Offered here are TWO iconic vintage Favre-Leuba hi-beat watches from the early 1970s....
Model: Chronometer 36000
Issued: Ca. 1970
Case: Stainless steel with screw back
Bracelet: NSA 3-row with F-L logo on clasp
Movement: FL 1162, 21 jewels, gilt, with precision regulator and chronometer number
Description: This is a rare F-L chronometer-certified wristwatch with hi-beat movement running at 36,000 vibrations per hour (ticking at 1/10th second).
The present example has a steel case with signed screw back (marked with reference number). The original bracelet by Novavit S.A. has a signed clasp (F-L hourglass logo) and fitted end-pieces. In August 2020 the watch has just received complete movement service, a new crystal, and the finish of the case has been restored nearly to like new condition. Services were performed by RGM.
The original, equally rare (if not more so), Favre-Leuba display box is present with this watch. Made by Cartolux S.A., this is a multi-piece sliding box that has lots of FL imagery and can be propped up to display the watch or closed to lay flat. It includes the tagline “ça c’est Favre-Leuba”.
This watch is available with all the accessories shown and shipping for $1400 US OBRO.
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FAVRE-LEUBA Sea Raider 36000
Model: Sea Raider 36000
Ref.: 36003 A
Issued: Ca. 1970
Case: Stainless steel with waterproof construction
Bracelet: Stepped NSA 3-row with F-L logo on clasp
Movement: FL 1164, 21 jewels, gilt, with Triovis regulator
Also available is this early 1970s Sea Raider 36000 (Ref. 36003 A), using the day-date version of the 36,000 vph movement (FL1164). Co-developed by FL, Girard-Perregaux, and Zodiac, based on the A. Schild calibre1687, this movement features 10 beats/second running rate and Triovis fine regulation for enhanced accuracy.
The dial, case, bracelet and crown are all signed and I have no reason to believe the movement is not as well. The construction of this model, in order to provide the claimed depth rating of hundreds of feet, is complex and quite similar to that of the Rado Manhattan. The crystal envelops the top of the movement and, along with shaped gaskets, provides a seal when clamped between the bezel and the case back, which is solid and holds the movement in place. A split stem is used so that the crown can be removed to allow access when the movement is serviced. Due to the original condition of this piece, I have chosen not to open it, nor to service it; more on this below. In light of this, I apologize that there are no movement photos, but you can see the listing above and assume the Sea Raider movement looks quite similar to the FL1162, though with a slightly different regulator.
Note that the original bracelet is included, and it is large enough to amply accommodate a 7.25” wrist such as mine. This is a stepped 3-row model made by Novavit, S.A. (NSA) which includes the FL hour-glass logo on the clasp. Supple and very comfortable, these bracelets are not “hair pinchers” and are quite nicely adjustable with a simple pin vise or most bracelet tools. As a stand-alone item, these tapered NSA bracelets often fetch more than $250. The fact that this is original to the watch and the entire package is in such a nice state of preservation speaks volumes to the value.
As alluded to above, this watch is in original condition and has not been serviced because it is running very well, the dial appears to be immaculate, and the edges of the case show crispness that indicates it has never been polished. Although it has some flaws, listed below, “it is only original once” and I want to offer it in its unmolested state. The defects with this watch include signs of use (swirls, scruff, light scratches) on the bezel and case, as well as a chip and a few small scratches on the crystal.
The asking price for this watch is $600, shipped in the USA. Overseas buyers, please add $25.
If the buyer would like to purchase both the Chronometer 36000 and the Sea Raider 36000, inclusive of the box described above, the asking price of the full set is $1700, a savings of $300.
Note that the orange box in some photos is NOT included with this was if sold separately from the Chronometer 36000, as it is original to that timepiece and represents a significant collector value on its own.
Please see the photos below and ask any questions at all.