watches

We buy and sell better quality watches from all prominent brands.


May 10, 2021

Tag Heuer Formula 1 CAU1115.BA0869 42mm $1,275.00 CAD. e14036

Tag Heuer Formula 1 watches have come a long way since the line was introduced in 1986. Their debut came toward the end of the quartz crisis that eliminated many Swiss watch manufacturers. The Formula 1 series was the first watch series released after Techniques d’Avant Garde (TAG) acquired the Heuer watch company. Heuer had become financially stressed, as their traditional mechanically based product line had trouble competing with much lower-priced electronic Japanese imports like Seiko. It is fair to say the brightly coloured, composite cased original Formula 1 watches helped save the company from insolvency. It was quite a gamble for the newly formed Tag-Heuer company to risk the future of the company on these colourful new creations. A great resource for all things vintage Tag Heuer is Calibre11.com. This image of some first-generation Formula 1 watches is from the Calibre11.com. Our latest formula 1 dates more than 3 decades after the originals hit jewellers showcases in 1986. It benefits from 30 years of improvements. Screw down threaded crown, super hard synthetic sapphire crystal, advanced luminova glowing pigments, full 316l stainless steel construction with virtually scratchproof ceramic bezel and bracelet center links are features the originals never had. Our newest Tag Heuer F1 is the striking CAU1115 Chronograph. The way the anthracite dial, bezel and centre links contrasts with the brushed stainless steel is very classy. Don’t let the subtle finish fool you, this is a very rugged sports watch. The 42mm case is water-resistant to over 600 feet, thanks to its screw-down crown and threaded case-back. The 12-hour chronograph timer is accurate to 1/10 of a second and is equipped to take lap readings. Attached to the 42mm case is a solid link bracelet with diver’s extension and flip-lock buckle. Overall condition is very good showing some scuffs and small scratches on the steel case and bracelet. The mostly brushed finish hinds those day to day blemishes a watch that is worn under all conditions inevitably collects. The large tachymetre bezel scale is handy for calculating speed or other units per hour. The super accurate Swiss-made quartz movement is running flawlessly keeping excellent time. A brand new buckle with 2 extra bracelets links should fit even an extra-large wrist. Included with the watch is a complimentary 1-year warranty. Estate priced at $1,275.00 CAD. e14036.


May 7, 2021

Nivada 9kt. gold AS1686 17 jewel manual wind $500.00 CAD. e10155

e10155-nivada-9-karat-gold-watch-a-schild-1686-standard-time-004Nivada was once a robust Swiss watch manufacturer but, like many, crumbled during the quartz revolution. The brand had been established in the mid 1920s and by the 1950s could hold its own against the biggest of the traditional Swiss makes. Nivada is most notably remembered for their support of the US Navy’s Operation Deep Freeze during the cold war. The world’s nations were in a race of scientific exploration, setting out on expeditions to climb the highest mountains, explore the poles, and reach outer space. Operation Deep Freeze was a series of military expeditions to Antarctica to set up permanent research bases. Nivada supplied them with durable waterproof, anti-magnetic watches that were later offered to the general public. They experienced a great deal of success for a time and this solid 9 karat gold 1960s Nivada would have seen the tail end of that success. The Swiss made 17 jewel AS 1686 manual wind movement was just serviced and is running great. This relatively basic mechanism is remarkably accurate and durable thanks to its incabloc shock protected balance staff.e10155-nivada-9-karat-gold-watch-a-schild-1686-standard-time-002 The watch is accompanied by a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty and should run flawlessly for decades to come, with a once in a while service . For a 50 plus year old watch the condition is excellent, the original silver dial looks like new.e10155-nivada-9-karat-gold-watch-a-schild-1686-standard-time-001 It’s a great looking, high quality, vintage watch, offering a lot of value for very little money.The 33mm diameter case is made from high polished 9 karat gold and is attached to a period appropriate brown nylon strap. Estate price $500.00 CAD. Stock #e10155.e10155-nivada-9-karat-gold-watch-a-schild-1686-standard-time-005


May 6, 2021

2008 Tag Heuer Carrera WV2413 28mm with diamonds $3,990.00 CAD. e13119

Do it all and do it with style. Ladies Tag Heuer Carrera with beautiful pastel mother of pearl dial and diamonds. Not only do you get the pretty dial, the markers are brilliant cut diamonds and the entire face is surrounded by a row of additional diamond bling. Tag Heuer only use excellent VS-FG natural diamonds for their creations. The watch is a reasonable 28mm diameter case size and completely constructed from stainless steel. The high quality 25 Jewel calibre 4 Swiss made automatic winding movement is visible through a display window in the threaded case back. The movement features a continuously sweeping second hand along with a calendar display for extra utility. Very good condition showing some small scratches and scuffs on the case and bracelet. The curved synthetic sapphire crystal is super resistant to scratches while at the same time offering exceptional optics. Tag Heuer’s most current Carrera model of similar specification WAR2415 comes with a suggested retail price of $4,850.00 USD. Our estate Carrera includes its full assortment of adjustment links along with a complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty. You’re not going to get a more complete example than this, comes with original inner/outer boxes, instructions, endorsed warranty card from an Ontario authorized agent (December 2008) and the precious stone certificate. According to the original owner the watch has recently been fully serviced by the original vendor. Priced at $3,990.00 CAD. Stock #e13119.


May 5, 2021

2015 Longines HydroConquest 41mm L3.742.4.56.6 comes with everything $950.00 CAD. e14007

Every watch manufacturer has a ubiquitous diver’s style watch that looks pretty much the same and performs pretty much the same task. There is no doubt the universal appeal of such watches. They offer high functionality, durable construction, and classic good looks. Which one you decide to get really comes down to how much you are prepared to pay. The benchmark Rolex Submariner is going to cost you over $10,000.00 for either a new or used model. While something like this Longines HydroQuest is available for 90% less. It costs less than the sales tax you’ll pay on the Rolex. From a purely functional standpoint, it can do everything the Rolex does. Longines has been around since 1832 and was a pioneer in highly accurate mechanical movements that won many accuracy competitions over the years. There are few watch brands with a longer history and more significant achievements than Longines. Since the mid-1800s they’ve consistently produced high-quality timepieces. Early on the company experienced great success in the United States with chronographs used for precise timing during sporting activities. They were making watches with certified chronometer accuracy levels well before the turn of the 20 century and well before Rolex was even a concept. This automatic HydoConquest is far more capable than most of the people who may wear it. It comes with a water-resistance rated of over 1,000 feet thanks to its threaded crown, screw-down case back and interference fit, super-hard sapphire crystal. A solid stainless bracelet with diver’s extension and flip-lock buckle make sure the watch is going to stay put under the most demanding conditions. Our Longines HydroConquest L3.742.4.56.6 is a single owner example and was purchased from a Canadian authorized agent in the summer of 2015. It comes complete with full documentation including the original invoice receipt, inner/outer boxes, instructions, warranty card, hang-tag, and a 170 pages product catalog from 2013. Its previous owner wore the watch all the time, in all conditions, performing any activity. The watch has never been polished or refinished in any way. It displays obvious signs of use in the form of scratches on the case and bracelet. The sapphire crystal remains 100% perfect without even the slightest scuff. Including a complimentary 1 year warranty the watch is estate priced at $950.00 CAD. Stock #e14007.

SOLD

 


May 4, 2021

18kt. Tag Heuer WN5140 2000 Exclusive Chronometer 233.1gr. $14,280.00 CAD. e13182

High end Swiss sports watches are produced to be rugged, reliable, and functional under any circumstance. They’re usually made from exotic stainless steel alloys able to withstand harsh saltwater that would corrode other less resistant metals. The first watch manufacturer to turn a pure “tool” type watch into the luxury product it is today was Rolex when they made an 18 karat gold Submariner 50 years ago. While certainly not as hard as stainless steel, 18 karat gold does offer a nice balance of hardness and excellent resistance to chemical attack due to its 75% pure gold content. One could make a very good argument that Tag Heuer is the 2nd most popular of the luxury Swiss watch brands. Their involvement in the world of motorsports competition is well documented. Almost since automotive racing has been around there has been a Heuer/Tag-Heuer used for timing it. They’re a little newer when it comes to producing diver’s watches. The late 1970s marked the debut of the Professional series of watertight Tag Heuer watches designed with scuba diving in mind. Most were manufactured from stainless steel or steel trimmed with gold plated accents. Rarely did Tag Heuer attempt one made completely from 18 karat gold. The turn of the millennium marked an obvious effort by Tag Heuer to produce luxury versions of their watches to compete with Omega, Breitling, and Rolex; 18 karat gold versions of the Monza, Monaco, Carrera, Alter Ego, and 6000 series were all available. Gold was priced well under $300.00 (USD) per ounce in 2000 and the economy was strong. If Tag Heuer was going to expand its market into Rolex territory now was the time to do it. The solid 18 karat gold 2000 Exclusive WN5140 was Tag’s answer to the gold Rolex Submariner. Looking back to an old catalog from the fall of 2002 shows a retail price for this 38mm watch of a cool $20,000.00 CAD. When we were Tag Heuer agents back then we didn’t have the nerve to stock this watch, as this price point was unheard of for anyTag Heuer before. I don’t remember having a single inquiry for the model. In fact, until this example arrived we’d never even seen one in person! This is one rare and impressive watch. In close to 20 years since it was produced the price of gold has increased over 5 times what it was in 2000. I can’t imagine how much a modern version of this watch would price out at. The gross weight of the watch is over 233 grams (more than half a pound). If you assume the non gold components of the watch account for around an ounce or so it’s safe to say the gold value alone in the watch is over $11,000.00 at today’s gold price! We’ve elected to leave the watch in its original unpolished state, we will refinish the watch for no charge if you prefer it looking more like new. There are surface scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet but the structural condition is like new. There is zero measurable stretch or sag in the full-length bracelet. The mechanical butterfly buckle snaps shut with a reassuring click. This watch should comfortably accommodate a wrist size of up to 8 1/4 inches. A beautiful silver guilloche dial is specific to this watch and was not available on any other Tag-Heuer model. Its automatic winding Swiss movement is of upgraded certified chronometer status coming with a certificate of independent testing and verification. The usual diver features like a one way 60-minute luminous timer bezel, luminous hands, threaded crown and case back can all be found on this watch. A 31-day calendar adds some extra day to day functionality. If you’re into ultra-rare modern Tag Heuer watches, few are more scarce than this one. It comes complete with a certificate, instruction booklet, inner/outer boxes. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide the new owner with a 1-year mechanical warranty with purchase. Estate priced at $14,280.00 CAD. Stock #e13182.

 

 


April 25, 2021

Breitling Endurance Pro X82310 44mm black/blue & like new $3,100.00 CAD. e14005

Breitling’s new line of ultra-light sports watches reminds me of Tag-Heuer’s first Formula 1 watches from the 1980s. The Endurance Pro X82310 comes in yellow, orange, red, white, and blue. The Tag Heuer F1 was an incredibly successful venture that arguably saved the financially struggling company with a low priced mass-market sports watch. Breitling is riding a wave of success and the Endurance Pro is no low price, entry-level watch. They show a suggested retail price of $3,600.00 on the Breitling website. This price point gets you a very large composite black case measuring 44mm in diameter yet the watch only weighs 53 grams including the Breitling embossed rubber strap. The watch was designed with athletes and adventures in mind who don’t want to be bogged down by a bulky watch that can interfere with movement. The exact composition of what Breitling call “Breightlight” is a company secret. This mystery material has been around for several years and appears tough and resilient under the tough conditions you’d expect a Breitling to be subjected to. The Breitling calibre B82 is thermally compensated and should be accurate to a second or two per month with has a battery life of around 3 years. The movement features a 30 minute, 3 register chronograph with a lap timer 1/10 of a second display. In keeping with its athletic design, a heartbeat pulse calculating scale can be found on the dial’s chapter ring. For someone who likes high tech, ultra-accurate, low maintenance, sports watches, the Endurance Pro should be considered. An anti-reflective coated, sapphire crystal allows easy time interpretation of all the dial information. Instead of a ratcheting timer bezel, which is made somewhat redundant by the chronograph feature, the Endurance Pro comes with a rotating compass heading bezel. The compass heading allows direction calculation in collaboration with the analog hour hand. The watch comes complete with all documentation, packaging, and Breitlings 5-year warranty valid until 2025. Estate priced at $3,100.00 CAD. Stock #e14005.

SOLD


April 23, 2021

MontBlanc Star UTC chronograph MB110590 $3,989.00 CAD. e9325

MontBlanc certainly make some very stylish looking watches with classic design details. This 2015 Star chronograph epitomize some great features that make it difficult to exactly pin down when this one was made. The rounded onion crown, large rose gold tone Arabic hour markers and that beautiful guilloche silver dial are elements that pay homage to important watches from the past. At 42mm diameter it wears large but not cumbersome, and because it lacks a thick bezel the dial can be pushed out close to the edge making for a very large legible face. If you like a watch with a fully documented pedigree this one has it all. Purchased new at the Yorkdale MontBlanc boutique in November of 2015 for $5,500.00 plus tax. The original bill of sale is included along with all the original packaging, warranty, product booklet and even a MontBlanc shopping bag. The automatic 25 jewel Swiss made movement is running perfectly and is equipped with a 12 hour 3 register chronograph, calendar plus a 24 hour 2nd time zone display. The 2nd time zone feature can be set to any world time zone or it can be set to Coordinated Universal Time as per the UTC moniker. The original black alligator strap with deployment buckle is in like new condition. The highly polished stainless steel case displays just minor evidence of occasional careful use. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $3,989.00 CAD. Stock #e9325.

 


April 21, 2021

Omega Art Deco 15 jewel T17 tank watch, serviced & new strap $1,200.00 CAD. e12232

When this watch rolled out of the Omega factory in the mid 1930s the esteemed brand from Bienne Switzerland was producing around 200,000 watches annually. Meanwhile, a few hours drive to the southeast in Geneva the then 30 year old Rolex brand were making approximately 5000 watches per year. During the early part of the 20th century Omega absolutely dominated the Swiss watchmaking industry. Today they are the darling brand within the enormous watch manufacturing industrial conglomerate Swatch Group. In 2018 The Swatch Group had revenues approaching 8.5 billion USD. Our latest estate watch is a tiny part of the Swatch Group’s history at a time when Omega was a stand alone business dedicated to producing only high quality watches. In the 1930’s most of Omega’s watch production was of the pocket variety. Wristwatches were just becoming part of a gentleman’s wardrobe. This is one of the best examples of classic Art Deco style watches we’ve had. Bold geometric symmetry, silver dial with contrasting blued steel hands, and thick Arabic hour markers. The remarkable 15 jewel hand wind T17 movement was developed in the mid 1930s. The “T” denotes its tonneau shape and the 17 refers to its width of just 17mm. With some very clever engineering, this relatively small movement had an impressive power reserve of 60 hours. This was the longest power reserve of any Omega movement until the debut of the calibre 8500 in 2006. The T17 was extremely successful with a total production run of 167,000 until it was retired in 1943. Our watchmaker performed a full servicing to the mechanism in May 2019. The fresh service should have the watch running smoothly for many years to come. A brand new royal blue 16mm Hirsch strap complements the blued steel hands and oxidized dial. We can easily change the strap colour to a more pedestrian brown or black if you prefer. Including a one-year warranty this watch is estate priced at $1,200.00 CAD. e12232.


April 20, 2021

Tag Heuer Autavia CBE2110 Full kit, like new, extra strap/buckle $5,200.00 CAD. e13788

Original Heuer Autavia watches are commanding huge prices these days. A decade ago really nice ones would change hands for a couple of thousand dollars. Today these same watches are selling for 10 times that figure. In fact last year we made an even trade with a no box/papers vintage Autavia for a stainless steel full kit Rolex Daytona. This practically new Autavia combines the handy features of a 12-hour chronograph along with a rotating bezel that displays a second timezone. These features are perfect for the world traveler, pilot, or automotive racing enthusiast. The 42mm case size and 16mm thickness really help capture the vintage character of the watch. “Panda” dial, HEUER only dial logo, tan luminous hands, and hour plots reinforce the vintage look. Looking at an original Autavia it’s easy to see that Tag Heuer got it right with the re-edition. This image was taken from On The Dash. They are a fantastic online resource for any vintage Heuer fan. This example is one of the early versions of the re-issue with the unique chronograph minute register design. The early versions of the re-issue were indexed showing 12 markers at 2.5 minute intervals, which really doesn’t make a lot of sense for ease of interpretation, but it does balance with the look of the constant seconds subdial. This is perhaps a case of aesthetic design winning over practicality. Later versions received the 30 individual hash marks that more clearly displayed the elapsed minutes. The original vintage Heuer dial displays the full 30 minute hash marks. As a modern Tag Heuer this watch benefits from a super hard synthetic sapphire crystal treated with an anti-reflective treatment, luminous hands/markers, proprietary in house developed 33 jewel column-wheel calibre 02 movement with an extended 75 hour power reserve and a handy 31 calendar in a small aperture located in the constant seconds hand white 6:00 sub-dial that practically goes unnoticed. The beautifully finished automatic winding movement can be seen through a display window on the case back. The movement is a micromechanical work of art. Our latest estate watch could be classified as truly in like-new condition. It was only occasionally worn with great care and caution. The fully polished finish remains scratch, scuff, and ding free looking like it just came out of the Tag Heuer factory in Switzerland. It has never been refinished in any way and is 100% complete and original. The previous owner purchased the OEM distressed tag leather strap along with the HEUER signed stainless steel buckle. This extra accessory would have added around $300.00 more to the Autavia MSRP of $5,450.00 USD. The leather strap swap gives the watch a much more casual look. With a small, sharp screwdriver, the switch back and forth from metal to leather can be done in about a minute. Comes complete with all the original packaging, booklets, open warranty card, product sticker sheet, extra bracelet with shipping bag. We only have one and it is priced at $5,200.00 CAD. We ship duty free to most international destinations. Stock #e13788.

 


Breitling Windrider Chronometer 38mm A10350 just serviced $2,790.00 CAD. e11417

Many Breitling watches that come through our estate department are oversized examples with multi-function chronographs, slide rules and enough information on the dials to navigate the space shuttle. Our latest estate Breitling takes a more simple approach to time interpretation. While it still displays compass headings on the chapter ring and a hundredths hour scale, the dial is free from confusing extra information. Just luminous hands and large stick hour markers contrasting on a beautiful radial finish navy blue dial. At 38mm diameter the case size is not overwhelming either; comfortable for even the man with a more slender wrist. The automatic chronometer grade movement equipped with calendar display is working and great keeping excellent time. Overall condition is very good, displaying the Breitling fully polished finish. Wear and tear are virtually absent from the pilot bracelet that shows no stretch or sag.  The automatic movement was just fully cleaned and serviced in April 2021. The service included vacuum testing and regulating to chronometer specifications with test reports. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this watch is estate priced at $2,790.00 CAD. Stock #e11417.

SOLD


2020 Breitling Heritage SuperOcean AB2030 Black 44mm $4,000.00 CAD. e14004

Inspired by Breitling diver’s watches from the 1950s comes the SuperOcean. Its Simple bezel timer features a counter-clockwise rotating coin-edged bezel indexed for 30-second increments showing just the 5-minute intervals with bold at 15, 30, and 45-minute marks. The basic but purposeful design extends to the stick hour markers, luminous hands, and plots. Dome profile reflective hour markers, sliver-thin sweep second hand, and white on black calendar display finish off this model’s user-friendly features. Big watches are still part of Breitling’s DNA, in this capacity the SuperOcean AB2030 doesn’t disappoint. At 44mm diameter, you don’t need giant-sized arms to wear this one, but it will still fill the wrist of the average-sized gentleman. As with all contemporary Breiltlings, the automatic Swiss-made movement has been officially certified chronometer status for accuracy. This 2020 SuperOcean is one of the first of its kind to utilize an in house Breitling manufactured movement. The Breitling calibre B20 powering the watch is actually a collaboration with Tudor. The watch industry is paying close attention to Breitling and more specifically to its proprietary movement. Breitling recently reached an agreement with Rolex sibling company Tudor allowing them to use the B01 chronograph movement in the Tudor Heritage Chronograph. In exchange Breitling has access to Tudor’s 3 hand in-house MT5612 movement (renamed B20 in Breitling products). For two major watch brands to cooperate like this is very unusual; it shows how much each manufacturer mutually respects the quality of these mechanisms. All Breitling SuperOceans come equipped with the modified Tudor-based MT5612 movement. A curved synthetic sapphire crystal is super scratch resistant with an anti-reflective coating helping with legibility. Screw down crown and case back contribute to a more than adequate 660-foot water resistance rating. Fitted to the case is a retro-style mesh bracelet equipped with a flip-lock buckle. The current model AB20101 SuperOcean from Breitling shows a retail price of $5,785.00 CAD. The 2021 model shows a golden B instead of the polished silver B, calendar display, and some dial text marks the differences from our 2020 model. Comes complete with the original inner/ outer box, chronometer certificate, instructions, and even the original invoice (July 2020). Excellent overall condition showing practically no signs of use. The original high polish finish is practically blemish-free, only a few light scuffs can be seen on the buckle. The condition can easily be described as new old stock. A simple ultrasonic cleaning was all that was needed to prepare the watch for sale. The factory 5-year warranty is valid until the summer of 2025. The like-new watch is estate priced at $4,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14004.


April 16, 2021

2016 Omega Planet-Ocean GMT “Deep Black” 45.5mm 215.92.46.22.01.001 $9,075.00 CAD. e13791

The Omega Planet-Ocean GMT “Deep Black” 215.92.46.22.01.001 is a tour de force of Omega watchmaking expertise showcased in a striking all-black monochromatic colour scheme that would make Darth Vader envious. The large 45.5mm case is completely manufactured from a single block of high tech, super scratch resistant ceramic, as is the ratcheting 60 minute bezel timer. Even the pitch-black glossy dial is made from ceramic. It is a more than capable diver’s tool; watertight to 2000 feet, helium escape valve, timer bezel, luminous hands/markers, and easy to operate large threaded crown. A 2nd hour hand distinguished by its bright orange arrow tip tracks the dial once every 24 hours signifying your home time. The regular broad arrow hour hand can easily be set to show a different timezone (local time) without affecting the minutes or seconds. This is a handy feature for world travelers or someone who needs a continuous GMT/universal time display. Omega’s “Master Chronometer designation for their in-house developed 38 jewel calibre 8906 raises the bar in accuracy and reliability. It is resistant to magnetic fields approaching 15,000 gauss, the silicon hairspring is both antimagnetic and more shock resistant to previous designs, it requires no lubricant and will maintain its shape indefinitely. The double-barrel mainsprings store more power than most single spring designs with a power reserve of 60 hours. All these technical advances are visible through the display case-back. Even the case back wasn’t left alone. Omega Naiad Lock system keeps the case-back text perfectly lined up and easy to read. The black rubber strap with a stitched edge has an antibacterial treatment and is secured by an easy to operate, sturdy deployment clasp. This watch was delivered to a Canadian authorized Omega agent in the fall of 2016. It comes complete with the endorsed warranty cards, instruction booklet, cardholder, and beautiful blond wooden box with foam-lined outer box. Ceramic is very hard, resistant to scratches and signs of wear and tear. After a thorough examination of the watch, strap, crystal, bezel, crown, and other components we were unable to see any signs of use. If this watch was ever used, we’ve been properly fooled. This is a currently available model at your local Omega agent and is shown on Omega’s website with a suggested retail price of $15,300.00 CAD. The only thing I don’t like about this watch is how difficult it is to take a good picture. The ultra glossy dial, curved sapphire crystal, and polished case sections make taking a good picture with my limited photography skills next to impossible. This watch must be seen in person to truly appreciate all the wonderful details. Including a complimentary one-year warranty (pro-rated for 5 years) the watch is priced at $9,075.00 CAD. Stock #e13791.

SOLD

 


April 15, 2021

Tag Heuer Carrera Day-Date Chronograph CV2A1U.BA0738 like new $3,750.00 CAD. e14003

TAG Heuer’s Carrera line was part of a great race in the mid-1960s to develop the first automatic winding chronograph. Heuer partnered with Breitling and Hamilton to face off against Zenith. Together they launched their Calibre 11 six months before Zenith’s El Primero hit the market. The caliber 11 was shown in a line of automatic chronographs that debuted in Geneve and New York including TAG’s Carrera, Autavia, and Monaco models. The Carrera itself was originally designed and launched in 1963 by Jack Heuer as the first chronograph (not yet automatic) specifically designed for professional drivers. He was inspired by La Carrera Panamericana Mexican Road Race; one of the most famous events in auto racing history running only from 1950-1954. The Carrera CV2A1U.BA0738  Calibre 16 is one of TAG’s newer models from their iconic line and is shown on Tag’s website for $6,050.00. CV2A1U is from 2020 according to the original owner who only wore it a few times. It is in almost new condition having been worn on special occasions only. It’s powered by the Swiss-made Calibre 16 (based on the ETA Valjoux 7750) automatic chronograph movement. This venerable movement is equipped with 25 jewels, a 42-hour power reserve, and beats at a speedy 28,800 vibrations per hour a vast improvement from the original Calibre 11. The 43mm diameter polished steel case features an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, fixed tachymeter bezel, three register chronograph, and a day-date window at 3 o’clock. The watch is water-resistant to 100 meters, with a screw-on display case back and signed black and crown. A few red highlights on the pusher, seconds register, and dial make the watch look sporty. The subtle dark silver/grey dial, polished stainless steel sections, and curved Arabic minute markers, contribute to giving the Carrera remarkably dressy. The Carrera has always been a versatile design. In original condition complete with box and open paperwork. A one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is included for the estate price of $3,750.00 CAD. Stock #e14003.

SOLD

 


April 14, 2021

Tag Heuer Link WJF1319 27mm with diamonds $4,100.00 CAD. e11831

The line between watch and jewellery becomes quite blurred with the Tag Heuer Link WJF1319. Sure it tells time, has a useful calendar and second hand, but it’s also super shiny with diamonds. A beautiful iridescent mother of pearl dial trimmed with beautiful round brilliant cut diamonds bead set directly into the 316l stainless steel bezel. When it comes to pretty, plus more than capable it’s hard to beat Tag Heuer’s more refined and thoughtfully designed “Link” series. The look has become iconic to the brand. The basic style goes way back over 30 years to the original Sports Elegance line from 1987. Although Tag Heuer have tweaked the shape here and there, the Link is instantly recognizable as successor of the “S/el”.  It’s look can only be described as a Tag Heuer. Mimicked by many lesser brands over the years but there can only be one original. At 27mm diameter it is not the largest ladies watch but it certainly isn’t tiny. The beautiful white mother of pearl dial and thin bezel make for a watch that looks a bit bigger than the measurement suggests. It’s hard to believe that a lady’s Rolex Datejust is only 1mm smaller in diameter. Refined details set this watch apart from the crowd as the true luxury product it is. Only VVS-FG or better quality diamonds serve as twinkling hour marking beacons and then of course there is the beautiful pastel coloured rainbow mother of pearl dial. 63 round brilliant cut diamonds add just under half a carat of bling according to the precious stone certificate supplied by Tag Heuer. An integrated locking buckle keeps everything securely in place. There isn’t a sharp edge to be found anywhere on the watch. From the curved synthetic sapphire crystal to gently contoured crown guards, it’s a subtle exercise in timekeeping comfort. Overall condition is excellent. Every component on the watch and bracelet have been lightly polished to an all bright finish as was the case from the factory when delivered new. It was originally purchased right here at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in 2007. Keeping excellent time with all functions working as designed courtesy of the high precision Swiss quartz movement. A few years ago when this watch was current it carried a retail price of $4,600.00 USD. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty and the original box set the watch is estate priced at $4,100.00 CAD. Stock number e11831.


2007 Omega Speedmaster 40mm 323.21.40.40.02.001 like new $5,200.00 CAD. e11735

Over the years, Omega has slowly been improving “non” Moonwatch Speedmasters to the point where they are truly as good as anything else on the market and better than most. Modern automatic Speedmaster watches like our latest estate example 323.21.40.40.02.001 benefit from heavier bracelets secured with proper screws and heavy-duty buckles. Omega no longer uses bushed rivets to connect the adjustable links. The case backs are now a screw-on type rather than a simple interference press fit. Water-resistance ratings have improved from 30 meters to 100. The sapphire crystals feature an anti-reflective coating cutting down reflections. The movements inside are technically improved and now easily qualify for certified chronometer status. The Omega calibre 1164 inside this watch is a workhorse of movements based on the Valjoux 7750 that started production way back in the 1970s. Versions of this mechanism can be found in some of the world’s great brands costing many times what this Omega does. This Speedmaster is in like-new condition looking like new old stock. There are only a couple of fine scuffs on the brushed finish buckle and bracelet. This is a very rare reference, I can find no other examples available anywhere. When it was discontinued it carried as USD suggested retail price of $6,400.00. This was a significant premium over the basic stainless steel model. The solid 18 karat yellow gold bezel is embossed with a Tachymetre scale used when measuring units per hour. The gold plated crown, pushers, hands, hour markers, and dial details give this watch a more mature, dressy look with a sporty edge. Comes complete with inner/outer boxes, a fully endorsed warranty card (dated December 13, 2013), card wallet, instruction book, and even the plastic delivery box with product, price, and serial number stickers still attached. These protective plastic 3-section cases are usually tossed when the authorized agent receives a watch from Switzerland. The new owner with benefit from a complimentary 1-year warranty. This rare Speedmaster is estate priced at $5,200.00 CAD. Stock #e11735.

 


April 13, 2021

2008 Breitling Emergency Mission, like new (complete kit) $5,000.00 CAD (tax included). e13806

We seldom encounter watches more complete than this and in as good a condition as this one; it looks unworn. A watch like this really requires all of its original packaging and documents, and this one doesn’t disappoint. The Breitling emergency is a watch developed for pilots and extreme adventurers. This truly is a serious watch. In addition to the regular features of time, calendar, stopwatch, bezel timer, and tachymeter scale, this watch has an emergency location transmitter build into the case. When the antenna is unscrewed and fully deployed in times of true emergency the transmitter automatically sends out a distress signal on the international aviation distress emergency frequency of 121.5 MHz. The transmitter has a range of up to 400 kilometers depending on the conditions. Aircraft in the vicinity can pick up the signal for up to 48 hours and identify your location in order to coordinate a rescue mission for you. This is not a cool toy or gadgit, it must only be used in times of life-threatening situations. The person responsible for sending the distress signal is also responsible for all costs incurred in the rescue operation. Model A73322 comes with enough extra links to fit a wrist size up to just under 9 1/2 inches. The 46mm watch looks to have only been worn a few times. The highly polished case and bracelet show only handling marks, there isn’t a significant blemish or scratch to be found anywhere. The original briefcase kit is complete with a transmitter tester, booklets, instruction book, instruction CD, chronometer certificate, screwdriver for changing batteries in the tester, and endorsed warranty document (La Swiss Toronto April 2008). The high capacity battery was replaced a couple of years ago and the watch is running perfectly with all functions operating as designed. Estate priced at $5,000.00 CAD (tax included). Stock #e13806. PLEASE CALL FIRST IF YOU WISH TO VIEW THIS ITEM.


Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver PT6248-SS002-330 43mm $1,600.00 CAD. e13707

Not exactly a household name but Maurice Lacroix watches should be considered if you’re horological interests lie outside the predicable brands. In the 1960s Maurice Lacroix parent company purchased a watch assembling business in Switzerland. They produced high quality private label watches for a several different name brands. It has been common practice in Switzerland for well over 100 years for the same manufacture to produce watches for different brands, often using the same movements labelled differently. With this knowledge and experience is wasn’t much of a stretch for them to establish the Maurice Lacroix brand in 1975. They are known for producing interesting designs that are big on quality and detail while keeping prices quite competitive. The Pontos S diver is a great example of great style and clever design. Yes it’s a large diver watch but it lacks the cumbersome, thick, external ratcheting bezel usually associated with such models. Instead they opted to conceal the thin bezel under the curved crystal. The extra threaded crown at 2 o:clock can turn the bezel in both directions and lock the timer in any position. The highly luminous dial, hands and bezel indexes add extra utility matched by few. The sapphire crystal with anti-reflective surface treatment is 100% blemish free. Not many watches at this price point come equipped with an automatic helium escape valve. Unless you’re living in a diving bell decompressing after long term saturation diving, this is a feature only useful as dinner party conversation. Calendar, threaded crown, threaded case-back, solid stainless steel bracelet with diver’s extension and locking buckle round out the sporting features. Water-resistance rating for the Pontos S is 2000 feet; that should be more than enough for almost anyone. The self winding mechanical mechanism is running well and keeping great time. All functions are working as designed. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide the new owner with a complimentary one year warranty. Estate price $1,600.00 CAD. e13707.


Breitling Airwolf A78363 43.5mm $3,200.00 CAD. e11297

From the winged logo to the various aeronautical monikers found on their products it’s very pretty obvious Breitling have a strong connection to the world of aviation. They’ve been producing watches and chronographs since the late 1800s. They were the first to offer a chronograph/stopwatch feature in a wristwatch. The Airwolf A78363 combines a large easy to read analogue dial with multiple extra functions displayed on two large liquid crystal displays. Some of these additional features include a triple date calendar, 100 day countdown timer, split time chronograph capable of recording up to 100 days of elapsed time, dual time, local/dual time alarms, universal time display, audible confirmation signal. The only way to incorporate all these bonus features is by using an electronic module with the digital readouts. The energy efficient LCD windows can be completely turned off only showing extra information on demand. A large easy to read silver dial has been treated to bright luminous material on the hands and hour markers for extra visibility in low/no light conditions. The traditional features associated with the famous Navitimer can also be found on the Airwolf A78363. A smooth turning compass heading bezel with internal slide rule adds to the sporting theme. The slide rule provides numerous calculation possibilities useful in both aviation and general activities. According to the previous owner the watch was just serviced. At the time of service a brand new Breitling genuine crocodile brown strap was also installed. A very realistic looking jet engine turbine intake fan decorates the threaded case back completing the aeronautical inspiration of the Airwolf. The precision chronometer rated quartz movement is powered by a large, high capacity lithium battery that should last for around 3 years. The power cell is easy to access and change once the back is removed. At 43.5mm diameter this is a large watch but the leather strap keeps the overall weight down to a manageable 123 grams. Although the watch is lacking the instruction booklet the original guide can be downloaded here. Including a Breitling box and a one year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this watch is estate priced at $3,200.00 CAD. Stock #e11297.


April 12, 2021

2020 Grand Seiko GMT SBG245G limited edition 133/600 $7,770.00 CAD. e14173

Despite the immense variety of watches available, the vast majority can be classified into two categories: either automatic or quartz. Automatic watches run on mechanically stored spring energy generated by the movement of the wearer’s wrist which winds the mainspring then slowly, predictably releases power to the hands. Automatic watches do not rely on stored electrical power supply (battery or capacitor) and only require the occasional service. An exceptionally well-tuned, high-end, fully adjusted, automatic watch can keep time accurate time to +/- a few seconds per day. Quartz watches instead rely on a quartz crystal to regulate keep timekeeping. When electricity passes through a quartz crystal it vibrates at a very consistent frequency. In most quartz watches, the crystal will vibrate exactly 32,768 times per second, which the watch can use to keep time to an accuracy rate of better than +/- 1 second a day. The downside of quartz watches is that they need a battery or other electric supply tower the crystal and move the hands. The Grand Seiko “Spring Drive” movement takes the best aspects of both types of watches, using their “Tri-Synchro Regulator” technology. Like an automatic watch, its power comes entirely by the motion of the wearer’s wrist in the form of stored spring power that is slowly released. However, instead of powering a traditional balance wheel releasing power through a series of wheels and gears to the hands; the mechanical energy is used to power a tiny generator producing continuous electric current. The electrical current first powers a quartz crystal, keeping time much more precisely than any mechanical balance wheel oscillating over 4000 times slower ever could. The watch then compares the frequency of the quartz crystal with that of the spring drive glide wheel and uses the excess current to apply a frictionless electromagnetic brake on the wheel to regular its speed. The brake keeps the wheel perpetually spinning at a precise rate as determined by the quartz crystal. No battery to replace, no rechargeable capacitor to fail as with every other quartz watch including solar-powered watches. You get the best of both worlds: the accuracy of quartz watches with the convenience/reliability of an automatic watch. There truly is no other watch in the world that even comes close to this level of ingenuity. As an added bonus the seconds hand sweeps with a continuous fluid motion smoother than anything else. This innovative technology is hypnotic and soothing when seen in person. Our newest Grand Seiko Spring Drive is this limited edition GMT model SBGE244G. It was purchased in July 2020 at a Canadian Authorized agent and benefits from the factory warranty until mid-summer 2023. It shows signs of use on the bracelet, case, bezel, in the form of light scratches and scuffs. I love how the rotating ceramic bezel hour markers have been given a fully luminous treatment. The second 24-hour hand adds extra visual interest and ties in with the bright orange factory rubber strap giving the GMT a totally different look. Dual time capability, with a water-resistance rating of over 600 feet make this watch the perfect tool for the world traveler who wants to wear their watch for any activity. Comes complete with all original documents, packaging, plastic tag, and inner/outer boxes. This is a genuine rarity, Seiko only produced 600 of these for the world, this one is number 133. Our estate price is $7,770.00 CAD. Stock #e14173.


March 31, 2021

Breitling Crosswind Chronograph Dual time 24hr. B13355 $6,250.00 CAD. e11640

The ultimate dual time watch isn’t one that simply shows two time zones, it’s something like this with two completely independent mechanisms. The small bracelet watch has the unusual characteristic of a continuous 24 hour display in a dedicated quartz powered movement. The hour hand makes just one full dial rotation every 24 hours compared to the standard 12 hour 2 rotations per day. This enables the user to distinguish between am and pm hours.  Maybe it’s time you made the plunge into the world of luxury watches. Don’t be afraid of high repair bills and finicky reliability issues. Trust me, there are far worse things you could do with some extra $$$ than buy a high quality Swiss watch. This Breitling Chronomat is a great place to start or add to a collection. It’s 43mm big, it’s blue and it’s all shiny stainless steel with 18 karat yellow gold; what’s not to like. The movement at the heart of this do it all watch is the venerable Valjoux 7750. This automatic winding workhorse has been in continuous service by many of the world’s most famous brands for over 40 years. It’s amazingly reliable and familiar to every decent watchmaker anywhere in the world. It doesn’t have to go directly back to the manufacturer for service and replacement parts are readily available. It’s not uncommon for these mechanisms to go up to 10 years between service. The Chronomat Crosswind has more than enough features to keep even a hard core watch geek interested. A 12 hour 3 register chronograph is its primary feature. Other details include a one way ratcheting 60 minute bezel timer, tachymeter scale for measuring units per hour, threaded crown/case back, curved synthetic sapphire crystal and solid link bracelet with double locking buckle. A continuous sweeping second hand and calendar add some day to day functionality and don’t forget about that beautiful blue dial. It has 3 different textures applied to the navy blue finish. The luminous Roman numeral hour markers give it just enough sophistication without losing its sporting focus. Watertight to 100 meters and made from high grade stainless steel should allow use under any situation. Model B13355 looks practically new, the highly polished case, bracelet and crystal are virtually scratch free. The bracelet is short an adjusting link or two; if you have a very large wrist an extra may need to be ordered. This watch was purchased at a Toronto authorized Breitling agent April 2009. Comes complete with all paperwork and packaging. A complementary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year mechanical warranty is included for the estate price of $6,250.00 CAD. Stock #e11640.

 

 


March 18, 2021

Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne DM2076C $3,300.00 CAD. e8181

I can’t think of a more feature packed watch than the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne (it’s got quite the moniker too). It’s also one of the most overbuilt watches out there. Where do I begin…. The bracelet is secured to the case by 8 countersunk screws. Each of the adjustable sizing links is removable by a screw (just like a Rolex) not a rivet to be seen. Black ceramic one way ratcheting minute timer bezel. Threaded case back with guarded threaded crown incorporating an ingenious extra pushbutton release hinged cover. Double fold over locking buckle each offering half an inch of independent diver extension. The hands and applied dial markers glow with luminous pigment encapsulated in tiny glass tubes. Beautiful black guilloche dial. Ball didn’t stop at just the case bracelet and dial details. Housed inside the 120 meter water resistant case beats a Swiss made ETA calibre 2836-2 that’s been modified and adjusted to chronometer grade. They’ve also incorporated a proprietary upgrade to the balance spring protecting it from shocks. A cool computer animated You-Tube video of the Spring LOCK system can be seen here. Ball watches have been around since 1891. They were a major manufacturer of high quality high precision pocket watches in the United Stated. They were instrumental in setting standards of accuracy to be observed by all railroads in order to avoid disasters. Before electronic time keeping technology railroad grade watches all had to be within 30 seconds of the precise time. This was quite an accomplishment for the late 1800s. This large 43.5mm, heavy watch is in great condition, coming complete with an extra rubber strap, original box, warranty card, users manual on CD and our 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $3,300.00 CAD. Stock #e8181.

 


March 15, 2021

Tag Heuer Carrera CV2A10 $2,888.00 CAD. e12047

TAG Heuer’s Carrera watch was part of a great race in the mid 1960s to develop the first automatic winding chronograph. Heuer partnered with Breitling and Hamilton to face off against Zenith watches. Together they launched their Calibre 11 six months before Zenith’s El Primero hit the market. The caliber 11 was shown in a line of automatic chronographs that debuted in Geneve and New York including TAG’s Carrera, Autavia, and Monaco models. The Carrera itself was originally designed and launched in 1963 by Jack Heuer as the first chronograph (not yet automatic) specifically designed for professional drivers. He was inspired by La Carrera Panamericana Mexican Road Race; one of the most famous events in auto racing history running only from 1950-1954. The Carrera Calibre 16 is one of TAG’s more contempory models from their iconic line. CV2A10 is from late 2012 and is in very good condition. The case shows a few scuffs and scratches on the stainless steel that could easily be polished away while you wait. The genuine alligator strap is showing some checking on the inside but the top surface is very good. It’s powered by the Swiss made Calibre 16 (based on the ETA Valjoux 7750) automatic chronograph movement. This venerable movement is equipped with 25 jewels, a 42 hour power reserve and beats at a speedy 28,800 vibrations per hour a vast improvement from the original Calibre 11.  The 43mm diameter polished steel case features an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, fixed tachymeter bezel, three register chronograph, and day date window at 3 o’clock. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters, with a screw on display case back and signed black and steel crown. You’d expect the red details on the pusher, hands, and dial to make the watch look sporty but with the high grade black alligator leather strap, black dial, and curved high polished Arabic numbers it ends up looking remarkably dressy. The Carrera is in original condition complete with box and all paperwork. It was first delivered in the Toronto area by a Tag Heuer authorized agent in December of 2012. A one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is included for the estate price $2,888.00 CAD. Stock #e12047.


March 13, 2021

Baume & Mercier Hampton City Chronograph $1,635.00 CAD. e12062

If your a watch aficionado you’re familiar with Baume & Mercier. Since 1830 they’ve been creating high quality watches in Switzerland, making them one of the oldest brands. By the late 1800s and early 1900s the company had earned a reputation for making some very complicated watches, including minute repeaters that chimed out the time in a sonorous fashion that defied the size of the watch. Chronographs with calendars and tourbillon equipped escapements were other specialties of Baume & Mercier. In 1892 they produced a tourbillon equipped watch that held the accuracy record for over ten years. With such a rich history it’s no surprise for them to produce a watch like the Hampton City Chronograph. The subtle grey/black dial is heavily inspired by vintage military double register chronographs. The 30 minute stop watch is framed by a triple ring tachymeter scale indexed from 400 units per hour all the way down to 21. I’ve never seen a tachymeter scale with such a wide range. The rectangular start/stop chronograph pushers are vintage inspired too. The size, thickness and general chunkiness is thoroughly modern in scale. This is not a small watch, it measures 46mm wide x 42mm (lug tip to lug tip) x 14.5mm thick. The curved sapphire crystal perfectly matches the profile of the case. When viewed at a wide angle the high refractive index of the synthetic sapphire crystal results in some interesting optical effects.  The original genuine alligator strap with signed buckle is in good condition. It conforms in every manner with the shape of the case. Heavily padded and contoured to match the curve of the case. The result is a gap free look that perfectly fits an averaged size wrist. The automatic Swiss made movement is running well and keeping good time. The watch comes with a 1 year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate price $1,635.00 CAD. Stock #e12062.


March 12, 2021

Baume & Mercier Promesse. Diamond/mother of pearl MOA10178 34mm $2,040.00 CAD. e13809

Ladies Baume & Mercier Promesse, model number MOA10178. Generous 34mm case size with beautiful, silver, guilloche dial with diamond markers. The dial is framed by a one-piece white mother of pearl inlay. The original list price for this watch was $2,995.00 USD. It comes complete with all the original packaging, documents, and authorized agent endorsed warranty card dated Dec. 2014. Like new condition, scratch and scuff free stainless steel case/bracelet. Includes a one-year complimentary warranty. Estate price $2,040.00. Stock number e13809.


Breitling SuperOcean Steelfish 44mm A17390 with box & papers $3,585.00 CAD. e13833

Breitling SA is a watch company founded in 1884 in Saint-Imier Switzerland, a small Swiss town with a population of just over 5000 people; it’s also where the Longines watch company originated. The 44mm Breitling SuperOcean Steelfish (now retired) is everything you could possibly want or need from a luxury tool/diver watch. Following the trend and popularity of diver watches of the 1950s, Breitling released the SuperOcean in 1957. A watch with a very impressive for the time 200 meter water resistant case. Technology and materials have advanced significantly since the late 50s. A modern SuperOcean like our A17390 flaunts ten times the water resistance of the original. With a depth rating of 2000 meters a helium escape valve is a must. The automatic valve is designed to protect the watch if you find yourself in a decompression chamber after a particularly deep, extended dive. A handy unidirectional all steel timer bezel has easy to read raised markers at the quarter hours and a luminous dot at 12 o:clock for timing capability even in complete darkness. 8 screws surrounding the outside of the bezel are used to attach the bezel to the case as well as to give the timepiece a more nautical look. A watch that could as easily and justifiably be worn with both a three-piece or wet suit. The SuperOcean Steelfish A17390 is arguably one of the best looking dive watches ever made by Breitling. The watch is on the iconic Breitling Professional II bracelet, manufactured and turned from a four meter long stainless steel bar. Each link patiently is hand polished before being assembled and then polished again. The links and pins are fusion-welded at 3400 degrees Celsius to guarantee durability. The watch was originally purchased in Iceland. It comes complete with original inner/outer boxes, instruction booklets, warranty card, and chronometer certificate. This particular model comes with the difficult to find blue circular grained steel blue dial. Lightly worn but in original unpolished condition. A complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty for the new owner. Working great with all functions in operation as designed. It was recently traded in by the previous owner for something a little smaller. $3,585.00 CAD.  Stock #e13833.

 


March 10, 2021

1966 Universal Geneve Compax 885103/01 “Evil Nina” $29,888.00 CAD. e14086

At the height of their popularity, Universal Geneve watches were considered among the best. They shared market space with Switzerland’s finest brands in the showcases of the world’s most exclusive retailers. They were distributed in North America alongside Petek Philippe by Henri Stern as a more affordable option. In France, Hermes handled the distribution for a period and proudly displayed their name alongside Universal Geneve on the dial. The 1970s and the advent of quartz technology marked a turning point for the Swiss watchmaking industry. Many great companies floundered, attempting to reinvent themselves with lower-priced battery-operated quartz models, striving to stay relevant in the new electronic world of watchmaking. From luxury, exclusive, niche market space to competing with Japanese brands like Seiko proved a disaster for many Swiss companies that had been around for over 100 years. By the time it was over, more than 50% of the people employed in the Swiss watch industry were unemployed. Universal Geneve was one such brand that eventually succumb to the competition and was bought out by Hong Kong holding company Stelux in the 1980s. Before their demise, they produced what have become some of the world’s most sought-after and collectible watches. The Compax line of chronographs are beautiful creations that utilized the same Valjoux 72 movement as 6 figure Rolex Daytonas. In fact, they even look quite similar with their striking “panda” dials. They are considered a poor man’s Daytona by many in the watch collecting community. While trading hands for a fraction of what similar period Daytonas do, they are no longer “inexpensive”. They have seen incredible price appreciation over the past number of years. While 1960s and 70s Daytonas are easily sourced (I found over 200 on one website alone), there is only a handful of these Panda dial Compax models on the market. I couldn’t find even a single example of an early 885103/01, Mark 1 black dial anywhere. It is thought that less than 1000 of these were ever produced. Among watch enthusiasts, the sister, white dial Compax 885103/02 is known as the Nina. Nina Rindt was a Finnish model, daughter of race car driver Curt Lincoln and widow of Formula One champion Jochen Rindt. She was often seen trackside at her husband’s races wearing her white dial Compax on a thick leather bund strap, recording lap times. Jochen Rindt died tragically in a practice session before the 1970 Italian Grand Prix. With 5 wins in the first 9 races of the 1970 F1 season, Jochen’s points lead was large enough that no one was able to overtake him for the title. Today he is best remembered as being the only driver to posthumously win a Formula 1 championship. This macabre fact is part of the legend of the Universal Geneve Compax. Our “reverse panda” (white on black) has come to be known as the Evil Nina among collectors due to its dark dial. The black 885103/01 is the rarest of the rare when it comes to these models; who knows how many survived the sort of use sports chronographs are regularly subjected to. Our example is a first edition 1966 Mark 1 dial with skinny, blued steel register hands, and a silver applied U logo. We believe the watch to be 100% original, right down to the plastic crystal with an embossed logo, and signed crown. This watch likely sat in a drawer unworn for at least the last 30 years. When we received the watch, the 17 jewel Valjoux 72 was suffering from a damaged clutch wheel, making it difficult to wind and set. The rest of the movement was in perfect condition, looking like new. A fresh servicing and careful reassembly were all that was needed to prepare the watch for its next owner. Our February 2021 service may have been the first since the mid-1960s when the mechanism was assembled in Switzerland. We believe this is the nicest example currently on the market. The knurling on the crown is crisp and sharp. The pusher tubes show no corrosion. The flat black dial is completely blemish-free. The original plastic crystal displays some light surface scratches that can easily be polished away in only a minute or two. 3:00 o’clock tritium hour plot is missing and two others are slightly compromised but the Luminous material in the hands is fully intact. Case-back engraving is very legible, clearly showing the original machine engraved style and serial number. Aside from a few light surface scratches, the black tachymetre bezel scale is in remarkable shape for being 55 years old. Measuring 36mm the watch can be worn by anyone. The flat bezel makes it wear a little larger than the size suggests. We are fortunate to showcase this uber-rare Universal Geneve Compax and have it prepared for the next owner. We’ll likely never encounter another, especially in this sort of condition. From what we understand Nina Rindt is still alive and she still owns her white dial Compax, her sentimental example is not for sale. This is a watch for the serious collector looking for an unusual watch with a great story, and something far more rare than even an exotic dial Paul Newman Daytona. Including a one-year warranty, the original damaged clutch wheel, and vibrograph timing report, this rare watch is estate priced at $29,888.00 CAD. We are happy to ship this watch to most international destinations. Stock #e14086.


March 6, 2021

Omega Seamaster Polaris 18kt. & titanium 396.1222 $5,000.00 CAD. e5990

e5990.1 Omega Polaris day date 396.1220 18 karat titaniumThis is another watch I really like. I have never seen one of these before. It’s 18 karat gold with a titanium bezel insert and bracelet centre sections. It is on the small side measuring 31.5mm in diameter and would fit well on the man with a thinner wrist or a lady that wants something a little bigger. It will fit a wrist size of close to 8 inches as the bracelet and case measure 20cm long. The watch weighs 88 grams in total and looks like it was only worn on special occasions. Comes with its original box and most paperwork in excellent condition. Swiss made Omega calibre 1444 quartz movement that powers the watch is working perfectly keeping excellent time. The two small extra hands on the dial display the day of the week along with the day of the months. The 49019121 serial number places production from approximately 1986. Estate price including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is $5,000.00 CAD. Stock #e5990.


March 4, 2021

Tag Heuer Link Chronograph CT2110 Royal De Versailles Toronto $2,040.00 CAD. e12264

Classic looking Tag Heuer Link Chronograph CT2110. It’s got everything the watch enthusiast is looking for; iconic looks, generous 42mm case size, Swiss made automatic movement, historically significant brand, beautiful and less common blue dial and a do it all design that has stood the test of time. The Link series has been Tag Heuer’s dressy model since the line was introduced as the Sports Elegance well over 30 years ago. The appearance has evolved over the past 3 decades, but the wishbone link bracelet style has always been a key feature that defines the look. The predominantly brushed finish gives the watch a purposeful look without the bling. Only the rotating 60 minute bezel timer and chronograph pushers have been treated to a highly polished finish. Soft rounded edges on the case and bracelet plus a curved synthetic sapphire crystal make for a watch that is ultra comfortable. Luminous hour/minute hands with sweep seconds hand and calendar display add extra function some dress models lack. The watch is equipped with a threaded crown/case back enabling a water resistance rating of 200 meters. An integrated locking buckle makes sure the watch stays put securely on your wrist. The 12 hour chronograph adds some bonus utility and fills the dial with independent hour, minute and second registers. The watch is in next to new condition showing little evidence of wear. For a watch that was purchased in 1999 the classic wishbone link bracelet shows no measurable stretch or sag. Included with purchase is a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, original outer/inner clam shell box, operating instructions and the original Royal De Versailles endorsed warranty card. Estate priced at $2,040.00. CAD. Stock #e12264.


March 2, 2021

Zenith Defy Power Reserve 03.0519.685 Limited Edition $4,500.00 CAD. e10618

We’re quite privileged here at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. As watch aficionados, we’re lucky to see some pretty important brands and models come through our ever changing estate collection. More common luxury brands like Rolex, Cartier, Omega, Breitling, and Tag Heuer all make regular appearances here. Once in a while, significant albeit less common models from brands like Zenith turn up in our displays. Even though the brand has been around since 1865 many people in North America have never heard of them. They are one of the few manufacturers who produce their own mechanisms. They even supplied the movement for the previous generation Rolex Daytona throughout its entire production run. Any Zenith is an unusual sighting around here but a limited edition Defy is a five-star rarity for sure. This could very well be the only example in Canada as only 100 examples of this model were ever produced! The 43mm stainless steel case is water resistant to 300 meters and features a threaded crown/case back, anodized blue ratcheting bezel, and curved synthetic sapphire crystal with antireflective coating. At the heart of this watch beats a proprietary in house manufactured 38 jewel automatic movement calibre 685SC. This mechanism features a longish 55 hour power reserve with display on the dial, a small subsidiary second hand, and a calendar window. The nicely finished movement is visible through the clear sapphire window in the case back. Attached to the case in a brand new, never worn original blue rubber strap. The watch is in good condition but shows the odd scratch and ding as the original owner wore it every day for any activity. Included with the purchase is the original box and brochure. Running great and keeping excellent time, the watch is ready for pretty much anything you can throw at it. As with every estate watch we sell it is covered by a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. If you’re looking for something different and your buddies Submariner looks a little too pedestrian come have a look at this Zenith. If you’d like to see a WhatsApp video of the watch please let us know. Estate priced at $4,500.00 CAD. Stock #e10618.


February 28, 2021

2011 Omega De Ville Prestige 4610.32.02 18kt. case quartz $2,425.00 CAD. e13688

A classic look from a manufacturer that’s been producing high quality Swiss made watches since 1848. Omega have some of the most desirable watches around. Speedmaster moon watches and Seamaster diver watches are always in high demand. The more formal Constellation and De Ville models don’t get as many headlines but both have a great history. The De Ville name was applied to the more dressy models within the popular Seamaster line from the 60s. They have since become their own distinct model focusing on high precision movements and sophisticated design. Our solid 18 karat yellow gold example dates from around 2011 and measures 34.4mm diameter. That size may sound small but lacking a thick bezel allows for a large dial making the watch appear and feel larger. A classic silver dial with Roman markers and tapered hands help produce a look that was popular 60 years ago and continues to this day. Overall condition can be described as very good to excellent. A light surface polishing was all that was needed to get it ready for the new owner. Tool marks on the case back edge at 3:00 o’clock are evidence of the occasional battery replacement over the years. Without these marks the watch could pass for new. The genuine Omega crocodile strap looks unworn and still sports the solid gold 18 karat buckle. The synthetic sapphire crystal doesn’t have even the smallest chip or scuff. The perfect condition, blemish free silver dial and chocolate brown strap are very versatile and will blend with anything you’re wearing. Our old 2011 Omega catalogue (from when we were the areas authorized agents) shows a Canadian retail price of $4,200.00. The high precision Swiss quarts movement s running flawlessly. A handy calendar and second hand add some extra utility to the dressy look. Included along with our Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty the watch comes with an Omega inner/outer box (not in great condition) along with an open warranty card. Estate priced at $2,425.00 CAD. Stock #e13688.


February 27, 2021

Zenith Chronomaster Open Grande Date 03 1260 4039 $7,600.00 CAD. e8872

In the late 1960s, Movado collaborated with renowned watchmaker Zenith to produce one of the worlds first automatic winding chronographs called the El Primero. Not only was this new movement one of the first automatic chronographs, but it also was quite thin at only 6.5mm including a calendar mechanism. The biggest advantage the new movement had was the super fast 36,000 per hour frequency. This new high speed mechanism enabled the chronograph 1/10 accuracy when measuring elapsed times. The 50-hour power reserve was longer than anything else produced at the time. Even today 45 years after its introduction there is not a series produced watch with a faster beat than the El Primero. When Rolex decided to update the movement in their Daytona from the hand wind 17 jewel Valjoux movement, the  31 jewel Zenith El Primero was chosen. Rolex “detuned” the frequency to only 28800 in keeping with the rest of their models. Our El Primero comes as an upgraded 41 jewel example named the Chronomaster Open Grande Date calibre 4039. This model comes with a higher level of finish on the movement with a semi skeleton dial revealing the balance wheel, intricate escapement mechanism and seconds wheel. Model 03 1260 4039 goes on to reveal an oversized calendar display at the 2 o: clock position. As a final tribute to complication, the small crescent shaped opening in the dial at 6 o: clock serves as a power reserve scale. A pointer hand indicates how much power is left in the mainspring. It acts much the same as an analogue fuel gauge in your car. The watch was previously owned by a big time watch enthusiast who occasionally wore it from time to time in rotation with several other high end exotic creations; as such the condition is very good to excellent. It retains its original highly polished finish showing only the most minor of small scuffs and scratches. We have a couple of short WhatsApp video available. The original black genuine crocodile strap is also in very good condition. At 45mm diameter and mostly all dial (no thick rotating bezel here) the watch makes a big statement. Even for those who know little to nothing about the significance of the brand and particularly the El Primero movement, this watch stands out as something very special. The fit and finish of a Zenith is as good or better than any other brand in this price range. When this watch was a current offering it had a suggested retail price of $11,900.00 USD. Including the original box, warranty card and a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty the watch is estate priced at $7,600.00 CAD. Stock #e8872


1968 Omega Chronostop 145.009 34.5mm $1,375.00 CAD. e13645

There is nothing more attractive to a watch nerd than the look of a beautiful hand wind mechanical movement. For the total analogue watch experience you can’t do much better than a vintage Omega from the 1960s or 70s. The Omega  calibre 865 is a 17 jewel mechanism with the added feature of a seconds hand than can be reset to zero anytime you need to time a short event lasting 1 minute or less. The pointed style second hand can remain stationary at the 12:00 o’clock position waiting to be used while the watch is still running. It’s a specialized movement only used in Omega’s Chronostop series of watch and the Panerai Radiomir Seconds Counter watch. Not only is this a rare watch it appears to have only been serviced only twice since leaving Omega’s Swiss factory in 1968. The most recent service was in September of 2020 by Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. The entire movement was carefully disassembled cleaned, oiled, reassembled and calibrated for accuracy. While we were at it a new genuine Omega crystal was fitted plus a new case back gasket installed. I suspect the watch was serviced sometime in the 1970 or early 1980s after it experienced some minor water damage to the dial and hands. The original red second hand was replaced with a Speedmaster Moonwatch style hand and used until it was subjected to a force that overwhelmed the shock protected balance staff. The broken would have immediately stopped the watch. After the staff broke we think the watch just sat around for 20 years or more. We replaced the staff with a brand new one in our recent service and now the watch is running perfectly, showing a slight gaining rate of 8  seconds per day. It is so nice to see a movement in like new condition without the telltale signs of sloppy service in the form of scratches to the pink gold plated plates and polished screw heads. Despite being more than 50 years old the movement looks like new. The case while showing scratches and dings still displays the original finish and fine beveled details that usually get polished away. The genuine Omega bracelet is also in original condition but may have originally belonged to a Speedmaster as we’ve never seen this style on a Chronostop before. At 34.5mm this watch could easily be worn by lady or gentleman. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty covering all types of mechanical failure except those caused by moisture the watch is estate priced at $1,375.00 CAD. Stock #e13645.


February 26, 2021

18kt. rose gold Tissot Heritage Chronometer Ltd. Edition $2,700.00 CAD. e10456

Tissot have been around much longer than the wrist watch itself. They cut their teeth manufacturing high quality pocket watches. Many of their earlier models were made from gold and featured complicated mechanical movements. Today Tissot markets mostly mechanical and quartz wrist watches in the middle price range. They sell their timepieces in almost every country in the world. With a history going back to the mid 1800s they have plenty of past designs to pay homage to in the form of “Heritage” models. This Heritage example is a 1957 chronometer executed with an 18 karat solid rose gold case. This isn’t a foil thin cheap gold case, with the movement and dial removed the case weighs over 35 grams. The high quality extends to the nicely decorated 25 jewel automatic ETA 2824-2 movement. The fully adjusted mechanism has been certified to high grade chronometer specification and is visible through the display case back. The quality extends to the padded black genuine crocodile strap with deployment buckle. This watch was build in a very small run of only 333 examples. With so few being produced most Tissot dealers never had the opportunity to have one for stock as the majority were presold before hitting the market. The watch is a picture of understated elegance, beautiful silver dial with simple rose gold tone Arabic/stick hour markers and basic 3 hand display. The case measures a comfortable 30.5mm (excluding crown) x 40.7mm. Very good overall condition with some minor scratches on the gold case and crystal. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $2,700.00 CAD. Stock #e10456.


February 15, 2021

Vintage Omega Speedmaster Mark III 176.002 $3,190.00 CAD. e11840

A thick slice of 1970s nostalgia is the Speedmaster Mark III. From fashion to architecture, the 70s were a time of bold statements and futuristic styling. Thin electronic watches were still mostly conceptual and at least a decade away from mass production. Omega made some pretty extraordinary cases to house their state of the art in house manufactured automatic movements. Omega was the largest producer of luxury watches and they weren’t afraid of pushing the design envelope with their products. The conservative Swiss industry continued making some lovely but very ordinary looking watches as Omega experimented with the cutting edge. Omega produced this groovy looking Mark III in 1972. The preferred blue dial adds to the funky design. While the Rolex Daytona of the era made due with an old fashion hand wind 17 jewel stopwatch movement, Omega made a chronograph with automatic winding, a 24 hour dial plus a calendar for their in house 22 jewel calibre 1040 movement. The fact that today a Daytona of the period costs into 6 figures is an entirely different story. Vintage styles are hot, there are many brand new products from Omega and other Swiss manufacturers celebrating past designs by resurrecting older models. For way less than the cost of a new one you can have an original with warranty and some honest patina from a generation of wear. The factory brushed finish has been polished away from use and perhaps a little help from a jewellers wheel over the years. The thick glass crystal has a few shallow scratches but overall condition is pretty good. The original bracelet has enough links to fit a wrist of just over 7 1/2 inches. The 41mm stainless steel case is quite thick at 15.7mm; you won’t be hiding this one under a shirt cuff. Working well and keeping good time, all the functions are operating as designed. We don’t come across these too often. If you like the unusual and quirky this Speedmaster would make a great addition to any collection. Including a complimentary one year warranty this vintage chronograph is estate priced at $3,190.00 CAD. Stock #e11840.


1952 Bulova 14kt. gold lady’s, 21 jewel, 4.0gr. $500.00 CAD. e13889

The 1950s saw the emergence of electronic technology in many consumer and household products. It also allowed for the miniaturization of things like simple AM radios. What at one time they were a piece of furniture occupying an entire corner of a living room. The 1950s saw the size reduced to that of a paperback novel including the batteries. Watchmaking efficiency and fashions of the day also lead to the production of highly accurate yet tiny mechanical movements. Our latest estate watch is a great example of a tiny but highly evolved lady’s wristwatch from 1952. The Bulova 21 jewel, hand-wind movement measures just 13.0mm x 15.2mm x 3.1mm. In the early, to the middle of the 1900s Bulova was considered one of the top brands available. This 5AH movement in this watch was as well made as any of the period lady’s mechanisms made by Longines, Omega, or even Rolex. Its 21 synthetic ruby jewels help to reduce friction and wear throughout the gear train allowing this movement remarkable accuracy. It has even been adjusted for positional error, something seldom seen in watches of this size. The 14 karat yellow gold case with plastic crystal weighs 4.2 grams (without movement). The black dial with gold Arabic and pointed hour markers are classy yet easy to read with good contrast. Fitted to the watch is a brand new 9mm black leather strap that matches the watch’s sophisticated look. The curved lugs that attach the strap to the case are a beautiful and feminine feature that gives this watch a unique look. The watch is running well and keeping good time. We have no service history on the watch. Estate priced at $500.00. Included with purchase is a complimentary 1-year warranty and free first service, whenever needed. If you’d like to buy the watch running well but “as is”, it is priced at $400.00 CAD. Stock e13889.


February 13, 2021

1998 Ladies Omega Constellation Manhattan 1272.75.00 25.5mm diamond dial $2,200.00 CAD. e13496

Spend a little time in Omega’s online museum and you’ll learn more about their watches than you’ll know what to do with. The history of their Constellation is surprisingly interesting; developed in 1952 to commemorate Omega’s chronometric achievements at the world’s observatories. The line was redesigned in 1982 launching the Constellation Manhattan which featured on its case back the Cupola of the Geneva Observatory and 8 stars as a homage to the lines beginnings. This watch was also the first to feature the now iconic Griffes or claws on the case, originally meant to hold the crystal in place and keep the watch water tight. This member of that collection dates from 1998 and comes equipped with a factory delivered mother of pearl dial with blackened roman numerals decorating the bezel and diamond hour markers. Made from stainless steel and 18 karat yellow gold with a 25.5mm case the watch is in very good condition, showing small scuffs and scratches as testament to careful use. Its condition appears completely original with no signs of polishing or refinishing. The super accurate quartz movement is running perfectly and keeping excellent time. The very pretty natural mother of pearl dial displays a lovely iridescent effect as the watch is moved. This special diamond dial was a $950.00 upgrade over the basic painted dial. Our old 2010 dealer catalogue had this watch priced at $3,850.00 CAD at a time when the Canadian dollar was pretty much at par or over the U.S. dollar. Omega still make a version of this watch in the same 25mm with a few style tweaks and a price of $6,700.00 CAD and $5,350.00 USD. The current design can be seen on the Omega website here. Our estate watch is priced at $2,200.00 CAD and comes with the proper Omega packaging and a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers  warranty. Stock #e13496.


February 9, 2021

Ladies 18 karat gold Patek Philippe 3362 $4,500.00 CAD. e10422

At Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers we’re very fortunate. We often feature some pretty nice watches as part of our ever changing estate collection. Top brands like Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Cartier, Tag Heuer, etc. all make regular appearances. Patek Philippe on the other hand, now that’s another story. Despite the rather pedestrian appearance of many Patek Philippe models, they are universally considered the most desirable watch brand available. Most PPs are rather understated on the outside; the marvelous mechanical movements housed within the solid gold cases are anything but. This is perhaps one of the esteemed brand’s simplest offerings, yet the attention to detail is above and beyond anything else on the market. This tiny hand wind movement is one of the smallest to receive the type of adjustments usually reserved for larger men’s chronometer certified watches. The timekeeping frequency has been adjusted in 5 different positions in order to remain as close to a constant 21600 cycles per hour as possible. In addition to positional error adjustments, the mechanism has also been tweaked for temperature variation and mainspring tension. Without these additional seemingly trivial compensations the watch may show additional levels of inaccuracy. The smaller the mechanism the more critical the adjustments become and the more difficult they are to accomplish. Shock protection and a beautiful Geneve wave finish are a sight to behold on a miniature scale that completes the mechanical masterpiece. Our retro example dates from approximately 1970. The solid 18 karat gold integrated mesh bracelet and case combine to weigh 40.3 grams (without the movement) and measures a slightly short 16.5cm in length. This watch is the perfect accessory for the lady who loves a fun retro style. Despite the small rectangular size of 20mm x 16mm the champagne dial is quite legible with simple contrasting stick markers and black hands. A sturdy 3 position locking buckle with an internal safety clasp in itself is a remarkably well made piece of jewellery. In very good condition showing some minor surface staining on the dial edge. Running great the watch comes complete with its original box and a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $4,500.00 CAD. Stock #e10422.


February 7, 2021

Dior Christal CD112116-V diamond & black crystal 29mm. $1,500.00 CAD. e13811

Dior Christal with one-way ratcheting bezel set with 44 diamonds and black crystals. All stainless steel construction, 29mm diameter case that is water-resistant to 50 meters. The 4 sides square crystal theme extends to the bezel, faceted crown, embossed strap, and case back. Comes complete with all of its original documentation, packaging, and authorized agent endorsed warranty card dated November 2010. Excellent condition, patent leather black leather strap with signed stainless steel buckle. When new this watch had a suggested retail price of close to $4,000.00 USD. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty (prorated for 5 years) the watch is estate priced at $1,500.00 CAD. Stock #e13811.


February 2, 2021

Ladies Omega Constellation Quadra 1521.41.00 like new $1,350.00. e7574

e7574 Omega Quadra 1521.41.00The Omega Constellation has been the brands flagship model since introduced over 60 years ago. The line is usually the first the showcase the companies new innovations and technical achievements.  The Quadra model 1521.41.00 is a ladies watch measuring 24mm x 19mm with a uniform width integrated bracelet all in highly polished stainless steel. The glossy finish black dial is a nice contrast and gives a beautiful dressy look. The usual Constellation design elements of Roman numerals, claws at 3:00 & 9:00 and the embossed observatory case back are all present. Looking like new and keeping perfect time with a fresh battery installed . No original box is supplied. This watch dates from 2003 when it had a retail price of $2,400.00. Estate priced at $1,350.00 including our one year warranty. Stock #e7574.


January 30, 2021

Bvlgari Diagono Professional DP 42 S GMT 40mm $4,000.00 CAD. e13407

Gucci is likely the most recognized of Italian watch brands, but to watch aficionados and those that admire high end Italian luxury, it doesn’t get much better than the house of Bvlgari. The company was founded in 1884 by talented silversmith Sotirio Bulgari in Rome. Over the years they developed a following for their beautiful jewellery creations crafted with meticulous details. In tribute to ancient Rome as it was a great source of design inspiration, Sotirio Bulgari changed the u to a v in his name as would has been the case using the Roman alphabet and the brand Bvlgari was born. The Diagono Professional GMT is a watch that honors great Italian explorers and travellers. The beautiful brownish silver dial depicts a subtle map of the world along with lines of latitude and longitude. The easy to read dial features three traditional hands and large hour markers all treated with glow in the dark luminous material. What look like chronograph pushers allow rapid changing of times zones both east and west. The quick change of local time zones enable world travellers to display the correct time anywhere they are in the world. Even travelling through midnight local time will not confuse the watch as the date changes forward or backward without affecting function. An inner chapter ring displays your home time or Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in a 24 format. The daylight hours (6am to 6pm) are in silver and night hours (6pm to 6am) are dark grey. An additional time zone can be displayed by using the bi-directional rotating bezel. Rapid date adjustments can be accomplished by pushing the button located at the 8 o:clock position. The watch is in like new condition showing very little use. The articulated solid link bracelet has both horizontal and vertical brushed finishes resulting in a subtle contrast I’ve never seen before. The watch comes complete with inner/outer packaging and all sorts of original documents. When new this watch carried a suggested retail price of $8,850.00 USD. Including complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is priced at $4,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13407.


January 22, 2021

BREITLING CHRONOMAT EVOLUTION A13356 $3,100.00 CAD. E12231

If you’ve been lurking our website for a while, dreaming about owning a high-end Swiss watch, this is a good one to test the waters with. It is time you made the plunge into the world of luxury watches. Don’t be afraid of high repair bills and finicky reliability issues. Trust me, there are far worse things you could do with some extra $$$ than buying a high-quality Swiss watch. This Breitling Chronomat Evolution is a great place to start or add to any collection. It’s 44mm big, it’s bold and it’s all shiny stainless steel, what’s not to like. The movement at the heart of this do it all watch is the venerable Valjoux 7750. This automatic winding movement has been in continuous service in some of the world’s most famous brands for over 40 years. It’s amazingly reliable and familiar to every decent watchmaker anywhere in the world. It doesn’t have to go directly back to the manufacturer for service and replacement parts are readily available. It is not uncommon for these mechanisms to go up to 10 years between regular intervals. Our master watchmaker fully serviced the mechanism (May 2019) and vacuum tested the case to assure water resistance. Timing results show an accuracy of well within chronometer standards, vacuum test print out is also included. The Chronomat Evolution has more than enough features to keep even a hard-core watch geek interested. A 12 hour 3 register chronograph is the primary feature. Other details include a one-way ratcheting 60-minute bezel timer, a tachymeter scale for measuring units per hour, threaded crown/case back/chronograph pushbuttons, and a curved synthetic sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. A continuous sweeping second hand and calendar add some day to day functionality and don’t forget about the beautiful silver-white dial. It has 3 different textures applied to its silvery finish. The easy to read silver/white dial features the traditional polished hash mark hour markers giving it classic appeal without losing its sporting focus. Luminous hands and hour plots help visibility in the dark. Watertight to 100 meters and made from high-grade stainless steel should allow use under any circumstance. Model A13356 looks practically like new; the highly polished case is scratch-free along with the crystal. The Breilting navy blue strap is showing wear and tear but still has years of use in it. The strap has been upgraded with a deployment type Breitling stainless steel buckle adding extra value and security. These hinged buckles also greatly extend strap life. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers complimentary one-year mechanical warranty is included for the estate price of $3,100.00 CAD. Stock #e12231.


1960 Omega Seamaster Automatic 165.005 20 jewel calibre 519 $1,200.00 CAD. e13736

Omega is the most prolific is all the Swiss watch manufactures, when it comes to variety. Since 1848 they have been producing high quality watches that were not inexpensive but still offered similar quality to the luxury boutique manufactures. The large numbers of watches they produced allowed them the economy of scale to “out value” most. While this Omega Seamaster produced around 1960 looks like many other Seamaster models of the era, there is very little information available on it. Omega Reference number 165.005 has very few comparables when Googled. Even the in house produced 20 jewel caliber 591 has few examples available on the market. A watch enthusiast could focus on just Omega and likely never see every reference manufactured. This 33.3mm Seamaster has some interesting and original features collectors are always pleased to see. The screw on case back is a big improvement over the snap back seen on some early Seamasters. The signed crown still displays the old taller Omega logo and is likely original. The silver crosshair dial has a parchment hue caused by oxidation and perhaps some exposure to moisture over the years. The colour is quite uniform and attractive for people seeking the vintage look. The stainless steel case may have been lightly polished over the last 60 years but appears largely original. The lugs still display bevelled edges although they have softened over time. The watch is running well and keeping good time. In addition to our 1 year warranty this watch comes with a complimentary first service whenever it may be needed. Estate priced at $1,200.00 CAD. Stock #e13736.

 


January 21, 2021

Breitling Chronomat Evolution 44mm A13356 $3,300.00 CAD. e12207

I know you’re out there, don’t be shy. It’s time you made the plunge into the world of luxury watches. Don’t be afraid of high repair bills and finicky reliability issues. Trust me, there are far worse things you could do with some extra $$$ than buy a high quality Swiss watch. This Breitling Chronomat Evolution is a great place to start or add to any collection. It’s 44mm big, it’s bold and it’s all shiny stainless steel, what’s not to like. The movement at the heart of this do it all watch is the venerable Valjoux 7750. This automatic winding movement has been in continuous service in some of the world’s most famous brands for over 40 years. It’s amazingly reliable and familiar to every decent watchmaker anywhere in the world. It doesn’t have to go directly back to the manufacturer for service, replacement parts are readily available. It’s not uncommon for these mechanisms to go up to 10 years between service. The Chronomat Evolution has more than enough features to keep even a hard core watch geek interested. A 12 hour 3 register chronograph is the primary feature. Other details include a one way ratcheting 60 minute bezel timer, tachymeter scale for measuring units per hour, threaded crown/case back/chronograph push buttons  and a curved synthetic sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. A continuous sweeping second hand, calendar add some day to day functionality and don’t forget about the beautiful silver white dial. It has 3 different textures applied to its silvery finish. For a steel version this example features rather rare Roman numeral hour markers that give it some dressy sophistication without losing its sporting focus. Luminous hands and hour plots help visibility in the dark. Watertight to 100 meters and made from high grade stainless steel should allow use under any circumstance. Model A13356 looks practically like new, the highly polished case is scratch free along with the crystal. The Breilting dark brown leather strap with signed Breitling buckle is in great condition looking like it was only worn a few times. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers complimentary one year mechanical warranty is included for the estate price of $3,300.00 CAD. Stock #e12207.


January 18, 2021

Omega Constellation Chronometer 1502.40.00 $1,500.00 CAD. e10017

e10017-omega-constellation-1502-40-00-chronometer-001Since 1952 the Constellation has been Omega’s flagship model. Renowned for its high level of accuracy and precision model 1502.40.00 continues this tradition. The Manhatten style dates from 1982 and introduced the world to the claw design with Roman numeral bezel. The claws were not only made for an interesting style blending the horizontal bars in the bracelet, they actually helped to secure the synthetic sapphire crystal. Even today a stylized form of the claws can be found on current model constellations. This 35.5mm example is equipped with the Omega calibre 1120 certified chronometer automatic movement. The modified ETA 2892-A2 is a robust design with an excellent reputation of longevity and performance. We just had the movement completely serviced and overhauled in the summer of 2018. With the recent cleaning the watch should supply years of trouble free service. A central sweeping second hand and easy to read calendar display bring an extra level of functionality to the dressy design.e10017-omega-constellation-1502-40-00-chronometer-003 This generation of Constellation has a sleek integrated look incorporating the tapered bracelet with the case in a thoughtful transition. I especially love how the buckle compresses in length making for a very comfortable wearing experience. The bracelet doesn’t even look like it has a buckle. An applied 18 karat yellow gold Omega logo is the only clue there even is a concealed buckle. For a smaller arm this feature will be appreciated.e10017-omega-constellation-1502-40-00-chronometer-002Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $1,500.00 CAD. Stock #e10017.

 


January 7, 2021

Tag Heuer Monza CR2113-0 $1,945.00 CAD e12682

The Tag Heuer Monza is a uncommon model that was only sold for approximately 5 years starting in 2000. Around 2005 Tag Heuer was trimming their offerings and the Monza was retired, making for a rather short production run. This Monza CR2113-0 is in very good condition showing little sign of use. The original signed strap and buckle have been changed for high quality replacements. The brand new Hirsch 20mm black stitched edge leather strap is made from super soft flat finished leather. This watch design and shape was inspired from an obscure single button two register chronograph made by Heuer in the 1930s. The Monza name came from a watch made in the mid to late 1970s. The 1970s Monza, while still a chronograph, shares little in common other than its name with the re-edition and looks nothing like the original from the 1930s. The black dial with large hands and markers make for a watch that’s easy to read under all lighting conditions. Even the chronograph hour and minute registers are treated with luminous material.A great Heuer resource with tons of great information on all eras of vintage Heuer watches is www.calibre11.com. If you’re into the vintage look and already have something like a Monaco or Carrera this uncommon Monza makes a great option. Including a complimentary one year warranty the watch is estate priced at $1,945.00 CAD. Stock #e12682.


January 4, 2021

2006 Omega Seamaster 300 Chronograph 2589.30 U.S. Special Edition $3,700.00 CAD. e13587

The tone on tone silver look is a sophisticated choice and is seen often on watches like a Rolex Datejust but seeing silver dial on a modern Omega Seamaster Professional is very rare and unusual. Seamaster Professionals are almost always seen with either black or blue dials and very occasionally white. Too bad this watch was limited for sale in the U.S. market only. As a Canadian Omega Authorized agent in the 1990s we never even knew this watch existed. Why this watch was only made for our American neighbours and what the silver dial signifies remains a mystery. Aside from the unique silver dial and US Special Edition case back the watch is identical to any other Seamaster. The 2589.30 is equipped with a Swiss made 32 jewel Omega Calibre 3303 self winding certified chronometer movement with a 55-hour power reserve. The second hand and chronograph registers are distinguished with bright red tips offering excellent contrast against the dial. A handy 31-day calendar with large luminous hands and markers make the watch visible in any lighting. A 60-minute bezel timer indexed for 30 second intervals adds extra timing capabilities when split second precision isn’t required. A solid link stainless steel bracelet and buckle with diver’s extension come standard on all Seamaster Professionals. Overall condition is very good; the watch display signs of use in the form of light scratches and scuffs on the refinished bracelet. The watch is running great with all functions operating as designed. We are happy to include a complimentary 1-year warranty for the next owner. This watch does not come with its original documents or packaging. Estate price $3,700.00 CAD. Stock #e13587.


January 3, 2021

Omega Seamaster chronograph America’s Cup 2293.50.00 $4,190.00 CAD. e11488

For about 45 years Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers were official Omega agents for the area. Looking through some old dealer catalogs from the years surrounding 2006 (when the watch was released) only the regular Seamaster is listed 2293.52.00. The single style difference between that model and our 2293.50.00 is that ours reads “AMERICA’S CUP” printed across the dial instead of “300m/1000ft”. Aesthetically the two models are identical, made from solid high grade titanium, with a case size of 41.5mm diameter, a black dial equipped with three red-handed subdials, and anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal. It’s not until you look beneath the Seahorse medallion screw down case back that the other variation from the standard model is revealed. The 2293.50.00 is equipped with a Swiss made Omega Calibre 3303 self winding certified chronometer movement with a 55 hour power reserve. This movement was also not even listed in our catalogs in  2005 to 2007. Our watchmaker completely overhauled and serviced the movement July 2016. The watch comes accompanied by our one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. As expected from a Seamaster built for diving, the watch is rated to a depth of 300 meters or 1000 feet. To prepare the watch for that depth it’s been equipped with a screw down helium escape valve, diver’s extension hidden beneath the push bottom fold over clasp, and a threaded crown. The unidirectional ratcheting bezel has a luminous marker at zero to help time dives and decompression stops. The dial is also equipped with large luminous hands and hour markers for legibility in low light situations. Our special edition America’s Cup Seamaster has been lightly refinished and now shows only minor signs of wear. Estate price $4,190.00 CAD. Stock #e11488.


January 2, 2021

Tag Heuer Carrera WV215A 18kt./steel with box & papers 39mm $2,750.00 CAD. e12390

Tag Heuer is best known for their large sporty divers watches and chronographs, often drawing on past designs from their 150 plus year history. When you think of Tag Heuer you likely don’t picture a watch that looks like this. It’s not a big, bulky, sporty divers watch. It’s the Carrera and its trimmed with solid 18 karat yellow gold. The original Carrera came out in the 60s and it has always been one of the brand’s more subtle models. This one dates from 2008 and showcases a less is more philosophy. The clean white textured dial displays only the essential information. The slightly domed sapphire crystal is scratch free with perfect optics. Quietly ticking away inside the water resistant case is an automatic Swiss made movement. The robust ETA derived 2824-2 (not the Sellita clone) mechanism is running great with all functions operating as designed. The 25 jewel movement is running well at a high beat frequency of 28,800 cycles per hour. This movement was selected and modified by Tag Heuer known as the Calibre 5 because of its reputation for being utterly reliable under adverse conditions. Versions of this movement can trace their origins to the mid 1950s. Even its contemporary configuration has been in use since the 1980s. A threaded display back showcases the movement for all to see. At 39mm diameter and 130 grams the watch is large but not overwhelming. It wears larger that the size suggests because it lacks a large bezel; it’s all dial. The solid 18 karat yellow gold bezel is in excellent condition showing only light surface scratches. The stainless steel and 18 karat gold capped links also display minor evidence of careful and occasional use. We will happily refinish/polish the watch for you if you wish but remember, it can only be original once. This one owner watch comes complete with the endorsed warranty card from Colombian Emeralds, inner/outer boxes, instruction booklet and pouch. This is an uncommon more dressy looking Tag Heuer. It will appeal to the mature watch enthusiast looking for a classy looking, easy to read luxury watch with basic time and date display. This model seldom comes around for sale and even less often complete with box and paperwork. Included with purchase is a complimentary 1 year warranty (prorated for 5 years). Estate priced at $2,750.00 CAD. Stock #e12390.

 

 


January 1, 2021

Cartier Pasha Seatimer with extra strap/buckle $4,400.00 CAD. e10254

e10254 Carier Pasha SeatimerCartier; one of the most recognizable and celebrated names in luxury jewellery, watches, fashion and design. Not many companies exist that can claim to be worn by royalty for over a hundred years. Kate Middleton regularly wears a Cartier Ballon Bleu watch and Edward VII once commissioned Louis Cartier to design to manufacture 27 tiaras for his coronation in 1904. Cartier have over 170 years experience in manufacturing luxury goods and almost as long manufacturing world class quality timepieces. Cartier was founded in Paris, France the fashion capital of the world in 1847 by Louis-Francois Cartier and it was only 6 years later that he designed his first timepiece. Soon designing table clocks, mystery clocks, pocket watches became one of the most important activities for Cartier. At the time Cartier was considered a établisseur, which means they would design and manufacture their own cases but buy movements from established watchmakers. With such a respected name, Cartier was able to source movements for their watches from major watch manufacturers like Edward Jaeger (Jaeger-LeCoultre), Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Rolex and even Patek Philippe.  Cartier was really the first watch manufacturer to see the need for a timepiece that was not only a usable working mechanical tool but also designed to be both fashionable and comfortable. Not known to shy away from the avant-garde, Cartier came up with some of the classic watch case designs we see today including the Tank, Tonneau and of course the Pasha. The very first Pasha was designed in 1932 by request for the Sultan of Marrakech, Pasha. The Sultan wanted a luxury timepiece that he could wear at all times, without having to worry about its precision or integrity even while bathing. In 1943 the watch made its appearance in the Cartier collection. It was waterproofed, equipped with a screw down crown cap attached by a chain and a guard was placed over the crystal of the watch. Fast forward to 1985 Cartier turned to legendary watch designer Gérald Genta (designer of AP- Royal Oak and Omega Constellation) who, inspired by the original design of the 40s revitalized the Pasha line and created the circular cased classic design we see today. Cartier is no longer a établisseur, they now spread manufacturing across 6 factories in Switzerland employing hundreds. A focus on quality, industry innovations in technology and design have always been the Cartier philosophy. One of the latest additions to our estate case is a recently serviced, full set Cartier Pasha Seatimer. The case design has remained relatively untouched since Gerard Genta’s input in the 80s and is still fashionably relevant today. The stainless steel case features Vendome lugs (Louis Cartier invention) that are designed to allow the watch to be worn with multiple bracelet options.  The French made OEM leather strap with deployant clasp (Louis Cartier invention) for a more formal look or a more durable stainless steel bracelet if you are planning on going for a swim. Our Pasha comes with both factory strap options. Its rotating bezel allows the wearer to measure elapsed time. The watch can be easily set by simply unscrewing the coin edge screw down crown cap accented by that iconic sapphire cabochon, a feature seen on most Cartier watch since the early 1900s. The easy to read off white dial is in perfect condition with roman numerals perfectly spaced in a square as Genta’s homage to the square and rectangular case shapes Cartier is known for. Of course the name “Cartier” can still be found hidden in Roman numeral VII. The rotating bezel is surprisingly easy to adjust with a subtle yet effective machined coin edge bezel feature. Originally purchased in Calgary, Alberta in 1995 this watch has been lovingly worn for over 20 years yet is still in great condition both aesthetically and mechanically. Accompanied by original box, instruction booklet, guarantee book and folder, hand tag and service receipt. This watch will be offered with a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate price $4,400.00 CAD. Stock #e10254.

 


Tag Heuer Alter Ego WP1313-0 WP1318 $1,000.00 & $1,600.00 CAD. e6425 e12529

Among the luxury sports watch manufacturers Tag Heuer is the only company to produce a watch exclusively for women completely different than the men’s models. In 1999 Tag Heuer introduced the Alter Ego. It was built from tough  heavy gauge solid stainless steel just like the professional gents models. These watches measure a more feminine 29mm diameter and perfectly conform to a lady’s wrist. Both of these examples are brightly polished looking like a fine piece of jewellery. The integrated buckle and bracelet makes them appear more like a fashionable bracelet than a watch. The fine line between jewellery and watch is further blurred with the beautiful cobalt blue and mother of pearl dial with VVS-G diamonds. They are powered by a super accurate and trouble free Swiss quartz movement. Both watches are in like new condition showing only minor evidence of use in the from of small scuffs. The stainless steel case and bracelets can easily be polished up like new if they happen to get scratched. The curved synthetic sapphire crystals on both watches are blemish free offering perfect optics and exceptional resistance to scratches. Both have been lightly polished and treated to new high capacity silver oxide batteries. They’re running great and keeping excellent time. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty they are estate priced at $1,000.00 and $1,600.00 CAD. Stock #e6425 and #12529.

Diamond model sold. Blue dial still available.


December 31, 2020

2015 Zenith Captain Tourbillon 40mm 03.2190.4041/01.C498 $17,500.00 CAD. e12976

Gravity and time are fundamental forces affecting everything and everyone. Measuring the precise passage of time is every watchmakers goal. The invention of the sundial allowed the ability to interpret (with a relative degree of accuracy) the time of day as the sun traveled across the sky. As technology evolved, ever more complicated portable machines were developed to display time of day or night. Micro mechanical clock makers eventually developed devices small enough to fit into a pocket. High quality spring driven pocket watches, with finely crafted jeweled movements released power from tightly coiled mainsprings with astounding precision. It’s truly amazing that such mechanisms were accurate at all given the dynamic forces they’re exposed to. Tension on the spring, temperature, acceleration/deceleration forces, positional error and gravity all work to disrupt the steady and consistent display of time. Watchmakers learned how to compensate and reduce many of the error factors, but gravity was a constant force affecting time keeping accuracy. The tourbillion complication was designed to pretty much eliminate the affects of gravity on the escapement in a vertical position. As pocket watches were usually worn in a vertical position this makes perfect sense. The tourbillon cage in the Zenith Captain 03.2190.4041/01.C498 rotates the jewelled escapement on its axis once every minute, effectively eliminating the gravitational forces affecting the tiny components. Sounds simple enough in theory but it took many years for anyone to successfully build one. They are extremely rare and they are very expensive to produce. This short 16 second YouTube video shows the intricate escapement with balance wheel rotating. When this watch was new it carried a MSRP of over $34,000.00 USD. We have the original receipts showing a purchase price for over $30,000.00 Canadian plus tax. This watch is in hardly worn, like new condition. It shows only a few small scuffs on the outside case edge at 9:00 o’clock from resting on its side. It is functioning perfectly while running at an industry leading 36,000 cycles per hour from the El Primero based movement. This watch is as complete as the day it was purchased from a Canadian authorized Zenith agent in the fall of 2015. Inner/outer boxes, instructions, endorsed warranty card, accessories and even the original cardboard shipping box are included. If you consider yourself a luxury watch connoisseur or collector, a tourbillon equipped watch must be on your wish list. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers wholesale warranty this exceptional watch is priced at $17,500.00 CAD. Stock #e12976.

 


December 29, 2020

18kt. gold Ebel Beluga 866969 diamond bezel and dial $6,120.00 CAD. e13303

Invest in some gold and diamonds, get a luxury Swiss made Ebel watch that doubles as a beautiful diamond bracelet. The Beluga is a top of the line offering from Boutique Swiss manufacturer Ebel. The brand has been around since 1911 and produce some very pretty watches built to uncompromising standards. I really didn’t appreciate the quality of their creations until I removed the movement so our goldsmiths could properly refinish the very heavy solid 18 karat gold case and bracelet. The gold bezel has been expertly machined so the movement comes out from the front with the crystal leaving only the empty case. Each of the 22 articulated links have two joints. Each adjustable link is secured with 2 perfectly polished screws. The folding deployment clasp snaps securely shut and disappears into the link pattern. The bracelet is equipped with a couple micro adjustments for fine tuning the length by increments of just 1mm (I measured). The case and bracelet are in like new condition showing no measurable wear, stretch or sag. The edge of the case has been decorated with 74 perfectly matched small round brilliant cut diamonds of very high VS-FG quality. All the diamonds have been arranged and bead set with great precision. The delicate pastel tone mother of pearl dial has been set with 12 tiny round diamonds acting as hour markers. The hour marker diamonds are of 17 facet single cut design. This style of diamond cut is also preferred by Rolex on their dials. Single cut diamonds must be geometrically ideal in proportions or they will not sparkle properly. Most manufacturers use full cut diamonds which are much more forgiving when it comes to cutting quality verses brilliance. The case and bracelet contain a net weight of 71.4 grams of 75% pure gold (18 karat). The estimated total diamond weight is 0.75 carats. The only defect we could find in the watch is a small chip at 7:00 o:clock on the domed synthetic sapphire crystals edge. This tiny chip doesn’t affect the operation or water resistance of the watch and goes unnoticed except under close scrutiny. The 24.3mm watch is powered by a high quality Swiss made quartz movement, running great and keeping excellent time. We are happy to provide the new owner with a complimentary 1 year warranty. Ebel still make the Beluga line of watches except slightly larger at 28mm diameter. The current 18 karat gold Beluga with diamonds retails for $21,600.00 USD and can be seen online here. Comes with February 2016 Certificate of Appraisal. We have this previously enjoyed, beautiful jewellery watch priced at only $6,120.00 CAD. Stock #e13303.


December 22, 2020

Breitling Airwolf Raven Multifunction A78364 44mm $3,000.00 CAD. e13823

From the winged logo to the various aeronautical monikers found on their products it’s very pretty obvious Breitling has a strong connection to the world of aviation. They’ve been producing watches and chronographs since the late 1800s. They were the first to offer a chronograph/stopwatch feature in a wristwatch. The Airwolf Raven A78364 combines a large easy to read analog dial with multiple extra functions displayed on two large liquid crystal displays. Some of these additional features include a triple date calendar, 100-day countdown timer, split time chronograph capable of recording up to 100 days of elapsed time, dual time, local/dual time alarms, universal time display, audible confirmation signal. The only way to incorporate all these bonus features is by using an electronic module with digital readouts. The energy-efficient LCD windows can be completely turned off only showing extra information on demand. A large, easy to read silver dial has been treated to bright luminous material on the hands and hour markers for extra visibility in low/no light conditions. The traditional features associated with the famous Navitimer can also be found on the Raven A78364. An easy-grip rubberized rotating compass heading bezel with an internal slide rule adds to the sporting theme. The slide rule provides numerous calculation possibilities useful in both aviation and general activities. A very realistic looking jet engine turbine intake fan decorates the threaded case back completing the aeronautical inspiration of the Airwolf. The precision chronometer rated quartz movement is powered by a large, high capacity lithium battery that should last for around 3 years. The power cell is easy to access and change once the back is removed. At 44mm diameter, this is a large watch, weighing 188 grams. Although the watch is lacking the instruction booklet the original guide can be downloaded here. Including a Breitling box and a one-year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this watch is estate priced at $3,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13823.


December 20, 2020

Tag Heuer Grand Carrera WAV511B $2,200.00 CAD. e12048

Tone on tone is never the wrong choice when it comes to a timeless look. Silver/white dials are always fresh and clean looking. Easy to read with excellent legibility when compared to darker colours is a practical reason for choosing a light dial. Tag Heuer’s top of the line offering was the Grand Carrera series of automatic chronometers and chronographs. They feature exclusive case designs, dials, bracelets and independently verified movements tested for accuracy. The Grand Carrera’s most distinctive design element is the small rotary second hand. Instead of a traditional second hand revolving around a dial, a rotating disk revolves behind the fixed hand. It’s a novel idea that gives the otherwise basic dial a different look and with great symmetry.  A modified chronometer grade ETA 2895-2 (Tag Heuer Calibre 6) serves duty as one of the most accurate automatic mechanisms in the Tag Heuer range. This example of model WAV511BC was originally purchased from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers and served as daily timekeeper for the original owner until traded in recently. A new original Tag Heuer threaded crown and waterproof tube were just installed and the watch passed our water resistance testing. Running well and keeping excellent time the watch is ready to go for the next owner. A few scratches and scuffs are visible on the case and bracelet but the overall condition is quite good. The slightly curved synthetic sapphire crystal is scratch free still displaying its original anti-reflective coating. Comes complete with the original beautiful wooden box (in excellent condition), instruction booklet and warranty card stamped by Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. A one year warranty is included for the estate price of $2,200.00 CAD. Stock #e12048.


December 19, 2020

Breitling Colt Chronometer GMT 40.5mm A32350 $3,500.00 CAD. e12745

Breitling is one of the world’s great watch brands with a deep horological history dating back to 1884. The Colt chronometer GMT is one of their truly functional professional watches. Many Breitling are optioned with complicated slide rules, multi-register chronographs and busy dials. The Colt presents its functions simply and logically. Basic time keeping is handled by pencil shaped hour/minute hands with a full track of large Arabic hour markers. The independently adjustable 2nd hour hand displays any additional time zone in a 24 hour format (no mistaking AM or PM hours) with a short red arrow tipped hand. As with most Breitling the watch is equipped with a one way ratcheting bezel indexed in 30 second increments for timing capabilities of up to 1 hour. An overachieving water resistance rating of 500 meters should keep even the hard core diver satisfied. For a black dial the luminous hands and markers offer excellent legibility in all lighting conditions. Many modern Breitlings can be cumbersome with diameters of 44mm or larger and a bulk to match. The Colt GMT measures a very manageable 40.5mm diameter or about the same size as the benchmark Rolex Submariner diver watch. Overall condition is excellent and original. Case and bracelet display small scuffs and scratches associated with occasional use but nothing that couldn’t be easy polished away for no charge while you wait. The watch was originally purchased in the U.S. Virgin Islands in December 2012. It comes complete with the inner/outed boxes, endorsed warranty, instruction booklet, chronometer certificate and even the packaging stickers. For an easy to use rugged watch there isn’t anything more effective than the Colt Chronometer GMT. Not very often does a Colt show up complete with everything delivered from the factory. All functions working as designed. Including a complimentary 1 year warranty the watch is priced at $3,500.00 CAD. Stock #e12745.

 


1999 Omega Seamaster 41mm “James Bond” 2531.80 $3,000.00 CAD. e13820

The Omega Seamaster Professional 2531.80.00 was introduced in 1993. After very obvious product placement appearances in the 1995 Golden Eye, this model became known thereafter as the James Bond watch. The same watch appeared in several Bond movies since and to this day Omega is the preferred brand of everyone’s favorite secret agent. The design came in two sizes with either a quartz or automatic movement. This one, the full-size automatic is the one that everyone wants. Measuring 41mm diameter you cannot call this watch oversized but 25 years after its introduction it is still the right size when compared to the many 45mm plus size watches on the market today. It is more than capable with a 1000-foot water resistance depth rating, heavy solid link bracelet construction, one-way ratcheting timer bezel, helium escape valve, luminous hands/markers, and that marvelous chronometer grade calibre 1120 movement running within. This is a later 1st generation example that dates from 1999. Overall condition is best described as well used but not abused with honest, well-earned patina. The blue anodized aluminum bezel insert shows a few impact marks and scratches but remains fade-free and functional. The embossed blue wave dial is blemish free with perfect hands and luminous hour markers. A decade ago we’d get these in all the time, but over the last few years they are turning up less and less in our estate department. Pricing on good condition 1st generation Bond Seamasters is now well above what they sold for when new. Our latest 2531.80.00 comes with a one-year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers mechanical warranty for the estate price of $3,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13820.


December 18, 2020

Tag Heuer Formula 1. Automatic with diamonds 37mm WAU2213 $3,300.00 CAD. e13816

Tag Heuer’s Formula 1 line of watches have really come into their own. The very first F1s had a retail price of under $300.00, had cases made mostly of resin/plastic, straps made from rubber, and didn’t even have threaded crowns. Today’s Formula 1 watches can come with big boy self-winding automatic movements, ceramic/stainless steel cases with diamond-set dials and bezels. Long gone is that $295.00 price point too, this watch (WAU2213.BA0861.) is a current offering on TagHeuer.com and comes with a retail price of $5,500.00 CAD. Our example comes complete with the original packaging, instructions, endorsed authorized agent warranty card (Dec. 2012) along with a precious stone certificate. The certificate describes the 97 full cut diamonds as “I” clarity with “Wesselton” colour (H in modern grading terms). The diamonds weigh a combined 0.53 carats. This watch was previously owned by a lady collector who has many other watches. This watch wasn’t seeing much use so it was traded in to us. The condition is excellent, the case and bracelet only show the odd scuff and scratch. We can remove any minor blemishes while you wait if you’d like to make it look brand new. The highly polished stainless steel and white ceramic construction is a favorite, and really easy to keep looking great. The 37mm case size isn’t too large and it suits the modern fashionable look perfectly. Don’t let its fashionable look deceive you, this watch can still get the job done. Lockdown threaded crown, threaded case back, watertight to 200 meters, integrated locking buckle, and sapphire crystal are features very few watches as pretty as this have. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $3,300.00 CAD. Stock #e13816.


December 15, 2020

Tag Heuer AquaRacer WAY1314 32.5mm diamonds & mother or pearl $3,590.00 CAD. e13814

Who says a rugged every day, anywhere watch can’t look pretty too. The Tag Heuer can get the job done and look great doing it. Like many of the AquaRacers this watch is watertight to over 1000, which should be more than sufficient for a quick dip in the backyard pool or at your next exotic beach vacation. The lady’s models take their sporting nature seriously. They are equipped with a flip-lock buckle, including a diver’s bracelet extension, threaded crown/case back, solid stainless steel construction, and a synthetic sapphire crystal to fend off almost any scratch producing impact. The one-way ratcheting bezel does lose some practical function as there is no obvious zero minute index, but it is there if you look closely at the 20 minute position in this image. The beautiful mother of pearl dial is decorated with 11 high qualilty diamonds that serve as the hour markers. 35 additional diamonds on the bezel add up to plenty of bling and 0.70 carats of combined diamond weight. The diamonds come with a certificate stating the quality of VS-FG. This watch is in good condition but does show some scratches on the stainless steel bracelet links and buckle. Comes complete with the original packaging, documents, diamond certificate, warranty card, and a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty (prorated for 5 years). Estate priced at $3,590.00 CAD. Stock #e13814.


December 10, 2020

1968 Omega De Ville chronograph 145.017 35mm $7,000.00 CAD. e13731

One of the world’s most sought after vintage chronographs is of course the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. The 1960s where a time when everyone was obsessed with the concept of space flight. Manufactures of the era were quick to capitalize on the trend of pilot watches with chronographs, measuring scale indexes and even slide rules. First to the party was the Omega Speedmaster; it was selected by NASA and “endorsed for all manned space flight missions”. In a very obvious attempt to capitalize in the concept of space exploration the Rolex Cosmograph debuted a little later 1963. While the Speedmaster Professional was headed to the moon, Omega produced a few other chronograph equipped models and this De Ville is one of the most uncommon. The classic styling of the 35mm case looks very much like a Seamaster and even the Heuer Carrera. The De Ville’s smaller case size and more basic 2 register, 30 minute chronograph make for a sophisticated look, appropriate for both casual and dressy use. The dial is actually a very dark charcoal gray colour with contrasting, sunken, silver sub-dials. This “reverse panda” look is rare within the 145.017 range. The chapter ring Tachymetre scale with red constant seconds indexes are a clue to the sporting pedigree in the 17 jewel hand wind Omega calibre 860 that lurks inside the stainless steel case. Calibre 860 is almost identical to the Moonwatch calibre 861 aside from the lack of the third 12 hour chronograph register. Both the calibre 860 and 861 were introduced around the same time in 1968. Our latest estate watch is an early model from 1968. Very few of these watches were produced over only a few years. Our research indicates around 10,000 were made. These watches are rare enough that if you see another example I bet the serial number is quite close to this one 27713394. The dial condition of our latest estate omega is very good for a 50 plus year old watch. There is a luminous tritium dot missing at 3:00 and a few others are partially missing but by in large only appropriate patina can be seen. I suspect the 3 large white hands are replacement service items. Attached to the watch is a signed, black crocodile strap with genuine Omega stainless steel buckle. This is the first De Ville 145.017 we have ever had the pleasure to showcase in our estate department, we may never see another. We are pleased to offer the new owner a no charge 1 year mechanical warranty. The watch is estate priced at $7,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13731.


December 9, 2020

Omega Planet Ocean Chronograph 45.5mm 215.30.46.51.01.001 $7,200.00 CAD. e13571

When the Omega Planet Ocean was introduced in 2005 Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers were authorized agents for the brand. We thought they were crazy back then showing an orange and black watch with a massive (for the time) 45.5mm case size. For today’s styles, it fits right in, especially when some other brands are showing watches over 50mm. The Planet Ocean was the first significant redesign of the Seamaster line since the immensely popular “James Bond” series debuted in 1993. Today the Planet Ocean is a core item for Omega showcasing their proprietary co-axial escapement in every model. This unique mechanical innovation is said to be more accurate than a traditional forked lever escapement while maintaining better accuracy over significantly longer service intervals. This 2nd generation co-axial chronograph takes things a step further with the double barrel, column wheel, silicon hairspring equipped movement. Omega’s proprietary 54 jewel calibre 9300 is a mechanical masterpiece.  As far as analogue chronographs go this one is about the easiest to operate and easiest to read. Gone is the necessity to add the minutes and hours from two different resister dials. The chronograph reads just like a miniature clock dial. A large sweep hand serves as the traditional seconds register to divide the increments into 1/5ths.  This watch was owned by a collector client of ours and rarely worn while in rotation with several other watches. As such it is shows like new. The slate coloured ratcheting ceramic bezel is perfect, the stainless steel case and bracelet look like new showing no scratches of any kind. Please let us know if you’d like to see a WhatsApp video of the watch. It looks practically like new old stock, it’s an easy 9.5 out of 10. The bracelet is able to fit a wrist of up to 7 1/2 to 7 3/4 inches, extra links can be ordered Bright luminous hour markers and hands glow brightly in low light situations, while an anti-reflective crystal coating keeps glare down to a minimum. A short YouTube video of the actual watch can be seen here. We’d be happy to send you a higher resolution WhatsApp video. The next owner will benefit from a no-charge one year warranty from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers covering all aspects of the original Omega warranty excluding damage caused by misuse. This model is a current style with Omega and carries a suggested retail price of $10,900.00. Estate priced at $7,200.00 CAD. Stock #e13571.


December 6, 2020

Omega 2254 civilian/military 35.5mm 18 jewel 30T2 SC PC $2,300.00 CAD. e12463

Omega was one of the Allies’ largest suppliers of watches during the Second World War, partially because of their ability to supply the large quantities needed, and partially because of their precision in the rigorous environments found in combat. This particular model of watch could have been used by the Royal Canadian Air Force. Though Omega briefly made a civilian model, only the RCAF issued models featuring the “non magnetic” title beneath the Omega logo. What’s curious about this example is the deluxe 35mm stainless steel case with the stepped bezel and lugs. This sort or extra decoration is something the Canadian military would certainly not have spent extra money on. The 9,847,107 movement serial number dates its rough production to the early 1940s. Wartime production was quite unpredictable and limited. It’s impossible to know exactly when this watch was actually delivered. This watch likely never saw combat (at least officially) as there are no engravings to show government ownership, but that’s maybe just as well: Was this an RCAF approved time piece or just an efficient use of an existing dial with a deluxe case and a very rare upgraded movement. Removing the threaded case back reveals a very rare 18 jewel version of the renowned 30T2 movement inside. This manual wind 30mm mechanism is usually encountered with the standard issue 15 jewels, not 18 as our example. Though this might have marginally improved the watch’s ability to keep time, and provided shock protection it would have also increased its price tag—a significant trade-off when ordering these watches by the hundreds in a wartime economy. Back to those fancy stepped lugs— this is an unnecessary aesthetic addition and seemingly at odds with a utilitarian military watch. Though these improvements wouldn’t have been needed in the military, they give the watch a reason to be worn outside battle. For being over 70 years old, it’s in great condition, with patina on the original dial and luminous infill on the hour hand missing. The watch is freshly serviced and ready for action. Comes with our one year warranty. Estate price for this rare example of a low serial number 2254 Omega $2,300.00 CAD. Stock #e12463.


December 3, 2020

1995 Omega Speedmaster triple-date “Schumacher” 3520.53 $4,100.00 CAD. e13508

In the 1990s Omega discovered the exceptional talent of Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher and signed him as an ambassador for their Speedmaster line of watches. Omega was on a roll with the recent success of the James Bond series of Seamaster watches and now they had signed perhaps the greatest driver of all time. Although model 3820.53.26 was never officially labeled “The Schumacher” this is the watch that he was pictured with more than any other in the early years. After being awarded his 5th consecutive world driving title things really got rolling with the marketing power behind the Schumacher name. Various named models and numbered editions came out every year honoring this racing legend. This model is one of the most distinctive Speedmasters ever produced. The bright colourful dial can be a bit daunting at initial introduction but within no time all available information is easily deciphered. The large bright white luminous hour and minute hands along with big Arabic hour markers allow instant time interpretation. The 12-hour chronograph register hands are all nicely lined up in a vivid racing red colour. A 24-hour dial with a broad arrow hand sits at the 9:00 position showing am hours on a blue background while the pm hours are shown on black. The “triple date” moniker comes from the fact this watch displays the day of the month (yellow pointer hand), day of the week and the month of the year in the cut-out windows at 12:00. A handy tachymeter scale outlines the bezel. This simple scale allows quick calculation of units per hour. Our example is in virtually very good condition retaining its original finish on all surfaces. An original Omega black leather strap was recently fitted with the original buckle. The automatic Omega modified Valjoux 7751 movement housed within the 39mm stainless steel case is keeping excellent time with all functions working as designed. As far as bang for the buck goes this has to be one of the best-kept secrets in the watch world. This model is no longer available and I’m sure it’s destined to become a future classic collectible. This model has been seeing significant appreciation as collectors are discovering some of the more unique Speedmaster dials from the past. The dial on our example is absolutely perfect showing no fading, stains, scratches, or blemishes of any kind. Comes with a perfect condition, period-correct inner Omega box. These red “leather to the touch” boxes didn’t stand up well with use and tended to peel and disintegrate over time. I’m sure this box hasn’t been handled at all in over 20 years. Including a complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty the watch is estate priced at $4,100.00 CAD. Stock #e13508.

 


Tag Heuer Formula 1 CAH1212 ceramic & diamonds 41mm $2,100.00 CAD. e12226

Flattering for all figures, mysterious and just a little bit racy. The little black dress is all occasion neutral, always makes you feel comfortable and confident while looking at the top of your game. This ceramic and stainless TAG is the little black dress of watches; its bold and very fashionable. The 41mm diameter case size negates the “little” but pumps up the statement, making the Formula 1 equally appropriate worn with jeans or your LBD. The TAG is equipped with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, fixed ceramic bezel, threaded crown/case back and of course all those twinkling diamonds around the bezel and on the dial. It is rated water-resistant to a depth of 200 meters/660 feet for a wear it and forget it lifestyle. The polished hands and hour markers are finished off with luminous inserts for telling time in all lighting situations. The sleek black dial also features a discreet 31-day calendar between the 4 and 5 markers. The integrated butterfly folding clasp with easy release pushers blends seamlessly with the bracelet. Model CAH1212 is powered by a Swiss-made quartz movement that is running flawlessly keeping excellent time. This movement not only provides ultra-reliable precise timekeeping, but it also incorporates a 30 minute elapsed time chronograph. Purchased brand new right here at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in 2013. Looking like new old stock and showing virtually no evidence of use. Comes complete with original inner/outer boxes, endorsed/dated paperwork, and booklets. Model CAH1212 is a current offering listed on TAG Heuer’s website for $3,000.00 USD. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $2,100.00 CAD. Stock #e12226.

 

 


December 2, 2020

Tag Heuer Link GMT automatic WJF2116 $1,795.00 CAD. e11004

The link series can trace its roots back to the introduction of the Sports Elegance models that debuted over 30 years ago in 1987. The early versions all featured a rotating timer bezel indexed for 60 minutes. As time went on the turning bezel became a fixed polished styling detail on many of the renamed Link models. The stationary bezel moved the watch in a dressier direction. Occasionally the bezel would feature a tachymeter scale or was lightly embossed with a minute scale. The GMT has the distinction of using the highly polished bezel as a display for a second time zone shown in a 24 hour format. The red arrow tipped additional hour hand can be independently set to show any time zone you like. A time zone feature is a great option for the world traveller who likes to keep track of home time as well as local time. All the regular Tag Heuer Link features are all still here; threaded crown, threaded case back, all stainless steel construction, curved synthetic sapphire crystal, integrated wishbone style bracelet with locking buckle and a Swiss made automatic winding 21 movement. The horizontally pin striped dial with faceted hour markers makes for a slightly dressier look. A red tipped second hand, small date window aperture on dial adds  some useful utility. The ETA 2893-2 GMT movement that lurks inside the 39mm case also serves duty in the Panerai Luminor GMT, Baume & Mercier and Sinn watches. Our example was purchased new a Birks downtown Toronto location in 2008. Complete with the Birks endorsed warranty card, instructions and the original inner/outer boxes. A complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty will protect the new owner against all aspects of mechanical failure except those caused by abuse or damage by moisture. Running great, keeping excellent time with all functions  working as designed the watch is estate priced at $1,795.00 CAD. Stock #e11004.

 


14kt. E. Howard pocket watch circa 1886 $4,290.00 CAD. e2950

American made pocket watches were as good as any in the world from the mid 1800s well into the 1900s. The two largest manufacturers of the time were American Waltham and Elgin. Between them close to 100 million watches were produced over a period of close to 100 years. When the styles of watches changed after WWII both companies produced smaller wrist watches for men and women but they never really dominated the market as their pocket watches did. Within a year or two of each other in the mid 1950s both companies closed their manufacturing doors. Of the numerous smaller American pocket watch manufacturers, Edward Howard from Boston Massachusetts produced high quality innovative designs that are quite noteworthy and collectable today. They introduced the quick beat movement to the American market making for a more accurate mechanism. They also were the first American company to introduce the convenient stem winding system, eliminating the need for a key. They were the first U.S. company to adjust their highest quality watches to 6 different positions. From 1858 until 1903 the company produced around 700,000 watches. All were of high quality made to an uncompromising standard for the high end market. This 1886 model is no exception. It was made at the peak of the production and the quality really stands out in the solid 14 karat gold Dueber case. The entire watch weighs in at a substantial 147 grams, a good amount of that being the heavy gold case. The front, the back and even the case edges have been beautifully hand engraved. All E. Howard watches were made with top quality hard enamel dials and our example is perfect, no chips or hairline cracks. The blued steel hands are also in excellent condition.Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers did a full overhaul to the movement years ago and it’s working great keeping excellent time. Even though this watch is 131 years old we have no problem providing the purchaser with a one year mechanical warranty. These little machines were designed and built to the highest standards. Just don’t drop it. Pocket watches of the era don’t come with any form of shock protection like modern mechanical watches do. If you drop this heavy watch on the floor you’re absolutely sure to do some damage. With the occasional service (perhaps every 10 years or so) we’d expect it to last for many more generations to come. This is a large 18 size movement housed in an equally large 55mm case. It’s large enough to be displayed on its own or maybe even used as a small desk clock for the avid watch aficionado. This is the first E. Howard pocket watch we’ve had the pleasure of being able to offer in our estate department. Estate priced at $4,290.00 CAD. Stock #e2950.


December 1, 2020

Baume & Mercier Diamant MOA08738 brand new $2,300.00 CAD. e11399

Since 1830 Baume & Mercier have been creating  high quality watches in Switzerland. By the late 1800s and early 1900s the company had earned a reputation for making some very complicated watches, including minute repeaters that chimed out the time in a sonorous fashion that defied the size of the watch. Chronographs with calendars and tourbillon equipped escapements were other specialties of Baume & Mercier. Casual and sporty watches have their place but a pretty jewellery watch offers the sort of look that certain occasions require. A watch like the B & M Diamant  MOA08738 shows dressy versatility with rich 18 karat yellow gold and stainless steel, high quality twinkling diamond hour markers against a background of natural mother of pearl. The curved synthetic sapphire crystal is super scratch resistant and highly refractive when viewed off axis adding to the luxurious design. This watch is brand new and never worn. It was given as a retirement presentation gift but was never used. Purchased in Toronto at BIRKS, it comes complete with all the original packaging, instructions, endorsed warranty card and a 2 year extended guarantee valid until June 2020. Dressy yes, but still quite functional. The white mother of pearl dial provides good contrast with the faceted tapered hands. For the sharp sighted a tiny calendar window displays the day of the month at the 6:00 o’clock position. The case measures 22mm x 33mm and is decorated with a very interesting oval crown offset with a tiny diamond. Comes complete with the full compliment of adjustment links. Estate priced at $2,300.00 CAD. Stock #e11399.


November 30, 2020

Breitling Chrono Cockpit B13357 18kt. & steel $4,900.00 CAD. e9610

e9610 Breitling Chrono Cockpit B13357Champagne dials are quite common on many dressy watches but I must say the combination on a sporty diver chronograph is a little more rare. The Breitling Chrono Cockpit is a more than capable watch that could be worn by almost anyone. At 39mm it is not so big that it couldn’t be worn by a woman looking for something a little more than just an over sized Michael Kors watch. The completely high polish finish in bright 18 karat yellow gold and shiny stainless steel is definitely hard not to notice. Furnished inside the 200 meter water resistant case is the very competent Valjoux 7750. This steadfast movement has been a benchmark for automatic chronographs since the 1970s. Breitling watchmakers have modified the base calibre to higher standards qualifying it to certified chronometer grade accuracy levels. A one way rotating timer bezel is very handy when split second timing isn’t required. A very small tachymeter scale on the chapter ring allows an extra unit per hour calculator function but only if you have extra sharp vision. Double locking buckle on an 18 karat/stainless steel pilot bracelet completes the very attractive look. The watch is running great keeping excellent time with all functions working as designed. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $4,900.00 CAD. Stock #e9610e9610 Breitling Chrono Cockpit B13357 18 karat and steel

 


November 29, 2020

Breitling Super Avenger A13370 $3,900.00 CAD e12755

Casual white with military looking Arabic dial font make for a very easy watch to read. Legibility is very important when you’re considering a chronograph. If you’re reading this posting you likely know all about the Breitling Super Avenger A13370 and what this watch is all about. The Super Avenger is a genuine commitment to wear. Officially they measure 48mm diameter, but according to our calipers they are 48.5mm. This watch weighs over half a pound when fitted with the factory stainless steel bracelet. If you’ve got the arm to pull such a watch off you’ll be rewarded with quite an experience. The Super Avenger is as tough as it looks; all stainless steel construction, water resistant to 1000 feet, one way ratcheting timer bezel, certified chronometer grade automatic movement with 12 hour chronograph and calendar. The slightly curved synthetic sapphire crystal is super resistant to scratches and has perfect optical properties with an anti-glare finish.  This watch looks hardly worn; in our opinion it still retains the factory finish and has not been previously polished. The brushed bezel and polished case are virtually scratch and scuff free. Running great, keeping excellent time with all functions working as designed. We fully serviced the automatic winding movement in 2017 and the watch has hardly been used since. The current Super Avenger II A13371 has a suggested retail price of $6,755.00 CAD. Included with purchase is a excellent condition genuine Breitling black leather strap with signed buckle and box. We are happy to provide the new owner with a one year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Priced at $3,900.00 CAD. Stock #e12755.

 

 


November 28, 2020

Breitling Navitimer GMT 46mm A24322 $6,200.00 CAD. e12230

A fantastic condition, very desirable Breitling Navitimer with the preferred silver/white dial. You’d have a hard time telling this Breitling has been worn more than just a few times. It’s in like new condition, showing only the slightest evidence of use. It comes with everything that was originally delivered from the factory when purchased new in May 2005. The 46mm diameter solid steel case features an extra large bidirectional rotating aviation slide rule bezel. This nifty little tool can do anything from calculating the tip needed on a restaurant bill, calculate fuel consumption rate or a multitude of other mathematical formulas. In addition to the slide rule, Navitimer  A2432212 is also equipped with a three register 12 hour chronograph, scratch resistant anti reflective sapphire crystal, and a calendar display  at 3:00 o’clock. Being more of a dedicated pilot watch the water resistant rating of this model is a more modest 3 atmospheres or about 100 feet. In fact the perfect condition full length stainless steel bracelet is called the “pilot bracelet”. Powered by a certified chronometer Breitling Caliber 24 Swiss made automatic 25 jewel movement that features a 42 hour power reserve. The Navitimer is accompanied by the inner and outer box with travel case, international warranty certificate and users manual. Originally delivered to a Canadian Breilting authorized agent according to the dated and endorsed paperwork. The factory warranty has expired but Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide a 1 year complimentary warranty (prorated for 5 years) for the next owner. Estate price $6,200.00 CAD. Stock #e12230.


November 24, 2020

Breitling Chrono Cockpit 18kt. & steel B13350 39mm $4,000.00 CAD. e10570

We love the crisp white dial with the really cool Arabic font hour markers on this Breitling. The Chrono Cockpit B13350 is a more than capable sport watch that could be worn by almost anyone. At 39mm it is not so big that it couldn’t be worn by a woman looking for something a little more than just an over sized Michael Kors fashion watch. The completely high polish finish in bright 18 karat yellow gold and shiny stainless steel is definitely hard not to notice. Furnished inside the 200 meter water resistant case is the very competent Valjoux 7750. This steadfast movement has been a benchmark for automatic chronographs since the 1970s. Breitling watchmakers have modified the base calibre to higher standards qualifying it to certified chronometer grade accuracy levels. A one way rotating timer bezel is very handy when split second timing isn’t required. A very small tachymeter scale on the chapter ring allows an extra unit per hour calculator function but only if you have extra sharp vision. Double locking buckle on an 18 karat/stainless steel pilot bracelet completes the very attractive look. The watch is running great keeping excellent time with all functions working as designed. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty and Breitling box the watch is estate priced at $4,000.00 CAD. Stock #e10570.

 


MontBlanc Star Carbon Steel Quartz Chronograph 7046 $1,200.00 CAD. e9970

e9970-montblanc-star-canbon-steel-chronograph-7046-001 The design parallels between MontBlanc’s watches and their exquisite writing instruments are the key to their unique styles. Carbon fiber has been a popular accent on high end pens for the last 15 years so it comes as no surprise that this unique textile is the center piece of the Star XL Quartz Chrono. To further the homage to the high end writing culture that surrounds MontBlanc, the dial features calligraphy inspired luminous dial markers and stylized luminous hands. That eye catching dial is accented by the black on black check patterned Tachymeter bezel. A three register chronograph is highlighted with the signature MontBlanc star second hand. At 38mm in diameter model 7151 is more a medium despite its XL moniker. It features an anti- reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal, enameled Star crown, and stainless steel with threaded case back.e9970-montblanc-star-canbon-steel-chronograph-7046-002 The Swiss made quartz MontBlanc was purchased in 2009 and comes with inner and outer box, protective sleeve, paperwork, and warranty card from a Toronto area authorized dealer. The XL is in great condition, showing only minor signs of wear and is equipped with a brand new MontBlanc black leather strap. The watch is accompanied by a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate price $1,200.00 CAD. Stock #e9970.e9970-montblanc-star-canbon-steel-chronograph-7046-003

 


November 22, 2020

Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronometer 311.30.44.51.01.002 $6,700.00 CAD. e12667

Speedmaster 311.30.44.51.01.002 is a recently retired model from Omega. It features their new in-house developed calibre 9300 anti-magnetic movement with a 60-hour power reserve. This is one of Omega’s most sophisticated self-winding mechanisms. The Master Chronometer features a nonmagnetic silicon hairspring, double mainspring barrels, rapid adjust time zone setting, calendar, and of course a chronograph function. The beautiful 54 jewel mechanical marvel is visible through one of the largest windows ever fitted to a display case back. The chronograph is the feature that has defined every Speedmaster since the model was introduced over 60 years ago. Unlike most analog chronograph displays, this one works just like a regular watch/clock display. One small dial at 3 o’clock registers both the hours and minutes in 12 hour, 60 minute format just like a regular watch face. No need to add multiple dial registers for minutes, hours, and seconds. Not only is this common sense display far easier to use, but it also keeps the dial from looking busy and cluttered. This image displays an elapsed time of 1 hour, 12 minutes, and 9.8 seconds. Over the past few years, Omega has significantly improved the quality of its bracelets. No longer are the links connected by bushed pins that always wear out. The adjustable links are held together by heavy gauge stainless steel bars locked in place with two cap screws. The traditional white on black dial offers excellent contrast with a bright luminous treatment to the hands/hour markers for legibility in the dark. The large 44.25mm case size is highlighted with a black ceramic tachymetre bezel scale handy for calculating any unit per hour measurement within a 60 to 500 range. Our latest pre-owned watch offering looks like new. It has never been polished or refinished in any way, still retaining the crisp sharp edges on all surfaces. The brushed finish on the buckle shows only the most insignificant surface scuffs. The watch was originally purchased in Amsterdam at Omega authorized agents Ace & Dik. Attached to the bracelet is the factory identification/price tag showing a retail price of €6540.00 Euros. The watch remains under the Omega factory 5 years warranty until October of 2021. Classic Moonwatch looks in a larger case with one of Omega’s most sophisticated automatic mechanisms. Pre-owned price $6,700.00 CAD. Stock #e12667.

SOLD

 


1995 Omega Speedmaster 3513.33.00 silver guilloché dial, 39mm $2,600.00 CAD. e13543

Speedmasters have been a core product for Omega since the 1950s. As the vintage watch collecting comes of age it is possible to see early examples of originals selling for 6 figures. This watch is around 25 years old and comes with the rarest of all the dials available at the time. The silver/white guilloché design was always my favorite. In fact, I wore an example of this very watch for several years. This is only the second one we have had come through our estate department. At 39mm diameter, these watches are amazingly comfortable. The black tachymeter bezel scale is reminiscent of an early Rolex Daytona. Unlike an early Daytona, this watch is available without taking out a 2nd mortgage to finance it. It is also self winding with a handy 31-day calendar, unlike an old Daytona. Powering the Speedmaster 3513.33.00 is an Omega modified Valjoux 7750. These workhorse movements are renowned for their reliability, serviceability, and accuracy. Looking back to an old 1998 Canada agent catalog we have shows this watch had a retail price of $2,800.00. The watch comes with a perfect condition service/travel box. A complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years) is included for the estate price of $2,600.00 CAD. Stock #e13543.

SOLD


November 21, 2020

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Ltd. Ed. #319/700 SBGY003G (brand new) $11,650.00 CAD. e13769

Despite the immense variety of watches available, the vast majority can be classified into three categories: either manual wind, automatic, or quartz. Manual wind watches are the oldest technology dated back to the first pocket watches. With manual wind watches, every day or so you must physically wind the mainspring to store the required energy to power the mechanism. Automatic watches run on mechanical energy generated by the movement of the wearer’s wrist which winds the mainspring then slowly and predictably releases power to the hands. Automatic watches never need a battery— only the occasional service. The exceptionally well-tuned, high end, fully adjusted, automatic watch can keep time accurate time to +/- a few seconds per day. Quartz watches instead rely on a quartz crystal to keep time, which vibrates when an electric current is passed through it. In most quartz watches, the crystal will vibrate exactly 32,768 times per second, which the watch can use to keep time to an accuracy of better than +/- 1 second a day. The downside of quartz watches is that they need a battery to power the crystal and move the hands. The Grand Seiko “Spring Drive” movement takes the best aspects of a traditional manual wind watch with the accuracy of the finest quartz movement but without the need for a battery, capacitor, or any other electric storage system. Seiko’s “Tri-Synchro Regulator” technology is like nothing else. Like a manual watch, its power comes entirely by power stored in the mainspring that is very slowly released. However, instead of powering a traditional balance wheel through a series of wheels and gears to the hands; mechanical energy is used to power a tiny generator producing a continuous electric current. This current first powers a quartz crystal, keeping time much more precisely than any mechanical balance wheel oscillating over 4000 times slower ever could. The watch then compares the frequency of the quartz crystal with that of the spring drive glide wheel and uses the remaining current to apply a frictionless electromagnetic brake on the wheel to regulate its speed. The brake keeps the wheel perpetually spinning at a precise rate as determined by the quartz crystal. No battery to replace, no rechargeable capacitor to fail as with every other quartz watch including solar-powered watches. You get the best of both worlds: the accuracy of quartz watches with the convenience/reliability of old fashions hand wind. There truly is no other watch in the world that even comes close to this level of ingenuity. Our newest estate watch comes from a Canadian authorized Grand Seiko agent purchased in June 2020. The watch is absolutely perfect in every way. It has never been used, there isn’t a scratch or even the slightest scuff to be found. In fact, the watch still has its protective plastic stickers on the deployment buckle and case-back. This watch is one of only 700 released in stainless steel to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Seiko Spring Drive technology. Unless you were sharp out of the gate and pre-ordered one of these, they were likely sold out before you ever knew they existed. These watches carry a CAD MSRP of $10,300.00. On the secondary market, used versions are selling for significantly more than the original price and more than our brand new, never used example. It comes complete with everything originally supplied right down to the plastic hang tag/price tag and balance of the 3-year warranty. We are thrilled to showcase only our 2nd Seiko Spring Drive for Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers at the estate price of $11,650.00 CAD. Stock #e13769.

SOLD


November 20, 2020

Tag Heuer Aquaracer WAB1110 38.5mm $988.00 CAD. e13886

Particularly good condition, 38.5mm diameter, quartz movement with classic black dial and black ratcheting one-way timer bezel. Comes with Tag Heuer original clamshell inner box and current vacuum test. The purposeful easy to read design is made even more so with highly luminous hands and hour markers. The diver theme is carried to the screw-on case back that has been embossed with a vintage diver’s helmet. Working great and keeping great time. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this watch is estate priced at $988.00 CAD. Stock #e13886.

SOLD


November 19, 2020

Concord Mariner 14 karat/steel 15.78.110 $970.00 CAD. e9275

e9275 Concord Mariner 15.78.110They’ve been quietly going about their business since 1908, but unless you are in the watch loop you probably have not heard of them. In the early 20th century they were the first manufacturer producing private label watches for luxury brands such as Tiffany and Cartier. In the 1970s and 80s their quartz technology allowed them to produce extremely thin and sleek designs; some measuring under 2mm thick. The Mariner is Concord’s answer to a do it all sport watch that can be worn in all situations. The screwed on case back and screw down crown ensures water resistance to 100 feet. Curved synthetic sapphire crystal and curved case make a very comfortable watch.e9275.1 Concord Mariner 15.78.110 Even the polished gold applied Roman numerals on two tone black dial have a curved profile. At 37mm case size, it’s easy to wear by a man or a woman. Luxury touches like the polished solid 14 karat yellow gold bezel, and integrated locking buckle is a constant reminder of high quality and versatility. Excellent overall condition showing only minor signs of wear. The high precision quartz movement is running great keeping excellent time. This watch will prove a little snug for anyone with a wrist size much larger than 7 1/4 inches. Including Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty Concord Mariner 15.78.110 is estate priced at $970.00. Stock #e9275.

SOLD


Tag Heuer Ltd. ed. Tiger Woods golf watch WAE1110. $1,450.00 CAD. e11680

Before Tiger Woods was dumped by Tag Heuer as their biggest brand ambassador he helped out designing this watch. Tag Heuer’s golf watch has features that make it more suitable for the golf course than many super heavy and bulky designs that interfere with a nice swing. Its unique features also make it quite different than almost any other watch. The combination titanium and soft rubber strap only weigh a combined 65 grams. A slightly curved square case conforms to the natural wrist shape. A left side crown can’t dig into the back of your hand adding to its comfortable feeling. The black no-slip rubber strap is as soft as a rubber band and has no fussy clasp to deal with. The Titanium case incorporates a locking deployment buckle built into the backside. For fine-tuning the strap length, the buckle is equipped with an easy to use adjustment allowing up to 2cm of on the fly adjustment in only a few seconds. Despite the clever buckle the watch still measures just over 11mm thick. A super-accurate Swiss-made quartz movement takes care of the timekeeping duties with an easy to read  3 hand display and calendar feature. Tag Heuer produced the golf watch for several years in various colour combinations. Our latest estate example is the more rare limited edition model WAE1110. There were just 8000 produced worldwide and this one is number 5383. The watch is in excellent condition and comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card from Hong Kong (February 2007), and plastic hangtag printed with the style/serial number. While Tiger Woods is no longer endorsing Tag Heuer products (he’s moved on to work with Rolex) his golf watch design is a unique and interesting part of Tag Heuer history. The watch also comes with a never out of the package original rubber strap (FT6004). This watch would be ideal for the golf/watch enthusiast or Tiger Woods fan. Included with service is a complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year mechanical warranty. Estate priced at $1,450.00 CAD. Stock #e11680.

SOLD


Tag Heuer 2000 Exclusive CN2110 38.5mm $1,500.00 CAD. e11989

How’s this for excellent value? Tag Heuer 2000 Exclusive automatic chronograph CN2110 for just $1,500.00. This was Tag Heuer’s top-of-the-line from the 2000 series and featured the following upgrades over the regular 2000 models. Solid bracelet end links, two-piece polished/brushed bezel, solid link bushed rivet bracelet, textured dial, heavy-gauge fold-over buckle with flip-lock, and a genuine Valjoux 7750 movement modified by Tag Heuer for use in this watch. Classic tone on tone construction and a manageable 38.5mm case size allows use for any occasion. The watch comes with a complimentary 1-year warranty that we will prorate an extra 4 years (2nd-year failure we cover 80%, 3rd-year failure we cover 60%, etc.).  The sapphire crystal is scratch-free for perfect optics. Handy luminous hands and an extra level of low light utility. Estate priced at $1,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11989.

SOLD

 


2015 Carl F. Bucherer Scubatec Patravu 00.10632.23.33.22 44.6mm $5,500.00 CAD. e13708

If the name Carl F. Bucherer doesn’t sound familiar, just wait. Parent company Bucherer (the large European watch and jewellery retailer) has its sights on the North American market. Bucherer now owns Tourneau, the biggest watch retail chain in the U.S. Tourneau locations are gradually being converting over to Bucherer stores. The added exposure should power the brand into the spotlight given some time. The ScubaTec Patravi 00.10632.23.33.22 is first and foremost a diver’s watch. The lofty specification of 500-meter water-resistance, automatic helium escape valve, and certified chronometer rated automatic movement place this watch among the world’s finest. What Carl F. Bucherer do better than many is make this very serious diver tool watch somewhat playful. Its bold font, coloured bezel, oversized hands and dial markers are features that draw attention to the new kid on the block. The watch has plenty of details that elevate the design to jewellery status. Plenty of contrasting polished/brushed finishes, sharp angles and crisp edges are executed perfectly. Everything on this watch seems over engineered. Parts are secured with heavy duty screws where you’d not expect them or where others would use something far more basic. Different sized links and a micro-adjustment sliding buckle ensure the perfect fit. Its large 44.6mm diameter and overall weight of 241 grams (nicely over half a pound) require a confident wrist. This is our first Carl F. Bucherer to come through our estate and we’re very impressed with the attention to detail found throughout the watch. Anti-reflective surface coating on the sapphire crystal reveals an unobstructed view of the scaled texture dial and the raised, sloped edge, luminous hour markers. An extendable bracelet section can be released from the locking buckle that has been designed with significant mechanical complexity. This is a watch for someone who appreciates many of those details that are lost to the casual observer. Even the embossed case back is a beautiful work of art in keeping with the nautical theme. The watch is in new old stock condition showing little to no evidence of use. Some very minor scuffs on the buckle are really the only signs of wear. It was originally purchased by a local customer of Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers from Toronto C.F.B agents Classic Creations. The original purchase receipt from 2015 is included along with the inner/outer boxes, instructions, service guide, and untouched polishing cloth. This model is still available and carries a suggested retail price of $6,700.00 USD as shown on the corporate website. Including a complimentary one-year warranty this watch is estate priced at $5,500.00 CAD. Stock #e13708.

SOLD


2014 Baume & Mercier Hampton MOA10024 20mm x 40mm like new. $2,900.00 CAD. e13810

Baumer & Mercier Hampton MOA10024. One owner, hardly used, comes with all documents and authorized agent endorsed warranty card. Diamond set bezel, black satin strap with deployment buckle. All stainless steel construction 27mm x 40mm. Comes with a complimentary 1-year warranty. Swiss-made quartz movement with 2 hand display and calendar. Originally purchased Nov. 13, 2014, at Raffi Jewelers Oakville Ontario. When new this watch had a suggested retail price of $5,700.00 USD. Our estate price $2,900.00 CAD. Stock #e13810.

SOLD

 


November 16, 2020

Zenith Pilot 03.2117 42mm $5,620.00 CAD. e12262

If your a fan of pure function, excellent quality, and high performance the Zenith Pilot is a watch you must consider. It’s certainly not the fanciest watch you’ll ever see, it is completely void of any detail that doesn’t add to the absolute utility. No gold trim, no diamonds, no fancy dial treatments, it’s all business. Just what you’d expect from a watch called Pilot. The flat black dial with large contrasting luminous hour markers is an exercise in simplicity and legibility under all lighting situations. Aside from the simple 30-minute chronograph and calendar the only other feature of the vintage looking dial is a telemeter scale on the chapter ring. This simple analogue tool allows the user to calculate the distance of an event based on sight and sound over a period of time. This scale measures the distance of an event based on sound ranging from 1 kilometer to 20 kilometers. An example of how this works could be; if you see a lightning flash and hear thunder 9 seconds later, the lightning was 3 kilometers away. Powering the Pilot is the 31 jewel in house manufactured calibre 4002 El Pimero. It’s a high speed automatic winding masterpiece able to accurately time intervals to 1/10 of a second. It’s been the state of the art when it comes to mechanical chronographs since first developed around 50 years ago. The clear display back proudly shows off the movement and its tiny balance wheel that oscillates at an amazing 36,000 cycles per hour. That’s 25% faster than a modern Rolex! The added speed gives the watch the smoothest running second hand you’ve ever seen. It is running perfectly, keeping great time with all functions working as designed. The watch was previously owned by a knowledgeable collector who almost never wore it. It was only used a few times in rotation with other watches he owned. Excellent original condition showing only the most minor signs of use. Never refinished in any way. The factory brown crocodile rubber backed strap is in absolutely perfect condition. Comes complete with original inner/outer boxes and a one-year mechanical warranty. Estate priced at $5,620.00 CAD. Stock #e12262.

SOLD


November 15, 2020

2013 Breitling SuperOcean A17391 44mm $2,950.00 CAD. e13122

It’s called a SuperOcean for good reason. It’s a “super” capable diver watch with everything the sports watch aficionado could be looking for. One of the most impressive things you’ll notice is the water-resistant depth rating on the dial of 6600 feet. That should be plenty for the typical recreational diver who is not likely to exceed much more than 100 feet. Overbuilt in almost every way the 44mm watch also is equipped with a helium escape valve. It’s another feature that 99.9% of divers will never need. It is there just on the off chance you decide to do a really really deep dive that requires living in a diving bell breathing a mixture of helium and oxygen for an extended period of time. Pressurized helium gas can penetrate the case gaskets and push the crystal out if the watch isn’t equipped with a helium escape valve. It does make for an interesting conversation point if someone asks what the little button on the side is for. The rest of the watch is typical high-end stuff. Certified chronometer grade automatic winding Swiss movement, super hard curved synthetic sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, threaded crown/case back, one-way ratcheting timer bezel, and a heavy solid link bracelet with safety lock. I love the diagonal shape of the bracelet links and how they blend with the slant of the font chosen for the applied silver hour markers. Excellent overall condition as one would expect for a watch that was purchased new in 2013 and only used occasionally. The watch comes with every piece of the original packaging, warranty card, instructions, booklets, and even the original receipt from a Canadian authorized Breitling agent. Estate price $2,950.00 CAD. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a complimentary one-year warranty. Stock #e13122.

SOLD


November 14, 2020

2021 Omega SpeedMaster Moonwatch Sapphire 311.30.42.30.01.006 perfect. $6,250.00 CAD. e14097

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Breitling Galactic 36 C37330 $6,400.00 CAD. e7493

They don’t come to us more complete than this. Everything from the original hanging plastic price tag to the original bill on sale dated September 24 2011 come included with this Breitling Galactic 36. Although the watch is now over 8 years old it is still a current model of the same specification and is shown on Breitling’s website with a retail price of $10,155.00 CAD. The watch measures a comfortable 36mm diameter, the exact same as the traditional gents Rolex Datejust. This size can be worn by either men or women. Its “volcano black” dial as Breitling call it is a miniature work of art. Flat black paint with an inner parallel grooved square are the first things you notice. Upon further inspection a small sunken 6 o’clock subsidiary second reveals itself with a circular grained background and thin gold frame. Beautiful script and Arabic text let you know this is an automatic Breitling. Luminous gold hands and hour markers offer excellent legibility in any lighting condition. The soft tone rose gold 18 karat trim on the bezel and bracelet add a level of dressy sophistication that an all steel watch just can’t match. As per many Breitling models, the entire watch has been treated to a highly polished finish adding to its dressier more luxury focused personality. The 27 jewel Breitling calibre 37 is working well and keeping great time. The calendar offers some extra utility and the small second hand looks decidedly vintage. Excellent overall condition showing only minor evidence of use. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is pleased to include a one year complimentary warranty for the estate price of $6,400.00 CAD. Stock number e7493.

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2017 Breitling Avenger II Seawolf A17331 45mm. $3,500.00 CAD. e13891

In keeping with the popularity of large, overachieving watches, we present this 2017 Breitling Avenger II Seawolf (even the name is impressive). This is one of Breitling’s most qualified diver’s watches. It is water-resistant to an indicated 10,000 feet or 3,000 meters. The water pressure at this depth is well over 2 tons per square inch. Incorporated into the 45mm stainless steel case is an automatic helium escape valve. This feature may come in handy if you decide to do a really really deep dive, requiring living in a diving bell breathing a mixture of helium and oxygen for extended periods of time. Pressurized helium gas can penetrate the case gaskets and push the crystal out when decompressing if the watch isn’t equipped with such a valve. It does make for an interesting conversation point if someone asks what the little button on the side is for. The rest of the watch is pretty typical for most luxury diver watches. A one-way 60-minute bezel timer, threaded crown, screwed on case back, and heavy stainless steel bracelet with locking buckle round out the diver features. Large, thick, luminous hands and hour markers provide excellent legibility in any condition or situation. The watch was purchased at an Ontario authorized Breitling agent on June 20, 2017. It comes complete with everything originally delivered, inner/outer boxes, certificates, electronic warranty, instructions, vendor business card, and even the receipt of purchase. The watch has never been polished or refinished in any way. The bracelet, buckle, and case display some faint, light scratches. These minor blemishes can be removed while you wait if you’d like the watch to look perfect. Included with purchase is a complimentary one year warranty. The watch is estate priced at $3,500.00 CAD. Stock #e13891.

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November 13, 2020

2007 Omega Double Eagle Constellation 1111.35.00 diamond dial & bezel 35mm $17,000.00 CAD. e13408

I have a theory about some solid gold luxury Swiss watches and it’s pretty simple. I think they are one of the biggest bargains in the business right now. This amazing Omega Constellation Double Eagle should help support my case. Looking back at an old 2005 Omega dealer catalogue from when we were authorized agents shows this watch was available as a special order for $35,000.00 CAD. The price of gold back then was only $550.00 per ounce Canadian. This watch has a gross weight of 209 grams; if you assume the non gold components of this watch weigh around an ounce, your left with $2,360.00 worth of gold (as valued in 2005), or about 6.7% of the total value. Fast forward to 2020, gold is now worth more than 4 times what it was in 2005 yet the price of a current diamond bezel Omega is only $37,800.00 (albeit with much smaller, less expensive round diamonds on the dial). Today’s gold value represents 27.5% of the total cost of the new Omega. Keep in mind, this observation factors in no extra value for the diamonds. We’re not in the watch manufacturing business, but we do know how much it costs to manufacture gold jewellery and a 27.5% raw material cost relative to the finished retail price is rather amazing, especially for a high-end brand name like Omega. One must also consider watches like this are very labour intensive, they’re built in very expensive labour markets, they are complicated mechanical devices containing 100s of tiny parts. Each one of these parts needs to be precisely manufactured in order to function. Then there are all the costs that go to marketing, shipping, packaging, printing catalogues, booklets, building high quality showcases, the list goes on. I’m telling you, with the high price of gold these watches are a really good value. Buying one of our previously owned solid gold watches is a downright bargain. Our Omega Constellation Double Eagle 1111.35.00 is still a current offering from Omega but it isn’t available with the super expensive baguette dial any longer and the style number has changed to 123.55.35.20.52.001. It is still powered by Omega’s Co-Axial calibre 2500 automatic winding chronometer grade movement, visible through the threaded display case back. In fact, the only detail that has changed is the diamonds on the dial are much smaller and far less expensive round diamonds; gone are the rectangular baguette cut diamond hour markers like on our watch. Ours is in like new condition. It appears to only have been worn a few times since it was originally purchased in the middle east in November of 2007. It comes complete with the full set of dealer endorsed warranty cards and certificates. The box and instruction manual are never used extras we had in stock but not original to the watch. The watch is running perfectly with all functions operating as designed. At 35mm diameter, it sounds like it is a smaller size for a man’s watch. In reality, it wears the same or bigger than the benchmark Rolex Day-Date 36mm President and much more bulky feeling. On an average to smaller gentleman’s wrist, the watch is perfectly proportioned. Many women love the generous size without being too large on a feminine wrist. This is a very special and rare watch. Searching the internet, I couldn’t find a single another example for sale. The value of only the scrap gold in this watch is close to 64% of our price. 1.54 carats total weight of VVS-G brilliant-cut and baguette diamonds account for (at wholesale) 15% of the price for the entire watch. A weak Canadian dollar can produce some compelling values if you can recognise them. Including a complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1-year warranty, this watch is priced at $17,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13408.

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November 12, 2020

Ladies Piaget Polo 20mm 8131 C 701 18kt. 129gr. $8,300.00 CAD. e12744

Is this a bracelet first or a watch? We prefer to think of it as a bracelet that also tells time. From the house of Piaget Switzerland comes this solid 18 karat yellow gold Polo. Back in the 1980s the Piaget Polo was one of the hottest watches around. Thin was in and thin was a Piaget specialty; in the 1950s they produced a fully adjusted hand-wind movement that measured only 2mm thick. The Polo design took the thin concept one step further when it was integrated into a flexible link bracelet. Our latest estate watch is only our second Piaget we’ve had the privilege of profiling and she’s a beauty. The original Polo was Piaget’s most popular model accounting for around 1/3 of their total sales. The case and bracelet seamlessly blend together in a graceful taper to the buckle. The dial on our 20mm wide example is the black onyx upgrade. The glossy jet black with contrasting gold bars is quite striking and bold. Included with the watch is a February 1986 appraisal in the name of the first and only owner. The appraisal describes the ladies’ Piaget Polo watch style number 8131 C 701 with a replacement value of $12,900.00 USD. This was a very expensive watch in its day. A brand new top of the line Chevrolet Camaro would have cost about the same as this watch did in 1986. Made exclusively from premium 18 karat yellow gold the watch weighs about the same as a Rolex Oyster Date from the same period but unlike the Rolex, Piaget bracelet links are completely solid. At 129 grams including the proprietary quartz movement, the value of just the gold in this watch is around $7,400.00 CAD. For comparison, a brand new Italian-made 18 karat gold bracelet of similar weight would be very well priced at $11,000.00. We have a couple of brand new original links in stock to extend the length to fit a wrist of just over 20cm. The watch condition is like new. There is zero stretch or wear in any of the links.  The bracelet shows no sag of any kind just like brand new. The finish appears original showing only some shallow scuffs and scratches. This watch was an insurance replacement after the original was stolen during return shipping from a factory Piaget service. The original owner said she’s only worn the watch a handful of times over the past few decades. Including a copy of the 1986 appraisal, Piaget service pouch, and a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this one owner Piaget classic is estate priced at $8,300.00 CAD. Stock #e12744.

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November 10, 2020

Oris TT1 635-7512-41-61-MB 42mm $700.00 CAD. e13792

They may not be the most popular brand from Switzerland, but Oris watches pack a lot of great features in an interesting package at a fantastic price point. The value proposition is even greater when the occasional previously enjoyed example shows up in our estate department. since 1904 Oris has been producing affordable watches that perform like much more expensive brands. In the 1960s they were one of the top 10 Swiss manufactures in terms of watches produced. This watch was likely produced around the year 2000. It’s a watch of basic utility and rugged construction. The basic 3 hand layout with large Arabic hour markers is very easy to interpret. The day and date display at 6 o:clock adds some extra function. Despite its basic timekeeping roll, the silver dial is beautifully decorated with applied luminous markers and a beautiful guilloche pattern. All stainless steel construction with solid links and locking buckle ensures this watch can be worn during almost any activity. The scratch-resistant, curved sapphire crystal is blemish-free offering perfect optics. A threaded display case-back and screw-down threaded crown provide a water resistance rating of 100 meters. This watch has just undergone a full servicing. The 35 jewel Oris calibre 635 is based on the ETA2836-2 is a robust performer used in many of Switzerland’s more popular brands. The movement in this watch is the genuine ETA movement that has been modified by Oris, it isn’t one of the newer Sellita cloned mechanisms. The watch has passed our vacuum test and shows a respectable timing rate of plus 6 seconds per day as this Vibrograph report illustrates. The overall condition of the watch is fair to good. It shows evidence of everyday use with scratches over the case, buckle, and bracelet. Comes complete with excellent condition inner/outer boxes, instruction booklet, vacuum testing results, and Vibrograph report. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty (prorated for 5 years) the watch is estate priced at $700.00 CAD. Stock #e13792.

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Tag Heuer mid sized 2000 classic 962.013F $480.00 CAD. e10812

The perfect sized watch for the smaller framed lady looking for a casual watch without the bulk associated with most brand-name Swiss sports watches. At 33.5 mm diameter, it isn’t too small, it’s just right for the petite lady. The timeless black dial with a black leather strap is just about as neutral a look as you can get. This Tag Heuer 2000 is around 20 years old and in good overall condition. The dial has a few minor discolouration spots on it that are not distracting. The luminous tritium hands and dial markers still have some glow left when viewed in the dark. Even though it may be smaller in size it still has all the features of the full-sized models. The Swiss quartz movement is running perfectly keeping excellent time. Included with purchase is a one-year mechanical warranty. Estate priced at $480.00. Stock #e10812.

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November 9, 2020

IWC Pilot Fly-Back Chrono IW387805 43mm ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPÉRY $21,930.00 CAD. e13824

Yes, we showcase many great estate and vintage watches on our website. Our ever-changing selection keeps our watch collecting clients coming back. We never grow tired of the magnificent watches that we temporarily foster until they find their forever homes. I’m sure our latest estate will be etched in our memories long after it is gone. This IWC Pilot Chronograph with flyback function is one of the most beautiful watches to grace our showcase in some time. Elegance and simplicity of design is something that doesn’t grow old. The dial is perfectly balanced no matter how it is divided. Despite the single register, this is a 12-hour chronograph. The minute and hour registers are arranged on the same subdial at 12:00 o’clock. There is no need to look at 2 different registers to interpret the elapsed time. It reads as simply as a regular watch dial. The large central seconds hand with a needle-sharp tip can divide the seconds into fifths. Large luminous hands and dial markers make time interpretation simple under all lighting conditions. The timer function adds a “flyback” feature. Virtually all mechanical chronographs require the user to stop the timer before resetting. The fly-back allows a single push on the bottom button to zero the timer and immediately start timing again from zero. For a military pilot who may be performing multiple tasks at the same time, this feature eliminates a time-consuming step allowing them to concentrate on other critical life and death duties. The 38 jewel in-house manufactured calibre 89361 is operating perfectly, with all functions operating as designed. This complex column wheel movement contains 299 components and has a power reserve of almost 3 days. Not only is this a beautiful timepiece, but it is also genuinely rare, with IWC only ever produced. The condition is like new showing no evidence of use. The chocolate brown strap is blemish-free along with the deployment buckle. The watch was purchased in the spring of 2019 and comes with the balance of the factory warranty. According to the IWC website, the warranty can be registered and extended an additional 6 full years. The watch comes with all the original documentation, endorsed warranty card, microfiber polishing cloth (never used), inner/outer boxes, and even the original cardboard shipping box. The case and buckle have been constructed from premium 18 karat rose gold that you can feel, weighing in at a substantial 172 grams. The blush hue is very appropriate for a watch that looks like it just stepped out from the cockpit of a vintage 1940s aircraft. This is a very special watch for the watch connoisseur how appreciates the tradition of a pilot chronograph. When introduced in 2012 this watch carried a price of $34,500.00 USD. Our estate price is $21,930.00 CAD. Stock #e13824.

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2020 Santos de Cartier WSSA0018 large size 39.8mm never worn $8,160.00 CAD. e13807

The Santos de Cartier has a long history dating back to 1904 when Alberto Santos Dumont was racing the Wright brothers for achievement in aviation. Both parties were competing to push their “flying machines” further than each other. After Santos complained to Louis Cartier that it was terribly inconvenient to check his pocket watch while trying to control his aircraft, Cartier made him the world’s first pilots watch that was worn on the wrist (very unusual for a man of the time); the Santos de Cartier was born. At 39.8mm this modern Santos is quite a bit larger than the original design but is in keeping with modern tastes. In fact, because of the square/rectangular outline it actually wears quite a bit larger than a 40mm round watch. It’s a classic style that has truly stood the test of time. At well over 100 years old the style is still admired by many and has made Cartier a design pioneer with their watch creations. This example is powered by a Swiss-made, 3 hand automatic winding mechanism. The fully stainless steel construction is a combination of a brushed and polished finish. The WSSA0018 Santos is a current model available at the Cartier boutique where it carries a retail price of $9,300.00 CAD and $7,100.00 USD. Our example is complete and comes with the unworn extra tan leather strap that comes standard with the watch. It hadn’t even been out of the Cartier shipping package until we took it out for these pictures. The beautiful tan leather strap gives the Santos a completely different character. The strap is secured by a push-button signed Cartier deployment buckle that is easy to use and very secure. The endorsed warranty card is dated October 22, 2020, making this watch barely one month old. With Cartier’s “QuickSwitch” bracelet/strap system, no tools or talent is required to change the bracelet over to a strap. Just pushing a concealed button releases the bracelet allowing the strap to quickly snap into place with a reassuring click. This watch retains its original finish and has never been polished. There are isn’t a scratch or scuff to be seen anywhere, it is 100% perfect in every way. The watch is still under factory warranty until the fall of 2022. This never-worn Santos de Cartier classic is priced at $8,160.00 CAD. Stock #e13807.

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2018 Panerai Luminor 42mm PAM00904 with box & papers $5,888.00 CAD. e14001

Florence Italy has a long rich history of art, fashion, and design. Michelangelo’s David, the Basilica of San Lorenzo, and headquarters of style icon Gucci can all call Florence home. It was also it was at the centre of the Italian renaissance introducing never-before-seen technical achievements. Giovanni Panerai (watchmaker) opened Officine Panerai in Florence in 1860 and soon became an authorized dealer for some of the world’s most important watch brands including Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, and Patek Philippe. Although it achieved significant retail success, two things happened that altered the course of what was a great retailer/service center into the luxury brand it is today. The first was in 1900 when grandson Guido Panerai signed a contract to become the official supplier of wristwatches and precision instruments to the Royal Italian Navy. Then in 1916 Panerai invented Radiomir, a radium-based powder giving luminosity to dials and sighting instruments. Although Panerai no longer uses radioactive radium for their watches they are still known for the outstanding luminous qualities of their dial markers and hands. After a request from the Italian Navy for a waterproof watch that kept excellent time and was easy to read underwater, Panerai began working with Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf to develop the world’s first professional dive watch. The prototype Radiomir was released in 1936. Our latest estate watch takes some of its styling design after the original. Before 1993 Luminor watches were strictly sold to military forces, the first civilian models debuted in the 1990s and were helped to be made popular in North America by Sylvester Stallone. The dark grey dial with vintage-looking hour markers distinguishes the watch with a look that can only be Panerai. Many times, we have mentioned the appeal of a “less is more” watch. Panerai watches fit the less is more concept very well. 3 simple hands display the time, a useful calendar shows the date of the month, and nothing else. The traditional Panerai design case is completely polished to a mirror finish. There are a few shallow scuffs and scratches that can be completely removed white you wait. As with any collectible watch we prefer to leave them original unless the purchaser prefers a fresh polish. Although the watch takes its styling cues from the original cushion shaped design of the 30s it features a modern automatic winding movement with a 3-day power reserve. The Panerai Due 42mm is a generous size and the cushion shaped case makes it wear ever bigger. The patented crown lock trigger mechanism helps keep things water-resistant to 30 meters and can trace its origins to a 1956 Panerai patent. The slightly domed synthetic sapphire crystal offers excellent optics and superior hardness over glass and the entire case is constructed from super resistant 916L stainless steel. Due to their smaller production numbers, these do not come around very often. It comes with a replacement gray suede leather strap with a generic stainless steel buckle. This is a current model and can be seen on the Panerai website with a suggested retail price of $8,300.00. The watch was purchased at the New York city Panerai Boutique in the summer of 2018. Included with purchase are the inner/outer boxes, foam box liner, warranty documents, instructions, and the plastic bezel guard. The new owner with benefit from a 1 year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $5,888.00. Stock e14001.

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November 8, 2020

Tag Heuer Link WJF1354 Stainless/18kt. & diamonds, 27mm $2,990.00 CAD. e11446

The line between watch and jewellery becomes quite blurred with the Tag Heuer Link WJF1354. Sure it tells time, has a useful calendar and second hand, but it’s also super shiny with diamonds. A beautiful iridescent mother of pearl dial trimmed in solid 18 karat yellow gold adds a feminine touch. When it comes to pretty, plus more than capable it’s hard to beat Tag Heuer’s more refined and thoughtfully designed “Link” series. The look has become iconic to the brand. The basic style goes way back over 30 years to the original Sports Elegance line from 1987. Although Tag Heuer has tweaked the shape here and there, the Link is instantly recognizable as the successor of the “S/el”.  Its look can only be described as a Tag Heuer. Mimicked by many lesser brands over the years but there can only be one original. At 27mm diameter it is not the largest ladies watch but it certainly isn’t tiny. The beautiful white mother of pearl dial and thin bezel makes for a watch that looks a bit bigger than the measurement suggests. It’s hard to believe that a lady’s Rolex Datejust is only 0.6mm smaller in diameter. Refined details set this watch apart from the crowd as the true luxury product it is. Only VS-FG or better quality diamonds serve as twinkling hour marking beacons and then, of course, there is the beautiful pastel coloured rainbow mother of pearl dial. 63 round brilliant cut diamonds add just under half a carat of bling according to the precious stone certificate supplied by Tag Heuer. Premium quality solid 18 karat yellow gold bezel and bracelet details extend around the entire circumference. An integrated locking buckle keeps everything securely in place. There isn’t a sharp edge to be found anywhere on the watch. From the curved synthetic sapphire crystal to gently contoured crown guards, it’s a subtle exercise in timekeeping comfort. Overall condition is very good, although some of the gold-capped link sections on the bottom of the bracelet are beginning to wear through in sections. Under casual observation, this wear goes unnoticed. The watch was originally purchased right here at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers around 10 years ago. Keeping excellent time with all functions working as designed courtesy of the high precision Swiss quartz movement. A few years ago when this watch was current it carried a retail price of $4,600.00 USD. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty and the original box set, the watch is estate priced at $2,990.00. CAD. Stock number e11446.

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November 6, 2020

1977 Omega Seamaster 35mm 1660216 3660848 $1,300.00 CAD. e12919

Vintage design is big business these days. The classics are back, from automobiles to the latest clothing fashions, retro styling from some of the most respected brands is very popular today. This 1970s Omega Seamaster suited the well-dressed sporty gentleman over 40 years ago and today the reasonable 35mm size is perfect for a modern woman or man who appreciates classic design and has an eye for fashion that pushes the conservative norm without going over the top. Watches like this Gérald Genta design Seamaster are just plain cool. In the watch design world, the name Genta can be compared to the great fashion houses of Chanel, Gucci, and Versace. The beautiful “C’ shaped case is one of the all-time greats that has been imitated by many. Genta also designed watches for elite manufacturers like Patek Philippe, IWC, Audemars Piguet, Universal Geneve, and even Cartier. This is a fun watch that isn’t going to cost a year’s worth of mortgage payments but still turns heads. It can be worn with pride and will definitely strike up a watch conversation. The Omega design calibre 1012 is an in house build with a full 23 jewel count, modern for the era 28,800 frequency with hacking second hand and calendar display. The simple radial finish silver dial is subtle and traditional, blending perfectly with the brushed finish on the rest of the watch. The overall condition is very good showing little wear and no stretch in the 7 3/4 inch long signed bracelet. Working well with all functions operating as designed. The watch is reported to be a one-owner example showing little service over the past 4 decades. There are no visible repair etchings inside the case back. The watch comes with a complimentary one year Bill Le Beouf Jewellers warranty. We just completed a full technical revision of automatic movement with fantastic results. The September 20th, 2020 Vibrograph report shows a gain rate of just 1 second per day. Retro/modern looks for the nostalgic price of only $1,300.00 CAD. Stock #e12919.

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November 4, 2020

Solar 14kt. gold diamond cocktail watch 0.20ct. tw. 13gr. $1,250.00 CAD. e11547

By strict definition I suppose this is a watch but let’s face it, it’s really more of a diamond bracelet. Constructed from just shy of 13 grams (net weight) of 14 karat gold and covered with 40 nice little round single cut diamonds. From that description alone you’d think we’re talking about a tennis bracelet, not a watch. Solar was an Eaton’s department store house brand that utilized high-quality movements made by other manufacturers. Eaton’s carried some pretty high-end products; some of their watches contained movements made by Rolex. The hand-wind movement in this watch is a more than capable 17 jewel incabloc shock protected mechanism made by Ardath Switzerland. It’s running well and keeping good time. The case and bracelet have been as skillfully manufactured as well as any fine piece of jewellery. In fact, I’d say this watch is made better than most jewellery items. Think of all the individual components that had to be combined and hand adjusted in order to make everything work together. Each link is tightly hinged, the diamonds are expertly bead set, a beautifully hand-engraved case back snugly fits the timepiece and snaps together with a precise interference friction fit. The locking buckle is double safety protected with an inner folding clasp plus a safety chain. A bit overkill perhaps, but better too much security than not enough. For a watch that is over 60 years of age, the condition is excellent. There is no sag, slack, or stretch in any of the links. The silver dial is close to perfect with only a few slight blemishes that go unnoticed except under extreme scrutiny. If you have a slender wrist and love jewellery why not try out this diamond bracelet that also tells time. The vintage look is in and cocktail watches in this type of condition are seldom seen. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, the watch is estate priced at $1,250.00 CAD. Stock #e11547.

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EDOX ICEMAN III 10306 37 N $1,699.00 CAD. e12756

e9653 EDOX ICEMAN III 10306 37NHere’s a watch that should stump even the most avid watch collectors. The Edox Class 1 Iceman III 10306 37N GIR is an ultra rare collectible watch (number 183 of just 328 made) from a smaller Swiss watch company. Edox was originally founded in 1884 after watchmaker Christian Ruefli-Flury made a pocket watch for his wife’s 25th birthday. She loved it so much she convinced him into starting his own company. He set up in Biel, Switzerland, and was fairly successful as he worked innovating water resistance technologies. As with so many other Swiss manufacturers, the 1970s electronic revolution caught EDOX by surprise. Eventually, the financially troubled company was purchased by Swatch group. Swatch mostly used Edox as a movement maker for some of their other brands until the mid 80s when they relaunched the brand in Les Genevez, Switzerland. Since then they have been working to regain brand recognition. They share market segments with heavyweight brands such as Tissot, Longines, Hamilton and Oris. The Iceman III features screw down case back, crown, and pushers located on the opposite side of the case for comfort. The chronodiver has two subdials plus an outer chapter ring for accurately measuring passing seconds for the chronograph. It also comes equipped with a ratcheting bezel for additional timekeeping and a date window at 6 o’clock accented in blue. The hefty watch measures 45mm in diameter and is made from high grade blackened stainless steel with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal, rubber strap, and blackened steel fold-over buckle. Powered by an ultra accurate Edox Swiss quartz caliber 103 that’s based on a Ronda 5030.D. The case back states that the watch was engineered for ice diving and has a high-pressure resistance of up to 3300 feet. With its carbon fiber dial and hash mark dial markers also accented in blue the Edox Iceman III is a lot of watch for your money. With only 328 made worldwide you’re not likely going to see another. Comes with an original box, instructions, a limited edition certificate, and a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. The original agent somehow mixed up the certificate with the watch so although the certificate is correct the numbers do not match. Estate price $1,699.00 CAD. Stock #e12756.e9653 EDOX ICEMAN III 10306

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November 1, 2020

2019 Panerai Due 38mm PAM00755 with 4 extra straps & winder. $7,400.00 CAD. e13894

Florence Italy has a long rich history of art, fashion, and design. Michelangelo’s David, the Basilica of San Lorenzo, and headquarters of style icon Gucci can all call Florence home. It was also it was at the centre of the Italian renaissance introducing never before seen technical achievements. Giovanni Panerai (watchmaker) opened Officine Panerai in Florence in 1860 and soon became an authorized dealer for some of the world’s most important watch brands including Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, and Patek Philippe. Although it achieved significant retail success, two things happened that altered the course of what was a great retailer/service center into the luxury brand it is today. The first was in 1900 when grandson Guido Panerai signed a contract to become the official supplier of wristwatches and precision instruments to the Royal Italian Navy. Then in 1916 Panerai invented Radiomir, a radium-based powder giving luminosity to dials and sighting instruments. Although Panerai no longer uses radioactive radium for their watches they are still known for the outstanding luminous quailties of their dial markers and hands. After a request from the Italian Navy for a waterproof watch that kept excellent time and was easy to read underwater, Panerai began working with Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf developing the world’s first professional dive watch. The prototype Radiomir was released in 1936. Our latest estate watch takes some of its styling design after the original. Before 1993 Luminor watches were strictly sold to military forces, the first civilian models debuted in the 1990s and were helped to be made popular in North America by Sylvester Stallone. The dark grey dial with vintage-looking hour markers distinguishes the watch with a look that can only be Panerai. Many times, we have mentioned the appeal of a “less is more” watch. Panerai watches fit the less is more concept very well. 3 simple hands display the time, a useful calendar shows the date of the month, and nothing else. The traditional Panerai shaped case is completely polished to a mirror finish. There are a few shallow scuffs and scratches that can be completely removed white you wait. As with any collectible watch we prefer to leave them original unless the purchaser prefers a fresh polish. Although the watch takes its styling cues from the original cushion shaped design of the 30s it features a modern automatic winding movement. The Panerai 38mm “due” is their smallest watch to date, although at 38mm you can hardly consider it small. These cushion-shaped cases tend to wear a little larger than the size suggests. The patented crown lock trigger mechanism helps keep things water-resistant to 30 meters and can trace its origins to a 1956 Panerai patent. The slightly domed synthetic sapphire crystal offers excellent optics and superior hardness over glass and the entire case is constructed from super resistant 916L stainless steel. Due to their smaller production numbers, these do not come around very often. It comes with the original brown leather strap and two genuine Panerai replacements leather straps, a high-quality pastel green, and a navy-blue crocodile option. These straps feature a quick-release system that allows switching in only a few seconds without tools. A small screwdriver is included to change over the signed Panerai buckle. The 3 original Panerai straps are a shorter cut suitable for a lady or thin gentleman. A good quality aftermarket grey leather strap and blue NATO-style come included also. The watch was purchased at Birks on Bloor St. Toronto in April of 2019. A 2-year extension of the factory warranty provided by Birks will cover the next owner until May 2023. The watch also comes with a Madison Burke Designs watch winder. The four extra straps and watch winder have a replacement value of close to $1,000.00. Included with purchase is the inner/outer boxes, foam box liner, original Birks sales receipt, 2-year extended warranty card, plastic bezel guard, instructions, polishing cloth, factory product stickers, Birks warranty card, screwdriver, and even the original cardboard shipping box. This most recent trade-in Panerai is priced at $7,400.00 CAD. Stock #e13894.

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October 31, 2020

2019 Omega Speedmaster “MoonWatch” 311.30.42.30.01.006 $6,000.00 CAD. e13876

Besides the Rolex Submariner and Daytona, Omega’s Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is just about our most requested estate watch. When they occasionally come around they usually don’t last very long. It’s a watch that hasn’t really changed much since it was introduced in the late 1950s. It’s always been a sporty hand-wind chronograph with tachymetre bezel scale for measuring units per hour. If it works don’t mess with the design; an undisputed classic with a proven record of reliability. All Speedmaster Professional Moonwatches have seen significant increases in value over the past few years. It’s one of those rare watches that has changed very little (except for the slightly over the top packaging) even as styles and technologies have moved on. The complete package includes 2 substitute nylon straps, a handy tool for removing the spring bars, 5 replacement spring bars, a 4 power eye loupe, oversized medallion replica case back, large travel case, foam-lined outer box, the plastic serial/style number hang tag and even the original brown cardboard shipping box from Switzerland. In the early 1960s, NASA needed a chronograph wristwatch that was suitable for its upcoming manned space flight program. They purchased several high-quality chronographs off the shelf from several local Houston jewellers. They then proceeded to subject them to rigorous testing until they eventually failed NASA’s testing (including the Rolex Daytona). The only watch that passed the arduous testing was the Omega Speedmaster. For all 6 moon landings, 88 shuttle flights, 110 missions there was only one watch that was “flight-qualified by NASA for all manned space missions”. Our latest example was purchased in Canada in the spring of 2019. It was only occasionally worn by a collector in rotation with other watches. Overall condition is excellent, just some light scuffs on the buckle, bracelet, and case are the only evidence of use. The watch remains in its original unpolished condition. The two extra straps that come included with the package have never been out of their plastic sleeves. In today’s era of GPS tracking and super accurate electronic timing, it’s amazing that such old fashioned manual mechanical timekeeping technology is still being made and used. That’s how strong the tradition and legend of the Speedmaster Professional is. Even well into the 1990s, this hand-wind throwback from the 1950s was still the watch that was “Flight-Qualified For All Manned Space Missions” as engraved into the case back. Comes with everything original when delivered May 29, 2019, from a Calgary Alberta authorized agent. This is the last of its kind. This model has ceased production but is still shown on Omega’s website along with its replacement model 310.30.42.50.01.001 carrying a retail price of $8,550.00. Our latest estate Moonwatch is the last to utilize the 18 jewel calibre 1861, itself a direct descendant of the original calibre 321 from the very first 1957 Speedmaster. Comes with the balance of the factory warranty plus a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers extended warranty. Estate priced at $6,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13876

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October 30, 2020

1990 Omega Speedmaster ST145022 $5,000.00 CAD. e13877

The recent announcement of the retirement of the Speedmaster 311.30.42.30.01.006 MoonWatch should make these 17 jewel hand-wind, calibre 861 Speedys even more desirable. The more modern 18 jewel calibre 1861 SpeedMasters are also now a thing of the past. They are getting snapped up at Omega dealers as the new Speedmaster 310.30.42.50.01.001 begins to turn up in display cases. The new MoonWatch can be seen on Omega’s website with a price of $8,550.00 CAD. I wonder if it will have the tradition and following of the 861/1861 series that lasted well over 50 years. Our latest vintage SpeedMaster Professional dates from the early 1990s and could be considered vintage as it is now 30 years old. It has elements of the older, big dollar versions like a simple interference snap buckle, tritium hour markers, and hands, plus that beautiful 17 jewel, hand-wind movement. Early examples were rose gold plated. For only around 5 years or so Omega switched to gold plating in the 1990s before switching to rhodium plating. This is one of the less common gold plated examples. These are among the prettiest movements ever produced. Logically developed, accurate, robust, and uber reliable are features that helped the Speedmaster Professional to be selected by NASA over several other Swiss chronograph/watch manufacturers including Rolex. This watch has been used as an everyday timepiece and as such shows patina and minor wear and tear. The case appears original and unpolished displaying small dings and impact marks on the edges. The tachymetre bezel scale for measuring units per hour likewise isn’t perfect. Bracelet and buckle show evidence of use but little sag and no stretch. The classic black dial is perfect. The tritium hour markers have aged to a dark tan hue with matching hands. The hesalite crystal is signed with the Omega logo. I know there are a lot of Speedmaster fans out there and we have a question for you. I’d love to know what the pine tree hallmark stamped inside the case back means. There has to be someone out there you can shed some light on this curious mark. I assume this mark is from the A. Donze-Baum company (part of the Richemont group); perhaps Omega sublet to them for producing the case-back or perhaps the entire case. We’d love to learn more about this stamping if anyone knows its meaning. The watch is running great, keeping good time with all functions operating as designed. Including a complimentary 1 year warranty the watch is estate priced at $5,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13877.

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October 26, 2020

Tag Heuer 1500 WD1223 all original just serviced $900.00 CAD. e12556

The Rolex blue dial Submariner is always in demand and we are very excited when they come in from time to time. Our customers love them too but it’s becoming harder and harder to find decent ones for under $12,000.00 CAD. While this Tag Heuer 1500 is certainly not a Rolex, it performs much the same duty for more than 90% less. When Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers were Tag Heuer agents this model always sold well for us and we were quite disappointed when it was retired. They rarely show up in our estate department and never in this sort of condition. The watch is completely original and has never been polished or refinished in any way. The gold plating is 100% intact even on the bottom of the bracelet. This watch likely saw very little use since it was purchased new over 20 years ago. Barack Obama wore a 1500 series on a leather strap in the 90s and early 2000s. The watch is running great keeping excellent time. It was just fully serviced by our master watchmaker (August 2019) and should be good for many years before the next scheduled service. Measuring a comfortable 37.25mm diameter it’s suitable for the man who prefers a more modest size watch or the lady who likes bigger size sporty designs. Comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, instructions. Including our 1 year complimentary warranty, the watch is estate priced at $900.00 CAD. Stock #e12556.

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October 22, 2020

1999 Omega Seamaster Professional Chronograph 2599.20.00 41.5mm $3,575.00 CAD. e12554

Think of this as the “James Bond watch” on steroids. Its 41.5mm case size is bigger, thicker, bulkier and has more functions compared to the much more common movie star issue 2531.80.00. All the regular Seamaster features are in perfect working order after a complete and comprehensive overhaul in August 2019. The chronometer rated movement is running well within specification as the plus 3 seconds per day timing report shows. Its threaded crown/case back is designed to keep the case watertight to 1000 feet. 60 minute one way ratcheting timer bezel along with a 3 register 12 hour chronograph give you all the timing capability you could ask for. Heavy solid link bracelet with diver’s extension and helium escape valve will have even the serious diver entertained. It’s nice to see the original faded day glow orange register tips still in place. Large hands with bright luminous treatment allow easy time interpretation in all lighting conditions. Overall finish and condition are good but not without evidence of use. The finish appears original and unpolished. The watch shows some scuffs and scratches common to any sporty watch that has been used as designed. There are many worse things you can do with $3,575.00 besides buying a good Swiss watch. Model 2599.80.00 had a suggested retail price of $4,000.00 when new. This 1999 example comes with its original bill of sale from La Swiss in Toronto where it was purchased for just shy of $3,400.00 in the spring of 2000. Now at 19 years old the estate price of $3,575.00 is practically identical to the original price, not too bad for holding value. What’s that new smart phone you’re thinking of buying going to be worth just a few years from now? Included with purchase is the original inner/outer box and instruction booklet. Estate priced at $3,575.00 with our complimentary no charge one year warranty. Stock #e12554.

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October 21, 2020

2008 Breitling MontBrillant Olympus 42mm A19350 full kit & extra strap $6,000.00 CAD. e13082

Looking for a less is more watch, then this one isn’t for you. If you’re into complications above just a simple day of the month display we present the Breitling Montbrillant Olympus A19350. Packed into the 42mm polished stainless steel case is a highly modified ETA calibre 2892-A2. The Swiss-made automatic winding movement incorporates a 12-hour chronograph, moon phase display, day/date, and month of the year, plus a 29 1/2 day moon-phase display. The silver/black dial also features a tachymeter scale used in combination with the stopwatch to measure any units per hour calculation between 60 to 750. A slide rule bezel is incorporated into the rotating coin edged bezel. The watch is in excellent condition showing light scratches on some of the flat edges and surfaces. These minor blemishes can easily be removed in a matter of minutes by one of our onsite technicians. Comes with an extra OEM chocolate brown padded leather strap and buckle in like new condition in addition to the stainless steel bracelet. In low light or no light conditions the complexity of the dial becomes simplified as bright luminous material on the hands and hour markers display only the time. The watch comes complete with everything from when it was delivered to the previous and only owner at La Swiss Toronto in the fall of 2008. Inner/outer boxes, booklets, instructions, endorsed warranty card, moon phase chart, polishing cloth (never unfolded), gold plated push tool for date/moon phase corrections, plastic Breitling tag, and the extra Breitling brown leather strap and buckle. The watch is running great keeping excellent time with all functions working as designed. A complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty will accompany the watch for the new owner. Estate priced at $6,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13082.

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Breitling Chrono Cockpit A13358 $3,880.00 CAD. e10139

e10139-breitling-chrono-cockpit-a13358-001 If you love the look of these, but don’t have the frame to pull off a 45mm or larger watch, this one should be just right. At 39mm diameter, the Chrono Cockpit A13358 will look perfect on the slimmer man or even the lady who prefers an aviator styled watch. The lightweight strap option keeps the total weight down to nicely under 100 grams. Light on size and heft but still a heavyweight when it comes to features. The watch comes with the exact same Valjoux 7750 chronograph/chronometer movement that its supersized brothers have. This robust workhorse Swiss mechanism is modified by Breitling’s watchmakers to higher chronometer grade specification. It is water-resistant to over 300 feet, comes with a screw-down crown/case back, and a 60 bezel timer; the same as any high-quality diver watch would have. Extra tough curved synthetic sapphire crystal, 12-hour chronograph display, and calendar round out the standard features. e10139-breitling-chrono-cockpit-a13358-002The condition looks new. The entire case is highly polished, void of any significant scuffs or scratches. The original factory 18mm stainless steel buckle secures the brand new high-quality Hirsh black carbon strap with white stitching.e10139-breitling-chrono-cockpit-a13358-003 Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $3,880.00 CAD. Stock #e10139.

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October 20, 2020

Tag Heuer Limited Edition Jack Heuer Autavia CBE2111. $5,300.00 CAD. e11999

Jack Heuer is the great-grandson of company founder Edouard Heuer, who established the company back in 1885. Jack Heuer was instrumental in designing one of the world’s most renowned wrist chronographs in 1963, the Carrera. The Autavia is a model that goes much further back into Heuer’s history. In the 1930s Heuer developed a dashboard timer that could be used both in automobiles as well as in aircraft. The name Autavia is derived from AUTomobile and AVIAtion. The Autavia moniker was revived in 1962 when Jack Heuer launched the first new watch while the company was under his direction. To celebrate the 85th anniversary of Jack’s birth, Tag Heuer introduced a limited-edition tribute watch that was highly influenced by the original 1962 version. The new edition was limited to just 1932 pieces worldwide. Our example is number 0083/1932. It was purchased by the one and only previous owner at European Jewellers Toronto in December 2017. It has been only lightly worn since that time. It displays some minor surface scratches on the buckle, case, and bracelet. The completely high polished finish can be fully restored within an hour by one of our onsite technicians if you wish. With a worldwide run of fewer than 2000 pieces, these watches were almost completely spoken for before they hit the showcases of authorized agents. A perfect condition 227-page hardcover book documenting the history of the Autavia is part of this limited edition package. This rare book is in perfect condition, its spine isn’t even creased. A book like this is a must for any vintage watch enthusiast. The watch is powered by Tag Heuer’s in house manufactured Tag-Heuer calibre 02. This 33 jewel automatic winding certified chronometer mechanism has a generous 75-hour power reserve while running at an industry standard 28,800 cycles per hour. We are happy to extend the factory warranty that expires December 2019 for an additional year from the date of purchase at no charge. When this watch was available it carried a price of $6,050.00 in the U.S.A and $7,200.00 in Canada. We may never see another one of these rare watches again. Originally purchased through an authorized agent; this is not a grey market import, it benefits from the full support of the factory warranty. Comes complete with all the original packaging, booklet, instructions, bill of sale for $7,200.00 plus tax, and even the outside cardboard box sleeve displaying style and serial number. This all-original, excellent condition estate example is priced at $5,300.00 CAD. Stock #e11999.

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October 17, 2020

2012 Tag Heuer Formula 1 WAC1219 37mm $1,500.00 CAD. e13815

When the world of high fashion and sports watches come together the Tag Heuer Formula 1 takes centre stage. The Tag Heuer Formula 1 series has been a staple of the brand since the 80s as the entry-level offering. Over the years they have improved in specification and quality with the same features as the much more expensive offerings. Highly water-resistant, all stainless steel construction and a sapphire crystal mean they’ll continue to operate and look great under extreme conditions. This rare version showcases a beautiful red grape colour dial with a matching satin strap. The fold-over deployment buckle is infinitely adjustable, easy to use plus provides the luxury look and feel you’d expect from a Tag Heuer. The bezel is bead set with 120 round brilliant cut diamonds of “I” clarity, H colour, and total 0.70 carats total weight. At 37mm diameter, it is a good-sized watch but not overwhelming on a feminine wrist. The watch is in perfect condition and completely scratch-free. The strap displays only slight evidence of occasional use. Comes complete with all the original documents, instructions, endorsed warranty card, and packaging. The high precision Swiss-made quartz movement is operating flawlessly and keeping great time. A handy calendar and second hand add some extra utility to the pretty face. A complimentary 1-year warranty is included for the estate price of $1,500.00 CAD. Stock #e13815.

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October 16, 2020

Tag Heuer Formula 1 CAZ1014 43mm $1,100.00 CAD. e13784

Tag Heuer Formula 1 watches have come a long way since the line was introduced in 1986. The debut came toward the end of the quartz crisis that eliminated many Swiss watch manufacturers. In fact, Formula 1 was the first watch series released after Techniques d’Avant Garde (TAG) acquired the Heuer watch company. Heuer had become financially stressed as their traditional mechanically based product line had trouble competing with much lower priced Japanese imports like Seiko. It’s fair to say the brightly coloured, composite cased original Formula 1 watches helped save the company from insolvency. Our latest formula 1 dates more than 3 decades after the originals hit jewellers showcases in 1986. It benefits from 30 years of improvements. Screw down threaded crown, super hard synthetic sapphire crystal, advanced luminova glowing pigments and full 316l stainless steel construction are features the originals never had. I love the blue/orange colours that pay a not so subtle homage to Heuer and Tag Heuer’s racing association with Gulf dating back over half a century. Our latest F1 estate offering is in lightly worn almost new condition. The polished/brushed finish is completely original and has not been polished or refinished in any way. Only a hot ultrasonic cleaning was all it needed. Model CAZ1014.BA0842 comes complete with an instruction booklet and perfect condition inner/outer boxes. We’ve just installed a new battery to start you off fresh. The efficient and ultra precise quartz movement should run trouble free for many years to come. Including a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this excellent condition Tag Heuer Formula 1 is estate priced at only $1,100.00 CAD. Stock #e13784.

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Tag Heuer Formula 1 WAZ1112 41mm like new $1,050.00 CAD. e13783

The Tag Heuer Formula 1 line has come a long way since the first versions were introduced in the 1980s. I feel you can credit the F1s as the biggest reason Tag Heuer survived the quartz crisis that put many Swiss manufacturers out of business due to the onslaught of good quality, low-cost quartz watches from Japan. The original Formula 1 models only cost a few hundred dollars and were constructed mostly from composite materials aside from the screw on case-back. Today the Formula 1 is truly a watch worthy of consideration of any watch aficionado. Our latest example is my favorite of all time. Under the super tough and durable synthetic sapphire crystal is a beautiful matt finish black dial with applied markers that are super legible under any lighting conditions. The Arabic 12 and 6 remind me of a Rolex Explorer and the classic green/red logo is something most modern Tag Heuers are lacking. At 41mm it isn’t too big and cumbersome and the slightly thinner ratcheting bezel allows more room for a big dial and easy time interpretation making this one of the most purposeful watches around. A threaded crown and case back contribute to a water-resistant rating of 200 meters. Solid construction stainless steel bracelet with diver’s extension and locking buckle allows use in any condition. The watch is in virtually perfect condition, showing only a few light scuffs on the brushed finish buckle. Comes complete with the original packaging, instruction booklet, and a complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. This like-new watch is a current model available at any Tag Heuer agent and is shown on the Tag Heuer website with a price of $1,650.00 CAD. Our price for this like-new example is $1,050.00 CAD. Stock #e13783.

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October 7, 2020

Louis Audemars 18 karat gold pocket watch $3,000.00 CAD. e7890

e7890.5 Audemars pocket watchI’ll admit knowing almost nothing about this watch. It shares little history with the luxury watch brand Audemars Piguet except for a slight family connection from a cousin who worked for Louis Audemars briefly. Audemars Piguet are still made in Brassus Switzerland as this pocket watch was. The Louis Audemars company was in business for around 75 years. During this period of operation, the company produced less than 10000 of the world’s most high-quality pocket watches. The quality equaled the best from any Swiss manufacturer. They were a leader in the development of many watchmaking techniques including the very novel idea at the time of a stem winding mechanism rather than the traditional winding key.  The 18 karat gold case measures 49mm in diameter and weighs 47 grams including the glass crystal. The fully jewelled lever set movement is running well and keeping time. The case back is marked BRASSUS M-F 20318. That’s it, that’s all I can tell you about this important part of watchmaking history. I wish this watch could talk. I’m guessing the watch was built in the mid to later  1800s. Estate priced at $3,000.00 CAD. Stock #e7890.e7890.2 Audemars pocket watche7890.4 Audemars pocket watch

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October 3, 2020

2011 Tag Heuer AquaRacer WAF141A 27mm pearl diamond dial $2,100.00 CAD. e13817

Pretty in pink. Ladies stainless steel Tag Heuer AquaRacer WAF141A with the optional diamond set, pink mother of pearl dial. This dial flips between a pale pastel blue and pink as the watch is moved. The traditional 27mm size is both comfortable and lightweight. The watch is in excellent condition after a full case and bracelet polishing. Comes complete with all documents, packaging, endorsed warranty card (Dec. 2011), and even the original gift receipt. The full complement of adjustable links allows this watch to fit a wrist size of up to just shy of 7 3/4 inches. Included with purchase is a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate price $2,100.00 CAD. Stock #e13817.

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October 1, 2020

Panerai Luminor 44 PAM114 full set with 3 extra straps $5,499.00 CAD. e12431

Florence Italy has a long rich history of art, fashion, and design. From Michelangelo’s David, the Basilica of San Lorenzo to the headquarters of fashion icon Gucci, Florence was at the centre of the Italian renaissance. Giovanni Panerai (born 1825) watchmaker opened up Officine Panerai in Florence in 1860 and soon became an authorized dealer for some of the world’s most important watch brands including Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, and Patek Philippe. Although it achieved significant retail success, two things happened that altered the course of what was a great retailer/service center into the luxury brand it is today. The first was in 1900 when his grandson Guido Panerai signed the contract to become the official supplier of wristwatches and precision instruments for the Royal Italian Navy. Then in 1916 when Panerai invented Radiomir, a radium-based powder giving luminosity to dials and sighting instruments. Although Panerai no longer uses radioactive radium for their watches they’re still quite luminous in the dark. After a request from the Italian Navy for a waterproof watch that kept excellent time and was easy to read underwater, Panerai began working with Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf developing the world’s first tool dive watch. The prototype Radiomir was released in 1936. Our latest estate watch is modeled after the originals and the first civilian Luminor models that debuted in the 1990s. The glossy white dial with black Arabic full markers distinguishes with a unique look. Many times we’ve mentioned the appeal of a “less is more” watch. The PAM114 takes the design to its most basic concept. Just two hands are used with a full minute track and complete hour markers, all executed in striking black paint so you think it actually has height. The case is also completely high polished giving it a slightly more dressy look. Before 1993 Luminor watches were strictly sold to military forces. Although the watch takes its styling cues from the original cushion shaped design of the 30s and features an old fashion hand-wind movement originating in the 1950s it’s big on modern capability. The patented crown lock trigger mechanism helps keep things water resistant to 300 meters and traces its origins to a 1956 Panerai patent. The slightly domed synthetic sapphire crystal offers excellent optics and superior hardness over compared to glass and the entire 44mm case is constructed from super resistant 916L stainless steel. Here’s your chance to own a piece of dive watch history with this great example. Due to their smaller production numbers, these don’t come around very often, and not in such excellent original condition. It comes with the original leather strap but also with the original alternate rubber strap with a changing tool. The previous owner also purchased 2 high quality custom made brown leather straps from The Strap Smith in Montana USA. Included with the watch is the original screwdriver allowing easy strap removal/installation with large threaded pins (no tricky spring bars). All the papers are in the box which is in pristine condition. The watch comes with a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $5,499.00 CAD. Stock #e12431.

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September 22, 2020

2013 Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Co-Axial 42mm 232.30.42.21.01.00. $4,700.00 CAD. e13813

Although this Omega Seamaster is technically pre-owned it could pass for new old stock. It’s in as delivered condition just like you would have received from the Omega boutique aside from the most minor of scuffs on a link or two and the polished lugs. This is the model that everyone’s looking for with the in house developed calibre 8500. All 200 plus components were designed and manufactured in Omega’s workshops. The movement features lots of cool technology like double mainspring barrels, proprietary co-axial escapement, silicon hairspring, ultra-low friction zircon oxide rotor pivot jewels plus much more. The slightest movement causes the bi-directional rotor to spin, efficiently and silently winding the movement. it’s micro-mechanical art. Being a Seamaster all the regular sporty diver features are here. Watertight to 2000 feet, one-way ratcheting bezel, helium escape valve, locking buckle with concealed wet suit extension, bright oversized luminous hands, and hour markers plus the more basic details of threaded crown/case back, etc. Seamaster Planet Ocean 232.30.42.21.01.001 had a suggested retail price of $6,200.00 USD and was a relative bargain in Canada where the suggested retail price is only $7,000.00. Our 42mm gently worn example is estate priced at $4,700.00. It comes complete with the original Omega box, foam-lined outer box, instruction booklet, plastic identity cards, and endorsed warranty card (Feb. 2013) from a Canadian Omega Authorized agent. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is pleased to include a complimentary one year warranty with purchase. Stock number #e13813.

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2020 Baume & Mercier Clifton GMT with power reserve 45.5mm MOA10422 $2,399.00 CAD. e13771

If you’re a watch aficionado you’re familiar with Baume & Mercier. Since 1830 they’ve been creating high-quality watches in Switzerland, making them one of the oldest brands around. By the late 1800s and early 1900s, the company had earned a reputation for making some very complicated watches, including minute repeaters that chimed out the time in a sonorous fashion that defied the size of the watch. Chronographs with calendars and tourbillon equipped escapements were other specialties of Baume & Mercier. In 1892 they produced a tourbillon-equipped watch that held the accuracy record for over ten years. With such a rich history it’s no surprise for them to produce a watch like the Clifton GMT with a power reserve display. The beautiful, radial finish navy blue dial with Arabic markers is hard not to admire. Blue watch dials have always been good sellers but right now they are extremely popular and sought after. The semi-circular scale at 6:00 o’clock shows how many hours of stored power reserve remain. If you’re active and wear the watch every day, the pointer should always show 40. Another interesting feature of the Clifton GMT MOA10422 is the interesting dual time display at 12:00 o’clock. The dual scale semi-circular display shows the daylight hours (6:00 am – 6:00 pm) with the smaller inner scale with a silver pointer. The night-time hours (6:00 pm -6:00 am) are shown on the larger outer scale using the red-tipped pointer hand. Once accustomed to the display is becomes easy to use and logically displayed. This second time zone can be quickly set by depressing the small recessed button on the side of the case. At 45.5mm diameter this is a big watch but the high-grade genuine alligator strap with signed tang buckle keeps the overall weight down to 93 grams. The lovely 28 jewel automatic winding movement is visible through the display case-back. The watch is new and unworn. There is not a scuff, stain, or scratch anywhere to be found. The curved synthetic sapphire crystal and beautiful beveled edge, stainless steel case with brushed/polished texture is both beautiful to look at and precisely manufactured. A 7.5mm signed crown is partially recessed in the case for protection. It comes complete with the instruction booklet containing warranty information along with the original inner and outer box. Please note the watch does not come with the officially endorsed warranty card, therefore, does not carry the factory warranty. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a complimentary one year warranty (prorated for 5 years) covering all aspects of the original factory warranty. Never used but estate priced at $2,399.00 CAD. Stock #e13771.

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September 21, 2020

Tag Heuer Link Chronograph CJF-2110-0 Calibre 16 42mm $2,000.00 CAD. e13121

Classic looking Tag Heuer Link Chronograph CJF2110-0. It’s got everything the watch enthusiast is looking for; iconic looks, generous 42mm case size, Swiss made Tag Heuer Calibre 16 automatic movement, historically significant brand, functional black dial and a do it all design. The Link series has been Tag Heuer’s dressy model since the line was introduced as the Sports Elegance over 30 years ago. The appearance has evolved over the past 3 decades, but the wishbone link bracelet design has always been a key style feature that defines the look. The fully brushed finish gives the watch a purposeful look without the bling. Soft rounded edges on the case and bracelet plus a curved synthetic sapphire crystal make for a watch that is ultra-comfortable. Luminous hour/minute hand with sweep second hand and calendar display add extra function many dress models lack. The watch is equipped with a threaded crown/case back enabling a water resistance rating of 200 meters. An integrated locking buckle makes sure the watch stays put securely on your wrist. A 12 hour chronograph adds some bonus utility and fills the dial with independent hour, minute, and second registers. The watch is in very good original condition showing little evidence of wear aside from minor scuffs and scratches on the bezel and case. The bracelet shows no measurable stretch or sag. We just installed a new genuine Tag Heuer threaded crown and waterproof tube; after installation, the watch was vacuum tested for water resistance (passing test results included). A complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty, Tag Heuer service box, and operating instruction booklet complete this package. Priced at $2,000.00. CAD. Stock #e13121

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September 18, 2020

Cartier 18kt. gold Pasha 2398 with diamonds 32mm $14,000.00 CAD. e8850

e8850.1 Cartier Pasha 2398 18kt case with diamondsWhen it comes to a feminine luxury brand there are few that compare to French jeweller Cartier. They have been around since the mid 1800s creating some of the world’s most cherished items. For men, Rolex and Breitling come to mind for producing mostly large masculine sporty watches. For the ladies, the name Cartier has few equals. Although they produce many gentleman’s timepieces too I think the lady’s line is where their strength is. The Cartier Pasha was one of the most popular designs from the 1990s until very recent retirement. Over the years Cartier watches in stainless steel and occasionally gold with steel make scarce but regular appearances in our estate department. Even a few Pashas have come and gone but this one is just a bit more special.e8850.2 Cartier 18kt Pasha 2398 diamond bezel 18kt It’s solid 18 karat white gold; the ultimate in luxury. I mean stainless steel looks pretty much the same and from a practical sense perhaps it’s even better, but that’s not the point. The feel, the finish, the weight, and the rarity all make 18 karat white gold the choice when it comes to pampering oneself. The 39 VVS-FG diamonds surrounding the beautiful silver/white guilloche dial don’t hurt either. There is even a fully faceted diamond bezel set upside down in the canteen style threaded crown guard. Attached to the gold case is a dark burgundy genuine crocodile strap with an 18 karat white gold deployment buckle. e8850.3 Cartier Pasha 2398 18kt white goldThe watch is in 100% original condition. It shows minor signs of occasional use in the form of light surface scuffs and minor scratches. The leather strap is soft and supple showing mild use but no significant wear. It’s nice to see a watch that is likely over 10 years old with the original polish intact. A plastic protective sticker is still covering the case back.e8850.4 Cartier Pasha 2398 18kt gold Self winding Cartier 20 jewel caliber 120 with calendar is working well keeping good time. The original red box with red suede travel pouch are included along with a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty. The watch originally sold for close to $30,000.00 when new. As a next to new estate item, it is priced at $14,000.00 CAD. Stock #e8850. e8850 Cartier Pasha 2398 diamond bezel 18kt white gold

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Tag Heuer AquaRacer diamond dial WBD1414 (never used) $2,000.00 CAD. e13785

Some of Tag Heuer’s AquaRacers have evolved into very attractive “jewellery” watches over recent years. They were first introduced as a continuation of the very successful 2000 series in 2004. Every Aquaracer provides a rugged build with serious sporting features. Don’t let the dramatic iridescent mother of pearl diamond dial fool you. This watch is still made with the right stuff, able to stand up to any task asked of it. Water resistant to 300 meters, synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, luminous hands, solid link stainless steel locking bracelet with divers extension, and ratcheting timer bezel are the same features offered by the pure tool design AquaRacer models. The beautiful mother of pearl and diamond dial adds some sophisticated feminine details that are quite striking against the combination polished and brushed stainless steel. Comes with the original packaging, precious stone certificate, and instruction booklet (not shown). The previous owner described the watch as never used. It was only tried on and then put away in its box. There is not a scratch, scuff or blemish to be seen anywhere on the case or bracelet. The protective case-back sticker is still in place. At 27mm in case diameter, model WBD1414 is easy to read but not too big or bulky. 11 high quality VS-G round brilliant cut diamonds sparkle and twinkle against the rainbow sheen of the white mother of pearl dial. This watch can currently be seen on the Tag Heuer website where it carries a suggested retail price of $2,700.00 CAD. Including a complimentary 1-year warranty this never used example is estate priced at $2,000.00 CAD. Stock #e113785.

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September 17, 2020

2012 Omega Seamaster 300 Professional 212.30.41.20.01.003 41mm $4,545.00 CAD. e13781

Since its introduction way back in 1993, the Omega Seamaster “James Bond” series of Seamaster 300 Professionals have been one of the brands best selling models. High quality, extreme capabilities, and of course their appearances in many Bond films didn’t hurt either. When originally introduced it carried an MSRP of just $2,600.00 CAD. Nice original condition used examples today sell for double what they cost when new. Over the past 25 plus years, the watch has remained pretty much the same but the specifications have evolved to an even higher degree. The original ETA 2892-A2 chronometer movement has been upgraded to Co-Axial status using Omega’s calibre 2500 that promises even greater accuracy and extended service intervals. The bracelet is now as good as any available. Gone are the bushed rivets connecting the adjustable links in favor of screw caps that lock a solid steel bar. The matt finish embossed wave pattern dial has been replaced with a beautiful gloss finish and ultra-bright luminous hands and markers. Although with the newest Seamaster 300 210.30.42.20.01.001 the waves have returned along with a higher retail price of $7,050.00 CAD. The simple printed logo and dial markers are now silver framed and individually applied. The aluminum bezel insert has also been upgraded to fade-proof and super scratch-resistant ceramic. This Seamaster is a no-compromise timepiece able to compete with any model from any manufacturer.  According to the original bill of sale from a Canadian authorized Omega agent and the endorsed warranty card, this watch was purchased new in 2012. Comes complete with instructions, reference card, instruction book, inner/outer box, case-back sticker, and even the original invoice with credit card payment receipt. The watch has had a light bracelet polish but the head looks original. Its condition can be described as responsibly worn. Under casual inspection, shallow surface scratches and scuffs are visible mostly on the bracelet and buckle. Excellent condition with all functions and features working as designed. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty (prorated for 5 years) this retired model is estate priced at $4,545.00.00 CAD. Stock #e13781.

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September 16, 2020

Vintage Omega Chronostop with Pulse scale 145.007 $2,890.00 CAD. e11490

e9551 Omega Chronostop 145.007 Pulsations“Is there a doctor in the house? We’ve found your watch”. Before there was a Fitbit or fancy app. for your smart phone there were specialty items like this very rare Pulse rate scale calculator on this equally unusual Omega Seamaster  Chronostop 145.007. This hand wind watch dates from 1968. At 41mm it’s one of the larger vintage models produced by Omega 50 years ago. No need to wait until the bright orange second reaches the 12:00 to take a pulse. Simply push the top button to reset the second hand, then push it again to start timing. Count 15 pulses and push the top button one more time. Where the hand stops points out the beats per minute count.e9551.2 Omega Chronostop 145.007 Pulsations scale No need to calculate the rate under a stressful situation. There is very little to go wrong using this instrument. When not in use the orange hand serves duty as the regular seconds hand. I’ve seen a few Chronostops over the years but they’ve all had the common tachymeter scale for measuring units per hour. The beats per minute scale was a special order only and it is extraordinarily rare to see, especially in excellent condition. We performed a full overhaul of the hand wind 17 jewel mechanical movement in 2016. To our surprise the movement had no evidence of any prior service over the past 48 years. No scratches on the beautiful pink gold plates, the polished screw heads looked as if they had never even been turned.e9551 Omega Chronostop Pulsation 145.007 calibre 865 The overall condition of the watch suggests it was used for several years then sat in a drawer for decades. Not many watches retain the original factory finish like this one. It’s never been polished or restored in any way. For a finishing touch we installed a genuine Omega crystal after the service. A brand new period correct aftermarket stainless steel bracelet with fold over buckle matches the vintage look perfectly.e9551.1 Omega Chronostop 145.007 Pulsations scale Also included is an occasionally worn special order black leather Hirsch strap with orange stitching fitted with a modern signed Omega stainless steel buckle.  What a perfect gift for the doctor or nurse in your life who also appreciates quality vintage watches. I think you could make a strong case with your accountants as a business write-off described as “timing equipment”. Including a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty this very rare Chronostop is estate priced at $2,890.00 CAD. Stock #e11490.

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September 7, 2020

Breitling Chronomat 44 B01 movement CB0110 $10,600.00 CAD. e11998

I love it when we get the opportunity to showcase a one owner all original luxury watch. No story estate watches complete with everything as delivered from an authorized retail agent don’t come by nearly as often as we’d like. In addition to the original packaging, booklets, instructions, warranty cards this watch comes with the Birks Toronto Yorkdale original bill of sale. Also included and a first for us is the Toronto-Dominion Bank receipt of the draft used to originally pay for the watch in July of 2016 for $14,995.00. This is NOT a grey market online purchased timepiece; it comes with the full support of the 5-year international warranty. As the watch was originally purchased from Birks it comes with a 2 year extended warranty. This extended warranty is an extra perk Birks included at the time of purchase. The Birks warranty will cover the next owner until the end of July 2023 for no extra charge. Even though Breitling has been around since 1884 and make some very popular sports watches, they have never produced their own mechanical movement until the B01 as found in our latest estate offering. Like many companies, they modify and upgrade existing high quality mechanisms from Swiss suppliers like ETA and Valjoux. Breitling certifies every movement leaving their factory is compliant with chronometer specifications for accuracy. Not wanting their production to be limited and sometimes dictated by outside suppliers, Breitling decided to produce an entirely new calibre completely in-house several years ago. The proprietary 47 jewel B01 inside the Chronomat 44  is the result. The single mainspring design stores a remarkable 70 hours of power reserve when not being worn and easily conforms to accuracy levels awarding it chronometer grade status. The watch industry is paying close attention to Breitling and more specifically to this new proprietary movement. Breitling recently reached an agreement with Rolex sibling company Tudor allowing them to use the B01 chronograph movement in the Tudor Heritage Chronograph. In exchange Breitling has access to Tudor’s 3 hand in house MT5612 movement (renamed B20 in Breitling products). For two major watch brands to cooperate like this is very unusual; it shows how much each manufacturer mutually respects the quality of these mechanisms. Rolex has their Daytona Cosmograph and Omega have the Speedmaster Moonwatch. The Breiting Chronomat series is becoming an iconic do it all diver/chronograph for Breitling aficionados. The 60-minute diver bezel adds an extra timing function in addition to the 12 hour 3 register chronograph. The tuxedo black/champagne dial is the epitome of class for a large sporty watch. The 18 karat rose gold trim in high polish finish adds an additional level of sophistication. The watch is in excellent condition, the case and bracelet show evidence of responsible use over the last few years. Small shallow scuffs and scratches are present on the highly polished case and bracelet. The watch has never been polished or refinished in any way. Only a gentle ultrasonic cleaning was necessary to prepare it for our estate department. If you’d prefer to have the watch looking like brand new, one of our onsite goldsmiths can have it looking perfect in only a day or so. A more complete example is would be impossible to find. Every document, brochure comes included along with the inner/outer box. This is a current model available from your local Breitling authorized agency and comes with a suggested retail price of $13,420.00 USD. In Canada, they are a little less expensive (dollar adjusted) priced at $15,570.00. This exact model can be seen on the Breiltling website. Under warranty until July 2023 and estate priced at $10,600.00 CAD. Stock #e11998.

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August 25, 2020

Oris BC3 01 735 7641 4733-07 4 22 05B Day-Date 42mm $900.00 CAD. e13729

Since inception ORIS has always produced great value watches. In the early years, they produced simple pin lever hand wind movements. These simple movements although basic in design were very developed and performed better than many so called high quality fully jewelled movements. When their pin lever movements reached the limits of the technology 1966 they moved into higher quality jewelled mechanical movements. In a final underdog statement of pin lever technology, the ORIS calibre 652 was awarded the chronometer certificate of distinction. Certified chronometer movements up to this point were only given to highly evolved fully jewelled mechanisms made by prestigious brands like ROLEX, OMEGA, Longines etc. Our latest estate Oris offering is the Big Crown Day-Date. That name pretty much sums it up. You get that exceptional Oris quality for an estate price the same or less than almost any other Swiss made timepiece. It’s all wrapped up in a modern stealthy dark tone on tone look. From the buckle to the dial everything has been blacked out. Only the hands and markers are in contrasting white with luminous pigment. The watch is in like new condition only used a couple of times by the previous owner. Threaded crown, threaded display back, Swiss-made Sellita 26 jewel SW200-1 automatic movement, synthetic sapphire crystal, display case-back, PVD stainless steel case are just a some of the features this overachieving watch showcases. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty and Oris box it is estate priced at $900.00 CAD. Stock e13729.

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August 23, 2020

Tag Heuer 2000 Exclusive WN111C-20 37.5mm $1,075.00 CAD. e11424

Looking for a durable, high quality Swiss watch but don’t need or want to spend half a year’s mortgage payments to do it? How about this gent’s Tag Heuer 2000 Exclusive WN111C-20. This was Tag Heuer’s top of the line within the 2000 series of watches a decade or so ago. It offered several significant upgrades over the regular 2000 Sport and 2000 Classic. Most noteworthy for the bracelet that featured solid end pieces, far heavily constructed flip-lock equipped buckle, and a more intricate link design with bushed rivets. The silver dial with combination stick/Arabic hour markers is in perfect condition along with the blemish-free synthetic sapphire crystal. Luminous hands and markers allow legibility even in the dark. The tone on tone look makes for a slightly dressier design than a black or blue dial. A 60 minute one-way ratcheting bezel makes a handy timer. This simple device isn’t just for measuring dive times. it can also be used to time a parking meter or maybe a lunch hour. The ultra reliable and accurate Swiss quartz movement with date display is running perfectly keeping great time. Excellent overall condition having just been treated to a full professional refinishing. The polished and brushed finish stainless steel case and bracelet have the right amount of bright polish that won’t go unnoticed. An entry level Tag Heuer Aquaracer quartz of similar size has a current suggested retail price of $1,550.00 USD. Including our 1 year complimentary warranty, this watch is estate priced at $1,075.00 CAD. Stock #e11424.

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August 13, 2020

2012 50th Anniversary ltd. ed. James Bond Seamaster 212.30.36.20.51.001 $5,000.00 CAD. e13812

Since introduced way back in 1993, the Omega Seamaster “James Bond” series of Seamaster 300 Professionals have been one of the brand’s best-selling models. High quality, extreme capabilities, and of course their appearances in many Bond films didn’t hurt either. When originally introduced the full-sized automatic version carried a list price of only $2,600.00 CAD. Original condition examples today sell for more than twice the original price. Over the past 27 years, the watch has remained much the same but its specifications have evolved to an even higher degree. The original ETA 2892-A2 chronometer movement has been upgraded to Co-Axial status using Omega’s calibre 2507 that promises even greater accuracy and extended service intervals. The bracelet is now as good as any available. Gone are the bushed rivets connecting the adjustable links in favor of cap screws that lock in a solid steel rivet in place. The flat finish embossed wave pattern dial has been replaced with a beautiful gloss black finish. Simple printed logo and dial markers are now silver framed and individually applied. The aluminum bezel insert has been upgraded to fade-proof, super scratch-resistant ceramic. The current Seamaster is a no-compromise timepiece able to compete with any model from any manufacturer. Model 212.30.36.20.51.001 was a limited edition commemorating the 50th anniversary of James Bond. This is the smaller 36mm size suitable for the wrist of a slim gentleman or the lady who likes something a little larger but not overwhelming. The smaller size is far less common as only 3007 were made compared to 11007 of the 42mm versions. The smaller version also features a small 17 facet single cut diamond at the 7:00 o’clock hour position. Our example was purchased new from an authorized Omega agent in the Cayman Islands in September 2012 and comes complete with all of its original documentation, instructions, and warranty card. The limited-edition features an embossed 007 diagonal pattern across the glossy black dial and the 50-minute index on the ceramic bezel is coloured blood red. The engraved rifling pattern on the case back has a small display window in the centre revealing what looks like the bottom of a bullet attached to the rotor axle. The bullet reads JAMES BONDS 50 YEARS. As the rotor turns inside the watch the bullet spins as a real bullet would traveling down a gun barrel. The watch comes with its original secret release/compartment box and individually numbered limited edition certificate booklet #1135 of 3007.  The outer box also included is in perfect condition. This watch has never been polished or refinished in any way, the condition is very good to excellent. There is evidence of use in the form of minor scratches on the buckle, a few on the links and on the case lugs. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide a one-year complimentary warranty for the new owner. This watch is estate priced at CAD 5,500.00. Stock #e13812.

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August 11, 2020

IWC Pilot Sptifire IW377719 43mm full kit $5,500.00 CAD. e13789

If you love luxury watches but conspicuous brands like Rolex, Breitling or Cartier just seem a little too obvious, how about something a little more exotic. Perhaps an IWC Schaffhausen? Not only is it a fun name to say, but it’s also one of the true great watch manufacturers that is more than just a well marketed brand. From their 1868 inception in Schaffhausen Switzerland by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones, they developed an international reputation for manufacturing watches of the highest quality. International Watch Company Pilot Chronograph IW377719 is one of the more dedicated professional models offered. The case is large at 43mm but not oversized. The actual surface area of the dial is bigger than many larger watches because it lacks a thick bezel. Purchased new in the spring of 2017 directly from IWC Toronto, the watch looks to be in practically new condition. There are just a few minor scuffs and light scratches on the case and bracelet. The original brushed and polished finishes are believed to be factory original. There is a still protective plastic sticker covering the beautifully embossed Spitfire image on the case-back. Another original sticker can be seen on the buckle. The buckle on the super comfortable bracelet is one of the most elegant and over-engineered components on the watch. The double push button operates a spring loaded cam that releases the lock. An additional ratcheting micro adjustment allows precise adjustment of the length by pushing the IWC logo on the back of the buckle.  This is a serious pilot watch with one of the most legible dials in the business. Just a simple radial finish grey dial with totally white luminous hands framed in polished silver offering excellent contrast and legibility, even in the dark. Basic Arabic/stick hour markers plot out the time in a simple precise format. The minute hand tapers to a pinpoint tip allowing minute division calculation without even referencing the small subsidiary red tipped constant seconds hand. A slightly curved synthetic sapphire crystal with a special double-sided anti-reflective coating is a luxury touch even Rolex doesn’t do. Included with purchase is the original box, endorsed warranty card, instructions, and the original untouched polishing cloth. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $5,500.00 CAD. Stock #e13789.

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August 9, 2020

Cartier Roadster Automatic 2510 with extra strap $4,200.00 CAD. e10797

The name Roadster says it all with this Cartier. Launched in 2001 the line took its inspiration from the classic automobiles of the 1950s and 60s and it shows. The high polished 37mm wide stainless steel case curves to resemble those iconic raised fenders with the lugs mirroring the recessed headlights of the era. The scratch resistant sapphire crystal is equipped with an elongated date window that melds into the crown to parallel the “Dagmar Bumpers” of the 50s. The black dial takes its inspiration from some of the more stylized odometers and features luminous Arabic numbers, hands, and hour markers. It also features a smaller set of Arabic minute markers between the hour markers for easily tracking 5 minute intervals. Even the solid steel brushed and polished bracelet with its hidden double fold clasp inspires the curving feel of a classic roadster. The Roadster was offered with quick change interchangeable strap options for versatility and a fresh look whenever you like. This Roadster automatic 2510 comes with an original tan Cartier leather strap and deployment buckle. The watch is powered by the Swiss made 21 jewel ETA calibre 2892A2 automatic movement that’s running well with a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. In nice original condition, showing only minor signs of wear that can be easily polished away. Along with the alternate strap and buckle it is accompanied by its own genuine Cartier box plus a soft leather Cartier travel pouch. Estate price $4,200.00 CAD. Stock #e10797.

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August 5, 2020

Longines Masters Collection L2.628.4.78.6 38.5mm $1,200.00 CAD. e13763

There are few watch brands with a longer history and more significant achievements than Longines. Since the early part of the 1800s, they’ve consistently produced high-quality timepieces. Early on the company experienced great success in the United States with chronographs used for precise timing during sporting activities. They’ve been making watches with certified chronometer accuracy levels well before the turn of the 20th century. While not an officially certified chronometer, the Longines L619.2 (ETA 2892-A2) 21 jewel automatic mechanism in this watch can easily qualify when submitted for independent certification. This is the same base calibre movement you’ll find in many Omega Seamaster chronometers, older Breitling and Tag Heuer chronometers plus other luxury brands. This estate watch looks as if it has never been used. There is not a scuff or scratch to be found. Classic silver/white, oxford cloth textured dial with easy to read Arabic hour markers and blued steel hands are the perfect combination for this style of watch. At 38.5mm diameter, it is a good sized watch but not cumbersome and bulky. The actual dial size is bigger than many larger watches due to the lack of a thick bezel. A handy calendar and sweep second hand and some extra function. The solid link stainless steel bracelet with an integrated locking buckle can easily be swapped for a 20mm leather strap if you want a different look. For a final touch of horological interest, Longines incorporated a clear display window in the case-back. The beautifully finished movement has been decorated and finished to a level much higher than most watches in this price range. This watch is a current offering from Longines and is shown on their website with a suggested retail price of $2,050.00 USD. Including the original inner/outer boxes, instructions, open warranty card and a one year warranty, we have the watch priced at $1,200.00 CAD. Stock #e13763.

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August 3, 2020

19mm Ladies 18kt. Omega manual wind 17 jewel $600.00 CAD. e13051

Determining the value of jewellery can be complicated. It’s pretty straight forward figuring out the intrinsic value of the gold, diamonds and other components, but how do you determine the manufacturing costs plus the value a brand name adds to a product. If you purchased a brand new, ordinary wedding band containing 4 grams of 18 karat gold (the same as this watch) a very good retail price would be $600.00 at current gold value. This watch is exponentially more difficult to produce than a simple wedding band. Consider the dozens of meticulously manufactured tiny components required in order to function and keep proper time in the fully jewelled mechanism. Add to that a lovely dial needs to be made, acrylic crystal, leather strap, buckle, winding crown etc. Many of these parts are made by independent companies, each needing to make a profit in order to stay in business. It’s no wonder that buying a high-quality Swiss-made mechanical watch can cost as much as it does. That’s typically the case except if you’re considering buying an estate watch like this. Our most recent example is an 18 karat yellow gold Omega from 1969 according to its 31,797,723 serial number. Omega has been producing some of the world’s finest watches since 1848. From a watchmaking perspective, this is a straight forward design. Very simple tasteful champagne dial with stick hour markers and two hands that offer excellent legibility despite a smallish 19mm diameter case. The watch is in amazing condition showing minimal wear. The original gold plated buckle is still serving duty on the brand new 9mm Austrian made Hirsch brown leather strap. The shock protected movement is running great keeping excellent time. Not very often does a vintage watch come in still sporting a signed crown and crystal. Comes complete with a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced the same per gram as a new wedding band or simple gold chain. This represents perhaps the best value in the jewellery business at only $600.00 CAD. Stock #e13051.

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August 1, 2020

1959 Omega Seamaster 14390-1 calibre 285 35.25mm $1,450.00 CAD. e13560

Before all you Omega fanatics get too excited please know this is NOT a vintage Railmaster; it is a fairly garden-variety hand wind Seamaster from the late 1950s. The original dial was likely discoloured, stained, or damaged and was restored to this Railmaster style. The refinished dial is the epitome of function and legibility in all lighting conditions. The uncluttered flat black dial with large luminous markers and hands tapered to a needle-sharp point. A thin fine minute track outlines the edge of the dial exactly dividing the hour into 60 parts. It is so functional and precise you can easily see the minute hand approach, cover, then pass the sliver thin minute markers in less than 10 seconds. It’s pure micro mechanical art that a watch geek like me takes pleasure in watching. While the simple clean 35.25mm watch case is undeniably attractive, it is what’s lurking inside the threaded case back that is really exciting. It’s the venerable Omega hand wind 17 jewel calibre 285. The watch dates from 1959 but the mechanical masterpiece movement can trace its origin to the 1940s calibre 30T2. This calibre was offered to the Geneva Observatory in the mid 40s for their annual timing contest. This worldwide competition tests the technical abilities of the finest watchmaking companies. In their premier attempt, Omega came in first place outperforming all other brands including the likes of Rolex, Petek Philippe and all others. Calibre 285 is a modified version of that exact award-winning design.  Renowned for robust design, ease of service, reliability and of course competition winning accuracy. The watch is in very good overall condition. The case has been lightly polished and still retains evidence of its bevelled lugs although now with a light brushed finish. The winding crown is the original fitted that showcases the vintage Omega logo. The movement is running great keeping excellent time after our full overhaul to the movement. It appears to only have been serviced a few times as there are few service references scratched inside the case back. It’s a real treat to see a 61-year-old watch that hasn’t been taken apart a dozen times or been exposed to any stain or rust producing contaminants. A soft black leather Hirsch strap with stainless steel buckle makes the watch look almost like new. This watch will easily be dismissed by someone simply seeking the latest in an oversized gadget laden wrist clock. For those of you who are truly watch enthusiasts this watch would make a great addition to your collection. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, the watch is estate priced at $1,450.00 CAD. Stock #e9558.

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July 28, 2020

Breitling Special Edition Airborne AB0144 41mm $5,990.00 CAD. e12111

Breitling are not newcomers to the watch industry; they’ve been producing high quality Swiss made watches since 1884. Over the last 50 years or so they’ve developed a dedicated following for aviation geared sports watches. Many of their watches are designed with professional pilots in mind. The early 1950s introduced the Navitimer with a rotating slide rule used for navigation and calculations. The 1980s introduced the Chronomat pilot chronograph to the world. It was a new model celebrating Breitling’s centennial. The Chronomat substituted a slide rule bezel for a more basic 60 minute timer bezel with an inner tachymeter scale on the chapter ring. To commemorate the 30 anniversary of the Chronomat a special series of Airborne models became available with silver or black “panda” dials in 41 or 44mm sizes. Our featured watch is the 41mm silver on black version with the pilot bracelet. The watch is in perfect condition, showing no evidence of any wear. In fact, it was only worn for a short period of time with a black Breitling rubber strap. No polishing or refinishing of any kind was done to prepare the watch for sale. Just a quick ultrasonic cleaning and it’s ready to go. The stainless steel pilot bracelet is still covered with its protective plastic sticker on one half. Powering the Airborne AB014 is Breitling’s in house developed B01 proprietary movement. The single mainspring design stores a remarkable 70 hours of power reserve when not being worn and easily conforms to accuracy levels awarding it chronometer grade status. The watch was purchased new at an Ontario Breitling authorized agent in July of 2017. This is not a grey market import, the watch is covered by Breitling’s 5 year international warranty valid until the Summer of 2022. When new this watch had a suggested retail price of $9,900.00 CAD (price tag included), the accessory Breitling rubber strap with signed stainless steel buckle would have pushed the price to well over $10,000.00. Everything that was delivered when new comes included with the purchase; inner/outer boxes with sleeve, endorsed Canadian warranty card, instructions, chronometer certificate, plastic hangtag, and the extra rubber strap. Like new with balance of 5 year factory warranty for more than 40% off the original price. $5,990.00 CAD. Stock #e12111

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July 23, 2020

Breitling Avenger Skyland 45mm A13380 $4,200.00 CAD. e11789

We’ve mentioned it before but it’s worth repeating. When asked what their favorite colour is the overwhelming majority of people say blue. While a blue dial watch isn’t that uncommon when it’s 45mm in diameter and comes on a very funky matching blue rubber strap the effect is very striking and bold. The purposeful look is reinforced by the military font Arabic hour markers and extra thick white hands. Breitling has become a go to brand when you’re looking for a large, sporty, pilot style watch that’s heavy on the style. The highly polished case is super smooth to the touch and contrasts well with the brushed finish ratcheting timer bezel. The rotating bezel is handy when you want to keep track of time for a shorter duration event. The 12 hour dial chronograph is designed for more precise timing of up to 12 hours with 1/5 of a second display capability. A threaded crown and case back help keep the Breitling calibre 13 automatic chronometer grade movement protected from moisture. This do it all watch comes with a water resistance rating of 1000 feet. The previous owner recently purchased this original Breitling navy blue rubber strap that perfectly matches the dial. The blue on blue broken up by brightly finished stainless steel case is a look that our simple photographs simply can’t accurately capture. The watch and strap look practically like new. Only a few minor scuffs can be seen on the case and bezel. We’d be happy to remove any tiny scratches you see on the polished sections while you wait. It was purchased brand new in Canada at an authorized agent in April 2009. Comes complete with the original endorsed warranty paperwork, chronometer certificate, and instructions. A complimentary 1 year warranty will accompany the watch. Estate price $4,200.00 CAD. Stock #e11789.

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July 20, 2020

Grand Seiko GMT HI-BEAT SBGJ211 Titanium $6,375.00 CAD. e13697

Can anyone remember when super accurate, low-cost quartz watches almost put the Swiss watchmaking industry out of business? In the 1970s, companies like Japan’s SEIKO Corporation came to North America with high-quality quartz watches that were far more accurate than any mechanical offering from Switzerland. Even powerful, respected brands like Omega, Heuer, Longines, and many others were on their economic knees at some point. Most of the traditional brands did go bankrupt at some point only to have their historically significant names purchased and revived by corporate goliaths like The Swatch Group, Richemont, and LVMH. Well, the circle has done a complete 360 and now Japan (specifically SEIKO) is poised to take on the Swiss at their own game once again with the Grand SEIKO line of luxury watches. The last bastion of mechanical Swiss watchmaking supremacy, the certified chronometer is under attack by the HI-BEAT. Our latest estate watch from Grand SEIKO is their HI-BEAT GMT SBGJ211. It’s 100% mechanical and it operates at better than certified chronometer accuracy tolerances. The HI-BEAT calibre 9S86A is a proprietary 37 jewel movement the runs at 36,600 cycles per hour. At 10 cycles per second, the frequency is 25% faster than pretty much anything else on the market including everything offered by Rolex. Zenith’s El Primero series of movements runs at the same speed as the High Beat. The finish and performance of SEIKO’s top of the line mechanical movement is as nice as any from Switzerland. The 55-hour power reserve is on par or longer than most of the Swiss competition. It’s great to see an alternative to some of the stuffy Swiss products. The super tough titanium case is both beautiful to look at as it is durable. In addition to offering the basic 3 hand timekeeping function with calendar, the GMT has few tricks up its sleeve. The arrow tipped blue hand points to a 2nd timezone shown in a 24 format displayed on the dial chapter ring. The traditional hour hand (local time) can be set independently of the 24 hour 2nd time zone hand without disturbing the actual time. This handy feature is perfect for the world traveler when moving back and forth through different time zones. At 40mm diameter this is a good sized watch but not overwhelming. The titanium construction keeps the weight down to just 103 grams, light enough for anyone to wear. Not just for the traveler, this is a serious sports watch. Optically perfect, sapphire crystal will keep the view of the silver/white dial unobstructed. A threaded crown and display case back contribute to a water-resistance rating of 10 BAR (300 feet). A solid titanium bracelet with a mechanically locking buckle rounds out the overachieving features. The watch has been lightly worn and never polished. It displays the odd scuff and case ding on some edges but overall looks great. It comes complete with everything delivered from the authorized agent when first purchased in May 2017. This model is still available with a retail price of $9,100.00 CAD. That is a bunch of money for sure, but this watch is even more costly in the U.S. where it retails for $7,400.00 USD. These are rare and exotic, seldom coming to the pre-owned market and certainly not with all the original packaging and documents. The watch also comes with a like new condition, medium length, genuine alligator strap in excellent condition. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty. Estate priced at $6,375.00 CAD. Stock #e13697.

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July 18, 2020

2019 Breitling Chronoliner Ltd. Ed. RB0461 18kt. rose gold, Canadian delivery. $20,950.00 CAD. e13599

Traditionally, pilot watches are made for visibility and function first. That clearly hasn’t stopped Breitling from adding a little bit of luxury into the mix with this limited run rose gold Chronoliner. Number 55 of only 250 for worldwide release. It has been made from premium 18 karat rose gold, blue ceramic rotating bezel with rose gold inlay indexes, and a beautiful blue crocodile leather strap. This example comes with the upgraded deployment buckle (a $3,245.00 upgrade). Internally it’s just as impressive,  Breitling’s own in-house developed proprietary B04 movement is proudly showcased behind the threaded display back. This complicated, 47 jewel, automatic chronometer/chronograph features not only a date and stopwatch but also a 24 hour GMT hand, it’s capable of displaying 3 different time zones with the rotating bezel. To top it all off, it’s got an extra-long 70-hour power reserve. This is a large watch measuring 46mm in diameter and despite the leather strap, it is surprisingly heavy, weighing over 190 grams. The watch comes complete with everything when it was originally purchased at the Breitling Boutique Toronto for $40,838.00 (tax included). The watch is in like-new condition, with some of the stickers still on the case from its original purchase in April 2019. The factory warranty will cover the next owner until the spring of 2024. This watch is still shown on the Breitling website and can be seen here with its $36,140.00 suggested retail price. This perfect condition extremely rare watch is estate priced at $20,950.00 CAD. Stock #e13599.

SOLD

 

 

 


July 17, 2020

Tag Heuer Link WJF211A 39mm Calibre 6 $1,650.00 CAD. e12832

Classic looking Tag Heuer Link WJF211A. It’s got everything the watch enthusiast is looking for; iconic good looks, moderate size (39mm), automatic Swiss made automatic winding movement, an important brand with a history dating from 1860, beautiful dial and a do it all design. The Link series has been Tag Heuer’s dressy model since the line was introduced as the Sports Elegance in 1987. The look has evolved over the past 3 decades, but the wishbone link bracelet has always been a key design feature that defines the style. The all brushed stainless steel construction of this gents model gives it a subtle understated look that serves a purpose in a sporting or dressy situation. Soft rounded edges on the case and bracelet with a curved synthetic sapphire crystal make for a watch that is ultra-comfortable. Luminous hour/minute hand with sweep second hand and calendar display add function pure dress models may lack. The watch is equipped with a threaded crown/case back ensuring a water resistance rating of 200 meters. An integrated locking buckle makes sure the watch stays put securely on your wrist. This watch comes with the dressy black tapestry dial with a silver small subsidiary seconds hand. There are so many great details to this dial, the more you look the more you discover. I love the highly polished hour markers; not only are they curved but they have faceted edges giving them sparkle as the watch is moved. Running great and keeping time the watch comes with a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Excellent condition, pre-owned but not quite vintage, priced at $1,650.00 CAD. Stock #e12832.

SOLD


July 10, 2020

Breiting Chronomat chronograph 39mm B13050 $3,500.00. CAD. e11832

We love the beautiful silver patterned dial. It needs to be seen in person to truly be appreciated, it can be best described as a radial quilted pattern. It had an optical illusion of extra depth that doesn’t work in a photograph. The Chrono Cockpit B13050 is a more than capable sport watch that could be worn by almost anyone. At 39mm it is not so big that it couldn’t be worn by a woman looking for something a little more than just an oversized Michael Kors fashion watch. The completely high polish finish in bright 18 karat yellow gold and shiny stainless steel is definitely hard not to notice. Furnished inside the 200-meter water-resistant case is the very competent Valjoux 7750. This steadfast movement has been a benchmark for automatic chronographs since the early 1970s. Breitling watchmakers have modified the base calibre to higher standards than the basic calibre. A one-way rotating timer bezel is very handy when split-second timing isn’t required. A very small tachymeter scale on the chapter ring allows an extra unit per hour calculator function but only if you have extra-sharp vision. A double locking buckle on an 18 karat/stainless steel pilot bracelet completes the very attractive look. The bracelet shows minor scuffs and scratches but no stretch or sag. The watch is running well and keeping time with all functions working as designed. We’ve just completed (June 2020) a full technical revision to the Breitling modified Valjoux 7750 movement, including new gaskets, chronograph pushers springs, water-resistance testing, regulating, and timing. The Vibrograph timing report shows an accuracy rate of only plus 4 seconds per day. We are including a complimentary 1st service anytime for the new owner in addition to our 1 year warranty. Comes with Breitling box (pillow missing). Estate priced at $3,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11832.

SOLD

 


July 9, 2020

2010 Omega Planet Ocean 2218.50.00 45.5mm $6,200.00 CAD. e13118

When the Omega Planet Ocean was introduced in 2005 Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers were authorized agents for the brand. We thought they were crazy back then showing an orange and black watch of massive (for the time) 45.5mm diameter proportions. For today’s styles, it fits right in especially considering some other brands are showing watches pushing over 50mm. The Planet Ocean was the first significant redesign of the Seamaster line since the immensely popular “James Bond” series debuted in 1993. Today Planet Oceans are a core item for Omega showcasing their proprietary co-axial escapement in every model. This unique mechanical innovation is said to be more accurate than a traditional forked lever escapement while maintaining better accuracy over significantly longer service intervals. Available with an all black dial/bezel, black with orange hour markers or our example 2218.50.00 with bright orange bezel and dial details that was the most visually distinct. The watch is in very good condition. At first glance, you’d never imagine it was close to 10 years old. A light bracelet refinishing and surface cleaning was all the watch required to rate an easy 8 out of 10. The case remains in original condition showing some scuffs and scratches on the polished surfaces as evidence of use but not abuse Bright luminous hour markers and hands glow brightly in low light situations, while an anti-reflective crystal coating keeps glare down to a minimum. Even the relatively soft antireflective crystal coating isn’t showing any scratches. Comes with original inner/outer boxes, instructions, warranty card, and the full complement of adjusting bracelet links. The new owner will benefit from a no-charge one year warranty from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers covering all aspects of the original Omega warranty excluding damage caused by misuse and moisture. This now-retired model last sold for $7,200.00 USD before being updated with the ceramic bezel version. Purchased new from an Ontario authorized agent in August of 2010. On the secondary market, these first generation Planet Oceans have seen better price appreciation compared to the newly introduced ceramic model. Estate priced at $6,200.00 CAD. Stock #e13118.

SOLD

 


OMEGA RAILMASTER XXL 2806.52.37 (RARE WATCH) $6000.00 CAD. e13098

Hands down one of Omega’s coolest watches ever has got to be the Railmaster XXL 2806.52.37. While it was a slow seller when initially released around 2005 it has become a prized collectible among Omega enthusiasts. This is only the second one to appear in our estate section. I doubt there is a more thoroughly documented example on the market. You couldn’t ask for one more complete than this. It comes with the original inner/outer box, instructions, endorsed warranty card from an Ontario authorized agent with holder, plastic case back sticker, original bill of sale, and even the little piece of white tissue to keep the inner box lid from sticking to the bottom. Excellent 100% original condition. The brown genuine crocodile strap has been worn but still rates a 9/10. Sharp, shiny lugs and bezel exhibit only minor evidence of use in the form of some fine scratches. Even the screw on case back still has the red wax factory seal in place as proof the back has never been removed. The XXL moniker comes from the fact this watch measures close to 50mm in diameter. Compared to a popular, large watch most people are familiar with like a 40mm Rolex Submariner the Railmaster looks enormous. Despite the size, it really isn’t difficult to wear. At only 122 grams the weight is well distributed and the profile is slim thanks to the hand wind Omega calibre 2201 (ETA 6498-2). This movement can trace its roots to the 1950s as the Unitas pocket watch movement 6497. In Omega’s specification, the movement has been beautifully finished and significantly upgraded to chronometer grade status. The old school rhythm beating from the 17 jewel movement is music to the ears of those who appreciate the art of a mechanical watch. Classic looks but with modern high quality features, threaded case back with a display window, curved synthetic sapphire crystal, deployment buckle, water resistant to 500 feet and perhaps the most luminous dial treatment in the business make it super easy to read under all lighting conditions. There are not many of these watches on the market and pricing has been going up for the past few years. I don’t think there is a more thoroughly documented original example currently available. Including a year one Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, the watch is estate priced at $6,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13098.

SOLD


July 6, 2020

Breitling Bentley Mark VI 42mm P26362 $5,250.00 CAD. e12897

Nothing defines luxury better than a high quality Swiss watch or a fine Bentley automobile. For that subtle extravagant touch why not add a bezel with the diamond shaped grill pattern of a Bentley and do it in solid platinum. Stainless steel would have worked just as well but that wouldn’t be luxury now would it? Instead of simple painted hour markers, they have been carved from mother of pearl, because a luxury watch deserves such. Top it all off with a subtle silver/white dial and I think you’ve got it. The Mark VI Breitling Bentley P26362 is a rarely encountered model that flies under the radar to all except those in the loop. At 42mm it’s a good sized watch but not overwhelming. Threaded crown and case back are typical Breitling features that help protect the chronometer grade movement from moisture and debris. Hidden under the locking buckle is a clever extension that allows small length adjustments for those hot humid days when a bit of length feels better. The watch looks like new, a quick polishing to the completely mirror finished case and bracelet has it looking brand new. Comes with our one year warranty, Breitling inner/outer box, and a 94-page hard cover book circa 2008. Estate price $5,250.00. Stock #e12897.

SOLD

 


July 5, 2020

14KT. gold BIRKS CHALLENGER ETERNA automatic $1,500.00 CAD. e13640

High quality automatic watch that is close to 70 years old by Eterna. Made for high end Canadian jewellery store BIRKS. Remarkable condition for a watch of this age with a perfect condition silver dial. Beautiful combination arrow shaped markers with Arabic 9,12 and 3. A small sunken subsidiary second hand with concentric rings displays the seconds with a look of an antique pocket watch. I love that BIRKS named this model Challenger. Although the watch is over 60 years old it has only been serviced a couple of times; meaning it was likely only worn for special occasions. Measuring 32mm diameter this watch is a little on the small side compared to a modern men’s watch but for the lady that likes a bigger look, this watch would be perfect. The Swiss made case is manufactured from 15 grams of yellow gold bearing the Squirrel hallmark of 58.3% purity (14 karat). Finding a karat gold watch of the age with watertight features such as a threaded back and a captured rubber o-ring gasket are rarely seen. The classic case design reminds me of a Patek Philippe Calatrava but at a tenth the cost. This watch was purchased from the daughter of the original owner whose name has been hand engraved on the threaded case back.  Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers just performed a full service on the Eterna bumper style automatic movement with great results. The movement although quite dry when received looked like new and better yet is now running like new keeping excellent time.  Vintage Rolex and Omega come in with some regularity but an Eterna/BIRKS watch like this is quite unusual. A brand new Hirsch brown leather strap with stitched edges blends well with the vintage look. Including our 1 year warranty, the watch is estate priced at $1,500.00. Stock #e13640.

SOLD


July 4, 2020

Cartier Santos 1566 29mm quartz with box & documents $4,590.00 CAD. e13601

The Santos de Cartier has a long history dating back to 1904 when Alberto Santos Dumont was racing the Wright brothers for achievement in aviation. Both parties were competing to push their “flying machines” further than the other. After Santos’s first flight he complained to Louis Cartier that it was terribly inconvenient to check his pocket watch while trying to control his machine. So, Cartier made him the world’s first pilots watch, a wristwatch at that, and the Santos de Cartier was born. At 29mm this modern Santos is probably awfully close to the size of Alberto’s. It is a classic design that truly stands the test of time. At well over 100 years old the style is still admired by many and has made Cartier a design pioneer with their watch creations. This example is powered by a Swiss made, ultra accurate, 3 hand quartz movement with a discreet calendar window at the 6:00 position. All the yellow trim on model 1566 is made from solid 18 karat gold, no need to worry about wearing it off like lesser gold-plated models. Aside from a few small scratches on the bracelet, case, and bezel the watch is in exceptionally good condition. The extra long bracelet shows zero stretch or sag and will accomodate a wrist size of up to 8 3/4 inches circumference. Comes complete with Cartier box, booklets, DVD and a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one-year warranty. Stock #e13601

SOLD


July 3, 2020

Omega Seamaster co-axial chronograph 42mm 212.30.42.50.01.001 $4,800.00 CAD. e13572

Whenever we get one of these in they don’t stick around for very long. The “James Bond” Seamaster has become one of Omega’s most iconic designs since it was introduced way back in 1993. Over the years specifications have changed but the basic format with that distinctive 9 segment link bracelet has been a constant. This example is the Seamaster co-axial chronograph 212.30.42.50.01.001. It’s a current offering on Omega’s website where it is offered for $6,750.00 CAD. Our latest estate Seamaster is in remarkable condition. It appears to have only been worn occasionally as there are just a few superficial scuffs on the bottom of the bracelet and buckle, otherwise it could pass for new. The head is absolutely perfect. We’ve opted to leave it in 100% original condition until instructed by the new owner to remove the light scruffs on the buckle. Powering this watch is Omega’s own calibre 3330 and features co-axial escapement, column wheel chronograph with high tech silicone hairspring that is virtually impervious to strong magnetic fields. Screw down helium escape valve, screw down crown/case back, one way timer bezel, luminous hands/markers, calendar display, and of course a 12 hour chronograph should keep even a hardened watch geek entertained. At 42mm diameter and weighing close to half of a pound, this watch is a bit of a commitment wearing every day. If you’re a big guy or don’t mind a little bulk on your arm the Seamaster Diver 300 is definitely a watch you should check out. The jet black ceramic bezel is fade proof and many times harder than the old anodized aluminum inserts. A glossy black dial has replaced the old wave textured dial for a more sophisticated and mature look. Including Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty (prorated for 5 years) and Omega box with instructions, the watch is priced at $4,800.00 CAD. Stock #e13572.

SOLD


July 1, 2020

2020 Omega Speedmaster Racing 326.30.40.50.03.001 40mm $4,025.00 CAD. e13735

Over the years Omega have slowing been improving “non” Moonwatch Speedmasters to the point where they are truly as good as anything else on the market and better than most. Modern automatic Speedmaster watches like our latest estate example 326.30.40.50.03.001 benefit from heavier bracelets secured with proper screws and heavy duty buckles. Omega no longer use bushed rivets to connect the adjustable links. The case backs are now a screw on type rather than a simple interference press fit. Water resistance ratings have improved from 30 meters to 100. The sapphire crystals feature a double anti-reflective coating on both sides cutting down reflections. The movements inside are technically improved and now easily qualify for certified chronometer status. The Omega calibre 3330 now features a fully integrated column wheel for chronograph operation, gone is the modular style. Proprietary Co-Axial escapement extends servicing intervals and increases accuracy standards, a silicon hairspring is impervious to magnetic fields and temperature changes further enhancing accuracy. Even the power reserve has increased to over 2 days when not being worn. Our latest Speedmaster estate watch incorporates all of the mentioned improvements. Even the dials showcase subtle detail and texture absent in years past. The beautiful navy blue/black face on this watch display 3 different textures. The colour flips from blue to black depending on the viewing angle. This watch was purchased in January of 2020 and was hardy worn. In fact the previous owner said it was never worn outside his home at all. The only evidence of wear are some super light scuffs on the buckle, likely from rubbing on a desk surface. A few light passes with some green Scotch-Brite would make it perfect. Everything that came with the watch when delivered from the Canadian Authorized agents accompanies the watch. Inner/outer boxes, instructions, endorsed warranty card, extra bracelet link, hang tag with serial number/price, quick change date tool, beautiful wooden box still with protective plastic sticker covering the release button; even the normally discarded dealer plastic shipping box in here. The complete package looks like new old stock or better. The new owner will receive the balance of the 5 year warranty good until January of 2025. This watch has recently been retired from the Omega Speedmaster line. When available new, it had a retail price of $5,400.00 CAD. In the United States it was quite a bit more expensive (dollar adjusted), with a MSRP of $4,800.00 USD. Our estate price for this watch is $4,025.00 CAD. Stock #e13735.

SOLD


June 28, 2020

2019 Breitling SuperOcean 42mm A17321 $3,700.00 CAD. e13586

Inspired by Breiltling diver’s watches from the 1950s comes the SuperOcean. Its Simple bezel timer features a counter-clockwise rotating coin edged indexed for 30-second increments showing only the 5-minute intervals. The basic but purposeful design extends to the stick hour markers, large luminous hands, and plots. Flat reflective hour markers, sliver-thin sweep second hand, and black on white calendar display finishes off this model’s user-friendly features. Big watches are still part of Breitling’s DNA, in this capacity the SuperOcean A17321 doesn’t disappoint. At 42mm diameter, you don’t need giant-sized arms to wear this one but it will still fill the wrist of the average-sized gentleman. As with all contemporary Breiltlings the automatic winding Swiss made movement has been officially certified chronometer status for accuracy. This 2019 SuperOcean is the last of its kind to utilize a non Breitling manufactured movement. The Breitling calibre 17 powering the watch is actually a high-grade ETA 2824-2 that is modified by Breilting technicians for service in this SuperOcean. Today all Breitling SuperOceans come equipped with a modified Tudor-based MT5612 movement. A curved synthetic sapphire crystal is super scratch resistant with an anti-reflective coating helping with legibility. Screw down crown and case back contribute to a more than adequate 660-foot water resistance rating. Fitted to the case is a retro-style mesh bracelet equipped with a flip-lock buckle. The current model AB20101 SuperOcean from Breitling shows a retail price of $5,785.00 CAD. The latest model displays subtle styling updates to the hands and the date display has moved from the 3:00 position to 6:00, but otherwise remains virtually unchanged to our latest estate example. Comes complete with the original inner/ outer box, chronometer certificate, instructions, and even the original invoice (March 2019). Excellent overall condition showing practically no signs of use. The original high polish finish is practically blemish-free, only a few light scuffs can be seen on the buckle. The condition can easily be described as new old stock. A simple ultrasonic cleaning was all that was needed to prepare the watch for sale. Including a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the like new watch is estate priced at $3,700.00 CAD. Stock #e13586.

SOLD


June 24, 2020

Tag Heuer AquaRacer WAY2110 $1,600.00 CAD. e13582

 

Many guys aspire to own a high-end luxury Swiss watch, it is something in our DNA. However, the realities of life and budgets sometimes get in the way for awhile. Dropping 5 figures on your Holy Grail timepiece is sometimes out of reach. A good quality estate watch can be the steppingstone to your ultimate timepiece. A Tag Heuer Aquaracer makes a great starting point. You can take advantage of the significant discount compared to buying brand new plus you can have confidence in our one-year mechanical warranty offered on all our estate watches. When you have saved a little bit more, we are always happy to take nice watches like this back on trade. The Tag Heuer Aquaracer WAY2110 makes a great gateway watch for anyone who thinks they would enjoy such a luxury item. Tag Heuer is one of the great Swiss brands with a sporting history going back to 1860. This watch is a very capable timekeeper with all the features you could hope for in a sport watch. Water resistant to 300 meters, screw down crown/case back, synthetic sapphire crystal, luminous hands/markers, one way ratcheting bezel timer, all stainless-steel construction, heavy solid link bracelet with locking buckle and diver’s extension. The movement is a Swiss made 26 jewel Sellita SW200 automatic winding mechanism with 3 hand display plus a calendar that Tag Heuer have christened the Calibre 5. A one-year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty comes included. Buying a current version of this watch will cost you $2,800.00 as shown on the Tag-Heuer website. Our excellent condition, original finish estate example is priced at $1,600.00 CAD. Stock #13582.

SOLD


June 19, 2020

Longines Grande Vitesse L3 635 4 auto chronograph $1,600.00 CAD. e11667

There are few watch brands with a longer history and more significant achievements than Longines. Since the earlier part of the 1800s they’ve consistently produced high quality timepieces. Early on the company experienced great success in the United States with chronographs used for precise timing during sporting activities. They were making watches with certified chronometer accuracy levels well before the turn of the 20 century. In keeping with the companies sporting tradition our latest estate watch by Longines features a very easy to operate and interpret 3 register 12 hour chronograph display. The silver dial with large hour markers and hands is also very legible. A small continuous seconds hand and calendar add more utility. The 42mm solid stainless steel case features a large display window in the case back revealing the beautiful Longines 27 jewel calibre L683.2. Keeping great time with all functions working as designed. Very good overall condition; bracelet and case are showing a few shallow scratches that can easily be removed if you’d like us to do a no charge refinishing. The full compliment of adjusting links allow the watch to fit a wrist of up to just under 9 inches. Including the original box and a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $1,600.00 CAD. Stock #e11667.

SOLD

 


June 18, 2020

2018 Omega SpeedMaster 329.30.44.51.04.001 44.25mm like new $7,850.00 CAD. e11522

Part 2 of this watch’s history goes like this. It was recently sold back to Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers less than 2 years since it was purchased. The previous watch collector/enthusiast has not been using it much lately and decided it was time for something new. It has never been polished in any way, still displaying the orange case back serial number sticker. The case, bracelet, and buckle show some superficial scuffs and scratches but nothing significant. These minor blemishes can easily be removed but we always prefer to leave our estate watches with their as delivered finish. They can always be refinished to look like new, but they can only be original once. Since this watch was purchased the Canadian suggested retail price has increased to $11,400.00 as shown on Omega’s website. The watch is still covered by the European Boutique’s 1-year extended warranty, valid until August of 2021. The watch is available for the estate price of $7,850.00 CAD. Stock #e11522. For part 1 on the history of this watch please read our original post in green from August 15th 2018.

OMEGA SPEEDMASTER 329.30.44.51.04.001 (24 HOURS OLD) $8,200.00 CAD. E11522

Hard to believe but the headline is correct. This watch is only 24 hours old. It was purchased at a Toronto authorized Omega agent August 14, 2018. It is brand new, complete with protective case back and buckle stickers still in place, it’s never been worn. The no refund policy from the Omega agent and a desire for a different model had the original owner making a deal with Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. The less than 24-hour old Speedmaster was traded in for a new old stock Rolex that we had secretly squirreled away some time ago. Speedmaster 329.30.44.51.04.001 is a recent introduction from Omega. It features their new in-house calibre 9900 anti magnetic movement with 60-hour power reserve. This is one of Omega’s most sophisticated self-winding mechanisms. The Master Chronometer features a nonmagnetic silicon hairspring, double mainspring barrels, rapid adjust time zone setting, calendar, and of course a chronograph function. The chronograph is the feature that has defined every Speedmaster since the model was introduced over 60 years ago. Unlike most analog chronographs, this one works just like a regular watch display. One small dial at 3 o’clock registers the elapsed time, no need to add the multiple dial displays for minutes, hours, and seconds. Not only is this common-sense display far easier to use, but it also keeps the dial from looking busy and cluttered. Over the past few years, Omega has significantly improved the quality of its bracelets and buckles. No longer are the links connected by bushed pins that always wear out. The adjustable links are held together by heavy gauge stainless steel bars locked in place with two screws. The locking buckle also features a clever adjustment for hot humid days where a bit of extra room is desired. The concealed adjustment under the clasp allows 3 different length options at the push of a button. The silver/white dial offers excellent contrast with a bright luminous treatment to the hands/hour markers for extra legibility in the dark. The large 44mm case size is highlighted with a black ceramic tachymetre bezel scale handy for calculating any unit per hour measurement within a 60 to 500 range. This one-day-old example is no gray market import that doesn’t come with a factory supported warranty. It was purchased at a Canadian authorized agency and comes complete with an endorsed warranty card internationally honored by any Omega agent. It also comes with a no charge one-year extended manufacturers warranty as noted on the original invoice from European Boutique Toronto. The original owner purchased this watch yesterday for $10,700.00 plus tax, today it is estate priced at $8,200.00 CAD. The watch comes complete with perfect condition lacquered wooden box, fully endorsed warranty card (Aug. 14th, 2018), instruction booklet, plastic serial/style number hang tag, foam lined outer box, original bill of sale, and a large Omega shopping bag. This watch has a USD MSRP of $8,550.00. A full description of the model can be seen on the official Omega website. Estate priced at $8,200.00 CAD. Stock #e11522.

SOLD


June 1, 2020

1947 Omega 2450 8 15 jewel 26.5T3 P.C. T1 32.5mm $600.00 CAD. e13446

 

 

It is always fun when a largely original vintage watch makes an appearance in our estate department. Our latest estate watch is this lovely stainless steel 32.5mm hand wind model 2450 8. The 11,465,659 serial number indicates in was made sometime around 1947. During the Second World War Omega produced many military watches using versions of the same 15 jewel calibre 26.5 movement. Toward the end of the war the movement featured a monometallic balance. This new alloy was non-magnetic, extremely flexible, and non-oxidising. The most advanced version as seen in our example 25.5T3 P.C. T1 also came with incabloc shock protection adding to the rugged reliability the movement was known for. We have just completed a full overhaul to the movement (May 2020); it is displaying surprisingly good time, showing a rate of just plus 8 seconds per day as shown on this Vibrograph report. This is excellent considering it is an unadjusted non-chronometer rated mechanism. The stainless steel screw back case was left unpolished and comes with an older logo signed crown. Large Arabic numbers at 3,9 and 12 add some extra utility to the silver dial that is showing even tan patina. The hands and markers still contain non active luminous material. The slow beat, 18,000 frequency audible tick tick tick tick coming from within is a soothing, familiar rhythm for those accustomed with vintage hand wind watches. Wound up tight the little watch should run over a day and a half. You will need to make a habit of winding it everyday if is to be used as a daily timekeeping accessory. We are happy to include a complimentary one-year warranty for the estate price of $600.00 CAD. Stock #e13446.

SOLD


May 28, 2020

Tag Heuer Sports Elegance WG1113 Mickey Mouse Edition $800.00 CAD. e12727

Few watches define the look of a brand like the Tag Heuer S/el or Sports Elegance. For over 30 years the S/el has been the softer looking of the mostly pure sport creations from Tag Heuer. Today they are simply known as the “Link”, paying homage to the S shaped bracelet component that is really the single most unique characteristic. Smooth and easy to wear has always been the attraction. Even the way the links are constructed is innovative. Each link section appears solid, without a visible rivet connecting side to side and each link to the next. Unless you know the trick you’d swear these links are not adjustable for different wrist sizes. The clean rivetless look adds a sophisticated level of finish few other sports watches possess. A low profile 38mm case is medium sized by modern tastes and suitable for almost any wrist, male or female. An ultra reliable Swiss made quartz movement with calendar and second hand adds some useful utility to the design. Threaded crown/case back, rotating timer bezel, and locking buckle are features this dressy model retains alongside its pure sport siblings. Our latest pre-owned Tag is this super rare Mickey Mouse edition. We could find very little information regarding this special Mickey Mouse dial treatment. We assume this was a short lived collaboration between Tag Heuer and Walt Disney. We suspect these watches were sold at the theme parks for a short time in very small numbers toward the end of the millennium. For the Mickey Mouse collector this watch would make the perfect way to enjoy their Disney character in a subtle fashion. The watch is running great keeping excellent time. Comes with only the outer cardboard box and warranty card (not endorsed). Including a complimentary 1 year warranty the watch is priced at $800.00 CAD. Stock #e12727.

SOLD

 


May 3, 2020

Raymond Weil 46mm Nabucco chronograph 7850 $3,500.00 CAD. e11241

Not a household name but a name that deserves respect none the less. Raymond Weil was founded in 1976 by the brand’s namesake. The mid-70s were a time when traditional Swiss watchmaking technology was being attacked by the onslaught of super accurate less expensive electronic quartz watches. It was a gutsy move for the then 50 year old Raymond Weil to open up shop but it worked out pretty well. They’ve secured a comfortable niche in the more affordable luxury market, with products incorporating the features you’d expect only from a more costly brand without breaking the bank. The Nabucco chronograph is one of their more expensive offerings with a U.S. dollar retail price of $5500.00. According to the Raymond Weil website the Nabucca was inspired by the Verdi opera bearing the same. It’s a pretty edgy design that should appeal to a more youthful clientele. The stealthy look comes from the full black PVD plating over high grade stainless steel and titanium with some carbon fiber thrown in for good measure. The high tech approach continues with the blacked out deployment buckle, double anti-reflective coated synthetic sapphire crystal and a dark tinted display window case back showcasing a fully jewelled RW5010 black automatic winding movement. At first glance the strap appears to be large grain crocodile hide, in fact, it’s high quality fitted rubber. No reptile was harmed in the making of this strap. Subtle red stitching complimenting the chronograph registers and date display ties the look together with a sporting touch. This watch was purchased brand new at an authorized Raymond Weil agent in Cozumel Mexico February 2017. It benefits from the balance of the 2 year international warranty. This is not a grey market watch, any factory agent will support it 100% in the event of a warranty claim. Comes complete with endorsed warranty card, instructions, original receipt of purchase ($4,400.00 USD), and one very elaborate box. Even the outer box is here. The watch appears to be in new condition with all functions working perfectly as designed. According to the original owner it was only worn a couple of times before he traded it in to us for an engagement ring. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide a complimentary one year extended warranty covering the watch under the original warranty conditions. Estate priced at $3,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11241.

SOLD


April 25, 2020

Bell & Ross BR01-92 Heritage (2 weeks old when traded in) $3,800.00 CAD. e10122

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If you’re even a little bit familiar with the cockpit of any manner of airplane you’ll immediately recognize where Bell & Ross got the inspiration for the Heritage BR01-92. Everything about this 43mm case comes directly from the gauges and instruments of an airplane. The typical oversized markers and hands have been covered in a sand coloured photo-luminescent coating for readability in any conditions. The heavy-duty case has also been equipped with an anti-reflective scratch resistant sapphire crystal and threaded mechanical crown for a depth rating of 100 meters/330 feet. The calfskin leather strap is covered in deep military inspired stamps and can be swapped out for a never worn black nylon strap.e10122-bell-ross-br01-92-heritage-001 The two week old watch (at time of trade in to BLJ) is in like-new condition and comes with inner/outer box, adjustment tools, Bell & Ross Heritage patch, endorsed warranty card from July 2016, balance of two-year factory warranty, and a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty extension. Estate price $3,800.00 CAD. Stock #e10122.e10122-bell-ross-br01-92-heritage-002

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March 30, 2020

Antique 14kt. gold Waltham pocket watch circa 1908 $1,800.00 CAD. e11156

I tried, I really did, but I just couldn’t bring myself to recycle this watch. Even though the 30.6 gram (net weight) 14 karat gold case contains just over of $1,300.00 worth of gold I just couldn’t do it (as of March 26 2020). There it was partially disassembled on my desk and I couldn’t pull the trigger. The intricate 15 jewel mechanism despite being well over 100 years old was working great. Happily ticking away with a relaxing audible rhythm that marked the passage of time in the early 1900s. The little machine was oblivious to how close it came to being melted for salvage and its guts kept as a supply of donor parts. After careful reassembly, it’s ready to be enjoyed. American made watches of the era were among the best in the world and could complete with anything from Europe for quite a bit less money. It’s amazing to consider this sort of precision machining/assembly was being mass-produced so long ago. Pride of manufacture is evident in the beautifully engraved patterned plates and polished wheels. You’re not going to see this sort of detail in many modern-day mass-produced products. The overall condition of this watch is amazing. The original beveled edge glass crystal displays a simple, legible white enamel dial that’s in perfect condition, with no chips or cracks anywhere. The bow where a chain would pass through is completely unworn. Even the original engine-turned pattern back and coin edge case shows crisp detail and has remained dent-free for 110 years. Pocket watches were made by the millions and some are still around today. The majority were made with inexpensive gold plated or gold filled cases and most have been damaged or destroyed. While not exactly a 5-star collectible, excellent condition examples like this deserve to be preserved. Maybe you aren’t going to use something like this every day, but once in awhile, it’s nice just to sit down, wind it up, listen and watch a few minutes of time pass by. It’s now freshly serviced (November 2019) and ready to pass the time for the next 100 years. Estate priced at $1,800.00 CAD. Stock #e11156.

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March 22, 2020

1993 Omega Seamaster Professional 300 quartz 36.5mm 2462.80.00 $1,600.00 CAD. e13550

This model was never officially sold in Canada. The two-tone version we received had 4 thin 18 karat gold stripes capping the polished stainless-steel bracelet links. Referring to a 1998 authorized agent catalogue/price list shows the Canadian version of this watch came with a retail price of $3,800.00. Our import Seamaster Professional 300 in the slightly more compact 36.5mm version. This “mid-size” example looks great on a woman’s wrist or for the thinner gentleman who is not comfortable with the current selection of bulky diver watches. Its 54,814,732 serial number suggests this watch was manufactured sometime around 1994 or 1995 making this a very early example. At a 1/4 of a century old this one is in excellent condition. The only things we feel are not original are a newer set of luminova hands as they are a slightly different hue compared to the tritium hour markers. The bright red tip second hand on the early 300s always faded and after 25 years originals have turned a pinkish white colour. This one is still a vivid red suggesting it has been replaced. The manually operated helium escape valve is a genuine Omega replacement part; it should be gold coloured, not silver. Our observations of the replacement parts are purely cosmetic and actually enhance the performance of the watch with better visibility and added durability. We believe the watch has never been polished of refinished in anyway. The bracelet links are still secured by bushed rivets showing no wear. The solid 18 karat yellow gold bezel shows some scratches and scuffs, but the dark navy debossed minute markers are fully intact. The watch comes with a fresh minor service including new battery, case back gasket and vacuum test. Comes with Omega service/travel box and vacuum test result printout. Running perfect and keeping great time the watch is estate priced at $1,600.00 CAD.

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March 8, 2020

Omega Genève Calendar 18kt. 2982 34.8mm circa 1959 $2,200.00 CAD. e12672

According to the serial number this Omega was made in late 1958, about the same time a 30 year old watch maker named Bill Le Boeuf decided to open up a jewellery shop of his own at 52 Dunlop Street West in Downtown Barrie. Over decades later this old Omega is still going strong and so are we at the same location my father opened up 61 years ago today. Many things have changed in our world since then but a fine quality mechanical Swiss watch and Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers are a couple things you can rely on. In the late 1950s Omega was at the top of their game outselling every other Swiss watch brand by a wide margin. This solid 18 karat gold version was about as good as it got back then except for the chronometer rated flagship Constellation. The Genève Calendar used none adjusted version of the in house manufactured 20 jewel calibre 503 ticking away at a leisurely 19800 cycles per hour.Even though this movement is not chronometer rated we have it showing an excellent rate of plus 3 seconds per day according to the electronic Vibrograf timing report. This rate is 50% better than the outside tolerance for a chronometer rating. Despite the modest diameter of 34.8mm the watch wears larger due to the absence of a thick bezel. The rich looking 18 karat gold watch appears mostly original aside from a generic replacement plastic crystal and a more modern genuine Omega crown. The original dual finish silver dial is in very good condition as with the cool arrow head shaped hour markers and tapered hands. A handy 31 day calendar and centre sweeping seconds hand add some extra utility to this otherwise dressy watch. Our fresh service in September of 2019 should have this old friend running trouble free for the better part of the next decade. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide its next caretaker a one year complimentary warranty (prorated for 5 years). Older solid gold Omega watches are seldom encountered in nice condition. This excellent example of a rare vintage model 2982 is the first we’ve had the pleasure of showcasing. Estate priced at $2,200.00 CAD. Stock #e12672.

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February 29, 2020

Ladies Concord Saratoga 18kt./steel with diamonds 15 73 287 $1,700.00 CAD. e11337

Concord was founded in Switzerland in 1908. The brand was created to design luxury timepieces for the burgeoning affluent American market. Often their watches incorporated precious metals and gems making them more than just high quality time keepers. In 1915 Concord started to manufacture watches for jewellery greats Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels and even Cartier. It was a Concord watch presented to Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin by President Truman during the World War II peace talks. During the quartz watch movement crisis that nearly crippled the Swiss watch industry, Concord thrived by designing and manufacturing some of the most expensive quartz watches ever to be seen on the market. In the 1970s and 80s their quartz technology allowed them to produce extremely thin and sleek designs; some measuring less than 2mm thick. Our ladies Concord Saratoga 15 73 287 is a classic and elegant dress watch with a touch of bling. A synthetic sapphire crystal protects a beautiful embossed silver diamond featuring gold Roman numerals and a date aperture at 3 o’clock. The solid 18 karat bezel is bead set with 16 round brilliant cut diamonds of excellent VS-GH quality totaling 0.33 carats. Concord really go the extra mile in terms of quality. 18 karat gold trim runs the entire length of the bracelet and is of solid construction, it’s far heavier than many of the gold laminated designs seen in other brands. Each adjustable link is secured by 2 threaded screws compared to many brands who secure their links with only a simple split pin rivet or bushed friction pin. The case back on the Saratoga is held on by 4 screws not a basic interference snap on back. Even though this watch is not designed to be waterproof it passed our vacuum test for water resistance so it wasn’t a concern when it we submerged the entire watch in our ultrasonic cleaner. At just 22.5mm diameter this watch would be perfect for the slim wrist lady who is looking for a versatile watch that can be worn for almost any event or activity. Equipped with a Swiss quartz high precision movement that is keeping excellent time. The watch is in very good condition and appears never to have been polished or refinished in any way. Including a 1 year complimentary warranty the watch is estate priced at $1,700.00 CAD. Stock #e11337.

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February 22, 2020

1999 Omega Seamaster Professional 300m Diver 2231.80.00 titanium $2,800.00 CAD. e13311

First generation James Bond watches are showing up less and less on our estate pages. Despite the fact the they were Omega’s most popular watches we are seeing fewer and fewer all the time. Their rugged construction, handsome good looks and do it all design has made them even more popular as pre-owned collectibles. Titanium version 2231.80.00 although by strict definition is not truly a James Bond watch, it comes from the same series with a few design differences. The bezel is titanium, not blue anodized aluminum and therefore will not fade. Dial markers are rectangular instead of round, the hands are easy to see sword style with more visibility and luminous material. In fact I don’t know of a more effective dial in low or no light situations. Our latest estate watch Omega comes with the less uncommon “James Bond” style bracelet. Most examples of this watch you’re likely to encounter have the simpler 5 segment link; this bracelet uses the 9 section link. The more complicated bracelet is the same as what you’d see on James Bond’s watches from the 1990s films (except titanium). The titanium model is far more rare than the basic steel Bond version because when new it cost close to 50% more yet looked almost identical. Titanium is twice as hard as steel yet half the weight with a more dull grey colour. There are no polished highlights anywhere on the case or bracelet. 41mm case size is just slightly bigger than a contemporary Rolex Submariner and comfortable for most men. Water resistant to 1000 feet, equipped with a curved synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, heavy duty locking buckle with divers extension, helium escape valve and rotating timer bezel make this the ultimate tool watch. Inside the case beats a modified ETA 2892 A2 chronometer grade movement with calendar. Including a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty the watch in estate priced at $2,800.00 CAD. Stock #e13311.

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February 13, 2020

International Watch Co. IWC Schaffhausen Calibre 852 21 jewel 33.5mm $2,200.00 CAD. e13561

If a vintage Rolex, Omega, or Cartier just seems a little too pedestrian and you desire something more exotic, how about an IWC Schaffhausen? Not only is it a fun name to say, it is one of the true great watch manufactures that is more than just a well marketed brand. From their 1868 inception in Schaffhausen Switzerland by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones, they developed an international reputation for manufacturing watches of the highest quality. While we love all those fantastic modern watches that show up in our estate department with regularity, a true vintage timepiece from an important manufacturer is always a welcomed change. Add to that a rare model that displays original characteristics and has genuine collectable status is quite an uncommon occurrence. This International Watch Co. model features the conservative, classic good looks that never go out of style. I am sure it is no passing coincidence that this watch and models like the Patek Philippe Calatrava and the Rolex Datejust have literally endured the test of time. What beats inside the 33.5mm stainless case is a mechanical masterpiece of in-house design and manufacture? The IWC calibre 852 was developed in the early 1950s and set the bar for efficiency and accuracy for a self-winding mechanism. The bi-directional winding system captured power that would normally be lost in other systems that only worked one way. A more thorough explanation can be seen on IWC’s website. The system has become the basis for all IWC automatic movements. Our latest estate watch dates from 1952 (first year for the calibre 852). Even after close to 70 years after a fresh service the 21-jewel movement is running only a few seconds per day fast as this timing report displays. This sort of accuracy for a watch made in the 1950s demonstrates just how good the movement is. Our talented watchmaker service performed a full mechanical overhaul to the watch in May 2020. With the fresh service the watch should be ready for many years of reliable service. In keeping with the high quality, understated nature of the design we have fitted the watch with a brand Hirsch Crocodile 18mm strap. The stitched edge polished finish is the perfect compliment to the simple silver dial. The original dial displays honest patina in the form of some oxidization coming from 6 decades of use. The arrowhead/Arabic dial markers is an unusual combination for this model adding an extra level of function and style. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this collectible watch is estate priced at $2,200.00 CAD. Stock #e13561.

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February 10, 2020

Tag Heuer Aquaracer Alarm WAF111Z 39mm $980.00 CAD. e12729

Tag Heuer Aquaracers are a logical place to start your watch collection with. Rugged design, great reputation, important Swiss brand and always a good trade in the future for  something more exotic. For less than $1,000.00 you’d have a hard time finding a more desirable watch. The Aquaracer WAF111Z looks somewhat like the standard diver model but what’s that extra dial at 9:00 o:clock all about? This extra dial is a programmable alarm display, and the case button at 4:00 allows you to easily turn it on or off with an audible chirp. This model also comes with a larger than average calendar display at 6:00. The seconds hand has moved from the centre to a small subsidiary dial at 3:00. All the regular sports watch features you’d  expect are here; threaded crown/case back, one way timer bezel, locking buckle solid link bracelet with diver extension, sapphire crystal, luminous hands and markers. Overall condition is quite good. The high grade stainless steel case and bracelet respond very well to a light polishing and refinishing. There are a few scratches remaining on the case/bracelet but it is very presentable. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty we have this Aquaracer priced at $980.00 CAD. Stock #e12729,

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February 6, 2020

1952 Gruen Curvex model 600 calibre 370 10kt. gold filled $700.00 CAD. e13559

The great depression of the 1930s saw the end of many great companies and likely would have brought an end to Gruen too if hadn’t been for their Curvex range of watches. Gruen had earned a reputation for manufacturing high quality watches that were not too expensive but just a accurate as the best from Switzerland. They were put together in the U.S. using Swiss made movements from some of the finest suppliers including those used by Rolex. The high quality, 17 jewel, hand wind calibre 370 found in our Curvex model 600 is actually curved.