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Limited Edition Dubey & Schaldenbrand Aerodyn Venus

Extremely rare limited edition watch. First one the hit the market in awhile.

1 of only 52!!!!!

Watch is numbered #8 of 60
(8 watches in the series were never sold due to movement problems)

Asking $4,000

Product Details

Brand: Dubey & Schaldenbrand
Series: Aerodyn Venus
Model: Limited Edition of 60 (Stainless steel)
Gender: Men's
Display Type: Analog
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Case Shape: Tonneau
Movement: Venus, 15 Jewels, Hand Engraved, Manual Wind
Tonneau Shaped movement in production from 1935 to 1942
Dial: Black Matte
Hands: White
Markers: White
Crystal: Sapphire
Crown: Push/Pull
Case Back: Stainless steel exhibition
Bezel: Stationary
Band Material: Leather
Band Color: Brown
Band Length: Men's Standard
Clasp Type: Buckle
Stones: 53 white diamonds set on indices and Arabic numerals
Sub-dials: Seconds

History of Aerodyn Venus

Historically, D&S, is an an anomaly in the Swiss watch Industry. The present owner of the company, Cinette Robert, is the only woman in a watch world dominated by men: bear in mind that women were only allowed to vote in Switzerland in 1971. She purchased the company in 1995 from the former employees of Mr. Dubey (Mr. Schaldenbrand had passed away), and then moved the company to her native village: Les Ponts de Martel (2000 inhabitants) located within the "gold triangle" of La Chaux de Fonds, Le Locle and Neuchatel. Mrs. Robert proved to be a visionary of sorts and an astute businesswoman, when back int the 1970's she toured many Swiss manufacturers and began purchasing a commodity that most felt had absolutely no future - old mechanical movements. After the Japanese Quartz Invasion, it seemed only a lunatic would find value in old mechanical movements and most companies were happy to sell off these "relics" of the past. Cinette amassed a collection of over 6,000 vintage movements, and as we entered into the mid 1990's she had a solid brand name to market these watches under: Dubey & Schaldenbrand.

One series of movements acquired by Mrs. Robert, was 100 "tonneau" shaped Venus mechanical movements produced somewhere between 1935 and 1942. This odd shaped movement was produced during the time of experimentation in the watch market, that is, getting away from the round designs evolved from the miniaturization of the pocket watch into a wristwatch. This "oval rectangle" design allowed for watch cases to be produced in more flowing ergonomics. Out of these 100 hand-engraved movements, only 90 were able to be salvaged, thus a worldwide edition of 90 was born.
The 90 watches were produced in stainless steel and 18kt rose gold with two distinct dial versions. 60 watches (numbered 01 to 60) were produced in stainless steel: 30 in black matte dials and 30 in silver Guilloche. 30 watches (numbered from 01 to 30) were produced in 18kt Rose Gold: 15 with the matte black dialsand 15 with silver guilloche. Each watch has an amazingly beautiful "Art Nouveau" styled dial, manual wind caliber Venus, 15 jewels, hand engraved, Tonneau shape movement in production from 1935 to 1942, exhibition back with curved sapphire crystal. The whole edition was sold out within 3 months of delivery, and were very difficult to get if you didn't pre-order and rarely come up in the secondary market.

The PK Time Group are the distributors in the USA, and the owner, Pierre Halimi, had the foresight to purchase all 90 pieces from D&S. The final tally was 28 gold pieces sold through retail stores (2 gold ones went to the partners of the PK Time group), and 52 stainless steel pieces, of which Mrs. Roberts kept 2, PK Time group kept one, and 2 were held back by a retailer for their personal only 47 steel versions were actually sold through retail stores (the other 8 had movement problems and were kept for spare parts)

This Limited edition watch is a true limited edition in the very real sense. A rare vintage movement that theoretically can only be found in this particular modern watch (rather than a valjoux 7750 or ETA 2892, which is extremely abundant, but can be found in several other Limited edition watches). A very small number in the edition, ironically due to the number of movements that were available. And a very small number of different variations: only 15 in gold with silver dial, 15 with gold and black dial, and 26 of steel with silver dial, 26 with black dial. It would appear that this particular limited edition watch will have a strong resale value and strong potential for appreciation.

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