GUBELIN IPSODAY STAINLESS DRESS WATCH
A rare & understated watch from the respected house of Gübelin
A lovely vintage watch at a very affordable price
Item description: A beautiful and scarce stainless steel Gübelin ‘deco’ style timepiece, dating from the 1960s. This distinctive timepiece features a very pleasing simple circular case design. Complementing the case, is a champagne dial with day window at 3.00. The dial with black applied batons, and the brand name, Gübelin. The dial also marked ‘IPSODAY’, along with the ‘Chronometer’ endorsement. The watch has an automatic (their Ipsoday) movement with 25 jewels. The movement signed to the rotor with the Gübelin name. The inside of the case-back with Gübelin name, along with serial numbers. The watch has a contrasting mid- brown strap, along with a non-branded buckle.
Size: 40mm x 32mm
Condition report: Case in excellent condition with a polished finish remaining (the case also has a pleasant age patination, giving a good vintage feel). Dial original and in stunning condition. Movement clean and in working condition (no warranty implied). The screw on case-back with some scratches in evidence. The strap and buckle remaining in excellent condition. The timepiece may have been opened, so it should not be used near moisture or water without being checked by a qualified watchmaker.
Background to Gübelin: The Swiss, family-owned House of Gübelin is known for its exquisite high-end jewellery, gemstone expertise, and as purveyors of some of today’s most sought-after luxury watch brands. The story of Gübelin began in 1854 with the opening of a small watchmaker’s shop in the Swiss city of Lucerne. Over time the business grew, moving to ever-larger locations in the city, until ﬁnally settling in the prime site on the quay that still houses Gübelin’s Lucerne boutique today.
Gübelin has grown from a small watchmaker’s shop in Lucerne to an internationally operating luxury brand. In the 1920s, Gübelin opened its own jewellery atelier and at the same time set up a small gemological laboratory so that it could test; and be sure of the authenticity; of the stones its jewellers used. It also continued making and repairing ﬁne watches for a discerning clientele, developing a reputation that soon reached throughout Europe and overseas.
Special notes: Gübelin specialised in very small runs of watches for their clientele, usually using movements from companies such as Jaeger Le Coultre. This watch would have been made in very limited numbers, normally far less than 1000 pieces of any given design. Today, vintage watches from this respected Swiss company, remain particularly rare to find.
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