Upon Request Only - Minerva 140th Anniversary with Boxes & Papers and New Old Stock Minerva Alligator Strap
This watch is upon request only. At its discretion, ClockSavant may choose to not sell any watch marked as "upon request." If you are very serious about purchasing this watch, you can inquire as to its availability. Contact us today via email (email@example.com) or call us at +1 (703) 457-6820 to purchase this watch or learn more. We are happy to answer any questions.
This is a very rare Minerva 140th Anniversary edition watch. These almost never come-up for sale. With Minerva’s highly respected Haute Horlogerie manufacture status under Richemont and Montblanc, this watch has an iconic role in the history of Minerva and the Frey family who guided the manufacture.This watch was purchased as part of a visit to the Minerva factory and an article was written on Timezone about the visit. A printout of the article will be provided with the watch. This watch is a limited edition of 140 watches that celebrated 140 years of Minerva's history from 1858 to 1998. It includes a beautiful New Old Stock midnight blue Minerva alligator band, original Minerva buckle, an extra used tan Minerva alligator strap, boxes, and papers. The watch is in excellent condition and running extremely well, see the comprehensive test results provided below.
Minerva 17” 22 - Designed in May 1921, produced until 1942
See Summary - Important Note: For international sales, it is not possible to legally export alligator or crocodile straps from the US or import them into most countries without considerable CITES paperwork and permits. Without proper paperwork, watches can be seized by customs. If you are an international buyer, we will discuss your requirements and alternatives including separate shipment, substituting a high quality matching leather strap or providing a discount so you can purchase a new strap in-country.
The watch was originally purchased in approximately 2001
We are the second owner of the watch. The watch has not been serviced while we have owned it. It has been wound once per month and maintained in a climate controlled environment. The watch is running exceptionally well. See comprehensive testing results provided later.
Excellent Condition with the original factory finish, never polished
Comprehensive ClockSavant Testing. Performance measurement results for this watch are provided below.
For this watch we provide 3-day inspection period provided that the watch is returned in the exact condition received with all boxes, papers, and accessories as-received.
Care and Use
All mechanical watches, and especially vintage watches, require special consideration in handling, care, and use. See the Support page to learn more about how to protect and care for your investment.
Virginia residents will pay sales tax
ClockSavant Watchmaker Testing, Certification, and Performance Measurement
All the watches we sell go through a comprehensive series of ClockSavant-developed functional, stability, and performance tests and are only approved for sale if they meet or exceed the criteria we have established. Performance measurements for this watch are provided below. See the Support page of our website for an explanation of watch performance measurements and guidance on interpretation. The watch performance values provided do not necessarily reflect the accuracy you will experience based on your unique watch wearing habits. You may experience a gain or loss by as much as approximately 1 minute per day with vintage watches.
Legend: Rate, Amplitude (Amp), and Beat Error (BE) are provided for Dial-Up (CH) and Dial-Down (FH) positions. Averages (Avg) are also provided. These represent the average performance of the watch across all 6 traditionally measured watch positions which, in addition to dial-up and dial-down, are the vertical positions of Crown-Up, Crown-Down, Crown-Left, and Crown-Right. Rate is expressed in seconds gained or lost during a 24 hour period. Amplitude is in degrees. Beat Error is in milliseconds. Lift Angle used in measurement is unique to the particular watch calibre.