Hamilton. An extremely rare 18K white gold and diamond wristwatch with original display box and packagingMasterpiece "Barbizon", case no. B34667, circa 1957

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Hamilton. An extremely rare 18K white gold and diamond wristwatch with original display box and packagingMasterpiece "Barbizon", case no. B34667, circa 1957

Sold for US$ 41,480 inc. premium
Hamilton. An extremely rare 18K white gold and diamond wristwatch with original display box and packaging
Masterpiece "Barbizon", case no. B34667, circa 1957
Adjusted 22-jewel grade 770 movement, mono metallic balance, silver dial with applied white gold tapered baton numerals, the bezel set with tapered baguettes at noon and six o'clock and with smaller baguette numerals between, flexible lugs, fitted maker's black leather strap with 14K white gold buckle, case, dial and movement signed. 34 mm diam.

Footnotes

  • Known primarily from Hamilton literature, and thought by some never to have been produced, the elusive Barbizon was introduced in 1957 and advertised as the "Diamonds U.S.A. Award winning watch." With a retail price of $2200., it was as expensive as many automobiles. For comparison, the base price of the iconic Ford Thunderbird was just under $2700.

    The present example is apparently the first to appear at auction. Offered with its original packaging, it is virtually unused.
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