Minerva Triple Calendar Chronograph (c. 1955)

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This exquisite mid-century Triple Calendar Chronograph in 18 karat solid yellow gold was produced by Minerva, the legendary watchmaker that evolved into Montblanc.

As beautifully preserved as it is complicated, this watch dresses to kill. Featuring square button chronograph pushers, and an exceptional brushed silver dial that contrasts elegantly against the yellow gold case. 
There is an applied roman numeral at 12 o'clock, with each other hour represented by small gold hour markers, allowing ample breathing room for the sub-registers to sit legibly on the dial. 
The two windows on the upper segment of the dial reveal both the days of the week and months, in French. A central date indicator hand points towards the date located on the outer edges of the dial. 



Both the case and dial are in excellent condition. The case has light wear, appropriate for it's age, but appears to be unpolished and retains crisp lines on the beveled edges of the lugs. The dial is in exceptional condition with some light marks, that are hardly visible unless you are looking extremely closely. The date ring has slight fading. In my estimation the dial does not appear to be retouched. 
Service history is unknown, but the watch is keeping very good time, in line with vintage standards. 


Brand | Minerva

Reference Triple Calendar Chronograph

Movement / Caliber Valjoux 72, manual wind, 17 jewels

Number of jewels |  17

Case material |  18 Karat Gold

Bracelet material |  Leather

Year of production |  c. 1955

Condition |  Light wear, unpolished

Scope of delivery Watch and strap

Case Diameter 36mm

Case Thickness 11.5mm

Water Resistance No

Crystal Acrylic

Complications Chronograph, Triple Calendar (Day, Date, Month)

NOTE: The watch may come on a different strap for international buyers. Please inquire at the time of purchase. 


In the Swiss town of Villeret, Switzerland, Minerva Watches embarked on its remarkable journey in 1858. Founded by the visionary Robert family, the company's name underwent several transformations, finally settling on Fabrique Minerva in 1923, a name that would guide this great brand through the next century.

In 1902, Minerva ascended to the coveted status of a watch "manufacture," taking control of every aspect of their timepieces' creation, from design to manufacturing the most intricate watch parts.

While their earliest wristwatch debuted in 1909, it was in 1923 that Minerva truly captured the industry's attention. The unveiling of their No. 20 caliber, a chronograph boasting a column-wheel mechanism and Breguet balance-spring, this movement marked a turning point for the company. This masterful creation cemented Minerva's reputation as a purveyor of exquisitely intricate movements, setting them apart as a manufacturer of unparalleled quality and precision.

Swiss magazine advertisement from the year 1947 for Minerva Watch Company, Minerva Sport S.A., Villeret, Switzerland (Villeret, Suiza)A 1947 Swiss periodical advertisement showcased the offerings of Minerva Watch Company, Minerva Sport S.A., based in Villeret, Switzerland. 


However, in 2000, the company's fate took a twist when Minerva was acquired by an Italian company, only to find itself later falling into the hands of the esteemed Richemont Group. It was during this transition that Minerva's movement production merged with Montblanc, integrating their expertise into a new chapter of their horological legacy. Throughout their existence, Minerva remained a rare breed among watchmakers, boasting the ability to produce their own movements, particularly the coveted chronograph, a feat they accomplished continuously for nearly a century.

Thus, the story of Minerva unfolded, an embodiment of craftsmanship, innovation, and unwavering dedication, leaving their own indelible mark on the industry.

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