicted.

condition

Case

DETAILS 3 Good

Dial

DETAILS 2 Very good

HANDS 01 Original

Movement

DETAILS 2* Very good (overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense)

Experts' Overall Opinion

OVERALL OPINION  exceptional


*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.

*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.


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