watches

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


December 13, 2018

Lady’s Oris 01 561 7656 4061 never worn $700.00 CAD. e11642

It’s not a Cartier and it’s not a Franck Muller, it’s an Oris. Aside from people who are really into watches Oris may be an unknown Swiss brand to many. They’ve been going about their business producing quality watches since 1904. The founding partners focus on simple, reliable, durable, pin lever movements quickly paid off. By 1911 they employed a remarkable 300 people making them one of the biggest employers in the area. By the end of the 1960s Oris employed 800 and was one of the top ten largest watch producers in Switzerland. A decade or so later the company was purchased by The Swatch Group who re-purposed the factory for production of very inexpensive watches attempting to survive the quartz revolution. Swatch realized the mistake they’d made and scrambled to rebuild the historic brand with a focus on robust now fully jewelled mechanical movements. Thankfully the Japanese market obsessed with mechanical watches in the 80s and appreciated the quality and value Oris offered. The Asian market was buying Oris watches as quickly as the factory could produce them. In North America Oris have always been a compelling alternative to the popular and more expensive top of mind brands. They offer all the quality and performance for a reduced price. Our latest Oris estate watch has never been worn before. Brand new scuff and scratch free like new condition. Its mid sized, curved rectangular case is made completely from high grade stainless steel measuring 24.5mm x 37.0mm. The highly polished finish is subtly contrasted with brushed highlights. Curved synthetic sapphire crystal, silver/white guilloche dial with navy blue hour markers and hands make a striking statement. The display back reveals the calendar equipped 25 jewel automatic winding movement that is keeping great time. Finding a signed, locking, deployment buckle on watches in this price range is not the norm. This watch when in current production had a suggested retail price of $1650.00 USD. Including a one year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, original packaging and booklets the watch is estate priced at only $700.00 CAD. Stock #e11642.


December 12, 2018

Ebel Classic Wave 18kt & stainless steel 34.5mm 1187141 $1,200.00 CAD. e11820

From boutique manufacturer Ebel comes their most popular model, the Classic Wave. It’s certainly not a Rolex, Breitling or Tag Heuer; this is a sophisticated design that is above all else comfortable and practical. At 34.5mm diameter it’s not too big and not too small, it can be worn by a man or a woman. The slim profile stainless steel case measures just 6.3mm thick yet still offers a calendar feature along with a seconds hand. The thin case is partially achieved because this watch doesn’t have a removable back. No caseback means no thick screwed on or snap closed hatch for movement installation, instead the super accurate Swiss quartz movement is installed from the front. The bezel, crystal, dial and complete electronic mechanism come out through the front for service. This ingenious design not only makes the watch thin it also means one fewer rubber gasket to fail. The bezel and its 5 locking screws are all made from solid 18 karat yellow gold. The Classic Wave in both men’s and woman’s styles are still being made today. The gents 40mm version comes with a price of $3,600.00 USD. The beautiful silver radial finish dial on this estate watch is a rare version and blends particularly well with the wave patterned bracelet. Our example is in excellent original condition and comes with its original boxes and instruction booklet. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $1,200.00 CAD. Stock #e11820.


Breitling B2 Chronometer Chronograph A42362 43.5mm $3,490.00 CAD. e11791

At $3,490.00 I think this Breitling is a genuine value. Try to find a high end Swiss watch offering so many features from one of the other luxury Swiss brands at this sort of price point. Large modern looking 43.5mm stainless steel case, certified chronometer grade Swiss automatic winding movement, 12 hour chronograph with 1/5 of a second timing capability, calendar, luminous dial markers/hands, compass heading rotating bezel, side rule calculator, synthetic sapphire crystal with anti-glare coating, threaded case back and beautiful white on black “panda” dial. In the light or dark this dial offers excellent legibility, even the chronograph registers are treated to bright luminous material.  All this plus the priceless reputation Breiltling have earned since 1884 producing some of the world’s most revered pilot and chronograph equipped watches. This is the first B2 that I remember seeing in our estate department and this one comes with something extra. We currently have it on a hardly worn perfect condition Breitling rubber strap with signed buckle; it also comes with its original stainless steel pilot bracelet with flip lock safety buckle. Switching to the metal bracelet gives the watch a much more serious professional look. If you have a large wrist a link or 2 may need to be ordered. This watch would be a great way to get into something a little more complicated than your ordinary time/date only timepiece. Including a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $3,490.00 CAD. Stock #e11791.


December 10, 2018

Breitling Crosswind Chronograph Dual time 24hr. B13355 $6250.00 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 $6250.00 CAD. Stock #e11640.


Omega Seamaster 300 2531.80.00 James Bond $2,600.00 CAD. e10042

The Omega Seamaster Professional 2531.80.00 was introduced in 1993. With very obvious product placement in the 1995 James Bond movie Golden Eye, this model became known thereafter as the James Bond watch. The same watch appeared in several Bond movies since and Omega to this day is still the preferred brand of everyone’s favorite secret agent. The design came in two sizes with either a quartz or automatic chronometer movement. This one, the full size automatic, is the one that everyone wants. Measuring 41mm diameter you can’t call this watch oversized but 25 years after its introduction it’s still the right size when compared to the many 45mm plus watches on the market today. It’s more than capable with its 1000 foot 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 1st generation example was purchased brand new at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in January 1999. Although it was worn regularly for that entire time the condition is still quite good. If you’re looking for a complete package have a look at what is included with purchase; inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card, instruction booklet, chronometer certificate, card holder and plastic hag tags. Those accessories alone would make this watch complete but it also comes with the original bill of sale, vacuum test results from a full service in 2016 and a period correct Omega brochure with pricing and more. A one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers mechanical warranty is included for the estate price of $2,600.00 CAD. Stock #e10042.

SOLD


December 5, 2018

Hamilton Khaki Field H70575733 $700.00 CAD. e11491

Big on history and features but not on price. More so now than ever  Hamilton are positioning themselves as one of the biggest value brands in the Swiss watch market. How many other makes can offer features like; 42mm black PVD titanium case, curved sapphire crystal, threaded display case back, watertight to 300 feet, automatic Swiss made 25 jewel ETA 2824-2 movement and a corporate history dating back to 1892 for around $1000.00 USD (new MSRP). Hamilton originally manufactured high quality pocket watches in Lancaster Pennsylvania U.S.A. They supplied watches to U.S. military forces for both world wars and produced the world’s first electric watch in the 1950s (decades before quartz watches took the world by storm). No longer an American company they are now owned by The Swatch Group Switzerland who also own great brands like Omega, Longines, BlancPain, Breguet and many more. Our Khaki Field is perhaps the most utilitarian watch we have in the entire store right now. This isn’t a fancy machine, it’s all about absolute function in a tough, durable and stealthy package. From the complete Arabic hour markers to the large simple hands everything has been treated to the full luminous treatment for ease of legibility under all lighting conditions. The 42mm case is made from super light titanium that is attached to a rubberized waterproof fabric strap. Despite the generous size, the complete watch only weighs less than 66 grams. Powering the watch is a Swiss made 25 jewel ETA 2824-2. This venerable mechanism has served purpose in many high grade brands since the 1960s. Our example looks like new; not a scratch or scuff can be seen anywhere on the entire case or crystal. It was purchased new from a Canadian authorized agent in March 2015. Included with purchase is the original inner/outer box, instruction booklet and endorsed warranty card. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a one year complimentary warranty. Estate priced at $700.00 CAD. Stock #e11491.

SOLD

 


December 4, 2018

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 worlds 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 time pieces too I think the ladies 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

 


His & Hers Tag Heuer WT1150 WT1352 (never worn) $4000.00 e11761 e11762

When Tag Heuer remodeled the S/El (Sports Elegance) for the first time since the introduction in the late 1980s these were the result. The new Link series of watches ushered in the new millennium with a much bigger bold look that incorporated a solid 18 karat gold rotating bezel replacing the previous gold plated version. The gold found on the alternating links was also upgraded to a solid 18 karat gold cap covering the entire link, front and back. The 1st generation gold plated bracelet would start to wear through after a few years of hard use. In close to 20 years since this model debuted we’ve never seen anyone wear through the 18 karat gold capped links. We decided to see just how thick the gold cap is by cutting a notch into an old link section we had lying around from a different well used watch. From this photomicrograph it’s easy to see just how thick the cap is. The stainless steel core is easily distinguished from the gold cap. Both of these watches were given as gifts close to 20 years ago but never used. The his and hers set are in new old stock condition. They have been sitting in a jewellery box their entire life. They’ve never been polished or refinished in any way. New old stock condition exhibiting only the most insignificant scuffs from rubbing other items while in a jewellery box. The lady’s still has the protective plastic sticker on the case back. After installing a couple of fresh silver oxide batteries away they went. The high precision Swiss quartz movements are running like new keeping excellent time with calendar function working as designed. The 2 watches have aged quite well with timeless white dials and measuring a contemporary 42 and 31mm diameter. The classic green red Tag Heuer dial logo is easily recognized as one of the world’s most famous luxury watch brands. We are pleased to have both of these hard to find Tag Heuer Link watches as part of our estate collection. Digging through our old dealer catalogs from 2001 we found these watches were priced at $3,390.00 for the gents (WT1250.BD055) and $3,390.00 for the ladies (WT1352.BD0559). Each watch comes with a complimentary 2 year warranty covering all aspects of mechanical failure. If you missed your chance when these were current models, this could be the only time you’ll see a never worn his and hers set again. They are available separately for the estate price of $2,100.00 and $1,900.00 CAD. Stock #e11761 and e11762.

 


December 3, 2018

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


December 2, 2018

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.


Tag Heuer Ltd. ed. Tiger Woods golf watch WAE1110. $1450.00 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 back side. 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 time keeping 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 world wide 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 hang tag printed with 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. 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 $1450.00 CAD. Stock #e11680.

SOLD


December 1, 2018

Cartier Vermeil quartz 590003 30mm $1,490.00 CAD. e10935

For a little more than the cost of a nice quality “regular” watch you can have a true luxury timepiece from one of the great Swiss watch houses. Cartier Vermeil watches are not 18 karat gold so the price to buy one is only a small fraction compared to the solid gold watches. You get the look, the feel, the quality and the style without the price. The must de Cartier 590003 is made from 925 sterling silver and then gold plated with a thick 20 micron top finish. This example is the best we’ve seen. No refinishing, re-plating, or polishing was required to prepare it for sale with our other Cartier estate offerings. The genuine crocodile Cartier soft leather strap is showing only a little evidence of use. This watch comes with a very expensive fold over deployment buckle. Almost all the vermeil watches on the market come with just a simple tang buckle. The deployment buckle is much easier to put on/take off, is infinitely adjustable and it greatly extends the life of the very expensive genuine hide strap. There are no sections on the entire watch case where the gold plating is wearing thin or the sterling silver base is beginning to come through. At 30mm diameter the watch has a good presence on a feminine arm. A simple two hand quartz movement is very thin limiting the total thickness to under 5mm. At under 30 grams total weight you won’t even know you’re wearing it. The two tone Roman numeral face is one of the most uncommon but I think it’s the most attractive of the different dial choices that were available when this watch was a current Cartier offering. Excellent overall condition and comes with a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $1,490.00 CAD. Stock #e10935.

SOLD


November 30, 2018

Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle 38mm L2.617.4 $800.00 CAD. e11750

If you’re into aeronautical history, like the colour blue or think this old fashion looking watch is just cool, maybe the Longines Hour Angle is for you. According to the engraving on case back it was designed by the famous Aviator Charles Lindbergh. He was the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean in 1927. Other than regular time keeping functions this watch can be used as a instrument for celestial navigation. In case your GPS system fails you can use this watch to determine your basic location. All you need is a sextant, an accurate time source, a clear star filled sky and good deal of operator skill. A great review of a similar Longines Hour Angle watch, Lindbergh and celestial navigation can be seen on Hodinkee. Model L2.617.4 is the more manageable 38mm size and of course comes in this beautiful blue/silver colour scheme.The watch is powered by the venerable ETA based 21 jewel 2892-A2 automatic winding mechanism modified and nicely decorated by Longines. Luminous hands and a 31 day calendar add a little extra function for day to day utility.  The watch is in very good condition and comes with a brand new Hirsch Grand Duke navy blue strap along with the well worn Longines original royal blue leather strap with original buckle. Longines Hour Angle watches almost never show up for sale. This example is working well and comes with our 1 year mechanical warranty and gift box. Estate priced at $800.00 CAD. Stock #e11750.

SOLD


Ladies Omega Constellation Manhattan 1562.30.00 $1,100.00 CAD. e10043

e10043-omega-constellation-1562-30-00There’s a little Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers history that goes along with this Omega Constellation 1562.30.00. It was purchased brand new here in 1999. I can’t believe more than 17 years have passed since it was purchased. It was only occasionally worn over that period and shows in excellent condition. It comes complete with endorsed warranty card (August 1999), instruction booklet, period brochure with price list, inner/outer boxes and even the plastic hanging price tag with serial number. It may not be a collectible Moonwatch or a super rare Seamaster but the styling of this little Omega is still right on point and you can’t get a more complete package than this.e10043-omega-constellation-1562-30-00 This example of the Omega Manhattan is very striking in its most basic form of all stainless steel construction with a plain white linen dial. While only 22.5mm diameter it is very easy to read with great contrast. The Manhattan design was introduced in 1982 and to this day its style cues are still used in the current Constellations offerings. A minor tidy up and a fresh battery has this Swiss made watch running perfectly. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at just $1,100.00. Stock #e10043.e10043-omega-constellation-1562-30-00-stainless-steel


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.

 

 


November 29, 2018

Breitling Chronomat Evolution 44mm A13356 $3600.00 CAD. e11749

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 $3600.00 CAD. Stock #e11749.


November 28, 2018

Tag Heuer Carrera 36mm WBG1311 $1990.00 CAD. e11748

Not too many years ago a 36mm was fairly standard for a gents sized watch. Today a 36mm case size is the domain of the “mid size” model suitable for the slimmer gentleman’s wrist or a lady that likes something slightly larger without pushing it. This quartz powered Carrera was purchased earlier this year at the Tag Heuer boutique on 5th Avenue in New York City. At the time of purchase the original owner bought an additional black leather strap for $145.00 USD to switch up the look, although it has never even been installed. The Carrera design goes back to the early 1960s; today they are among some of the most collectible watches around. Model WBG1311 has the same basic case design as the originals with sharp edged tapered lugs and purposeful clean looks. This example was only used a couple of times by the previous owner. The condition is as good as any new old stock display item. It shows only the most faint evidence of use in the form of a couple of  light scuffs on the stainless steel case and leather strap. The custom fitted straps with an integrated metal lug fitting seamlessly blend with the case resulting in a modern look. The locking deployment buckle is easy to use and extends the strap life significantly. The inside of both straps is laminated with a water/sweat proof black rubber lining that should help keep the watch in place and further add to extended durability. Comes complete with original inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card, instruction booklet, extra never used black Tag Heuer strap and the bill of previous sale. Original bill of sale shows a purchase price of $2050.00 USD plus New York state sales tax. Including the balance of the Tag Heuer 2 year warranty (expiring in the spring of 2020) the watch is estate priced at $1980.00 CAD. Stock #e11748.


November 27, 2018

18kt. rose gold Tissot Heritage Chronometer Ltd. Edition $3,200.00 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 $3,200.00 CAD. Stock #e10456.


Breitling Galactic 41 A49350 $4400.00 CAD. e11464

They don’t come to us more complete than this. Everything from the original hanging plastic bezel guard to the signed warranty booklet dated May 22 2011 are included with this Breitling Galactic 41 A49350. The watch measures a larger 41mm diameter; just a tiny bit larger than a Rolex Submariner. Large but not too big it can be comfortably worn by most men. Its beautiful slate grey dial is a miniature work of art. Flat radial finish paint with an inner parallel grooved square are the first things you notice. Upon further inspection you see the large date aperture with beveled edges pin striped with a white/black frame. Highly polished silver hour markers with mitered edges mirror the inner square pattern and are tipped with luminous material for easy viewing in the dark. Perfect white and red Arabic text let you know this is an automatic Breitling officially certified chronometer. As with many Breitling models the entire watch has been treated to a highly polished finish adding to its dressier more luxury focused personality. The 21 jewel Breitling calibre 49 (modified ETA 2896) is working well and keeping great time. The large dual disc calendar offers some extra utility with better legibility for mature eyes. Excellent overall condition showing only minor evidence of use. The watch was delivered new to its one and only previous Canadian owner who wore it once in a while. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is pleased to include a one year complimentary warranty for the estate price of $4400.00 CAD. Stock number e11464.

 


November 26, 2018

Omega Speedmaster “Moonwatch” (9 months old) 311.30.42.30.01.005 $4,710.00 CAD. e11243

Beside 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 as 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 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, 4 replacement spring bars, a 4 times power eye loupe, over sized medallion replica case back, large travel case and foam lined outer box.  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 is only 9 months old and was owned buy a collector customer who wore it in rotation with several other watches he owns. Overall condition is practically like new, a few very minor scuffs can be seen on the buckle, case and bracelet. The two extra straps that come included with the package have never even been removed from the original plastic sleeves. All of these photos are from the last like new Speedy that passed through our estate department. In today’s era of GPS tracking and super accurate electronic timing it’s amazing that such old fashioned manual mechanical technology is still being made. 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 February 13th. 2018 from a Toronto area authorized agent. This is NOT a grey market watch, the factory will support it with world wide warranty coverage until February 2020. This is the current Moonwatch, it is still available from Omega. Buying a new example at your local Omega boutique in the U.S.A will set you back $5,250.00 USD. In Canada the dollar adjusted retail price is a little better at $5,950.00 as seen on the Omega Canada website. Our example is estate priced at $4,710.00 CAD. Stock #e11243.

SOLD

 


November 25, 2018

Breitling Limited Edition Navitimer A19322 $6500.00 CAD. e11746

Collectively the large luxury Swiss watch brands manufacture millions of watches every year. That doesn’t mean owning one of their creations isn’t something on many bucket lists. A quick search on a popular watch collector website shows well over 5000 Rolex Submariners for sale alone. The same website has listings for over 400,000 watches but not one Breitling Navitimer A19322 (not even this one). When a heavyweight Swiss manufacturer like Breitling make something truly rare we take notice. The Breitling A19322 is one such watch. This unique Navitimer is one of only 300 examples made. It was only offered in Japan. It’s likely this example is one of only a handful that made it into North America. I can’t find another example for sale anywhere at the moment. At 41.7mm diameter it’s large but not cumbersome and clumsy. It you like a complicated watch this one should peak your attention. It’s got the classic Navitimer slide rule rotating bezel, a 12 hour chronograph, day/date/month calendar plus a moon phase display. The Breitling caliber 19 that powers the watch is quite complicated. It’s an automatic winding micro mechanical work of art comprised of around 250 individual components all working together with Swiss precision. The watch appears practically in new old stock condition. The black padded Breitling leather strap looks as if it has never been used. The highly polished case shows only some minor scuffs and scratches along the edges. Equipped with an anti-glare treated synthetic sapphire crystal that maintains a perfectly scratch free finish. The black dial is also absolutely perfect in every way. Original signed buckle shows little evidence of use. The watch comes complete with a Breitling box, slide rule instruction booklet and yellow plastic Breitling hang tag. Working well and keeping good time with all functions working as designed. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide a complimentary one year warranty covering all aspects of mechanical failure and defect except those caused by abuse or moisture. We’ll likely never have the opportunity to see another example of this ultra rare Breitling Navitmer. Estate priced at $6,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11746.


Omega Seamaster Titanium & 18kt. gold 2297.80.00 $4500.00 CAD. e11489

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. This example is a little unusual as it was never officially offered for sale in Canada through authorized Omega agents. You could buy an all steel version, a gold/steel version, a rose gold/tantalum/titanium version, an all titanium version and even an one made completely from gold, but titanium with 18 karat yellow gold was never offered in the Great White North. It took us a little bit of research to even find the correct reference number for this one. All the typical Seamaster features are in perfect working order. A 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 day glow orange register tips still in place and not faded to pinkish white like most. The recently serviced (December 2017) certified chronometer grade automatic calendar equipped movement is running great keeping excellent time. Overall finish and condition are very good for a watch close to 20 years old. 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 $4100.00 besides buying a good Swiss watch. What’s that new smart phone you’re thinking of buying going to be worth 10 years from now? Included with purchase is a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. We will also fully refinish the case and bracelet removing the more apparent signs of prior use if you wish. Estate priced at $4100.00. Stock #e11489.

 


November 24, 2018

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 were 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.

SOLD


November 22, 2018

Fortis B-42 GMT 649.10.148 $1580.00 CAD. e11546

Since 1912 Fortis have quietly been producing high quality watches in Grenchen Switzerland. The independent family owned company still hand finishes every single watch they produce. According to the company website the only automated processes it uses are water resistance and accuracy testing. They were the first company to mass produce the now industry standard automatic winding wrist watch. Since the mid 1990s they have been the official watch of the Russian space agency. Fortis watches proudly proclaim their watches have been in space more than any other brand having orbited the earth more than 100,000 times. Fortis are also the choice of dozens of flight squadrons worldwide. Our latest estate example is a model designed with professional use in mind, the B-42 GMT. This watch is a no nonsense tool watch engineered for function, durability and reliability. Large easy to read luminous hands with Arabic hour markers are legible under any condition. A rotating 24 hour outer bezel plus an inner 24 hour chapter ring allows constant display of universal time in addition to 2 extra time zones. A calendar display coordinated with local time and a large day glow orange second hand add additional utility. This watch is rather rare and doesn’t come available for sale often. The original owner was an international pilot who purchased it in 2006 in Hong Kong. The second owner was an aircraft crew member who recently traded it in for a watch he has lusted after for many years. This watch has logged countless hours of trans ocean flight time. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers recently performed a full service to the ETA 2893-2  21 jewel movement in July 2018. A fresh service should keep the watch running accurately and reliably for 5 to 7 years before the next routine service is due. Comes complete with original box, instructions, endorsed warranty, original vendor service receipt from 2010, document pouch plus a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Our warranty covers all aspects of mechanical failure except those caused by abuse or moisture. Overall watch condition is good for a professionally worn watch that is 16 years old. The case and bracelet show minor scratches and scuffs. Evidence of use can also be seen on the synthetic sapphire crystal and aluminum bezel insert in the form of light scratches and small dings. Estate priced at $1580.00 CAD. Stock #e11546.


November 21, 2018

Cartier Pasha “big date” 2475 $3120.00 CAD. e11740

Nice sized watch that could be worn by a man or a woman given its reasonable size of 35.5mm diameter. This is a good one, just the basics in clean classic Cartier style. Simple white dial with big Arabic numerals and hash marks, large blued steel luminous hands/markers allow easy time interpretation under all lighting conditions The continuously sweeping second hand and calendar with extra large display at 6:00 o’clock is a great feature for those of us with 40 plus year old eyes. An innovative canteen style crown guard adds an interesting style highlight as well as keeping the watch water resistant to 100 meters. The Swiss made automatic winding movement is keeping great time with all functions working as designed. Overall condition is very good to excellent. The stainless steel case and bracelet are showing some minor scuffs and scratches but the watch appears as if it was only occasionally used. Includes a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty covering all aspects of mechanical defects and failures except those caused by misuse or moisture. Removable links in the bracelet allow a fit of up to 7 1/2 inches. Extra links can always be obtained through Cartier for anyone with a larger wrist. This watch is estate priced at $3120.00 CAD. Stock #e11740


November 20, 2018

Omega Seamaster chronograph America’s Cup 2293.50.00 $4190.00 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 $4000.00 CAD. Stock #e11488.


November 18, 2018

IWC Pilot IW3717-04 full set, serviced $5,300.00 CAD. e11587

If you love luxury watches but a conspicuous brand like Rolex, Breitling or Cartier just seem a little too obvious, how about something a little more exotic. How about an IWC Schaffhausen? Not only is it a fun name to say, it’s 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 IW3717-04 is one of the more dedicated professional models offered. The full case is large at 42mm but not over sized. The actual surface area of the dial is bigger than many larger watches because it lacks a thick bezel. Purchased new in the summer of 2010 at authorized agents Tourneau, the watch looks to be in new condition after a full factory service November 2017. This is a serious pilot watch with one of the most legible dials in the business. Just a simple flat finish black dial with totally white luminous hands outlined in black. No decorative white gold or polished chrome frame around the hands, just white offering perfect contrast. Basic Arabic/stick hour markers plot out the time in a simple precise format. The minute hand tapers to a pin point 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 service invoice from November 2017.Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $5,300.00 CAD. Stock #e11587.


November 15, 2018

Tag Heuer Link Chronograph CJF2110 $2480.00 CAD. e11184

Classic looking Tag Heuer Link Chronograph CJF2110. It’s got everything the watch enthusiast is looking for; iconic looks, generous 42mm case size, Swiss made 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. 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. The bracelet shows no measurable stretch or sag.  Included with purchase is a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty, original Tag Heuer clam shell box (outer box missing its lid), operating instructions and the original warranty card. Estate priced at $2489.00. Stock #e11184.

 


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.

 


Vintage Omega Seamaster 14762 $1,200.00 CAD. e11054

Since 1848 Omega has been a leading producer of high quality Swiss watches. Our latest estate Omega dates from 1961 and was owned by the same gentleman since it was new. I’m sure this Seamaster automatic has spent more time in a drawer than on a wrist. The inner screw on case back is curiously absent of any service record codes. We believe the watch has been cleaned before as the crystal is not original and some of the movement screws look to have been turned at least once but no record of service was left by a watchmaker. The pretty pink gold plated in house Omega calibre 562 movement is blemish free and in excellent condition (although a little dry). The 26 jewel mechanism is equipped with a semi quick setting calendar display and central seconds hand. 34.4mm stainless steel case appears unrestored with thick lugs and crisp edges. An original winding/setting crown is a nice detail that is not longer available. The pale champagne/silver dial is showing some interesting patina that goes unnoticed except under close scrutiny. It’s covered by 1000s of tiny almost microscopic goose bumps covering the entire surface. We believe the dial to be original although these bumps are not. Perhaps some moisture left these marks after it evaporated. It doesn’t distract from the watches attractive  looks, the colour and texture is totally uniform. How the dial acquired this finish is a mystery as there is no corrosion or evidence of rust anywhere inside the watch. Attached to the case is a brand new 18mm Hirsch stitched edge reddish brown leather strap. We can exchange it for a different colour or style if you like. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers mechanical warranty the watch is estate priced at $1,200.00 CAD. Stock #e11054.


November 13, 2018

Breitling Avenger II A1338111 with extra strap $5100.00 CAD. e11524

For all those who are looking for a large, sporty watch, this one’s for you. We get far more requests for the larger “statement” type watches than actually come through our estate department. Full sized models from Rolex, Omega, IWC, Paneria are snapped up quickly from our displays, often even before we are able to post them online. For overall wrist impact the Breitling Avenger II checks off all the boxes. At 43mm case size it’s large but not a chore to wear on a daily basis. The highly polished case and bracelet provide the necessary bling factor. Ratcheting one way bezel timer, 12 hour chronograph, over sized threaded crown, heavy duty solid link bracelet with locking buckle confirm the sporting nature of the machine. As an added bonus our latest estate Breitling comes with an extra strap. The 22mm genuine Breitling black rubber strap is embossed/debossed “BREITLING” in a clever disappearing pattern. The strap and signed stainless steel tang buckle sell for around $300.00. This watch was purchased at Birks Jewellers in Toronto July 2015 and is in excellent condition. We just treated the watch to a meticulous polishing to the case and bracelet. This one could pass for new. It’s a current model as seen on Breitling’s official website where is retails for the relative bargain of $6755.00 CAD (USD is $5835.00). Have some fun, let that bottled up extrovert make a statement with an awesome example of wrist jewellery. A very accomplished Valjoux 7750 controls the time keeping duties within the highly water resistant stainless steel case. Breitling’s in house watchmakers have refined and modified the movement in order to receive chronometer grade accuracy levels. Keeping great time with all functions working as designed. The watch comes with everything as delivered when new. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $5100.00 CAD. Stock #e11524.

SOLD


November 12, 2018

Bell & Ross Vintage 120 quartz chronograph $1700.00 CAD.

e9910 Bell & Ross Vintage 120 Quartz chronograph 001Bell & Ross were founded in the early 90s by French designer Bruno Belamich and Swiss businessman Carlos A. Rosillo. Their combined vision was a line of watches built on the military, especially aeronautical standards of precision and function. Their lines are reflective of aeronautical instruments and the pocket watches that were so relied upon during World War I. With its antique parchment coloured dial, 6 o’clock date wheel, and single rail seconds indicator the Vintage 120 takes its inspiration from the latter. Being Bell & Ross, the 120 is a tool watch equipped with a 4 register chronometer (1/10th seconds, 60 seconds, 60 minutes, 12 hours), luminous hands, anti-reflective scratch resistant sapphire crystal, a threaded crown and case back. The super readable dial is also equipped with a second small second hand for regular time keeping which stops when the chronograph is running. A true tool watch must of course be driven by a super reliable movement, so the Vintage 120 is powered by the Swiss made 27 jewel ETA 251.262 anti-magnetic, shock-proof, quartz movement. The 37.5mm solid steel, unadorned case is completed with a neutral black leather strap and stainless steel deployment buckle.e9910 Bell & Ross Vintage 120 Quartz chronograph 002 Vintage 120 is a discontinued model and is accompanied by the original inner/outer box, manual, and warranty holder (no warranty card). Also accompanying the Bell & Ross is a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty. Estate price $1700.00 CAD. Stock #e9910.e9910 Bell & Ross Vintage 120 Quartz chronograph 003

 


Breitling Chrono Cockpit A13358 $3880.00 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 like new. The entire case is highly polished, void of any significant scuffs of 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 $3880.00 CAD. Stock #e10139.


November 11, 2018

Ladies Constellation Manhattan 18 karat gold & stainless $1,800.00 CAD. e9640

e9640 Ladies Omega Constellation 1260.70.00Spend 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 mother of pearl dial and blackened roman numerals decorating the bezel. Made from stainless steel and 18k yellow gold with a 22.5mm case the watch is in nice condition, showing only the slightest signs of wear and running perfectly keeping excellent time. The very pretty natural mother of pearl dial display a lovely iridescent effect as the watch is moved. This special dial was a $150.00 option over the base price of $2,950.00 CAD in 2009 (the last year this model was produced). The watch is estate priced at $1,800.00 CAD and comes with a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty. Omega Ref. #1260.70.00. Stock #e9640.e9640.1 Ladies Omega Constellation 18 karat gold mother or pearl

 

 


November 10, 2018

Cartier Pasha 18kt. chronograph quartz 38.5mm $13,500.00 CAD. e11477

After being in business for over 60 years you’d think we’d seen it all, but here’s another first for Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. This is the only 18 karat gold gents Cartier to show up in our estate department and it’s a pretty special one. A solid 18 karat Cartier is pretty uncommon but to have one that’s a chronograph with gold bracelet is downright rare. Most often these watches are purchased on a far less expensive leather strap option. The richness of premium 18 karat yellow gold must be seen firsthand. The density and feel of high purity precious gold is something that your clunky stainless steel Rolex just can’t compete with at a dressy event. Not to worry though the Cartier Pasha is sporty enough in a subtle more sophisticated manner. The clean white/champagne panda dial is equipped with a 12 hour chronograph and divers elapsed timer bezel. The white dial is easy to read and goes neutrally well with almost any colour. This watch comes to us through a very good long time Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers client. He owns several other high end watches in his collection. This watch saw little use while in rotation with his other luxury Swiss creations (talk about a 1st world problem) so he recently traded it in. He had the watch serviced through the Cartier boutique Toronto in October of 2013. The service invoice will be included with purchase. Cartier performed a full overhaul to the quartz mechanism including; complete disassembly of movement, cleaned oiled, regulation checks, ultrasonic case cleaning, replace all gaskets, water resistance testing and a fresh battery. While being serviced a new set of blued steel luminous hands were installed. What I love about the service papers it that our client specifically asked NOT to have the watch polished. Only a true watch connoisseur would request something so seemingly ridiculous. For watch people, keeping the originality of the case is more important than removing a few tiny scuffs and scratches. That being said the heavy watch (over 160 grams) is in excellent condition showing little to more wear in any component. The bracelet exhibits virtually no stretch or sag.    Replacing a solid gold gents Cartier chronograph of similar design today would cost well over $30,000.00. At 38.5mm diameter this watch was definitely designed as a gentleman’s model when this watch was new approximately 20 years ago. Today this watch could also be worn by the lady who likes a bigger case size and doesn’t mind making a bit of a statement. With a fresh battery just installed and a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is ready to go. Estate priced at just $13,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11477.

SOLD


November 4, 2018

14kt. gold diamond Movado 0.25ct. tw. 20gr. $2,000.00 CAD. e10515

Tiffany & Co. are bringing back womens cocktail watches and we couldn’t be happier. For years we’ve had the heart wrenching task of taking apart beautiful, high quality womens time pieces simply because there was no market for them. More pieces of jewellery than they were watches, these watches are usually petite in size with cases decorated in diamonds and integrated with solid gold flexible mesh bracelets. The watches were far from the over size, utilitarian women’s watches that have been in fashion for 7 or 8 years now. The cocktail watch is back! Add to that comeback the returned popularity of yellow gold and this 14 karat solid gold Movado is right on trend, with its vintage appeal. The 15mm wide by 18.5mm long rectangular cushion case is highlighted by 32 bright white VS-GH single cut diamonds for a total estimated weight of 0.25 carats. Those diamonds are the head turning highlight of this petite piece, as the rest is finished in subdued satin tones. The Swiss made quartz movement is running perfectly after just being fully serviced by us and comes accompanied with a one year warranty. To finish off that vintage feel of this 20 gram, 7 inch cocktail watch is its original retro colour scheme dusty rose and grey box with paperwork. The watch is in perfect condition looking like a 25 year new old stock item. Estate price $2,000.00 CAD. Stock #e10515.


November 2, 2018

Raymond Weil 46mm Nabucco chronograph 7850 $4000.00 CAD. e11241

Not a household name but a name that deserves respect none the less. Raymond Weil was founded in 1976 by the brands 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 Cozumet 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 ($4400.00 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 $4000.00 CAD. Stock #e11241.


November 1, 2018

Omega Speedmaster. Diamonds & Mother of pearl 3835.70.36 $6500.00 CAD e8267

e8267 Omega Speedmaster diamond mother of pearl 3835.70.36 003This is almost a case of two Omegas for the price of one. Speedmaster 3835.70.36 came equipped with a white crocodile strap with a signed fold-over stainless steel buckle. The customer that bought this watch from us in the spring of 2007 appreciated that bright white leather during the summer. As winter approached she felt she needed a heartier alternative so we ordered the solid Omega steel bracelet.e8267 Omega Speedmaster diamond mother of pearl 3835.70.36 001 The two bracelets are the only things that separate our Speedmaster from model 3535.70.00 and switching between the two create very distinct and equally stunning looks. No matter the strap it’s hard not to be impressed by this 39mm solid steel case with 1.00 carat total weight bezel of 49 top quality VVS-G round brilliant cut diamonds. To set off the brilliance of the diamonds the dial has been made from high grade mother of pearl that throws a full rainbow spectrum of iridescence. The bold Arabic numerals were offered in a full compliment of pastel colours but the original owner opted for the timeless and sophisticated white option.e8267 Omega Speedmaster diamond mother of pearl 3835.70.36 002 Beyond looks the Speedmaster is equipped with a three register chronograph for time keeping and is rated for a depth of 100 meters or 330 feet. The mechanical crown and hidden fold over buckle are both signed with the Omega symbol and the press down case back features their Seahorse medallion. Model 3835.70.36 is powered by Omega Calibre 3220 Swiss made 47 jewel automatic movement with a 40 hour power reserve. Not only does the watch come with two strap options, it’s also accompanied by inner and outer box with traveling pouch, original manual, and original warranty cards (from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers) all of which are in great shape. The movement is accompanied by a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty. Our model 3835.70.36 was originally listed at $9000.00 CAD (metal strap model 3535.70.00 $9250.00 CAD). Our estate price $6500.00 CAD. Stock #e8267.e8267 Omega Speedmaster diamond mother of pearl 3835.70.36 005

 


Cartier Roadster Automatic 2510 with extra strap $5000.00 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 $5000.00 CAD. Stock #e10797.


Louis Audemars 18 karat gold pocket watch $3000.00 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 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 equalled the best from any Swiss manufacturer. They were a leader in the development of many watch making 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. Case back is marked BRASSUS M-F 20318. That’s it, that’s all I can tell you about this important part of watch making history. I wish this watch could talk. I’m guessing the watch was built in the mid to later  1800s. Estate priced at $3000.00 CAD. Stock #e7890.e7890.2 Audemars pocket watche7890.4 Audemars pocket watch


October 31, 2018

Ladies Tag Heuer Carrera with diamonds WV2413 $4,300.00 CAD. e11668

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 watches. 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 also has a couple of tiny impact marks but they’re virtually invisible against the light coloured dial. 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, insturctions, endorsed warranty card (October 2010), precious stone certificate, even the plastic product tag with serial/style number and original price. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers sold this watch originally to a long time customer of ours who recently traded it in for a Rolex. Estate price $4,300.00 CAD. Stock #e11668.


Citizen 15.8gr. 14kt. diamond bezel mother of pearl $1590.00 CAD. e11032

The line between a watch and fine jewellery couldn’t get any thinner. From the world’s largest watch manufacturer comes this solid 14 karat yellow gold diamond bracelet. It also just so happens to tell time if that matters. The pretty little watch measures a petite 17.25mm diameter and will fit a wrist size of up to 6 3/4 inches. The super flexible Cartier style link bracelet is very comfortable showing no stretch of any kind. Excellent overall condition and looking like brand new. There is not even the slightest scratch on the crystal providing an unobstructed view of the white mother of pearl face. The iridescent dial displays a rainbow of soft pastel green, blue, violet and pink hues as the watch is worn. These simple images do not do the pretty face justice. The mother of pearl dial is framed by 16 small single cut diamonds of SI-I quality providing 0.15 carats of additional bling in super white rhodium enhanced 4 prong bead settings. Powering the watch is an in house Japanese manufactured Citizen quartz movement. Despite its small size the tapered faceted hands provide excellent contrast against the white dial making time interpretation easy. Included with purchase is a 2012 certificate of evaluation along with a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $1590.00 CAD. Stock #e11032.


October 30, 2018

Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer 1185-126 (brand new) $14,790.00 CAD. e11699

There are so many fantastic watches available. Many with rich histories going back more than a century. In fact, more than a few Swiss brands have been producing timing devices for longer than there have even been wrist watches. It’s too bad so few brands get the notoriety they deserve in North America. Ulysee Nardin is certainly worthy of consideration to anyone looking for an amazing watch with a great history of producing some amazing time pieces. They have a background dating back to the mid 1800s. The company was famous for building some of the world’s most accurate marine chronometers. Before there was electronic timing equipment these highly accurate wind up  timekeepers were an essential tool for celestial navigation on the open sea. Accuracy wasn’t a luxury, it was a life or death necessity. Before the digital world of GPS positioning, knowing where you were relied on precise time, a clear star filled sky, a sextant and quite a lot of operator skill. Developing incredibly accurate ship clocks was a daunting task given the environment they operated in. Accurate time was an essential factor for knowing where you were in the vast open oceans. In keeping with their nautical timing history the Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer 1185-126 offers all the features one would expect from a rugged and durable watch. Super sturdy stainless with solid 18 karat rose gold case construction offering water resistance to over 300 feet. A threaded crown screws into the case ensuring moisture stays out and the time can’t accidentally be changed. Large hands and markers with luminous plots make time interpretation virtually instantaneous. The beautiful radial finish chocolate brown dial with contrasting Roman numerals is in itself a small work of art. The unusual calendar and second hand position align for perfect vertical symmetry and add some useful function. A feature not seen often on automatic watches is the power reserve display located at 12:00.  This circular dial acts similar to a fuel gauge displaying how much of the approximately 60 hour power supply is remaining in the beautifully manufactured 50 jewel Ulysse Nardin calibre 118. A transparent sapphire case back window proudly displays the mechanical marvel powering the chronometer.  A folding locking buckle keeps the brown genuine crocodile strap secure and adds a modern look to the 43mm size watch. This watch is brand new, never worn and is in perfect perfect condition. Comes complete with all the original packaging, beautiful black lacquer box, instructions, wallet etc. all still sealed in an unopened plastic bag. It’s working great, keeping excellent time with all functions working as designed. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide the new owner a complimentary 2 year warranty covering all aspects of mechanical failure and defects. This watch carries a suggested retail price of $19,800.00 CAD. Brand new, never worn and estate priced at $14,790.00 CAD. Stock #e11699.


October 27, 2018

Ladies Tag Heuer Link WJ1316-0 $1200.00 CAD. e11652

Tag Heuer’s Link series of watches have always bridged the gap between hard core sport design and dressy. Our latest estate Tag Heuer may be one of the last to incorporate the sporting features that made the brand so popular. Current ladies Link watches have lost the threaded crown that lowers the water resistant qualities to 100 meters compared to 200 meters for our estate example. The new version also lacks the one way ratcheting timer bezel, fliplock safety buckle and luminous hands. While these missing features may not seem too important from an ordinary use perspective, I can’t help but think the new models have lost some of the DNA that made Tag Heuer one of the most popular brands in the entry level Swiss luxury segment. This watch still can get the job done in a demanding environment or at your next dress up event. The pale blue mother of pearl dial is very sophisticated, the faceted hour markers offer surprising function and contrast. We recently performed a full technical revision to the high precision Swiss quartz mechanism. It’s keeping perfect time and should be good for at least 10 years before its next service is due. Included with our service is a fresh Swiss battery and vacuum test so you can be confident wearing it under any situation. The stainless steel bracelet has been polished to a mirror finish with contrasting brushed texture on the case. When last available this watch had a retail price of $2100.00 USD. Including our 1 year in house warranty it is estate priced at $1200.00 CAD. Stock #e11652.


October 25, 2018

Breitling Chronomat Evolution C13356 $5975.00 CAD. e11672

This watch will likely find a new home with the enthusiast who likely owns several other watches but nothing that looks like this. We see silver, black, white and blue dials with regularity, but this is only the second we’ve had with a rich burgundy face before. A perfectly matched crocodile leather strap with complementary 18 karat rose gold trim gives the watch a rich look like no other. The one and only previous owner occasionally used it in rotation with numerous others from his collection. Lightly worn and in original condition. The large 44mm case has never been polished or refinished in any way. Beating within the 300 meter water resistant case is the venerable Valjoux 7750 certified chronometer. This automatic 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 need to be returned to the manufacturer for service and replacement parts are readily available. It’s not uncommon for these robust mechanisms to go 10 years between servicing. The Chronomat Evolution has more than enough features to keep even a hard core watch geek entertained. A 12 hour 3 register chronograph is its primary additional feature to regular time keeping duties. Other details include a one way ratcheting 60 minute bezel timer, tachymeter scale for measuring units per hour, threaded pushers/crown/case back, curved synthetic sapphire crystal and signed deployment buckle. A continuous sweeping second hand plus 31 day calendar add some extra functionality and don’t forget about that beautiful face. It has 3 different textures applied to the rich burgundy dial. Luminous hands and hour plots give it a little extra utility in low or no light conditions. Watertight to 300 meters and made from high grade stainless steel allows use under any situation should the need arise. Model C13356 looks almost like new old stock. The highly polished case and solid 18 karat rose gold bezel are virtually scratch free, the synthetic sapphire crystal is perfect. The soft, anti-reflective crystal coating is showing only the most minor of scuffs. Purchased at an authorized Breitling in St. Maarten September 2009, it comes complete with all paperwork and packaging. A complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year mechanical warranty is included for the estate price of $5975.00 CAD. Stock #e11672.


October 24, 2018

Omega Speedmaster 311.32.40.30.01.001 numbered edition $4600.00 CAD. e10661

Well before its Professional designation Omega introduced the basic Speedmaster in 1957. A purposefully designed watch with an easy to read dial, an integrated stopwatch feature and a tachymetre bezel scale for measuring units per hour. This numbered edition Speedmaster was inspired by the watch worn by astronaut Wally Shirra in 1962 as he orbited the earth during the Sigma 7 mission. It was the first Omega in space. To this day the Omega Speedmaster Professional is still flight qualified for manned space missions. True to the original Moonwatch this model is equipped with the hand wind, non hacking, 18 jewel Omega calibre 1861. This mechanism has been beating within Speedmaster cases since the late 1960s and to this day remains basically unchanged. Despite the somewhat slow 21600 (3 Hz) frequency these movements are extremely accurate. They also have legendary reliability under severe operating conditions. 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 right off the shelf from several local Houston area jewellers. NASA then proceeded to subject the watches to rigorous testing until all but 1 failed (including the Rolex Daytona). The watch that passed the extreme and sometimes destructive 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 special numbered edition was purchased at a Toronto authorized agent May 18 2017. The only evidence of use is a small amount of wear on the finish of the original 19mm brown leather strap. The minor patina of being worn only occasionally of use actually suits the vintage look of the watch perfectly. Included with purchase is the original instruction booklet, warranty card (valid until May 2019) and one of the nicest display boxes Omega ever included with a watch. The high gloss, blond tone, grained wooden box is simply beautiful, with hidden chrome hinges and push button release mechanism for the lid. Inside and out, this box is made as nicely as any high end piece of furniture.Speedmaster 311.32.40.30.01.001 is a current offering on the Omega website showing a Canadian retail price of $5950.00. Including the original foam lined protective outer Omega box the watch is estate priced at $4600.00 CAD. Stock #e10661.

 


October 22, 2018

Graham Silverstone GMT 2TZAS B02A (never worn) $3600.00 CAD. e11596

How can you call yourself a watch collector if you only have a Rolex or two and maybe a Tag or an Omega? A collection is about variety and having something different is a great way to diversify a collection. Graham watches are a smaller company whose inspiration and namesake was English master watchmaker George Graham, who manufactured pocket watches and lived in London England. Modern Graham watches are a combination of English tradition and Swiss watchmaking talent. As far as Graham watches go the Silverstone GMT is one of the more basic designs. A quick perusal of the Graham website reveals some rather off the wall and complicated designs including tourbillion and large chronographs models. The GMT is a great looking 42mm watch with a very purposeful design. The carbon fiber dial with white luminous hands and Arabic hour markers are very easy on the eyes. A Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) function allow a second time zone to be simultaneously displayed in a 24 format displayed with the large red pointed hand and outer 24 hour bezel. This feature is very handy for the world traveler or pilot who needs to keep track of universal time plus local time. Powering the watch is a modified ETA 2893-2 21 jewel Swiss made automatic movement visible through the display back. A screw down case back and threaded crown allow for a watch resistance rating of 160 feet. I’m not sure of production numbers but this is a very rare watch. It’s almost impossible to find the exact same or even similar models available on the secondary market. The very low serial number of 379 suggests not many were produced. This example has never been worn. It sat in its original box since 2013. The original owner bought it but could never get his head around wearing an “expensive” watch. He finally decided it should go to someone who wasn’t afraid to wear it and use it as intended. Comes complete with original inner/outer box, instructions, endorsed warranty card (Bandiera Jewellers Woodbridge Ontario) and insurance appraisal. The original price for this watch was $4840.00 CAD. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $3600.00 CAD. Stock #e11596.


October 20, 2018

Cartier Pasha Seatimer with extra strap/buckle $5000.00 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 Gerard 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 philisophy. 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 $5000.00 CAD. Stock #e10254.

 


October 18, 2018

Omega Speedmaster Mark II, Bell & Ross GMT, Tudor North Flag

Just because you don’t see it on our web site doesn’t mean it isn’t here. We always have more watches and other estate jewellery than we’re able to showcase online. Taking numerous pictures and writing about each item takes a surprising amount of time; time we sometimes just don’t have. Here are 3 examples of like new, excellent condition, hardly worn estate watches we’d love to individually profile if we had more time. Each comes complete with original box, warranty papers and instructions. All were purchased through Canadian authorized agents and come with a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty.

2014 Omega Speedmaster Mark II 327.10.43.50.06.00 $5200.00 CAD. Stock #e11600

2012 Bell & Ross GMT BR01-93-50 $4000.00 CAD. Stock #e11599

2015 Tudor North Flag 91210N $3125.00 CAD. Stock #e11598


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 insure 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 are a constant reminders 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. Including Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty Concord Mariner 15.78.110 is estate priced at $970.00. Stock #e9275.


October 15, 2018

ORIS Der Meisterflieger pilot timer 01 749 7632 4194 $1800.00 CAD. e9792

e9792.2 ORIS Der Meisterflieger Pilot Timer 01 749 7632 4194 006The champion aviator. That’s the English translation of Der Meisterflieger and it’s hard to argue that this Pilot Timer isn’t an impressive tool watch. Measuring 42.7mm in diameter with a bulky stainless steel case designed to resemble the instruments in a cockpit. The unique looking watch is equipped with an anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal, over sized locking crown, and mineral crystal screwed in display case back that extends beyond the edge of the watch case. The dial is what really makes the Der Meisterflieger stand out. Designed to be legible for pilots with the emphasis on minutes above all else. The hour hand is housed in the subdial at 3 o’clock, the second hand in the 9 o’clock sub-dial, and the date at 6 o’clock. The single hand of the dominate dial counts minutes with a secondary minute counter on the inner dial ring. This Cockpit Countdown is operated by the over sized vertical crown that must be lifted before use to prevent accidental adjustment. The inner minute rim spins in either direction to align with the current position of the minute hand and as the hand progresses the minutes are counted down to zero. A useful tool when combined with the flight logbook that accompanies the watch. Keeping a log book is required of all pilots as it’s used to record the minimum requirements for a certificate, rating, flight review, instrument proficiency check, and currency.e9792.1 ORIS Der Meisterflieger Pilot Timer 01 749 7632 4194 005 All of these dial features are made even more legible being fully luminous on a black background. The BC4 Pilot Timer is powered by Oris Swiss made 749 (based on SW2201) 28 jewel automatic movement with bi-directional wind and a 38 hour power reserve. The 749 runs at 28,800 vibrations per hour and is accompanied by a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. For the finishing touch of aviation inspired design the all brushed solid steel bracelet is equipped with a specialty clasp that mirrors the buckles of airplane seat belts. The watch is accompanied by a carrying case with outer box and all paperwork (dated 2012). The Pilot Timer is running well and the case and bracelet are in like new condition showing only a couple of light scuffs from being worn only occasionally. Estate price $1800.00 CAD. Stock #e9792.e9792 ORIS Der Meisterflieger Pilot Timer 01 749 7632 4194 004


Omega DeVille Chronoscope 4850.50.31. $4500.00 CAD. e8051

Omega’s De Ville Chronoscope 4850.50.31 on the black padded crocodile strap has got to be one of the most striking watches ever produced by the 170 year old Swiss luxury watch manufacturer. From the large 41mm polished stainless steel case, to the beautiful “smiley face” white on black dial, this watch has almost too many great details to mention. The dial is a miniature work of art. Counter sunk circular graining on the chronograph registers, faceted  hour markers, applied Omega logo, delicately framed large calendar window, luminous hands, beautiful raised text printing, the dial really twinkles as the watch is worn. As pretty as the outside is, the inner works are an exercise in mechanical art. Omega’s 37 jewel calibre 3313 keeps time to chronometer level accuracy with a long 52 hour power reserve. The clear display case back reveals the highly engineered, beautifully decorated automatic movement for all to see. An easy to use, locking deployment buckle is contoured to the shape of your wrist making the watch a treat to wear. Purchased brand new from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in March 2010. It is in almost new condition showing very little wear of any kind. Comes complete with all of the original packaging, instructions and endorsed warranty card. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will cover the watch with our 1 year in house warranty. Before this model was retired it carried a retail price of $7300.00 USD. Our estate price is only $4500.00 CAD. Stock #e8051.

 


October 13, 2018

Antique 14kt. gold Waltham pocket watch circa 1908 $1500.00 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 shy of $1000.00 worth of gold I just couldn’t do it. 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 bevelled edge glass crystal displays a simple, legible white enamel dial that’s in perfect condition, 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 collectable, excellent condition examples like this deserve to be preserved. Maybe you aren’t going to use something like this everyday, but once in a while it’s nice just to sit down wind it up, listen and watch a few minutes of time pass by. Estate priced at $1500.00 CAD. Stock #e11156


October 12, 2018

Tag Heuer Monaco Chronograph CW2111-0 $3680.00 CAD. e10332

The Heuer Monaco was first released at Basel Fair in 1969. In the 1960s Jack Heuer was at the helm of Heuer Watchmaking Inc. company (the original name of Tag Heuer S.A.), as the great-grandson of company founder Edouard Heuer, Jack had spent years trying to promote a partnership with other horological giants Buren, Dubois Depraz and Breitling in order to design and manufacture the worlds first self-winding chronograph movement to hit the market, the Chronomatic. Jack Heuer’s original intentions where to use the Chronomatic Calibre 11 in the Carrera models but then he met Erwin Piquerez, owner of a Swiss watch case manufacturer plans changed. Piquerez had just developed and patented a new guaranteed waterproof square watch case and together they developed the iconic look of the Monaco watch we see today. Even though Steve McQueen wore a Monaco in his movie “Le Mans” in 1971 the look slowly lost popularity and disappeared from the catalogues in 1975. 1985 saw the acquisition of Heuer Watchmaking Inc. by TAG Group and the company was renamed TAG Heuer. Realizing the value in the history of Heuer and the rising popularity of the King of Cool’s growing popularity, in 1998 TAG Heuer decided to re-release the Monaco. The CW2111-0 we have for sale is the 3rd series in the re-release. It was the most popular look and function to date and led to the Monaco being permanently placed in the TAG Heuer line-up. Featured on an aftermarket black leather strap with original deployment buckle our Monaco dates to 2009 (original worn leather strap included). Classy wear everywhere black dial behind a plastic crystal (an homage to the originals) with only a few signs of age along the case beveled edge. This watch comes with original box and papers as well as a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced to sell at $3680.00 CAD. Stock #e10332.

 


October 10, 2018

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 sport watches. At 33.5 mm diameter it isn’t too small, it’s just right for the petite lady. The timeless black dial with 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.

 


Zenith Defy Power Reserve 03.0519.685 Limited Edition $5000.00 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 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 its 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. Estate priced at $5000.00 CAD. Stock #e10618.


October 9, 2018

Breitling Galactic 36 C37330 $6400.00 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 7 years old it is still a current model of the same specification and is shown on Breitling’s website with a retail price of $10155.00 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 $6400.00 CAD. Stock number e7493.

 

 


October 8, 2018

TAG Heuer Grand Carrera CAV511A Calibre 17 RS $4900.00 CAD. e9688

e9688 Tag Heuer CAV511A Grand CarreraOne of the more popular models from TAG Heuer’s top of the line Grand Carrera series. Calibre 17 RS comes with all the bells and whistles while retaining a very versatile look for daily wear or the occasional dressy event. 43mm diameter case size is large but not unmanageable; it wears a bit larger because the case design lacks a thick bezel allowing for maximum dial size without the oversize look.  Calibre 17 RS features a two register rotary display chronograph with screw down pushers, tachymetre scale, screw down signed crown, display case back equipped with two sapphire crystals, and a silver framed date window at 6 o’clock. The domed sapphire crystals anti reflective coating shows only minor signs of wear, as does the solid stainless steel case, bracelet, and fold over integrated clasp. The black dual textured dial has a frame of ultra thin concentric rings with a matte finish centre section. Minor staining on hour/minute hands visible under close scrutiny.e9688 Tag Heuer Grand Carrera CAV511A black Powered by a Swiss made, 37 jewel, certified chronometer automatic Calibre 17 RS movement running at 28,800 vibrations per hour, and with 42 hour power reserve. The watch was originally sold new by Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in November of 2013. It just received a complete servicing from our watchmaker including vacuum testing and comes with a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. The watch has its full compliment of links installed. When a current offering these watches had a suggested retail price of over $7000.00 USD. Comes complete with the original beautiful wooden box, outer box, cardboard sleeve, instructions, chronometer certificate, price tag and even the original bill of sale. Estate price $4900.00 CAD. Stock #e9688.e9688 Tag Heuer Grand Carrera black dial CAV511A Grand Carrera


October 7, 2018

Tag Heuer AquaRacer WAP1110.FT6029 $1050.00 CAD. e11594

Just 84 grams and 39mm diameter makes for a watch that you’ll forget you’re even wearing. Forgetting you’re wearing it shouldn’t be a problem because its ultra reliable Swiss quartz movement is up for virtually anything you could possibly be doing. The stainless steel case is water resistant to 200 meters and is equipped with a threaded crown and case back. Calendar, second hand and rotating timer bezel add some very handy extra utility. Tag Heuer’s newer entry level AquaRacer with rubber strap uses a basic “tang” type buckle whereas AquaRacer WAP1110.FT6029 is equipped with a more luxurious quick adjust deployment buckle. Watch is in very good condition looking completely original and never polished. The only sign of use besides a few light scratches on the polished bezel studs and case sides is a pretty good scratch on the edge of the rotating bezel at exactly 12:00 o’clock. The blemish is far less visible in person. Comes with a Tag Heuer box and a one year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. When this watch was new it carried a suggested retail price of $1600.00 USD. Our estate price is $1050.00 CAD. Stock #e11594.


Omega Seamaster Polaris 18kt. & titanium 396.1222 $5000.00 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 diameter and would fit well on the man with a thinner wrist or a lady that wants something a little bigger.  The watch weighs 88 grams in total and looks like it was only worn on special occasions. Comes with it’s 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 $5000.00 CAD. Stock #e5990.e5990.2 Omega Polaris day date 18 karat titanium 396.1222


October 3, 2018

Breitling Chrono Cockpit B13357 18kt. & steel $5450.00 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 oversized 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 $5450.00 CAD. Stock #e9610e9610 Breitling Chrono Cockpit B13357 18 karat and steel

 


October 2, 2018

14kt. E. Howard pocket watch circa 1886 $4290.00 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 $4290.00 CAD. Stock #e2950.


September 30, 2018

Omega Planet Ocean 2208.50.00 $3600.00 CAD. e11439

There are discussions on internet watch forums about what watch  you’d choose if you could only have one for your entire life. A variety of brands and models are discussed but one of the most commonly agreed upon is the PO or Omega Planet Ocean. People love their POs and it’s easy to see why; it’s a true diver’s watch with a hardy stainless steel case design that is suitable and tested to 600m or 2000 feet of pressure. The Planet Ocean is offered in two sizes, at 45.5mm diameter this one is often referred to as a Planet Ocean Large. The dial is a flat black beautifully contrasted with subtle hints of orange on the 6, 9 and 12 hour indexes. Not a single detail is overlooked on the beautifully detailed dial even the date aperture is surrounded by a slightly stepped border. Fantastic luminescence treatment on the indexes and popular broad arrow hands make legibility under all lighting situations a snap. A curious aspect of this particular example is the lack of luminous material in the 10:00 hour marker. We can’t explain this anomaly and the previous owner couldn’t account for its absence either. Is it a factory defect or was it removed? The Omega seahorse or hippocampus shaped logo that emblazons the case back is Omega’s symbol of water-resistance. Originally designed by engraver Jean-Pierre Borle, it was inspired by an image of Neptune driving a chariot pulled by seahorses, hence the bridals on the Omega seahorses. Our latest Planet Ocean example is showing some evidence of use with fading of the anodized orange aluminum bezel insert and minor flattening of the domed centre links sections. The scratches that come with use have mostly been polished away as we have just completed a case/bracelet refinishing. This watch is a full set, meaning it comes with everything (original inner/outer box, warranty card, chronometer certificate, pictogram, operating instruction booklet, plastic tag showing matching serial number, etc.) This Planet Ocean model is no longer available through Omega and due to its popularity we do not think it will last too long in our showcase. Watch comes with a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate price $3400.00 CAD. Stock #e11439.

 


September 25, 2018

Omega Speedmaster 125th anniversary 378.0801 1780.002 $3700.00 CAD. e11601

If you only collected Omega Speedmasters you’d have an amazing variety of some pretty cool timepieces. This is a notable, important watch that is seldom encountered and absolutely not appreciated as it should be. Back in 1973 Omega celebrated their 125th year of operation and selected the Speedmaster to commemorate this achievement. The July 1969 moon landing was still fresh in people’s minds, everyone had space fever. This watch captures the spirit and style of that moment in time. It’s a thick slice of early 1970s nostalgia. This wasn’t just a slightly modified version of an existing model Omega slapped a limited edition number on. Model 378.0801 / 78.0002 is completely unique. Its massive steel case (42.0mm x 52.5mm) was used only for this model, there is no other Omega that shares the same case, bracelet or chronometer grade calibre 1041 movement. It is rumored that Omega only produced just 2000 of these but that figure isn’t officially supported by Omega. Not only is it significant for being a rare anniversary model; it’s the world’s first automatic chronograph that is also a certified chronometer. While we’re at it, it’s worth mentioning this complicated watch is equipped with a useful calendar display along with a 24 dial located within the constant seconds display at 9:00. There wouldn’t be another automatic chronometer grade Speedmaster in Omega’s lineup for several decades. This example came to us from its original owner, in unrestored condition. It has no evidence of prior service or ever having been opened up aside from a case back gasket we replaced and for these photographs. Although it’s  working, the movement is bone dry and we’d suggest a full overhaul if it’s to be used regularly. Overall condition is good, it does show scuffs, scratches and dings on the case. The crystal has numerous tiny pits (mostly on the left hand side) perhaps caused by some welding splash. The excellent condition no stretch or sag original bracelet (1221/212) may be missing an adjustment link but should still accommodate a wrist size of up to 8 inches. This watch is a bit of a commitment to wear. Although there are larger watches available, few match the thick bulky feeling of the Speedmaster 125. After learning a little bit about this watch I’ve come to admire it even more. We’ve only encountered this model once before as an estate item. From what I’ve learned only the earliest examples have an engraved letter/number combination on the case back. The exact meaning of this code remains a mystery but it only appears to show up on early examples. The serial number on ours is the lowest I’ve ever seen 35,077,162. There are a hardcore group of Speedmaster 125th enthusiasts that have assembled some great information for this elusive Omega Chronograph. An interesting and informative website discussing the 125 can be seen here. Under the slightly pitted crystal appears to be an excellent condition flat black dial showing even patina tritium dial markers and hands. Wearing this watch everyday requires a strong arm as it weighs a substantial 192 grams and the case is a thick rectangular chunk. Forget about wearing it under a long sleeve shirt. It’s a great conversation piece and a watch you’re not likely to encounter on any other wrist. As mentioned previously; the watch is running well but is very dry and should be serviced if it’s going to be regularly used. A full overhaul to the movement will cost approximately $700.00 extra. This important watch is estate priced at $3700.00 CAD. Stock #e11601.


September 19, 2018

Breitling Top Time 2211 chronograph $3100.00 CAD. e10334

Anyone who collects vintage chronographs or anyone who likes a retro look will surely appreciate this Breitling Top Time 2211 from 1969. The Top Time were a series of chronographs released by Breitling in 1964. A stylish look for someone making a statement in the 60s but also considered a valuable tool watch for both racers and pilots. The Top Time quickly became very popular amongst many entertainment and sport celebrities. Sean Connery wore a Top Time Ref. 2002 in the 1965 James Bond movie “Thunderball”. Bond’s Top Time watch was Q-modified to be equipped with a Geiger counter used to track stolen bombs. That particular watch was lost for many years, eventually it was found and purchased at a flea market in England. The watch went on to fetch an impressive $200,000.00 at auction in June 2013, the highest price ever realized for a Breitling Top Time. Our Breitling may not be able to read radiation levels but it is powered by the ever reliable and beautifully constructed Venus 175. A 17 jewel hand wind movement fondly regarded by collectors. These movements were so well respected and desired they were reissued in the 2004 by Maurice Lacroix to be used in their Masterpiece series. In the 1950s Breitling wanted to start marketing for the more youthful market. They realized not everybody liked the traditional look and price of a Swiss chronograph however still needed a quality chronograph for either sport or profession. Then heralded as an ultra modern chronograph, the Top Time was Breitling’s first watch design to appeal to the under 25 crowd as a sports watch with bold lines and multiple dial variations it was also an elegant dress watch.  You can’t help but love the sharp cushion case shape, bright day glow orange original hands and beautifully preserved panda-esque dial. Will be sold with a bright orange and black aftermarket NATO style strap but could easily be fitted with a nice leather strap for a more formal look. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is estate priced at $3100.00 CAD. Stock #e10334.


Breitling Skyracer A27362 $4600.00 CAD. e11179

e10137-breitling-skyracer-a27362Breiting’s 44mm Skyracer is one of the more complicated watches out there but at the same time it’s a little easier to use than many chronograph equipped watches. Elapsed time calculations are very straight forward as the display doesn’t rely on multiple totalizer style registers. The chronograph simply reads like a regular watch with zero elapsed time shown by the small left side register as 12:00. As an example 2.39.10 elapsed time is shown like this.e10137-breitling-skyracer-a27362-001 The 2 large centre sweep hands can be read to exactly interpret timed minutes, seconds and fractions of a second. Large easy to control start, stop and reset buttons make this chronograph a pleasure to operate. An outside 60 minute timer provides additional timing capabilities. The logically laid out dial places the calendar display at the 6 position adding to the balanced look of the dial. For the really keen watch fanatic a circular slide rule adds some mathematical ability, performing calculations and conversions aiding in navigation in relation to time. Fuel consumption, distance traveled, speed, climb rates and more can be determined using the cleverly incorporated device. Our blue dial example complete as when it was delivered new in 2010. The watch is in great condition showing no significant signs of wear and tear. The brightly polished case and bracelet are absent of any scratches or scuffs. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty model A27362 is estate priced at $4600.00 CAD. Stock #e11179.e10137-breitling-skyracer-a27362-blue-dial

 


September 15, 2018

Tag Heuer Carrera Day-Date CV2A10.FC6235 $3800.00 CAD. e10603

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 Calibre 16 is one of TAG’s newer models from their iconic line. CV2A10 is from late 2009 and 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 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. A one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is included for the estate price $3800.00 CAD. Stock #e10603.


September 13, 2018

Omega Seamaster ST 396.0838 circa 1977 $1200.00 CAD. e10258

e10258 Omega Seamaster ST 396.0838 001Here’s a vintage Omega Seamaster that is rarely encountered. ST 396.0838 dates from 1977. The era when quartz technology was considered revolutionary and was offered by most high end Swiss manufacturers as a high tech option to the more traditional mechanical offerings. Building a proprietary quartz movement cost a small fortune those days so these electronic versions sold for about the same as an automatic or manual winding watch. Even Rolex produced an Oyster case quartz model for many years. Today it’s very rare for us to offer an early quartz Seamaster and this is an example we’ve never had before. It certainly has a unique vintage look and I love the embossed logo quartz emblem on the bezel proudly displaying for the world to see that this watch contains some incredible modern technology. Overall condition is almost like new. The trapezoid rectangular block case measures 30mm x 39mm with a beautiful statin finish. The bracelet shows zero stretch or sag and the solid 14 karat yellow gold bezel retains the crisp sharp edges that help define the look. The size and style could be worn by either a gentleman or a lady. The bracelet is remarkably flexible and will conform to almost any wrist size. Although the watch was designed with only 2 hands, it has an interesting quick set hour feature allowing you to change hours without affecting the minutes. A 31 day calendar adds a degree of extra utility to an otherwise purely functional dial. Running strong and keeping perfect quartz time the watch comes with the full support of a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. It’s a rare piece from a short lived era in Omega’s history. Estate priced at $1200.00 CAD. Stock #e10258.


September 10, 2018

Breitling Windrider Chronometer A10350 $2790.00 CAD. e11417

Many Breitling watches that come through our estate department are over sized examples with multi-function chronographs, slide rules and enough information on the dials 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 sized 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 is virtually absent from the pilot bracelet that shows no stretch or sag.  Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this watch is estate priced at $2790.00 CAD. Stock #e11417.


September 9, 2018

Omega Seamaster 300 titanium 2231.80.00 $3200.00 CAD. e11061

e9406.1 Omega Seamaster 300 Titanium 2231.80.00The 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 collectables. 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. Our example also comes with the more simple and sporty 5 segment link design. 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 the original box, endorsed warranty card (Oct. 2002) service network brochure and a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty the watch in estate priced at $3200.00 CAD. Stock #e11061.e9406 Omega Seamaster 300 Titanium 2231.80.00

 

 


September 5, 2018

MontBlanc Star UTC chronograph MB110590 $3989.00 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 $5500.00 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 $3989.00 CAD. Stock #e9325.

 


September 3, 2018

Tag Heuer AquaRacer CAF7010 Calibre S $2100.00 CAD. e11185

A traditional analogue display watch offers superior function and efficiency that a digital display doesn’t have a chance of matching. The key to its advantage in functionality is displaying only the necessary information when called upon. The Tag Heuer Calibre S takes this concept a quantum leap forward. It offers the complexity of a 24 hour chronograph and a perpetual calendar that is accurate until the year 2099. There is no other electromechanical quartz movement like what’s inside the 43mm stainless steel case. Announced is 2005 the Calibre S didn’t show up for public consumption until more than 2 years later. There are some who dismiss all things quartz as somehow less desirable to the Swiss tradition purely mechanical spring driven mechanisms. Consider the Calibre S consists of 230 components (most quartz have around 40), it has 5 different bi-directional motors, each driving 4 gear sets which is far more than in a mechanical watch. A large high capacity lithium cell delivers sufficient a power supply that can last many years depending on use. Our estate model CAF7010 comes with an additional original Tag Heuer black rubber strap. A quick change to the alternative strap gives it a completely different personality. The regular Tag Heuer sport watch features can also be found on the watch; one way ratcheting minute timer bezel, tachymetre scale, synthetic sapphire crystal, solid link stainless steel bracelet with locking buckle and luminous hands/dial markers. The Calibre S movement is proprietary technology reserved only for use as a premium quartz movement and only in Tag Heuer products. The case and bracelet are showing evidence of use in the form of some small scratches and scuffs but overall it is in very good condition. Included with purchase is a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty and a Tag Heuer presentation box. Estate priced at $2100.00 CAD. Stock #e11185.

 


August 31, 2018

Gents Piaget Polo 7131C 701 25mm 141.2gr. solid 18kt. gold $8400.00 CAD. e11354

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 our first Piaget to date and it’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. Even the dial has be treated to an alternating polished/brushed finish that perfectly matches the bracelet pattern. A standard setting crown vertically placed at 3:00 o’clock would ruin the aesthetics. Piaget’s proprietary quartz movement concealed the setting crown horizontally on the case back allowing a perfectly symmetrical balanced look.Included with the watch is a February 1986 appraisal in the name of the original owner. The appraisal describes the gents Piaget Polo watch  style number 7131-c701 with an estimated replacement cost of $13,500.00 USD. This was a very expensive watch in its day. A brand new top of the line Chevrolet Camaro would have cost less than this watch did in 1986. Made exclusively from premium 18 karat yellow gold the watch weighs about the same as a Rolex Day Date but unlike the Rolex, Piaget bracelet links are completely solid. At 141.2 grams including the quartz movement the value of just the gold in this watch is around $5100.00 CAD. For comparison, a brand new Italian made 18 karat gold bracelet of similar weight would be a great deal priced at $10,000.00. This watch could be worn by a man or woman, it measures 25mm wide and will fit a wrist size of up to 18.5cm. We have 8 never used extra link sections from a smaller Piaget Polo. The extra links allow the total potential length to over 21cm. These links can be used in the larger watch as they are only a couple of millimeters narrower. The extra links are being offered for only gold value but only with the purchase of the larger watch. The condition is almost like new. There is zero stretch or wear in any of the links. The finish appears original showing only some shallow scuffs and scratches. Including the original operating manual, 1986 appraisal and a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this one owner Piaget classic is estate priced at $8400.00 CAD. Stock #e11354.


August 30, 2018

Breitling Chrono Cockpit 18kt. & steel B13350 $5650.00. 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 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 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 $5450.00 CAD. Stock #e10570.


August 25, 2018

Omega Constellation 123.10.38.21.01.001 $4050.00 CAD. e10712

It can take decades of marketing for a brand to become synonymous with a look. In the automotive world the Porsche 911 comes to mind. Whether a 1967 or 2017 model year the stylists are careful to retain certain elements of design that define the look. In the watch world the Rolex Oyster is one such watch, for Omega it’s the Constellation. For 35 years the flagship Constellation has had a look with design components consistent with the original 1982 Manhattan model. The 4 bezel claws, Roman numeral bezel and tapered integrated bracelet have always been used in one form or another. This 38mm automatic chronometer example 123.10.38.21.01.001 has no evidence of any use aside from the most minor shop wear on the buckle bottom. It has never been cleaned, polished or refinished in any way. There was a plastic sticker covering the transparent display back when we received the watch. It has since pealed away while on our display cuff. It’s a current offering that is shown in detail on the Omega watch website where with a suggested retail price of $6750.00 CAD. For 40% off the MSRP Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is offering the watch at just $4050.00 CAD. We are also matching the full 3 year factory warranty. Included with purchase is the original inner/outer boxes, instructions and open warranty card. Stock #e10712.

 


August 23, 2018

Tag Heuer Link GMT automatic WJF2116 $1795.00 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 $1795.00 CAD. Stock #e11004.


August 20, 2018

Breitling Airwolf A78363 43.5mm $3200.00 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 $3200.00 CAD. Stock #e11297.


August 15, 2018

Omega Seamaster automatic 14765 34.5mm $1400.00 CAD. e11289

Despite the Seamaster moniker and a 30 meter factory rating for water resistance, early Seamasters like this were not all that watertight. Even the stainless steel case proudly displayed the Seahorse logo and WATERPROOF embossed on the back. Rolex had their impressive and patented oyster case with screwed on case back  and crown; Omega needed a different approach to protect their watches from water. They decided to eliminate the case back entirely. The theory is: without a case back and required gasket that could potentially fail, removing the case back all together is one less place for water to enter. To service the watch the entire movement with dial comes out through the front after the crown and crystal are removed. Excellent plan in theory but in practice the non screw down crown rubber gaskets failed over the years letting moisture in. This example while in excellent overall condition does show some minor evidence of moisture damage in the form of tiny specs on the original silver dial. These blemishes are very minor, practically invisible in most situations. Some surface rust on the two piece stem was removed while we performed the full overhaul to the original pink gold plated, 24 jewel, Omega in house calibre 552 in May of 2018. Now in perfect running condition the watch is keeping great time. This less in more watch is an exercise in basic timekeeping with a time only display of gold hands/markers with black highlights for extra contrast against the silver dial. Although this watch is only 34.5mm diameter the actual dial surface area looks larger than a 36mm Rolex Datejust because it lacks a thick bezel. When serviced we replaced the plastic crystal with a genuine Omega replacement. The original crown while no longer waterproof was retained to maintain the overall vintage look. You’d never guess this watch was manufactured in 1961. The 14 karat gold capped lugs are thick and still sharp edged. The solid 14 karat bezel ring shows some minor scratches that go unnoticed except under extreme scrutiny. A brand new 19mm brown Hirsch strap with gold plated buckle has this watch looking almost like new old stock. Including a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this watch is estate priced at $1400.00 CAD. Stock #e11289.


Omega Planet Ocean Chronograph 45.5mm 2210.50.00 $5800.00 CAD. e10905

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 such massive watch (for the time) 45.5mm case size. Even the retro broad arrow hour and minute hand looked a bit strange 20 years ago. For today’s styles it fits right in especially when some other brands are showing watches pushing 50mm case sizes. 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. The watch was offered with an orange bezel/orange markers, black bezel with orange markers or our example of classic black on black model 2210.50.00. A light bracelet refinishing and surface cleaning was all the watch required to get the watch ready for resale. Luminous hour markers and hands glow brightly in low light situations, while an anti-reflective crystal coating keeps glare down to a minimum. The new owner will benefit with 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 damage. This model last sold for $7200.00 USD before being updated with the ceramic bezel version. Estate priced at $5800.00 CAD. Stock #e10905.


August 14, 2018

Bell & Ross BR01-92 Heritage (2 weeks old when traded in) $4080.00 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 over sized 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 $4080.00 CAD. Stock #e10122.e10122-bell-ross-br01-92-heritage-002


August 8, 2018

Tag Heuer Aquaracer WAY208B.FC6382 $2200.00 CAD. e11465

It may not be the easiest watch to read but boy oh boy does it look great. The 43mm flat black titanium carbide coated titanium case on the bright blue nylon strap with rubber backing and black stitching is quite striking. Attractive yes but it’s also a serious diver watch watertight to 1000 feet. Threaded crown/case back, sapphire crystal and one way bezel timer indexed for 60 minutes are features shared by the more expensive Tag Heuer models. Inside the case, Tag Heuer’s 25 jewel calibre 5 automatic movement serves duty for reliable time keeping service. The calendar equipped mechanism features a handy magnified display at 3:00 plus a central sweeping second hand. Automatic watches arguably make better dive tools than battery operated, as then don’t need to be opened up every few years to replace the power supply. This means the watertight gaskets aren’t disturbed nearly as often. Model WAY208B.FC6382 is a current offering on Tag Heuer’s website  where it carries a suggested retail price of $2800.00 USD. This example it in like new condition only occasionally worn by the previous mature owner. The deployment buckle still has some protective plastic from when the watch was delivered new from Bandiera Jewellers Woodbridge Ontario. Comes with our 1 year complimentary warranty, the original box and delivery appraisal from Bandiera Jewellers September 2016. Estate priced at $2200.00 CAD. Stock #e11465.

 


August 5, 2018

Ladies Concord Saratoga 18kt./steel with diamonds 15 73 287 $2000.00 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 $2000.00 CAD. Stock #e11337.


July 20, 2018

Zenith Chronomaster Open Grande Date 03 1260 4039 $8600.00 CAD. e8872

In the late 1960s Movado collaborated with renowned watch maker 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, it also was quite thin at only 6.5mm including a calendar mechanism. The biggest advantage the new movement had was the super fast 36000 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 gage 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 finished showing only the most minor of small scuffs and scratches. 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 $8600.00 CAD.


July 13, 2018

Baume & Mercier Diamant MOA08738 brand new $2590.00 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 $2590.00 CAD. Stock #e11399.


July 10, 2018

Tag Heuer Carrera CV2A1M limited edition Monaco GP $4080.00 CAD. e10121

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Carrera has always been TAG Heuer’s sportiest line, at least when it comes to motorsports. This limited edition Monaco Grand Prix may be their sportiest yet. The 43mm diameter case is dominated by the black tachymeter bezel and anthracite dial, the steel hands and stick markers have luminous black inserts. Add to that the very sporty black rubber strap embossed with stylized vintage tire tread pattern and you have a very striking watch. The black is broken up by shots of red from the chronograph hands and the white of the day/date display at 3:00 o’clock.e10121-tag-heuer-carrera-cv2a1m-ft6033-ltd-monaco-grand-prix-002 The Swiss made Calibre 16 automatic movement with 42 hour power reserve that runs the watch is fully visible below the ‘Monaco Grand Prix’ logo printed inside of the display case back.e10121-tag-heuer-carrera-cv2a1m-ft6033-ltd-monaco-grand-prix-003 The Carrera model CV2A1M FT6033N shows only minor signs of occasional wear on the case and fold over deployment buckle, and the anti reflective coating on the sapphire crystal has worn off slightly in a couple of places on the very edge. Accompanied by original inner and outer boxes, manual, receipt from an authorized Ontario dealer, and warranty card from spring 2015. The watch carries the balance of TAG Heuer’s two year international warranty, topped up by Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty. Number 1566 of 4000 made, the limited edition TAG is estate priced for $4080.00 CAD. Stock #e10121.e10121-tag-heuer-carrera-cv2a1m-ft6033-ltd-monaco-grand-prix-004


Nivada 9kt. gold AS 1686 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


July 8, 2018

Tag Heuer 2000 Exclusive WN111C-20 37.5mm $1075.00 CAD. e11424

Looking for a durable, high quality Swiss watch but don’t need or want to spend half a years 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 $1550.00 USD. Including our 1 year complimentary warranty this watch is estate priced at $1075.00 CAD. Stock #e11424.


July 2, 2018

Gruen Platinum Ultra Verithin pocket watch *** RARE*** $2000.00 CAD. e10433

The vast majority of pocket watches we see at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers are mass produced, good quality American made timekeepers, housed in gold plated cases. This alone doesn’t make them very collectable or valuable. Most were put away half a century ago and quietly passed time for a generation or two before being rediscovered. Occasionally a very finely tuned railroad grade model turns up. These highly accurate, beautifully made machines have a small collector following and pass through our displays with little fanfare. This Gruen ultra verithin is a rare find at the best of times but to see one cased by the factory in platinum is a first for us. The ultra verithin description pretty much sums it up. This is Gruen’s most highly evolved dress model. With adjustments for position and temperature compensation. These 17 jewel Swiss made movements showcased their technology and ability to produce super accurate watches much smaller and thinner than the benchmark American made railroad grade watches. The ultra verithin promised to match to accuracy of railroad watches but without the bulk. They proved a very stylish accessory in the pocket compared to a thick and heavy railroad watch. This technology came with a steep price costing more than four times the standard Gruen offering, not to mention the cost of the platinum case upgrade. This handsome pocket watch measures 40mm diameter and about 40% thinner than most watches this size. The platinum case including the white gold filled bow weighs approximately 22.6 grams. The silver dial features very cool sloped Art Deco style gold hour markers on a silvery/champagne dial. The little watch is from the 1930s and must have once been owned by a person with significant disposable income who wanted a very special watch. The watch is running great and comes with a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty for the estate price of $2000.00 CAD. Stock #e10433.


MontBlanc Star Carbon Steel Quartz Chronograph 7046 $1800.00 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 $1800.00 CAD. Stock #e9970.e9970-montblanc-star-canbon-steel-chronograph-7046-003

 


June 20, 2018

Breitling SuperOcean Steel Fish A17390 $3585.00 CAD. e10360

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 2000 meter (6600 feet) rating. 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. 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 hand polished before being hand assembled and then polished again. The links and pins are fusion-welded at 3400 degrees Celsius to guarantee durability. The watch comes with the original inner/outer boxes, warranty card dated September 2008, chronometer certificate and an unused bright yellow Breitling polishing cloth. A complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is included for the estate price of $3585.00 CAD.  Stock #e10360.


June 15, 2018

Ladies 18 karat gold Patek Philippe 3362 $4500.00 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 brands 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 time keeping 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 complete 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 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 $4500.00 CAD. Stock #e10422.


June 10, 2018

Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Felix Baumgartner 03.2066.405 $7800.00 CAD. e10737

Zenith may not be the most recognized watch manufacturer, but to people who know watches they’re one of the most revered brands out of Switzerland. Zenith is a company with a history going back over 150 years. As with many mechanical watches it’s what beats inside the case that is so fascinating. The legendary El Primero automatic movement that powers the Stratos Felix Baumgartner edition 03.2066.405 has been the pinnacle of high performance chronographs since it debuted almost 50 years ago. Zenith have supplied this movement to many other luxury brands who do not manufacture their own chronograph movements in house. For many years even the iconic Rolex Daytona was powered by a Zenith El Primero mechanism. Calibre 405 comprises of 331 components all working in perfect unison. Running at the super high frequency of 36000 vibrations per hour (25% faster than most chronometers) allows timing accuracy to 1/10th of a second. It also provides the smoothest running sweep second hand you’ll ever see. The “Flyback” feature goes a step further. This attribute allows an instantaneous reset/start of the stopwatch without having to stop it first. A one way 46.5mm diameter ratcheting bezel with 60 minute insert provides an additional timer function when 1/10 accuracy isn’t necessary. Synthetic sapphire antiglare crystal, telemeter scale, calendar, threaded crown, water resistance to 100 meters, folding/locking deployment buckle are just a few of the many features the Stratos showcases. Never heard of Felix Baumgartner; well he’s the guy who jumped out of a perfectly good helium filled balloon at over 127,000 feet. During his free fall he reached a speed of close to 850 miles per hour or Mach 1.25. His image is embossed of the case back of this special timepiece.The watch is in very good condition showing only subtle signs of previous use. Comes complete with a contemporary Zenith box (although it is for a different model) and a never installed royal blue strap if you deicide you’d like a more colourful look. A complementary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is included for the next owner. Estate priced at $7800.00. Stock #e10737.


June 8, 2018

Ladies Tag Heuer S/el (Sports Elegance) S99.215 $600.00 CAD. e10232

Few watches define the look of a brand like the Tag Heuer S/el or Sports Elegance. For 30 years now 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 ultra clean rivetless look adds a sophisticated level of finish. A low profile 28mm case is easy to wear and the dark grey dial looks beautiful contrasting with the highly polished bezel and flat finish case. An ultra reliable Swiss made quartz movement with calendar and second hand add some 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. Overall condition is very good, showing some evidence of use in the form of small scratches on the bracelet and buckle. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $700.00 CAD. Stock #e10232


June 3, 2018

Breguet 3820 Type XX Transatlantique Flyback Titanium $9000.00 CAD. e9549

e9549 Breguet Type XX Transatlantique 3820 Flyback Chronograph TitaniumRolex make a pretty good watch. So do Omega, Breitling, Cartier and scores of other Swiss manufactures. All these brands have a great history and are well known throughout the world, but are they truly considered the pinnacle of Swiss watch making? This title belongs to a very select few brands. Names the average man on the street may not recognize, but the true watch connoisseur in the crowd will. Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet and Breguet are some of the most esteemed watch brands. The titanium Breguet Flyback chronograph Type XX Transatlantique is the first example of this brand that we have ever had. Of the 1000s of watches we have sold over the last 58 years this is the first Breguet. What an exciting example. High tech titanium case offers light weight and extreme toughness. The complicated automatic chronometer rated movement offers regular 3 hand time keeping ability with a calendar at 6:00 plus a chronograph. The timer function adds a “fly-back” 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.e9549.1 Breguet Type XX Transatlantique 3820 Flyback Chronograph titanium 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. This watch is a stunning example of functionality. Super easy to read large luminous hands and markers make reading time in all lighting situations very easy. Two way timer bezel, glare resistant synthetic sapphire crystal, screw down crown and case back allow water resistance to 300 feet. Overall condition of the watch is next to perfect showing only the slightest evidence of use. Purchased new in 2012 the watch comes complete with beautiful original inner/outer boxes, instruction booklet, original bill of sale and copy of warranty card. Although certainly not a household name Breguet has been making some of the world’s most desirable watches for well over 200 years. If you strive to own one of the finest time pieces and don’t need a giant shiny in your face design the 39.5mm Type XX Transatlantique 3820 may be your next watch. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers just performed a full service that will provide the new owner piece of mind knowing their investment will perform as designed for years. Including our in house one year warranty the watch is estate priced at $9000.00 CAD. Stock #e9549.e9549.2 Breguet Type XX Transatlantique 3820 Flyback Chronograph Titanium

 


May 30, 2018

Omega Constellation “My Choice” 1561.71.00 $1310.00 CAD. e10455

When Cindy Crawford became an Omega ambassador in 1995 she was asked for some design input with the flagship Constellation model. The subtle modifications turned into a separate line of ladies Constellations named, “My Choice”. Highly polished case and bracelets, thicker non tapered hands, pyramid shaped hour markers defined Cindy’s look. This example model 1561.71.00 comes with an upgraded natural mother of pearl dial. Just like Cindy this watch has aged very well. The highly polished case with neutral colour scheme dial and brushed finish Roman numeral bezel looks fresh and clean today just as it did over 20 years ago. A 22.5mm diameter case size may be a little petite by contemporary standards but the dressy sophisticated look suits it well. On a slender wrist the size is more than adequate. Highly polished reflective hands and markers show great contrast making the watch extremely legible. The Swiss quartz movement is running with the precision that Omega earned its reputation on. Comes complete with a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty and an Omega factory service/travel box. Estate price $1310.00 CAD. Stock #e10455.


May 28, 2018

Breitling Colt Skyracer X74320 $2,600.00 CAD. e11706

Absolutely perfect in every way, comes complete with everything as delivered. Zero evidence of any use. Made from Breitlings proprietary high tech “Breightlight” composite case. The super lightweight material results in a watch weighing only 55 grams including the rubber strap that doubles as a ruler. Ultra stealthy and built to withstand anything you could possibly expose it to and live to tell the tale. The incredibly accurate certified chronometer Breitling quartz movement is powered by a high capacity lithium power supply that should last more than 5 years. Even though the case size is 45mm you’ll forget you are even wearing it. Comes with an extra NATO style nylon strap that has never been installed. The electronic warranty card looks to have been activated sometime in 2018. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will honor the factory warranty for a full 3 years from date of purchase. Quite an unusual and rare model for Breitling. This is the first example we have ever showcased in our estate department. Looking as if is it was never worn and estate priced at $2,600.00 CAD. Stock #e11706.

SOLD


May 20, 2018

IWC Schaffhausen Aquatimer 376706 Jacques Cousteau Edition $7,225.00 CAD. e10736

If a Rolex, Breitling or Cartier just seem a little too pedestrian and you desire something a little more exotic, how about an IWC Schaffhausen? Not only is it a fun name to say, it’s 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 Aquatimer IW376706 is one of the more sporting models offered. It’s a full sized watch with a bezel diameter of almost 46mm. Purchased new in 2013 at an authorized IWC agent in Aruba, this special edition Aquatimer is a tribute to the famous Oceanographer, explorer and environmentalist Jacques Yves Cousteau. It was made in 2010 celebrating the 100th year of his birth. A unique two tone slate/navy blue dial along with his signature, blue pusher sleeves with a black crown make this version Aquatimer different than others. The watch looks as good as new, only the most minor evidence of use can be observed. I’ve seen more signs of use on many brand new display watches before. This watch comes with both the original black rubber strap along with an original stainless steel factory supplied bracelet. Both the bracelet and strap are equipped with a very clever quick change feature. You can swap the strap for the bracelet literally in just a few seconds without the use of any tools. The extra strap gives you options for a different look without fussing with any tools or having to visit your jeweller to change it up.This is a serious sports watch that is water resistant to 400 feet with bright luminous hands and markers that are very easy to read in daylight or dark situations. Simple stick markers and thick hands add to the legibility. A slightly curved synthetic sapphire crystal with a special double sided antireflective coating is a luxury touch even Rolex don’t do. A black/white ceramic bezel insert won’t fade and is much harder than any metal alternative. Included with purchase is the original box, endorsed warranty card, instructions, polishing cloth (never even unfolded) original bill of sale and accessories. When the quick set 60 minute bezel timer isn’t quite enough, an easy to use 12 hour chronograph timer adds extended timing capability along with more accuracy. In the fall of 2016 the watch was treated to a full overhaul at a Toronto area authorized agent (receipts included). Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $7,225.00 CAD. Stock #e10736.

SOLD

 

 


May 16, 2018

Tag Heuer Aquaracer WAB1110 $790.00 CAD. e11705

Like new condition, 39mm, quartz movement with classic black dial and black ratcheting one way timer bezel. Comes with Tag Heuer clam shell inner box, pillow and a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Never been polished, original finish and ready to go. Estate priced at $790.00 CAD. Stock #e11705.

SOLD


May 11, 2018

18kt. Omega Chronograph OT 2872 cal. 320 $5,375.00 CAD. e11471

Hand wind Omega chronographs make only rare appearances in our estate department. When they do they are almost always Speedmaster Moonwatches from the 1980s or later. The Profession Moonwatch is one of the most collectible watches around and they never linger in our showcases very long. This much more rare 18 karat yellow gold chronograph could be considered the father of the Professional Moonwatch. The 15 million series serial number places production around 1956. What makes this example so special is that it’s accompanied by the original paperwork/warranty booklet and plastic sleeve. The watch was delivered to the original owner October 5 1961 in Toronto Ontario. The vendor was Two Little Jewellers, Queen Street West Toronto. Very little information is available about this Omega agent except they operated the Queen Street location from 1922 until 1975 until new owners changed the name and location. The now retired owners are currently selling off some of their old stock that can be seen here. When we received the watch it needed a full overhaul, new start/stop chronograph pusher, crown, crystal and a new strap. Unfortunately there are no original parts available for this watch. Our watch maker modified a generic pusher to closely match the original bottom reset pusher. The generic crystal and crown should help protect the freshly serviced movement. There is something very special about these old slow beat hand wind movements. Running at a leisurely pace the power impulses are easily observed through the sweeping chronograph second register hand. The Omega in house calibre 320 is a traditional 17 jewel column wheel chronograph with a clean 2 register 30 minute chronograph layout. The later and much more common calibre 321 is basically just a 320 with an extra hour register display to show a maximum elapsed time display of 12 hours verses 30 minutes for the 320. There are usually a few examples of similar watches offered for sale but all lack any sort of original documentation. Paperwork for a collectible watch like this is a great addition, almost never seen that any collector would love to have, adding significant value. Our dealer endorsed 24 page booklet details some of Omega’s features, history, worldwide agents and other information. The booklet still has its protective gold leaf plastic sleeve. In 2005 the watch was documented with a retail appraisal from Shelemay Jewellery Appraisals. The report is also included with purchase. After the fresh July 2018 overhaul we installed a 20mm genuine black ostrich leather strap. This $160.00 soft leather strap adds to the vintage look with a unique freckled texture. The original silver dial has oxidized to an almost uniform champagne hue. Original applied arrowhead hour markers and black text are fully intact. A tachymetre scale around the outside of the dial indexed for 700 to 60 units is in great shape except for a small portion around 6:00 o’clock. We’ve intentionally left the 34.5mm diameter solid 18 karat yellow gold case in unpolished condition showing some patina that matches the dial perfectly. Including a complimentary one year warranty (excluding damage caused by moisture) the watch is estate priced at $5,375.00 CAD. Stock #e11471.

SOLD


May 8, 2018

Omega Planet Ocean large 232.30.46.21.01.001 $5,500.00 CAD. e11526

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. Water tight to 2000 feet, one way ratcheting bezel, helium escape valve, locking buckle with concealed wet suit extension, bright over sized luminous hands and hour markers plus the more basic details of threaded crown/case back etc. Seamaster Planet Ocean 232.30.46.21.01.001 has a suggested retail price of $6,200.00 USD and is a relative bargain in Canada where the suggested retail price is only $7,000.00. Our large 46mm gently worn example is estate priced at $5,500.00 and comes complete with the original Omega box (lacquer edge lifting on one corner from an impact), foam lined outer box, instruction booklet and plastic identity card. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in pleased to include a complimentary one year warranty with purchase. Stock number #e11526.

SOLD


May 1, 2018

Breitling Navitimer B01 MB0128 46mm $9,800.00 CAD. e11242

Even though Breitling have been around since 1884 and make some of the most popular sports and pilot watches, they have never produced their own movements until the B01. Like may companies they modify and upgrade existing high quality mechanisms from Swiss suppliers like ETA and Valjoux. Breitling certify every movement leaving their factory is compliant to 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. The proprietary 47 jewel B01 inside this Navitimer Blacksteel 46 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. Rolex have their Daytona Cosmograph and Omega have the Speedmaster Moonwatch. If there is one watch Breiting aficionados hold near and dear it’s the Navitimer. Since 1952 is has been considered one of the finest pilot watches available. While the Daytona and Speedmaster have a fixed tachymeter scale handy for measuring units per hour, the Navitimer comes with a rotating slide rule. This nifty little tool can do anything from calculating the tip needed on a restaurant bill, to calculating fuel consumption rates, air speed calculations or a multitude of other mathematical formulas. Included with the watch is a full set of instructions outlining its various functions. It’s not a simple dial; there’s a lot of very tiny numbers to interpret but it certainly has a very professional look about it. Navitimers make extremely rare appearances in our estate department and this is the first blacked out version ever. The stealthy look is absolute aside from the red second hand, chronograph registers and luminous hands/hour markers. The watch is in brand new condition, only worn a couple of times before the original owner decided to trade it in to Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers for an engagement ring. The super soft and flexible rubber strap is secured by a black PVD plated deployment buckle. The locking buckle is equipped with a quick slide system. The clever device allows simple micro adjustment in strap length for those days when a little extra room is required. The deployment buckle still has some blue protective plastic covering the surface. It was purchased February 2017 in Cozumel Mexico at a Breitling authorized agent. This is not a grey market watch, it’s 100% covered by the manufacturers 5 year international warranty valid until February 2022. A more complete example is going to be difficult to find. Every document, brochure comes included along with the inner/outer box and even the original bill of sale showing a purchase price of $7,750.00 USD. If you like the all black, tone on tone look keep this one in mind. It is no longer offered from Breitling and this just may be the nicest example on the market. Like new condition and estate priced at $9,800.00 CAD. Stock #e11242.

SOLD


April 29, 2018

Cartier Santos 18 karat gold 866930 $8,900.00 CAD. e9683

e9683 Cartier Santos 866930 18 karatThe 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 first pilots watch, a wrist watch at that, and the Santos de Cartier was born. At 24mm this modern ladies Santos is probably very close to the size of Alberto’s.  Unlike his, this one is made from 18 karat solid 18 karat yellow gold with a finished weight of 78.7 grams. Santos model 866930 is in excellent condition showing virtually no sag or stretch in the bracelet (hard to find in solid gold watches).e8683 Cartier Santos bracelet sag 866930 Just serviced by our master watchmaker the super accurate mechanism is keeping excellent time. The parchment dial is printed with black Roman numeral markers and equipped with blued steel hands. The sapphire crystal is scratch free and the faceted blue sapphire bezel set into the crown shows only minor abrasion. The historic watch is powered by a Swiss made quartz movement that comes with a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Buying a new solid gold Cartier of similar current manufacture will cost you well north of $20,000.00. Our excellent condition estate example is priced at just $8,900.00 CAD. Stock #e9683.e9683 Cartier Santos 866930 18 karat gold

SOLD

 


April 26, 2018

Tag Heuer Link CJF7110 Calibre S $2,450.00 CAD. e11200

A traditional analogue display watch offers superior function and efficiency that a digital display doesn’t have a chance of matching. The key to its advantage in functionality is displaying only the necessary information when called upon. The Tag Heuer Calibre S takes this concept a quantum leap forward. It offers the complexity of a 24 hour chronograph and a perpetual calendar that is accurate until the year 2099. There is no other electromechanical quartz movement like what’s inside the 41mm stainless steel case. The Calibre S was announced in 2005 but it didn’t show up for public consumption until more than 2 years later. There are some who dismiss all things quartz as somehow less desirable to the Swiss tradition of purely mechanical spring driven mechanisms. Consider the Calibre S consists of 230 components (most quartz have around 40), it has 5 different bi-directional motors, each driving 4 gear sets which is far more than in a mechanical watch. A large high capacity lithium cell delivers a sufficient power supply that can last many years depending on use. Our estate model CJF7110 was sold new at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in February 2010. It comes complete with everything as delivered from the factory except the setting instructions, but that’s what YouTube instructional videos are for. The Link models have always been positioned as the upscale Tag Heuer. They have a more sophisticated bracelet design that smoothly integrates to the case. No heavy one way ratcheting timer bezel on this model. Instead you get a thin highly polished bezel embossed with a tachymetre scale indexed from 400 to 60 units per hour. An anti glare treated sapphire crystal keeps the view of the black dial clear and legible. The Calibre S movement is proprietary technology reserved only for use as a premium quartz movement and only on Tag Heuer products. The case and bracelet are showing evidence of only minor use in the form of some small scratches and scuffs but overall it is in excellent condition. Included with purchase is a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty and a Tag Heuer presentation box, warranty card and even the original receipt of purchase. Estate priced at $2,450.00 CAD. Stock #e11200.

SOLD


April 25, 2018

Cartier Santos 1566 quartz 29mm $3200.00 CAD. e10233

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 wrist watch at that, and the Santos de Cartier was born. At 29mm this modern Santos is probably very close to the size of Alberto’s. It’s 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 very good condition. Comes complete with Cartier box and a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty. Stock #e10233.

SOLD


April 24, 2018

Tag Heuer Link Day Date WJF 2050 $2470.00 CAD. e11447

Always wanted a nice Swiss watch? Checked out the price of a new Rolex lately? The most basic gents model in stainless steel costs $6500.00 for the 39mm version. If you want one with a calendar display add close to $2000.00 in 41mm. Trim it with a solid gold bezel and you’re up to $10,700.00. If you’d like the luxury of a day of the week function the price rises to over $40,000.00 CAD for the 40mm version and it’s only available in solid gold. For just over 6% of that cost we present our latest estate watch; the Tag Heuer Link Day Date WJF2050. This 18 karat yellow gold and stainless steel model is the from the brands more sophisticated Link series of watches. Incorporating the sporting features you’d expect from Tag Heuer but integrated into a more refined experience. Curved synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, solid link bracelet construction with locking buckle and a beautiful striped tapestry dial that no pure sport Tag Heuer comes with. Tag Heuer’s Swiss made 25 Calibre 5 movement is somewhat rare in it’s function of the added feature of the day of the week display that is prominently displayed in an attractive gold framed window at the 12 o’clock position. The quick beat (28,800 cycles per movement) is visible through the clear display window case back. Our example was purchased brand new at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in September of 2008. It was used as a reliable daily timekeeper for a good client of ours for close to 10 years before traded in for something a little more exotic. It is displaying the expected degree of wear and tear for its age and is in overall very good condition. The gold capped trim sections on some of the links are wearing thin but the solid 18 karat gold bezel has been polished up to look almost brand new. Every piece of original packaging and documentation is in perfect condition and comes included along with a complimentary 1 year warranty. The watch is estate priced at $2470.00 CAD. Stock #e11447.

SOLD


April 15, 2018

Tag Heuer Link WJF1354 stainless steel/18kt. with diamonds $3500.00 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 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 just under 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 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. 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 several 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 $4600.00 USD. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty and the original box set the watch is estate priced at $3500.00 CAD. Stock number e11446.

SOLD


March 17, 2018

Cartier Santos Vendome 27mm 18kt./stainless steel $1850.00 CAD. e11496

Not very often does a watch from the 1980s come in with such thorough documentation. Some lucky lady got a great surprise Christmas morning 1982 when she opened up the iconic red Cartier box and found this beautiful watch inside. I’m sure it was a treasured keepsake worn for special occasions only as the box looks more worn than the watch. There are only a few light surface scratches on the original bracelet. There is zero stretch or sag on the classic Santos bracelet. This is a seldom encountered model incorporating those designs elements that define the Cartier look. White dial with Roman numeral hour markers, blued steel hands, blue gem cabochon crown, solid 18 karat yellow gold bezel with contrasting steel screws and of course the Vendome lug case (a Cartier invention). This watch could be nothing but a Cartier. At 36 years of age it appears that the watch has only been serviced twice. We acquired the watch in non working condition. All that needed to be done is a general overhaul to the quartz movement, a fresh battery and a few gaskets to keep moisture out. The watch should be ready for many more years of reliable and fashionable timekeeping service. Although this is a vintage watch pushing 40 years old it’s really not vintage looking. Cartier designs transcend fashion trends with a timeless classic look that never strays too far from their roots. Included with purchase is a complementary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, original box, booklets, endorsed warranty card, instructions, previous service receipt/report from Cartier and 2 travel pouches. Estate price $1850.00 CAD. Stock #e11496.

SOLD


March 14, 2018

Omega Planet Ocean 2218.50.00 $6500.00 CAD. e11141

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 case size 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 in all black, orange markers or our example 2218.50.00 with bright orange bezel and dial details that was the most visually distinct. The watch is in almost like new condition. At first glance you’d think it was brand new, not it’s actual age of 7 years. A light bracelet refinishing and surface cleaning was all the watch required to rate an easy 9 out of 10. 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 compliment of adjusting bracelet links. The new owner will benefit with 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 $7200.00 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 $6500.00 CAD.

SOLD

 


March 13, 2018

Cartier Tank Solo 18kt. & steel W1018755 $3600.00 CAD. e11426

One of the key factors successful brands have in common is a consistent message. It can be as simple as a corporate logo, product look, colour scheme or unchanging commitment to design. All the great brands have a strong corporate look; Porsche, McDonalds, Google, Tim Hortons and many more companies have a look that defines the brand. Most children can name and recognize brands years before they know how to read or have even learned the letters in the alphabet. Swiss jeweller/watchmaker Cartier have been making a watch that looks like this since wrist watches debuted over 100 years ago. Very few consumer products have stood the test of time like the Cartier Tank shaped watch. This 1 owner 18 karat/stainless steel Tank Solo is 100% original, right down to the protective sticker on the case back  It was purchased in 2009 and has never even been polished. The solid 18 karat top case shows some scuffs and scratches from close to 10 years of use. These minor blemishes can easily be removed by our goldsmiths in a matter of a few minutes but we’ve elected to leave the patina alone. A solid gold case can be polished dozens of times over and over but it can only be original once. The shorter length original Cartier black crocodile strap also exhibits evidence of use but it still has lots of wear left. When it comes time to replace the strap make sure you transfer the buckle as it’s made of solid 18 karat gold and costs around $500.00.  The case shape, the blue cabochon crown, black Roman numerals with inner minute track and classic silver dial are all distinctive Cartier style details. It’s these details that define the look helping to make the Cartier tank among the most sought after watches in the world. A microscopic detail you may not even be aware of can usually be found on Cartier dials. A discreetly printed logo incorporated into one of the Roman numeral hour markers is a tiny detail often overlooked or poorly executed by counterfeit fakes. This one comes complete with the original box, booklets, tags and dated warranty. Even the outer Cartier cardboard box is included. All the packaging and documents are in pristine condition. A complementary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers guarantee covers all aspects of the watch as the original factory warranty did. The high precision Swiss quartz movement is working perfectly keeping great time. Estate priced at $3600.00. Stock #e11426.

SOLD


March 2, 2018

Tag Heuer Carrera CV2015.BA0786 $3000.00 CAD. e9830

e9830 Tag Heuer Carrera CV2015.BA0786 001This sporty Carrera started it’s life in our TAG Heuer showcase when we were authorized agents. The previous owner appreciated the value of a watch completely accompanied by all of its original documentation and packaging.  Our CV2015.BA0786 comes with its original bar-coded manual, warranty card (dated August 2009), plastic TAG HEUER sales tag, bar-code sticker tag, and complete inner and outer box with original protective sleeve. The Day Date Chronograph is also accompanied by the print out from a June 2016 pressure test that was preformed by our watchmaker after complete overhaul of the movement. Calibre 16 is based on the historic ETA 7750 the Swiss made automatic movement running at 28,800 vibrations per hour. The Calibre 16 powers a three register chronograph, date wheel at 3 o’clock, and sweeping seconds at 9 o’clock with a class standard 40 plus hour power reserve. The robust movement can be viewed through the display crystal on the threaded case back. Carrera CV2015 shows its sporty nature in its navy blue dial accented with steel and orange hands, markers, and sub-dial rings. Even the fixed tachymetre bezel is made from blue anodized aluminum widening the presence of the 41mm case. Including original boxes, pillow, endorsed warranty card, plastic hanging price tag, vacuum test results, instructions and a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty the watch is estate priced at $3000.00 CAD. Stock #e9830.e9830 Tag Heuer Carrera CV2015.BA0786 002

SOLD


February 28, 2018

Ladies 18kt. Patek Philippe 3275 20 jewel $3985.00 CAD. e10569.

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 brands 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 time keeping 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 complete the mechanical masterpiece. Our retro example dates from the mid to late 1960s. The solid 18 karat gold mesh bracelet and case combine to weigh 29.1 grams (without the movement) and measures a slightly short 16.3cm in length. This watch is the perfect accessory for the lady who loves a fun retro style. Despite the small rectangular size of 16.7mm x 17.9mm the silver dial is quite legible with simple contrasting gold tone stick markers and gold hands. A sturdy 2 position locking buckle with 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. We just fully overhauled the movement and it’s running great. With careful use the watch shouldn’t require any further service for the next 5 to 10 years. Included with purchase is a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $3985.00 CAD. Stock #e10569.

SOLD


February 27, 2018

18kt. gold Omega Ladymatic $840.00 CAD. e10682

What’s old is new again. After decades of being absent from the Omega watch line the Ladymatic is back. Although the look has changed with the times, the spirit of the design remains the same. A watch created especially for women, as Omega put it, “Originally launched in 1955 and continuing for the better part of a generation, the Ladymatic wristwatch line defined feminine grace and elegance in another era”. Another era for sure and in this case it was the early 1960s. Today’s trends of larger watches wasn’t the look of over 50 years ago. Miniaturization was the order of the day;  tiny pocket sized transistor radios, compact cassette tapes and even small cars became popular in the 1960s. Retro style and fashion is back and this solid 18 karat gold Omega makes a great vintage statement. This watch was and is to this day one of the smallest automatic winding watches ever produced. The entire case measures just 19.5mm diameter, about the size of a dime. Despite the small size this was an exceptionally well made watch. From the pretty pink gold plated 17 jewel Omega calibre 455 movement to the heavy 9 gram case, this was a more than just a petite piece of jewellery. When we received the watch it needed a routine service, new mainspring, new crystal and a gasket for the screw on case back. Fully overhauled it’s ready for years of trouble free service. To finish it off we treated the watch to a brand new, old stock, vintage pigskin strap that was made in West Germany. Working like new and keeping great time. We are pleased to offer the new owner a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $840.00 CAD. Stock #e10682.

SOLD


February 26, 2018

Tag Heuer Kirium WL131E $600.00 CAD. e10883

Scrolling through our estate watch offerings it’s easy to see that we have many more mens then ladies watches in stock. It’s nice to be able to showcase the occasional ladies watch once in a while. Tag Heuer’s Kirium is a pretty slick model that’s a more than capable sport watch with enough shiny bits to dress it up. The first thing you’ll notice is the tone on tone silver dial and case. The entire case has been fully polished to a mirror finish except for the bezel surrounding the dial that has been left brushed. Everything on the watch is smooth and rounded from the domed crystal to the slightly curved profile of the bracelet. Don’t let the pretty face fool you as she’s a tough and durable watch able to withstand treatment not associated with a dressy watch. The 28mm diameter case is entirely made of high grade stainless steel. It comes equipped with a threaded crown/case back, double locking integrated buckle and a handy 60 minute rotating timer bezel. The Swiss quartz movement in running great keeping the precise time you would expect from a Tag Heuer. If you are sharp sighted enough the dial has a tiny window at 3:00 displaying the day of the month display. Including a complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty model WL131E is estate priced at $600.00 CAD. Stock #e10883.

SOLD

 

 


February 20, 2018

Baume & Mercier Hampton Spirit 18kt. gold ltd. ed. MOA08277 65388 $4800.00 CAD. e10992

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. The solid 37.5mm 18 karat rose gold Hampton Spirit was made in very limited numbers for just one year in 2002. They only manufactured 172 of these marvelous watches commemorating the 172 years since the company’s founding. Our example is number 43 of the run. Its condition is very good to excellent, although it does display a few fine scuffs and tiny scratches on the case that are inevitable even with occasional use. We’ve opted to leave this special watch in its original condition. If you prefer, we can easily refinish the case back to a perfectly polished finish. The factory supplied, black, thick padded crocodile strap is also in very good condition. It hasn’t even been fully worked in yet. The high quality stitched edge strap is secured by a 20mm 18 karat signed Baume & Mercier buckle. The 27 jewel chronometer rated BM10300 automatic movement was completely overhauled in November 2017 and is running perfectly. The Swiss made movement is partially visible through the two small display windows on the case back. This watch is really an exercise in style. From the subtle radial bark finished dial to the 2 direction curved synthetic sapphire crystal that perfectly follows the dome of the case. It’s a watch more like a miniature sculpture executed in precious metal. Included with purchase is the original black lacquer finish box, outer box, limited edition certificate, chronometer certificate, brochure and appraisal for replacement value issued by Calgary Jewellery Ltd. in 2003 for $12,900.00 plus tax. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is pleased to also include a complementary one year warranty for the new owner. Estate priced at $4800.00 CAD. Stock #e10992.

SOLD

 


February 19, 2018

Tag Heuer Monaco WW2110.FT6005 $2400.00 CAD. e10699

The square shaped watch case is back in style. Many manufacturers have taken inspiration from past models of the 70s and earlier, creating a modern version of something old. Drawing on inspiration from past designs reinforces any brands image as it can demonstrate the continuity and evolution of great design. The theory has been working successfully for decades for some of the world’s most regarded brand names. Anyone remotely interested in watches will recognize this watch as a Tag Heuer Monaco. The basic shape may be a throwback to the 70s but the build is definitely not. Gone is the easily scratched plastic crystal, it has been replaced with a very cool, slightly domed synthetic sapphire version that’s infinitely more durable.  A higher level of water resistance, a stainless steel locking deployment buckle, nifty display window showcasing a beautifully finished 27 jewel ETA2895-2 (Tag Heuer calibre 6) are additional features the original Monaco never had. The watch is in good condition having never been polished or refinished in any way. The square shaped case with sharp edges and a crisp bevelled bezel are showing a few shallow dings and scratches but are minor in nature. The original flush fit soft rubber strap is easily adjusted with the sliding lock on the buckle. Although this exact model is no longer offered by Tag Heuer its last retail price was $3200.00 USD. Including  a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty and that iconic Tag Heuer clam shell box the watch is estate priced at $2400.00 CAD. Stock #e10699.

SOLD


February 17, 2018

Omega SpeedMaster 329.30.44.51.04.001 (24 hours old) $8200.00 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’s 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 non magnetic 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 analogue chronograph displays, 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, it keeps the dial from looking busy and cluttered. Over the past few years Omega has significantly improved the quality of  their 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 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 2 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 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 $8200.00 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 $8550.00. A full description of the model can be seen at the official Omega website. Estate priced at $8200.00 CAD. Stock #e11522.

SOLD. 


February 16, 2018

Tag Heuer 2000 Exclusive WN1110 37mm $800.00 CAD. e11301

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 WN1110. This was Tag Heuer’s top of the line within the 2000 series of watches about a decade 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. Although the rivets fared better than the split pin design of the standard 2000s they still were prone to failure over the years. We have replaced every single bushing with tapered solid rivets that are infinitely more secure. The glossy black 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. 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. An entry level Tag Heuer Aquaracer quartz of similar size has a current suggested retail price of $1550.00 USD. Including our 1 year complimentary warranty this watch is estate priced at $800.00 CAD. Stock #e11301.

SOLD


February 14, 2018

Gents Omega Dynamic Automatic $1200.00 CAD. e11060

That other brand from Switzerland has never been very adventurous with new styles, always sticking with what worked for them. The round oyster case; cautious and conservative designs have always been what Rolex do best. In the 1960s Omega was riding high in the public eye with the success of the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch and Seamaster line of watches. In keeping with the trends and styles of the day they debuted the Dynamic. Advertising material of the day proclaimed the Dynamic was the world’s first watch designed for the human wrist. The dial and case shape were inspired by the workings of your eyes. Whatever the motivation, the style is pure late 1960s funkiness. The watch is in very good to excellent overall condition. The most important factor to consider when buying almost any vintage watch is dial condition. Steel and gold cases can be polished and refinished multiple times to look like new. Getting a dial restored to look original and correct is difficult to impossible. Fonts, like an autograph are difficult to exactly duplicate, textures can be impossible to match, certain pigments and luminous materials are sometimes no longer available. An original dial with natural patina that only occurs with the passage of decades are what every vintage collector is looking for. We’ve had a few Omega Dynamics before but this one has the best dial we have ever seen. Not a flaw can be found anywhere. No stains, no blemishes or scratches of any kind. The hands also look great without any artificial magnification. The unique one piece case design eliminates the need for a separate removable case back and rubber gasket. The dial and movement come out through the front of the watch for servicing once every 5 to 10 years. What looks like a screw on case back is actually a threaded lock ring that connects the bracelet to the case forgoing the need for spring bars that can easily bend. This case/bracelet design was really a brave move for the brand when it first appeared. The original Rolex inspired oyster style bracelet is in very good condition showing very little sag. Omega’s in house automatic movement with date display is working well and keeping great time. Included with the watch is a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. The watch is estate priced at $1200.00 CAD. Stock #e11060.

SOLD


February 11, 2018

Breitling Sprint 2212 $3000.00 CAD. e11280

Some watch models can be in production for many years, even decades, looking largely unchanged. Then there are some watches that capture a moment in time. Without much more than a couple of square inches to work with they convey the look, feel and fashion of the time. All this while still being a functional timepiece. Our latest estate watch does a fantastic job providing a snapshot back to the early 1970s. The Breitling Sprint chronograph one of the coolest retro watches around. Any Sprint is quite uncommon, finding one in this sort of condition is ultra rare. The dial on this watch is what sets it apart. Perfect condition navy blue surfboard over radial finish silver provides contrast and works very well with the tonneau shaped case. Day glow orange hands and hour register look as bright as they did close to 50 years ago. A handy tachymeter scale on the outside dial edge allows unit per hour calculations and a pulsation scale for checking a heart rate are two additional features the sprint offers. Powered by a Valjoux 7730 17 jewel hand wind movement calibrated to display hour/minute/seconds for constant time, along with a 45 minute elapsed minute and seconds register. The rotating 12 hour bezel can be used as a hour timer or it can also be adjusted to indicate a 2nd time zone. The 38.5mm case size is very easy to wear and the lack of sharp lugs makes for a very comfy watch. This watch appears to have seen little use over the past 5 decades. The tritium hour plots, while no longer luminous, are fully intact and the dial remains scratch, scuff and stain free. An original signed Breitling crown is something that often gets replaced with generic substitutes in a watch of this age. Running very well with all functions working as designed. It is fitted with a thick aftermarket 18mm brown leather strap and stainless steel tang buckle. You’d have an easier time finding a Valjoux equipped Rolex Daytona for sale. Any good condition Rolex Daytona from this period is going to cost at least 20 times more than this Breitling. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this little slice of 1970s funkiness is estate priced at $3000.00 CAD. Stock #e11280.

SOLD

 


February 5, 2018

Omega Railmaster XXL 2806.52.36 (rare watch) $6000.00 CAD. e11396

Absolutely one of Omega’s coolest watches 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 the first one to appear in our estate section. What makes it personally a little more interesting is the fact I sold it brand new to a long time Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers customer in the fall of 2009. You couldn’t ask for a more complete example than this. It comes with the original inner/outer box, instructions, warranty cards with holder, plastic serial numbered/priced hang tag showing new inventory number and the first bill of sale. Excellent 100% original condition. The brown genuine crocodile strap has been worn but still rates an 8/10. 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 diameter. Compared to a popular 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 it’s 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 choronometer grade. 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 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 Jeweller warranty the watch is estate priced at $6000.00 CAD. Stock #e11396.

SOLD


January 26, 2018

Breitling Navitimer GMT A24322 $6475.00 (tax included). e11456

A fantastic condition, very desirable Breitling Navitimer with the classic black dial. You’d have a hard time telling this Breitling has been worn more than just a few times. It’s in almost new condition, showing only the slightest evidence of use. 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. Black text on silver adds legibility but you’ll still need to be sharp sighted to take advantage of this tool. For a comprehensive list of all of its possible uses and the formulas that go with them click here. 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 watch is running like new with all functions and features working as designed. Estate price $6475.00 CAD (tax incuded). Stock #e11456.

SOLD


January 25, 2018

Tag Heuer La Carrera Panamericana Special Edition CV1A10 $2500.00 CAD. e11355

Classic Carrera looks with a large 43mm case and convenient super accurate quartz movement. If you have multiple automatic watches you know the nuisance of re-setting the time and day if they go unworn for more than a few days. With this Carrera you can get it into the watch wardrobe rotation and only need to reset the calendar 5 times per year and adjust the time in the spring and fall. This watch was purchased new in Canada at Tag Heuer authorized agent and comes with its original box and endorsed warranty card. The original condition watch is in very good condition exhibiting minor evidence of use in the form of light scratches on the case and bracelet. The small scuffs, scratches and dings are easily removed from the watch if you like. It’s only original once so we’re very cautious about polishing away the sharp factory finish until you decide whether or not it really needs such attention. The Carrera is Tag Heuer’s most historically significant model with a great racing history going back well over 50 years. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers mechanical warranty this special edition Carrera Panamerica CV1A10 is estate priced at $2500.00 CAD. Stock #e11355.

SOLD

 


January 24, 2018

Oris Artelier 01 396 7580 manual wind $1500.00 CAD. e9523

e9523 ORIS Artelier 17 jewel 01 396 7850 4054-07 5 21 06Since inception ORIS has always produced great value watches. In the early years they produced simple pin lever 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 could no longer be developed in 1966 they moved into higher quality mechanical movements. In a final underdog statement of pin lever technology the ORIS calibre 652 was awarded the chronometer certificate 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. The beautiful 17 jewel hand wind movement housed within the classic Artelier case although not officially chronometer rated is of very high quality and nicely decorated with Geneva waves and blued steel screws. This ETA manufactured movement in its basic form is shared by some very high end brands like Blancpain, Montblanc and Omega.e9523 ORIS Artelier 01 396 7580 ETA 17 jewel calibre 7001 For the ultimate in dressy simplicity the Artelier has you covered. A no calendar, small 6:00 second hand display allows for a very slim 7.5mm case thickness. The 40mm diameter allows a generous dial size because there is no thick bezel. I must admit the black dial isn’t the easiest to read due to the thin pierced hands and lack of luminous material but does anyone really care. The highly polished and faceted arrow markers add some twinkling bling against the guilloche pattern black dial.e9523 ORIS Artelier 01 396 7580The watch comes complete with original inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card (September 2013), instructions and appraisal certificate. As an extra bonus a 190 page hard cover ORIS handbook is included. The book is a historical guide detailing the companies achievements and products since founded in 1904. This informative book is a pleasure to read with excellent illustrations and interesting facts. If you’ve never considered an ORIS before a quick perusal of the book should have you adding one to your collection is short order.e9523 ORIS Artelier manuel wind 01 396 7580The watch is in excellent condition having only been worn for the occasional dressy event. The original black crocodile grain leather strap is in great shape and the stainless steel case shows its original brushed satin and polished finish. Including a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty the Artetier is estate priced at $1500.00 CAD. Stock #e9523.

SOLD


January 20, 2018

Tag Heuer Sports Elegance WG1222-KO 34mm $745.00 CAD. e11276

Few watches can define the look of a brand like the Tag Heuer S/el or Sports Elegance. For over 30 years now 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 ultra clean rivetless look adds a sophisticated level of finish without compare. A low profile 34mm case is mid sized by modern tastes, suitable for the lady looking for an easy to read fun watch but not over the top in proportions. An ultra reliable Swiss made quartz movement with calendar and second hand add some 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. This example model number WG1222-KO is in remarkable condition for a watch manufactured in 1993. All the usual areas that show wear look almost like new. The coin edged crown shows zero wear. Even the heavy gold plated links look practically new. Only one link on the most prone area for wear and tear is showing just the tiniest amount of age with a small area where the gold plating is getting thin. Rotating bezel along with the case and bracelet display the original high polish/satin finish. We haven’t seen an example of this quality since we sold these new back in the 90s. The original silver white tritium dial and hands are the best we’ve seen. Not a stain or blemish of any kind. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this 25 year old old Tag Heuer time capsule is estate priced at $745.00 CAD. Stock #e11276.

SOLD


January 17, 2018

Omega Marine Chronometer ***RARE*** $3100.00 CAD. e10753

The Omega Marine Chronometer was, and is to this day one of the world’s most accurate watches despite the fact it’s over 40 years old. Today you can buy some pretty inexpensive, incredibly precise quartz watches that get a signal from an orbiting satellite to stay synchronized. These watches are globally compromised as some locations on earth can’t receive these celestial signals. The Omega Marine Chronometer doesn’t require any external influence to keep time within 1 second per month. It achieves this rate without the use of any thermal compensation circuitry. This level of accuracy is roughly 10 times better than a basic quartz watch. The secret its remarkable ability to keep such accurate time is the amazing Omega calibre 1516. The quartz crystal contained within this 13 jewel movement vibrates at an incredible frequency of 2,359,356 Hertz. Nearly all quartz watches rely in a frequency of just 32,768 Hertz. That automatic Rolex on your wrist runs at just 8 Hz. (no wonder it doesn’t keep great time). Back in the 1970s quartz technology was very expensive and no one knew exactly where this curious new space age technology was going. Some manufacturers virtually abandoned traditional mechanical watches in favor of this electronic science. Omega invested considerable money into quartz technology that today many luxury watch brands hardly use. Our example has two factory applied model numbers inside the case back of 198.0082 and 398.0832. Not only did this watch hold the title of worlds most accurate watch for decades, it also was the first watch with a jumping time zone feature. This complication allows the changing of the hour hand without affecting the minutes or seconds; a useful feature for any world traveller. It’s a chunky watch measuring 44.25mm X 32.5mm and 11.75mm thick. The slightly curved rectangular case is very comfortable and the bracelet links are quite flexible. If your wrist size is any larger then 8 inches we’ll have to source out and extra link or two. Omega’s Marine Chronometer is a hugely important part of watchmaking history and this is the first example we have ever been able to offer through our estate department. Even when we were Omega authorized agents in the 1970s we never sold a single example of this watch. This could be due to the fact it cost about 3 times the cost of most other Omega models. We believe our example to be a one owner example that was originally purchased in Hong Kong. To our knowledge the case and bracelet are in original condition looking practically unworn, showing virtually no wear. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $3100.00 Canadian. Stock #e10753.

SOLD


January 16, 2018

Oris Artelier 01 623 7582 small seconds $1075.00 CAD. e11058

There’s a watch for every wrist and a watch for every occasion. Sometimes a giant, over the top, bulky sport watch can look a little out of place. The Oris Artelier is anything but a bulky sport watch, it’s a dressy traditional automatic with a very sophisticated appearance. It has a classic sort of look making it difficult to tell whether it’s brand new or a 60 year old vintage piece. Beautiful black guilloche dial with arrow head hour markers, a small subsidiary second hand and a very discreet calendar window at 6:00 o’clock distinguish it from the typical sport model. Luminous hour plots and hands are surprisingly bright once the light goes out. The heart of the watch is of course a fine quality Swiss made ETA 2895-2 27 jewel automatic movement proudly displayed through the case back window. The luxury touches continue with a combination of brightly polished and flat satin finish on the 40mm stainless steel case. A high quality crocodile grain strap with a signed push button locking deployment buckle keeps the adjustable length leather band closed with a simple fold over action. The watch is in exceptional condition looking pretty much unworn. There is even some original protective plastic covering the inside of the buckle. Have a look a the neat engine turned finish on the buckle only visible when the buckle is open. Oris didn’t need to go to the extra work doing this but we’re glad they did.Comes complete with a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $1075.00 CAD. Stock #e11058.

SOLD


January 15, 2018

Omega Seamaster 366.0842 $600.00 CAD. e11014

The vintage look is popular and the watch collecting hobby is as hot as ever despite the proliferation of new technology smart watches. While modern watches certainly offer some amazing features and abilities they somehow miss the mark in terms of personality and emotional connection. There is something special about wearing an analogue mechanical watch that relies on nothing more than that you wear it to stay running. No battery to run out, no electronic circuit to fail and better overall build quality means they just outlast most modern watches. Often times it’s easier for our repair department to locate a part for a 100 year old pocket watch than the  typical 10 year old quartz watch. Getting into the watch hobby doesn’t have to cost a small fortune. It is possible to get a high quality example from a significant manufacturer without depleting your bank account. This Seamaster automatic is a seldom encountered example from the mid to late 70s. It’s powered by an in house manufactured Omega calibre 1010. This 17 jewel automatic wind movement was used in many Omega watches from the mid 70s well into the 80s. It featured a fully integrated automatic winding mechanism as opposed to just a winding module attached to an existing hand wind base calibre. This allowed the watch to have a three hand display along with a calendar while maintaining a relatively low profile. The watch is in very good condition with a recently professionally refinished silver dial. The 1286/249 Omega bracelet appears to be in original unpolished condition showing no measurable wear or stretch. There are enough adjustable links in the bracelet of this watch to fit a wrist size of up to 8 inches. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty it is estate priced at $600.00 CAD. Stock #e11014.

SOLD


January 14, 2018

18kt. gold case Omega automatic 162.002 $1500.00 CAD. e11033

One could make a pretty powerful argument that in the 1960s Omega was the most important and influential of all the Swiss watch manufacturers. They had a half century head start over Rolex and were making around 1 million watches per year, compared to less than 150,000 per year from Geneva based Rolex. The Omega Speedmaster was also chosen by NASA over the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in 1965 to be the only watch flight qualified for all manned space missions. I remember my father speaking of how as a young watchmaker in the 1950s Omega was his preferred choice when it came time to service or repair them. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers were the official Omega agent for our area for around 45 years. We have a special appreciation for the company that put the small town of around 50,000, Bienne Switzerland, on the map. This solid 18 karat case Omega dates from around 1963 according to its serial number. At 31mm diameter it certainly isn’t very large but the absence of a thick bezel actually makes the dial surface a little larger compared to the dial of your 36mm Rolex Datejust. We just completed a full restoration of the watch including a full technical revision of the beautiful 26 jewel Omega manufactured calibre 562. Omega’s traditional pink gold plating on the rotor and movement plates on these old calibres is something usually only a watchmaker has the pleasure of viewing. While the movement was being serviced we also had the dial refinished as the original had become badly discoloured from some surface moisture damage. A dressy and neutral champagne hue was selected but we can change the colour for no charge to a more casual white or silver if you prefer. A date display on a watch is common place today but even in the early 60s it was considered a bit of a luxury. Calendar, automatic winding system, plus a central second hand all housed in a solid gold case measuring a rather slim 10mm was something I’m sure the original owner was quite proud of. The watch came to us on an original Omega 14 karat gold filled flexible link bracelet with fold over buckle. We feel the watch looks equally at home with this metal bracelet or an 18mm leather strap. The choice is yours as we will supply a nice leather strap in addition to the signed Omega bracelet. The bracelet will accommodate a wrist size of up to 7 3/4 inches.  Freshly overhauled and working great. It’s ready for trouble free timekeeping service for at least 5 years before the next routine cleaning. The highly polished subtle 18 karat rose gold case is in very good condition with the exception of a couple shallow dings in the case back. These minor impact marks may be able to be pushed out from inside the case back but we have elected to leave them alone. Purchasing a brand new 18 karat gold Omega today will run you well over $10,000.00. Including a one year mechanical warranty this vintage Omega is estate priced at $1500.00 CAD. Stock #e11033.

SOLD


January 11, 2018

Oris Artelier Automatic 01 623 7582 $1200.00 CAD. e10534

There’s a watch for every wrist and a watch for every occasion. There are times when a giant, over the top, bulky sport watch looks a little out of place. The Oris Artelier is anything but a bulky sport watch, it’s a dressy traditional automatic with a very sophisticated appearance. It’s got a classic sort of look that makes it difficult to tell if it’s brand new or a 60 year old vintage piece. Beautiful black guilloche dial with arrow head hour markers, a small subsidiary second hand and a very discreet calendar window at 6:00 o’clock distinguish it from the typical sport model. The heart of the watch is of course a fine quality Swiss made 27 jewel automatic movement that is proudly displayed through the case back window. The luxury touches continue with a combination of brightly polished and flat satin finish on the 40mm stainless steel case. A high quality crocodile grain strap with a signed push button locking deployment buckle keeps the adjustable length leather band closed with a simple fold over action. The watch is in exceptional condition looking pretty much unworn. Comes complete with the original boxes, warranty card, instructions and a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $1200.00 CAD. Stock #e10534.

SOLD

 


January 5, 2018

Oris Artelier pointer date 01 644 7545 4051 $1090.00 CAD. e11059

Oris was established in 1904 in Holstein, Switzerland. The founding partners focus on simple, reliable, durable, pin lever movements quickly paid off; by 1911 they employed a remarkable 300 people making them one of the biggest employers in the area. By the end of the 1960s Oris was up to 800 employees and was one of the top ten largest watch producers in Switzerland. Ten years later the company was purchased by Swatch Group who repurposed the factory for production of very inexpensive watches attempting to survive the quartz revolution. Swatch realized the mistake they’d made and scrambled to rebuild the historic brand with a focus on robust now fully jewelled mechanical movements. Thankfully the Japanese were obsessed with mechanical watches in the 80s and appreciated the quality of Oris movements and cases, eating through their inventory as quickly as they could produce it. In North America Oris have always been a compelling alternative option to the popular and more expensive top of mind brands. They offer all the quality and performance for a reduced price. If Oris were a car it would be a Volvo. The people who own them understand how quality is measured and are very loyal to the make. The same can be said about Oris; those who try one out quickly realize just how tough and well built they are. Our latest Oris is the Artelier pointer date on strap. This watch is of a generous 42.5mm diameter but looks even a bit bigger due to the large silver guilloche dial and case that lacks a thick bezel. The light coloured dial provides excellent legibility plus function even in the dark with luminous hour plots and hands.  The Swiss made ETA 2836-2 27 jewel movement is working as designed with all functions operating and keeping great time. Overall condition is very good showing just the most minor signs of wear on the case and original Oris brown leather strap. The domed synthetic sapphire crystal is perfect, not even the slightest scratch or scuff. Including a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty and Oris box the watch is estate priced at $1090.00 CAD. Stock #e11059.

SOLD


Gents 18kt. gold Omega Constellation circa 1969 $6,500.00 CAD. e11796

When this watch was made in 1969 Omega had produced close to 30 million watches since there inception in 1848. They were producing around 4 million watches annually. Rolex by comparison had produced only around 3 million watch since their founding in 1905 and had annual sales of around 200,000 watches per year. Omega dominated the Swiss made market for the majority of the 20th century. This was the heyday of Swiss watch production. The Swiss had absolutely control of the watch industry. Their luxury mechanical watches were eagerly purchased by coming of age baby boomers and their parents. There were lots of great paying jobs and the world economy was booming. As a nod to complete luxury not only is the case and bracelet made entirely of premium 18 karat gold, so is the dial as indicated by the OM text at the bottom. OM stands for “Or Massif” which translates to solid gold in French. A solid gold gents Omega on bracelet is a very rare find for us. This is the first example that I can remember showcasing for our estate department. The condition looks completely original. The 18 karat gold dial is perfect, showing no stains or blemishes of any kind. A integrated link bracelet graduates in width to the fold over snap buckle. An embossed Omega logo on the buckle shows very little wear, even the subtle striped pattern is still visible. Tight joints in every link show no wear, allowing no stretch and little sag in the heavy bracelet. It’s hard to say with 100% certainty but we think this watch is completely original. The signed gold cap crown exhibit the expected degree of wear. There aren’t too many service records etched in the case back and the plastic crystal displays the corporate logo that is stamped in the center. A beautiful Omega 20 jewel in house calibre 1001 is running well and keeping good time. Rose gold plates and wheels still display the type of finish that helped earn Omega great respect among those who serviced them. My father was a watch maker who learned his craft in the late 1940s. I remember him saying how Omega watches were a pleasure not only to look at but to work on too. This slender movement was independently certified to chronometer status making it one of the most accurate wrist watches of its day. To earn certified chronometer status the watch must maintain accurate time keeping of better than 99.99%. We don’t see many solid gold vintage watches come through our estate department. Even looking for similar watches online lines reveals very few to compare. The case back numbers of 166.055 168.046 D21.744 doesn’t really help finding too many similar. This watch has a weight similar to that of a solid gold Rolex Day-Date of the era at just shy of 140 grams. We’d assume there is a net 18 karat gold weight of around 120 grams worth around $4,700.00 CAD. This is a good sized watch that wears a little larger than its 36mm x 40mm suggests. A link section or two may have been removed over the years, if you have a wrist larger than 7 3/4 inches you may need an extra link.Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this cool vintage Omega is estate priced at $6,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11796.


January 4, 2018

Tag Heuer Aquaracer Automatic WAY2110 $1495.00 CAD. e11024

Many guys aspire to own a high end luxury Swiss watch, it’s 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 stepping stone 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 of our estate watches. When you’ve saved a little bit more we’re 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 divers 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. This watch last had a USD retail price of $2150.00. Our excellent condition original finish estate example is priced at $1495.00 CAD. Stock #e11024.

SOLD


December 21, 2017

Ladies Tag Heuer 2000 964.008-2 $475.00 CAD. e10466

I imagine the next owner of this watch is going to be one of two people. It’s either going to be someone who already owns a high quality Swiss watch who wants another just to bang around while working outdoors, doing sports etc. or a lady who doesn’t own a nice watch but wants to get their feet wet without spending a small fortune. This 25 year old Tag Heuer 2000 is the watch to satisfy either person. For a gold plated watch it’s in pretty good shape considering the age. The plating is wearing thin in sections but the style is classic Tag Heuer and looks quite contemporary. In fact Tag Heuer still manufacture watches that have a very similar look. For less than $500.00 you can have one of the most famous Swiss brands available. All the features that built the brand can be found on this one, threaded crown/case back, one way timer bezel, luminous hands/dial markers, locking buckle with divers extension and synthetic sapphire crystal. Comes complete with a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty. Estate priced at $475.00 CAD. Stock #e10466.

SOLD


December 19, 2017

Rado Ceramica R21892402 $1925.00 CAD. e9332

e9332 Rado Ceramica R21892402Ceramic and other high tech materials are the newest features on many luxury watch brands but Rado have been using ceramic since 1986 and other super hard construction materials since the 1960s. The brand has some of the most distinct designs around. You definitely won’t mistake a Rado for a Rolex or Omega product. The square case Ceramica is a large watch measuring 35mm wide and doesn’t taper at the bracelet.e9332.1 Rado Ceramica R21892402 Despite it’s large size it only weighs 128 grams with the full compliment of links. It would make a great bracelet/watch for the woman who loves the look of shiny yellow gold. The watch could also be the choice for the man who wants an edgy looking alternative watch brand. Model R21892402 had a suggested retail price of $2700.00 USD when last available. Our example looks unworn. It’s in perfect condition and comes with everything as delivered from the factory including inner/outer boxes, sleeve, instructions, warranty card and plastic hanging bracelet tag. Even the protective plastic case stickers from case back and buckle are still in the box. The stainless steel case back and titanium buckle are pretty much the only parts that are not made from ceramic or synthetic sapphire. In keeping with its high tech nature the watch is equipped with a low maintenance ultra precise Swiss quartz calendar movement. Including Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty the watch is estate priced at $1925.00 CAD. Stock #e9332. e9332.2 Ceramica R21892402

SOLD

 


December 11, 2017

Omega Speedmaster “reduced” 39mm 175.0032 $3000.00 CAD. e10386

The iconic good looks of the Omega Professional Moonwatch in an ever so slightly smaller, more practical package, it’s called the Speedmaster “reduced”. Reduced comes from the fact it measures 39mm diameter compared to 42mm for the Pro. It’s arguably more sensible option because it is self winding, no need to remember to wind it up every morning. Wearing this watch everyday will ensure it always has around 40 hours of power reserve. Housed within the stainless steel case is a recently serviced (December 2015) Swiss made automatic 46 jewel Omega calibre 1140, based on an ETA 2890-2. The fiendishly complex movement was fully overhauled by Omega in Toronto to the tune of $700.00. While being serviced the previous owner opted to purchase a brand new original steel bracelet plus a fresh set of original hands contributing to a service bill of $1650.93 CAD (original service receipt included). The 1993 model year Speedy is in fantastic condition having only occasionally been worn since the major service less than 2 years ago. The watch is still covered by the factory warranty until December 17 2017 after which time Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty will kick in. This slightly smaller size Speedmaster is a little easier to wear and they also look great on a woman. That classic black dial/black bezel has defined the Speedmaster look since the 1960s. Estate priced at $3000.00 CAD. Stock #e10386.

SOLD

 

 


December 6, 2017

Vintage Bulova cocktail watch 0.26ct. SI-J 14kt. gold $600.00 CAD. e11197

Technology tends to make things smaller and more efficient. In the early 1800s watches were large, bulky items that didn’t keep great time, were very fragile and also expensive to produce. By the mid 20th century, advances in manufacturing and metallurgy allowed high quality, reliable mechanical watches to be smaller than half an inch in diameter. The 60s and 70s were the hay day for the cocktail watch. This type of watch was likely your Mom’s perfect accessory when going out for a night on the town. Despite their tiny size these watches were easy to read in dimly lit, smoke filled restaurants while sipping on your Tequila Sunrise or Harvey Wallbanger. Maybe you even owned a watch like this; they were very popular at every price point. This little Bulova was made in the late 1970s and looks as good today as it did when new. The silver dial is perfect, offering great contrast with just 2 thin black stick hands. The crystal on this watch is just that, a sapphire crystal. A synthetic sapphire crystal is far harder than traditional plastic or glass. They offer perfect optics and their superior hardness allows manufacturers to facet exposed edges adding some creative potential. A simple glass crystal would never survive the type of life a wrist watch was exposed to. Bulova made some high end watches back then and the quality of the components are testament to that standard. The case is made from solid 14 karat white gold, the lug diamonds are quite large and good SI-IJ quality. Together the diamonds weigh an estimated 0.28 carats. They add a whole new jewellery dimension to the watch. A Swiss made fully jewelled (17) hand wind movement powers the watch with surprising precision. It even offers a shock protected balance wheel. The movement and watch are in excellent condition. The only blemish is a small ding on the case edge. A brand new old stock black nylon strap is period correct and finishes off the vintage look. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $600.00 CAD. Stock #e11197.

SOLD


December 3, 2017

Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne DM2076C $3300.00 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 $3300.00 CAD. Stock #e8181.

SOLD


November 24, 2017

Baume & Mercier Capeland Diver MOA08123 $1350.00 CAD. e10345

I must apologize for the poor quality of photography in this post. Try as I may I just can’t seem to get a good picture without distracting reflections. The shiny finish, glossy black dial and curved synthetic crystal add up to a diabolically difficult watch to take a picture of (at least for a point and shooter like me). Trust me when I say the watch presents itself in person much better than these pictures show. 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. By those standards this automatic winding Capeland diver is fairly pedestrian. Less can be more, especially when it comes to a purposeful sports watch like this. Two large luminous hands point out the time with glow in the dark hour markers. A small subsidiary second hand at 6:00 o’clock and a date window at 3:00 o’clock complete the dial. The useful timer bezel ratchets in a counter clockwise direction with 120 half minute precision indexed clicks. Diameter case size is large but not cumbersome, the rubber strap with deployment buckle contribute to keeping the overall weight to a very manageable 101 grams. A smooth concealed threaded crown and case back keep everything nice and dry to a rating of over 600 feet. When new this watch had a retail price of $2590.00 USD. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty we have it on offer for $1350.00 CAD. Stock #e10345.

SOLD


Cartier Panthère 30mm 18 karat/steel $2470.00 CAD. e10942

No doubt about it, Cartier produce some classic looking watches. I guess that’s to be expected when you’ve been producing them in this same basic format for over 100 years. Our latest estate example is a trifecta of rarity. The Panthere design is most often seen with a square shaped case. The round case is far less common and arguably more feminine than the common square case version. Feminine yes but tiny it is not. This is the even more rarely encountered 30mm size with the handy calendar display and second hand. These useful extra details do not appear on the familiar small sized panthere models. The third unusual characteristic of this one is the double stripes of solid yellow gold found on the bracelet running along both sides all the way down to the concealed deployment buckle. The dial is an exercise in typical Cartier style; a simple parchment hue dial, black Roman numerals, blued steel hands and that obscure little Cartier logo found in the 7:00 o’clock hour marker. Unless you have some serious magnification you’d never even notice it. This microprint detail is seldom found on the cheap fakes. Look for it on your genuine Cartier. Running great with all functions working as designed. Included with the watch are several Cartier booklets, instructions, service records from over 20 years ago and travel pouch. Including our one year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the Panthere is estate priced at $2470.00 CAD. Stock #e10942.

SOLD


November 17, 2017

MontBlanc 1858 112638 $2700.00 CAD. e11034

The essence of timekeeping could be expressed in the MontBlanc 1858. Nothing but the most basic of information is supplied with this 44mm exercise in efficiency. Two large luminous hands circle the dial every 60 minutes with a relaxed rhythm provided by the 17 jewel hand wind movement lurking within the stainless steel case. The MontBlanc calibre 2303 is a gussied up version of an old Unitas 6498 pocket watch mechanism. These movements have been in continuous production since 1950 serving duties in many military and pilot watches. The MB version has been upgraded with beautiful rhodium detailed plates, a Geneva wave pattern and blued steel screws. The large balance wheel is shock protected and runs at a relatively slow but ultra reliable 18,800 cycles per hour. These durable movements have been know to run for well over a decade between service cleanings under some pretty extreme conditions. Modern watertight cases and ultra refined lubricants help extend the overhaul intervals many times over what the designers intended. This watch was purchased at the MontBlanc  boutique in Montreal December 2016. The endorsed warranty and instructions are part of the complete package. Only worn a few times by the previous owner, it looks like brand new lacking even the slightest scuff or scratch on the case. The domed synthetic sapphire crystal is perfect. A fine Italian brown stitched edge leather strap (also in new condition) with signed buckle adds to the vintage look. Model 112638 is a current offering on the MontBlanc website and carries a suggested retail price of $3045.00 USD. Including the balance of the factory warranty plus a complimentary 1 year extended Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $2700.00 CAD. Stock #e11034.

SOLD


November 13, 2017

Breitling SuperOcean A17390 $3180.00 CAD. e11201

It’s called a SuperOcean for good reason. It’s a “super” capable diver watch with everything the sport 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 an automatic helium escape valve. It’s another feature that 99.9% of divers will never need. It’s there just on the off chance you decide to do a really really deep dive that requires living in a diving bell breathing a pressurized mixture of helium and oxygen for an extended period of time. The pressurized helium gas can penetrate the case gaskets and push the crystal out when decompressing 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 double lock. I love the diagonal shape of the bracelet links and the fact that each one is secured with 2 screws. Very good overall condition with a fresh full service from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers done in January 2018. A well used Breitling box and a one year warranty come included for the estate price of $3180.00 CAD. Stock #e11201.

SOLD


November 11, 2017

IWC Big Pilot Heritage 48 8 Day IW510301 $16470.00 CAD. e11007

At a time when pure function could have made the difference between life and death, a supremely accurate, reliable, durable and legible tool was an essential instrument for early pilots. The International Watch Company Big Pilot Heritage 48 8 Day is their homage to pilot watches from the 1930s and 40s. The 48 8 Day is one of their larger offerings. Compared to a traditional size 36mm Rolex Datejust it’s easy to understand just how large this watch is. This was a small run limited edition; it is 1 of only 1000 produced worldwide. It features a very light weight titanium case, curved synthetic sapphire crystal with anti-glare coating, oversized 10.5mm crown and IWC proprietary 59215 calibre movement. The heart of any mechanical watch is the movement and very few brands have the reputation of IWC for producing some exceptional mechanisms. A long power reserve for an automatic watch is nice but usually not necessary, especially if you wear it every day. For a mechanical watch a long power reserve can make them much easier to live with. A full 8 day (192 hour) capacity of this watch means it only needs to be wound up once a week. Although many owners will find themselves winding it up simply to have the pleasure and feel the smoothest possible winding action. A small secret window on the screwed down case back displays a power reserve indicator showing how many days are left before it runs out of spring power. There is no chance of breaking the mainspring by over winding even if you intentionally try to exceed the 8 days limit. A clever clutch system lets you know with an audible/tactile clicking felt through the easy to turn crown. The standard issue strap the watch came with is extremely long able to accommodate any wrist size or coat up 11 inches circumference. I suppose the idea is it could be worn over a flight jacket in a cold non-insulated or open cockpit. The previous owner purchased a standard length IWC Santoni leather strap of the same style but with a more conventional 9 inches of available length and IWC deployment buckle. The new replacement strap allows for a more traditional look and is much easier to use. Comes complete with everything as supplied from brand new; inner/outer boxes, cardboard shipping box, guarantee/service booklet, warranty card, polishing cloth (never used) and a Santoni leather watch strap booklet. You couldn’t possibly design a more legible dial than this. There are many large watches available but most have thick bezels limiting the actual face size. This watch is all dial with large hands and clear Arabic markers all treated with bright luminous pigment. The watch is in new old stock condition looking unworn. It has never been polished or refinished in any way. The original strap has never been worn and the replacement strap still has some protective plastic on the deployment buckle. This watch is still on the IWC website showing a price of $13,400.00 USD, although I think the 1000 piece run has been sold out. Including the balance of the factory warranty plus a 1 year extended Bill Le Boeuf Jewellery warranty the watch is estate priced at $16470.00 CAD. Stock #e11007.

SOLD


November 10, 2017

Omega Speedmaster “Triple Date” 3520.50.00 $2700.00 CAD. e11035

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 Seamasters and now they had signed perhaps the greatest driver of all time. Although model 3520.50.00 was never officially labeled “the Schumacher”, he promoted this more traditional looking model along with various other more colourful Speedmasters available at the time. 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 the racing legend. This version is one of the most pure of design Speedmasters produced. It’s basic black on black colour format more closely resembles the original Speedmaster professional moon watch from decades before but with so much more dial information. The dial may look a bit daunting at initial introduction but within no time all available information is easily deciphered. Large bright white luminous hour and minute hands with simple hour markers allow instant time interpretation. The 3 chronograph register hands are nicely arranged in vertical alignment. A 24 hour dial with broad arrow hand sits at the 9:00 position along with the constant seconds hand. The “triple date” moniker comes from the fact this watch displays the day of the month (white tipped black pointer hand), day of the week and the month of the year in the cut out window at 12:00. A handy tachymeter scale outlines the bezel. This simple scale allows quick calculation of units per hour. It shows well and is in good freshly refinished condition. The inner steel edge of the black tachymeter bezel is showing some wear from rubbing against a hard surface. An automatic Omega modified Valjoux 7751 movement housed within the 39mm stainless steel case has been recently serviced 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. Made in a comfortable sized 39mm diameter this watch makes a great looking sporty everyday watch. Including our 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty the watch is estate priced at $2700.00 CAD. Stock #e11035.

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November 3, 2017

Swiss Army Infantry Vintage Chronograph 241526 Valjoux 7750 $850.00 CAD. e11005

You could easily spend many multiples of our estate price to get something new of similar quality to this Swiss Army automatic chronograph. It’s got all the features of the more expensive brands but for a small fraction of the price. Even when brand new, Swiss Army watches offer excellent value; as estate watches it’s hard to find better. The movement powering this watch is the venerable 25 jewel Swiss made Valjoux 7750, not the Swiss or Chinese made clone movement. This complicated mechanism was developed over 40 years ago and has powered many great brand such as Omega, Tag Heuer, Breitling, Longines and many more. The fully jewelled movement is visible through the screwed on display case back. Other high end features the Swiss Army shares with much more expensive brands are curved synthetic sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, water resistant to 100 meters, textured dial with applied luminous hour markers, antique finish full stainless steel construction, locking deployment buckle on heavy distressed look leather strap. This watch was purchased new from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in 2017 and is covered by the factory warranty until 2020. Easy to read dial with a 44mm case size make this watch a most functional timekeeper. Excellent overall condition and comes complete with the original packaging, instructions and endorsed warranty card. Estate priced at $850.00 CAD. Stock #e11005.

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October 24, 2017

Zenith chronograph calibre 156D $2250.00 CAD. e10978

The 1950s were a popular time for chronograph equipped wrist watches. High speed international jet travel was now possible and the space race was on. World War II veterans had become familiar with their utility and used them as crucial tools for navigation and coordinating missions requiring precise timing. When equipped with special scales printed on the dial they could also be used to calculate speed, distance or other essential bits of tactical information. This Zenith stainless steel 38mm chronograph didn’t see any official military service but its large easy to read dial certainly looks the part. The blue tachymeter scale printed on the dial is a feature many service watches would have had. The handy scale enables the user to calculates units per hour within a range of 60 to 1000. While Zenith may not be a household name they are well known for producing some of the finest mechanical watch mechanisms. In 1969 they produced the El Primero automatic chronometer chronograph that is still in use today by many high end watch manufacturers. Even Rolex used the El Primero in the Daytona from the mid 1980s until they eventually produced their own automatic chronograph movement in 2000. The 17 jewel, Incabloc protected hand wind movement powering this watch paved the way for Zenith’s excellent reputation for mechanical chronographs. The watch is in very good condition and running great. At some point the dial has been professionally restored to look like new. Polished Arabic and arrow shaped hour markers are the essence of legibility. Gold tone tapered hands and square chronograph pushers complete the vintage look. Included with purchase is a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in house warranty. Our warranty covers all aspects of mechanical failure except damage caused by moisture or misuse (this is not a water resistant watch). Zenith chronographs from this period are not very common and usually seen in solid gold. They are very unusual in stainless steel. Stainless cases are far more durable than gold and are in keeping with the pure functional intention of this watch. Estate priced at $2250.00 CAD. Stock #e10978.

SOLD


October 20, 2017

Tag Heuer 2000 Classic Chronograph CK1111 $1090.00 CAD. e10335

You could spend a similar amount of money on a good quality regular watch or you could get into one of the world’s great brands. Tag Heuer have been a leading manufacturer in luxury sporting watches with a focus on automotive racing for many decades. They’ve been involved with Formula 1 racing as an official timer and many of their watches were named after famous racing circuits. The 2000 classic CK1111 has parent company Heuer DNA running through it’s high quality Swiss quartz movement. The super accurate chronograph movement is able to record up to 12 hours of elapsed time with 1/10th of a second accuracy. It also has a lap time feature plus a calendar. A quick glance of the easy to read contrasting hands and markers makes time interpretation a snap. A time zone feature allows changes to the hour display without stopping or altering the minutes or seconds. The ratcheting 60 minute timer bezel allows convenient additional timing capabilities when a 1/10 of a second accuracy isn’t necessary. Timing a parking meter, timing the perfect barbequed steak, lunch hours and of course scuba diving are just a few of the things the bezel timer works well for. Water resistant to 200 meters, screw down crown/case back, synthetic sapphire crystal, all stainless steel construction, double locking buckle with diver extension all contribute to making this 38mm diameter watch a do it all in any situation time keeper. 19 years old and in lightly worn condition. I really like the perfect condition navy blue on white “panda” dial with lovely tritium luminous hands and dial markers. Including a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty the watch is estate priced at $1090.00 CAD. Stock #e10335.

SOLD

 


October 18, 2017

Breitling SuperOcean A17345 $2375.00 CAD. e10452

Are you tired of having to take off your watch every time you wash your car or when you’re splashing around with the kids in the Mr. Turtle pool? The Breitling SuperOcean A17345 should be up to the task. This hard core sport/diver watch is water resistant to 5000 feet! The pressure at such a depth is almost 2200 pounds per square inch. To put that into perspective, the force exerted on the crystal of this watch at 5000 feet under water is equal to the weight of a small Chevrolet. Needless to say this watch is quite a bit over-engineered for most people. The 41.5mm stainless steel case houses a 25 jewel Breitling calibre 17 (based on an ETA 2824-2). The robust Swiss made automatic movement has been upgraded and modified by Breitling’s in house watchmakers to officially certified chronometer specification. The class standard black dial with luminous hands and Arabic hour markers prove easy to read at a quick glance under all lighting conditions. Attached to the case is an original Professional bracelet with a 1 inch diver extension and fold over locking buckle. When current this model  was Breitlings most purposeful design, built strictly to perform its duties under severe conditions. It came equipped from the factory with a synthetic sapphire crystal, one way ratcheting bezel indexed for 60 minutes, threaded crown and case back. A discreet helium escape valve located on the case edge will only ever be used by the most serious of professional divers but it’s a cool gadget and an interesting conversation piece. Certainly worn but definitely not worn-out the watch exhibits some signs of wear and tear. Minor scratches and small dings have been mostly polished away when our service department performed a full case/bracelet refinishing. Comes with our Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty. It’s ready to go with many more years of trusty service left, estate priced at $2375.00 CAD. Stock #e10452.

SOLD

 


October 16, 2017

Breitling for Bentley Barnato Racing A25366 $7788.00. CAD e10671

 For Breitling fans and exotic automobile enthusiasts alike this one’s for you. The 49mm diameter Breitling for Bentley Barnato Racing edition makes a cool lifestyle statement. The unique function of the little steering wheel chronograph registers give the dial more motion than a standard analogue chronograph. Instead of tiny little hands slowly circulating a small minute/hour register, the actual steering wheel style registers turn around fixed indicators. The chronograph seconds register is also over geared to circulate the full dial in just 30 seconds instead of the usual 60. This makes split second time calculation down to a 1/10 of a second easily possible combined with the oversized black dial. A handy tachymeter chapter ring scale has been indexed perfectly for motor racing with readings for 95 to 320 units per hour. It’s more than just a pretty face, it’s a well thought out tool for the racing/watch aficionado. The unique engraved bezel is designed to resemble the look of Bentley car grills. The winding rotor covering the 38 jewel Swiss movement has also been designed to emulate the look of a modern Bentley wheel. The Barnato connection comes from Woolf Barnato who was a wealthy British financier and Bentley owner. He eventually would own the company itself after investing a sizable sum of money to keep the company in business. In the late 1920s he drove his Bentley race car to 3 straight wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. To this day he is the only person to achieve such a perfect entry vs. win ratio of 3 for 3. Our Barnato Special Edition watch was purchased in Canada in December 2013. It comes complete with the original inner/outer box, instructions and endorsed warranty card. The watch is in excellent original condition having only been occasionally worn by a careful owner. The highly polished finish is almost perfect showing only the most minor of surface scuffs. Estate priced at $7788.00 CAD. Stock #e10671.

SOLD

 


October 11, 2017

Ladies Seamaster 300 2582.80.00 28mm $1090.00 CAD. e11084

Ladies watches have historically been designed as pieces of fine jewellery, from the cocktail watches of the 20s to the modern Chopards. The trend has always been to use diamonds, mother of pearl, gold and platinum with small dials and delicate “dainty” bracelets. On the flip side, the many ladies sport watches have been clunky, heavy and utilitarian. Although we have an appreciation for a watch that uses only the finer materials available, and certainly realize the need for a useful hearty tool watch. The problem remains that there are times when a fine gold dress watch can be impractical and a sport watch is just not fancy enough. Omega found a perfect solution with the ladies Seamaster Professional 300m. Motivated by the success of their 41mm Seamaster Professional 300m gent’s watches, Omega released a smaller lady Seamaster. It featured an easy to read highly luminescent dial, usable unidirectional bezel and all the benefits of a 300 meter dive watch. The nine segment link bracelet differs from the gents with its integrated sliding buckle clasp. Just like the gent’s, smooth soft lines and a beautiful contrast between the brushed finish and high polish stainless steel. The timeless deep blue coloured wave dial like this example was always the preferred choice. Our example shows some scratches on the case and bracelet. Some of the domed links have slightly flattened centre sections. Certainly worn but far from worn out the watch looks great with honest patina. It comes with the original dealer endorsed warranty card (dated December 1998) and our one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Ready for it’s next owner the Seamaster is priced at only $1090.00 CAD. Stock #e11084.

SOLD


October 10, 2017

Zenith El Primero RED Limited Edition 03.2043.400 $6000.00 CAD. e10703

e9654 Zenith El Primero RED 03.2043.400

Zenith. You may not know the name but you know their work. Their El Primero automatic movement almost single handedly saved the mechanical watch in 1969 when the quartz revolution started gaining ground. Traditional manual-wind watches were pretty much all that was available since the second world war. Most ran at reliable but slow 18,000 beats per hour. Consumers were eager for the accuracy the new ultra technically advanced electronic quartz watches promised. Then Zenith unveiled it’s El Primero, the first ever automatic chronograph tuned to an unheard of frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour. The movement was so ground breaking it’s still undefeated in speed by any production movement available for mass consumption. Until recently Rolex used the El Primero for the Daytona chronograph but even they “detuned” the movement down to 28,800 vibrations per second to keep the pace of their own in house movements. It took Zenith 7 years to develop this 31 jewel movement masterpiece. It’s no surprise you can find it unchanged 48 years later in this limited edition Zenith El Primero Red 03.2043.400 featuring an impressive 50 hour power reserve. This El Primero Red is probably the nicest Zenith we’ve had in a long time. A striking black dial with silver and red highlights, red stitched crocodile leather strap with bright red lining and high grade brushed/polished stainless steel case. The 42mm case has a large easy to use crown, stainless steel chronograph pushers, full display case back allowing viewing of every part of the famous movement through the skeletonized weight rotor. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters and features a three subdial chronograph, tachymeter, and red numbered date wheel at 6 o’clock. The sapphire crystal has its anti reflective coating fully intact and the case and strap show signs of occasional wear. This El Primero Red is number 364 of 500 and has a replacement value of $8800.00 US. The watch is accompanied with a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Comes with the original inner/outer box, warranty booklet/card and a small hard cover El Primero instruction book.  Estate price $6000.00 CAD. Stock #e10703.

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October 8, 2017

Tag Heuer Aquaracer mother of pearl/diamond dial WAY131M $1750.00 CAD. e10830

Some of Tag Heuer’s AquaRacers have evolved into very attractive “jewellery” watches over the recent years. They were first introduced as a continuation of the 2000 series in 2004. Every Aquaracer provides a rugged build with serious sporting features. Don’t let the dramatic iridescent black 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/markers, solid link stainless steel locking bracelet with divers extension and black ceramic ratcheting timer bezel are the same features offered by the pure tool design AquaRacer models. The beautiful mother of pearl and diamond dial add some sophisticated feminine details that are quite striking against the combination polished and brushed steel. It was purchased May 2017 in Amsterdam and comes complete with the original Bill of sale plus all the original packaging, precious stone certificate and endorsed warranty card. Only occasionally worn for a few months the watch is in like new condition. Just a few scuffs from occasional use can be seen on the shiny areas of the bracelet and buckle. These marks can be easily removed by our expert goldsmiths in just a day or so if you choose. It was used so little that there is still some protective plastic film on the inside of the buckle fold. At 35mm in case diameter model WAY131M is easy to read but no so big as to be uncomfortable and bulky. 11 high quality VS-G round brilliant cut diamonds sparkle and twinkle against the rainbow sheen of the black mother of pearl dial. This watch can currently be seen on the Tag Heuer website where it carries a suggested retail price of $2600.00 CAD. Including the balance of the factory 2 year warranty the watch is estate priced at $1750.00 CAD. Stock #e10830.

SOLD


October 5, 2017

Oris Big Crown Date 73376294263LS 44mm $900.00 CAD. e10619

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 could no longer be developed in 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 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. The watch is in like new condition only used a couple times by the previous owner. It seems he had a little trouble reading the low contrast dial so he traded it in on a watch more suitable to his vision acuity. Threaded crown, threaded display back, Swiss made Sellita 26 jewel SW200-1 automatic movement, synthetic sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, luminous hands/markers, 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 #e10619.

SOLD


October 3, 2017

Damasko Chronograph DC66 Si (hardly worn) $2600.00 CAD. e7633

Damasko is a German watch company that specializes in the manufacture of mechanical watches. They pay special attention to refining and improving current designs, adapting these changes into their production focusing on durability and longevity. Their full story can be seen at www.damaskousa.com This particular model DC66 Si is a no nonsense chronograph. Aside from the basic time function it comes with a day/date calendar, 12 hour stopwatch, luminous hands and hour markers. The threaded case back and crown ensure watch resistance to 300 feet. The extra hard sapphire crystal  has a special anti reflective coating on both sides to reduce glare. A bi-directional bezel can be rotated to show a second time zone. The previous owner explained he bought the watch from the U.S. distributor Watch Mann www.watchmann.com new in January 2013. He found the 42mm case and 44mm bezel too large for his taste. If an over engineered, extremely well made mechanical chronograph appeals to you give the Damasko DC66 Si some thought. The suggested retail price of $2795.00 USD seems quite reasonable given the quality of this watch. The red Si text on the dial stands for silicon. The engineers at Damasko have come up with a hair spring made from silicon. This makes the watch resistant to magnetic forces that can drastically affect time keeping.  Comes with all original packaging, instructions, warranty, boxes etc. Estate price $2600.00 CAD. Stock #e7633.e7633.1 Damasko DC66 Si

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October 1, 2017

Frederique Constant Highlife Triple Time FC-308AB3H6B $1980.00 CAD. e9303

 e9303 Frederique Constant Highlife Triple Time FC-308AB3H6BFrederique Constant is a name that is becoming more familiar with watch connoisseurs all over the world. Beautiful case and dial designs with interesting features are what to expect from Frederique Constant. There are many dual time watches available that are capable of displaying two different world times at once. Model FC-308 can also show the current time in any of the world’s major cities by simply rotating the outer dial chapter ring with the small 2:00 crown. It’s a great idea, I’m surprised hasn’t been done before. Novel innovations like this are making an impact on the watch world and people are paying attention to this up and coming brand. They have an excellent website that’s worth a visit. Our estate example looks unworn. No evidence of any use can be seen. Only a quick wipe to remove a fingerprint and it’s ready to use. Frederique Constant produce many beautiful automatic movements that they love to display through exhibition case backs.e9303 Frederique Constant Triple Time A perfect accessory for the world traveller. It’s a tough watch with great features and it can be worn for any activity. Water tight to 100 meters, threaded crown, screwed on case back, locking buckle, luminous hands and dial markers. Comes complete with original inner/outer boxes, warranty card and instructions. A 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is included for the estate price of $1980.00 CAD. Stock #e9303.e9303 Frederique Constant Highlife Triple Time

SOLD


September 28, 2017

Ladies Cartier Cougar quartz 18t. gold & steel 26mm $2200.00 CAD. e10206

Cartier is among the most notable in the jewellery business when it comes to luxury products. The French jeweller has been around since the mid 1800s (long before the wristwatch was even invented) For at least the last 100 years many of Cartier’s wristwatches have had some common and consistent design features that re-enforce the classic good looks that have aged better than any other style. The white parchment dial with black Roman numerals has been done by many manufacturers but Cartier use the combination more than anyone. Blued steel hands, blue cabochon stone on the end of the crown,5 segment link bracelet executed in solid 18 karat yellow gold and stainless steel have all been steadfast iconic Cartier design elements. Consistency  is a common thread used in most successful brands. The 26mm diameter Cougar is an easy to wear watch for any occasion. It’s certainly doesn’t push the fashion envelope but speaks in a calm confidant manner of refinement and class. The simple dial layout is easy to read and very functional with a sweep second hand and calendar for extra utility. The ultra accurate Swiss quartz movement offers simple, trouble free reliable time keeping. Cartier watch creations are much more than time keepers, they are pieces of jewellery that just so happen to tell time too. This watch comes with it’s travel pouch and some paperwork. Having a look in the Cartier boutique shows many contemporary watches of similar specification with prices starting at over $7000.00 USD. Our estate price for the Cougar including our Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty is $2285.00. Stock #e10206.

 


September 24, 2017

Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic H704450 $400.00 (new Dec 2017). e10880

Finding a quality automatic Swiss watch in this sort of price range can be a difficult thing. Finding one with features like sapphire crystal, threaded exhibition case back, all stainless steel construction, heavy duty stitched leather strap, water resistant to 300 feet and a calendar display really makes for a challenge. The Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic is ready for service in any theater. The functional design extends to the simple logical dial layout with a 24 hour dial layout and luminous hands/hour markers. The large crown makes time and date adjustment a snap. A 38mm case size is comfortable and should appeal to those looking for a good sized watch but not oversized and clumsy. Whether you’re just getting into the watch habit, looking to add another to a collection or need a more purposeful design alternative, this Khaki might just work for you. It was just purchased in December 2017 and is covered by the balance of the factory 2 year warranty. Bought new in Ontario at a Hamilton authorized agent it comes complete with the original inner/outer box, endorsed warranty card and instruction booklet. The watch looks as if it was only worn once or twice, it could pass for brand new. This watch had a suggested retail price of $595.00 CAD. Including the balance of factory warranty that expires in December 2019 the watch is estate priced at $400.00 CAD. Stock e10880.

SOLD


September 21, 2017

Bell & Ross Chronograph BR 03-94 $4600.00 CAD. e10695

From the aeronautically inspired minds of Bell & Ross comes the Heritage chronograph BR 03-94. B & R have carved out a unique niche in the luxury Swiss watch market. The majority of their creations have a look straight out of the fighter cockpit. All function under all situations. Easily interpreted dial information with large contrasting markers and hands are one of the brands hallmarks. The camel tone dial features reflect a sandy brown colour in daylight, but when the light is dim or non existent the true nature of the “Superluminova” (yes it’s a real thing) pigment takes over transmitting an eerie green glow. The soft edged square case is remarkably comfortable for 42mm case size (55mm diagonal!). Rectangular chronograph pushers and a shallow crown certainly help out with comfort. A tiny calendar window at 4:30 and just a single 30 minute register keep the usual cluttered appearance of an analogue chronograph to a minimum.  This watch was purchased new in Toronto May 2015 and appears to have been only rarely worn. The thick tan leather strap remains stain and blemish free. An extra black nylon Velcro strap comes included but has never even been installed. All the original packaging is here along with instructions, endorsed warranty card, strap changing tools and the high density fitted foam box liner. The box and accessories add significant value to the presentation. If you’re looking for something a little different to wear on the weekends this watch is sure to scratch that itch. Bell & Ross offer a few different colour straps that are equally impressive against the flat finish black case. The orange alligator is the one to get if you really want to rock the look. Although the original 2 year warranty has recently expired, Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is matching the factory warranty providing our own in house 2 year warranty from date of purchase. Estate priced at $4600.00 CAD. Stock #e10695.

SOLD


September 18, 2017

Raymond Weil Tradition 2834 Automatic $700.00 CAD. e10879

Not a household name but a name that deserves respect. The company was founded in 1976 by the brands 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 but it worked out pretty well. They’ve secured a comfortable niche in the affordable luxury market, with watches incorporating the features you’d expect of a fine watch without breaking the bank. The 37mm Tradition 2834 is a great example of this philosophy. All stainless steel case construction, curved sapphire crystal, beautiful parchment dial with applied markers, exhibition case back and signed buckle. Beating away inside the 3 atmosphere water resistant case is a genuine  25 jewel ETA 2824-2 automatic wind movement and not the more commonly selected off patent Swiss made clone. This durable movement has been serving duty in some very prestigious brands for more than half a century. Classic timeless design certainly not to be confused with a bulky sports watch. It’s a casual to dressy statement with a functionality not always seen in a dress watch. The sweeping second hand and calendar are useful additions to any daily wear watch. The original owner selected an interesting option with this watch. The Arabic numeral dial is very rare with just a few examples being produced. It’s a handsome watch that will always be in style. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $700.00 CAD. Stock #e10879.

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September 14, 2017

Omega Seamaster with diamond bezel 2531.80.00 $5500.00 CAD. e8433

e8433 Omega Seamaster 2531.80.00 with diamondsA custom modified Rolex is normal practice and very common. In fact I bet there are more custom modified Rolex watches with diamonds than factory originals. There is an entire industry out there making diamond dials, bezels  and aftermarket diamond bracelets that will fit right on your Rolex. Omega watches however are seldom modified aside from perhaps changing a dial colour and maybe a different set of hands. This Seamaster started off as the very popular standard issue James Bond model 2531.80.00 with a rotating blue bezel dating from around 2007. The original owner commissioned a highly skilled jeweller to create a custom bezel made from 14 karat white gold and diamonds. The double row of diamonds total 2.00 carats in weight and are of SI-GH quality. The custom bezel has been expertly crafted and assembled as well as anything from the original manufacturer.e8433.2 Omega Seamaster 2531.80.00 with diamonds The certified chronometer automatic movement is running well keeping excellent time. All the other Seamaster features are still present including curved sapphire crystal, helium escape valve, water resistance to 1000 feet, luminous hands, luminous markers, threaded crown and case back. Original inner/outer box along with cards and a one year warranty are included for the estate price of $5500.00 CAD. Stock #e8433.e8433.1 Omega Seamaster 2531.80.00

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September 5, 2017

Baume & Mercier Riviera XXL moa08594 chrono. $1888.00 CAD.

e9913 Baume & Mercier Riviera XXL automatic chronograph moa08594

The Baume and Mercier Riviera was first introduced in the early 70s. The original 12 sided dodecagonal design concept was meant to represent the 12 hours of a watch face. The Riviera line was relaunched in 2005 and our XXL certainly pays tribute with its radial finished dodecagonal bezel mirrored by the high polished steel case. On a smaller scale the four black bezel screws and signed threaded crown are 6 sided miniatures of that theme. The very legible white dial features luminous roman numeral dial markers and hands with an outer rim seconds counter for the chronograph function. Model MOA08594 is powered by Swiss made automatic Valjoux 7750, featuring date wheel at 3 o’clock, and three register 12 hour chronograph. The Riviera is in like new condition with its original black rubber strap and push button, double deployment signed clasp. Purchased from Birks at the end of 2008 the watch is accompanied by its original inner and outer box, manual, warranty cards, and receipt. Also accompanying the watch a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate price $1888.00 CAD. Stock #e9913.e9913 Baume & Mercier Riviera XXL chronograph moa08594 automatic

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August 30, 2017

Tag Heuer Link WJF1353 stainless steel/18kt. & diamonds $2200.00 CAD. e10882

The line between watch and jewellery becomes quite blurred with the Tag Heuer Link WJF1353. Sure it tells time, has a useful calendar and second hand, but it’s also super shiny with diamonds, has a mother of pearl dial and is trimmed in solid 18 karat yellow gold. When it comes to pretty and more than capable it’s hard to beat Tag Heuer’s more feminine and thoughtfully designed “Link” series. The look has become iconic to the brand. The basic style goes way back 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. It’s been mimicked by many lesser brands over the years but there can only be one original. At just under 27mm diameter it is not the largest ladies watch but it certainly isn’t small. The beautiful iridescent 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 0.6mm smaller in diameter.Refined details set this watch apart from the crowd as the true luxury product it is. VVS-FG quality diamonds serve as twinkling hour marker beacons and then of course there is the beautiful pastel coloured rainbow mother of pearl dial. Premium quality solid 18 karat yellow gold bezel and bracelet details extend around the entire bracelet with an integrated locking buckle. 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 supple exercise in timekeeping comfort. Overall condition is excellent. Every component on the watch and bracelet have been highly polished to a mirror like finish as was the case from the factory when delivered new. 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 Tag Heuer stock it carried a retail price of $3100.00 USD. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty and the original box set the watch is estate priced at $2200.00 CAD. Stock number e10882.

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August 26, 2017

Cartier Tank Francaise Chronoflex W51001Q3 $4000.00 CAD. e8976

e8976 Cartier Chronoflex Tank Francaise W51001Q3The tank shaped case has been the Cartier look for about 100 years. This shape has really become synonymous with the brand. Model W51001Q3 is blessed with a very interesting quartz movement. The Piaget sourced calibre 212p is a marvel of electronic timing. 25 jewels, Swiss made, a finish more typical of exotic hand made mechanical movements, a 12 hour chronograph, and one extra very special talent. e8976 Cartier calibre 212p Piaget calibre 222p perpetual calanderThis movement has a perpetual calendar built in. In theory you only need to correct the date every 100 years. You will have to reset the date at the end of February in the year 2100 because the year 2100 is not a leap year. If you’re like me and never learned that little rhyme that helps identify months that don’t have 31 days a perpetual calendar is a very handy feature. Cartier Tank Francaise Chronoflex is an intermediate size that either a man or woman can wear. The case is quite thin for a chronograph and the curved case is super comfy for a smaller arm.e8976 Cartier W51001Q3 Tank Francaise Chronoflex This watch is in excellent original condition. The case has never been polished or refinished still retaining all the factory applied brushed and polished sections. Our talented master watchmaker just performed a full technical revision on the movement including cleaning, original gaskets and water resistance test. A fresh battery every few years should be the only service requirements for the next decade or more. Including 1 year warranty and original Cartier box the watch is estate priced at $4000.00. Stock #e8976.e8976 Cartier Tank Francaise Chronoflex W51001Q3

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August 25, 2017

Tag Heuer Carrera CV2A11.FC6235 only worn a few times $4200.00 CAD. e9727

e9727 Tag Heuer Carrera CV2A11.FC6235

TAG Heuer’s Carrera line was part of a great race in the mid 1960s to develop the first automatic chronograph. Heuer partnered with Breitling and Hamilton to face off against Zenith and together they launched their Calibre 11 six months before Zenith’s superior and fully integrated chronograph movement El Primero was on the market. The caliber 11 was shown in a line of automatic chronographs TAG 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 newer models from their iconic line. CV2A11 is from 2012 and is in like new condition having been worn on only a couple of occasions. It’s run 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.e9727 Tag Heuer Carrera CV2A11.FC6235 silver dial 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, white dial, and curved high polished Arabic numbers it ends up looking fairly dressy. The Carrera is in original condition complete with box and all paperwork. A one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is included for the estate price $4200.00 CAD. Stock #e9727.e9727 Tag Heuer Carrera CV2A11.FC6325 Chronograph

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August 24, 2017

Railroad grade pocket watch collection $500.00 CAD. Hamilton Elgin Bulova e10764

Long before computers and GPS were even written about in science fiction novels the railroads of North America had to come up with a system ensuring all trains knew precisely when and where they were at all times. If a train was even five minutes off schedule it could come barreling down the tracks through a station where another train was loading up on coal or dropping off passengers; you can imagine the destruction that would follow. After a few railroad disasters caused by timing inaccuracy the need for improved standards was obvious. The solution was to subject the world’s highest accuracy requirements for all watches used on the railroad where accurate timing was deemed necessary. Railroad grade pocket watches were subjected to rigorous accuracy standards, and ongoing scheduled timing checks. North American watches had to be size 16 or 18, white dial, open-faced without cover, bold legible Arabic numbers, minute division, seconds dial, heavy hands, crown at 12 o’clock and a 24 hour display. They had to be American made, a minimum of 17 jewels, and could only lose or gain 30 seconds per week. To put that in perspective a modern Rolex can gain up to 6 seconds or lose 4 seconds a day and still be awarded a chronometer certificate. The railroad approved watches had to be adjusted for temperature variations and run accurately in a minimum of 5 different positions. To prevent accidental time change, adjusting the time is accomplished by unscrewing the threaded crystal bezel to reveal the setting lever. The Hamilton in this collection is a size 16, 21 jewel, serial number C367945 manufactured in Lancaster Pennsylvania in 1955. This example may be a little more desirable for our domestic collectors as the 10 karat gold filled Fortune case was made right here in Canada. The high grade 21 jewel 992B movement was the first watch Hamilton equipped with their Elinvar Extra hairspring made from a specialty alloy for added accuracy. It’s running well with a very strong beat. The 2nd pocket watch is an Elgin model 571 B.W. Raymond with 8 adjustments and 21 jewels. This railroad grade pocket watch was made in Elgin Illinois U.S.A in 1948. It’s in good condition after being set aside many years ago due to a broken mainspring that was never repaired. A general overhaul and replacement of the readily available mainspring and it will be good to go for decades to come. These movements really are great examples of precision mechanical manufacturing to the highest degree. The 3rd watch in the collection is a relatively new Bulova dating from 1992. This is one of last examples of a railroad approved watch. After the introduction of more modern electronic watches in the 1960s followed by ultra accurate quartz watches in the 1970s the traditional mechanical pocket watch was phased out. This modern Bulova wristwatch still exhibits many of the features common to railroad watches 100 years younger. A white dial with black numbers fully indexed for minutes and a bright day glow orange hand make for a very purposeful design. The small date window at 3:00 o’clock displays the day of the month in red to avoid confusion with the hour markers. The stainless steel, gold plated case is equipped with a screw on case back and crown guard. Inside the case beats a reliable Swiss made ETA quartz movement running at 32,768 Hertz that should be accurate to a just a few seconds per week. A brand new black leather Hirsh strap was just fitted. All three watches are being sold with an unknown service history and in as is condition. Collection of 3 for the estate price of $500.00 CAD. Stock #e10764.

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August 20, 2017

125th Anniversary Omega Speedmaster 178.0002 $3100.00 CAD. e10752

If you only collected Omega Speedmasters you’d have an amazing variety of some pretty cool timepieces. This is a notable and important watch that is seldom encountered. Back in 1973 Omega celebrated their 125th year of operation and picked the Speedmaster to commemorate this achievement. The 1969 moon landing was still fresh in peoples minds and everyone had space fever. This watch captures the spirit and style of that moment in time. It’s a thick slice of early 1970s nostalgia. This wasn’t just a slightly modified version of an existing model that Omega slapped a limited edition number on the caseback. Model 178.0002 is completely unique with its massive steel case (42.0mm x 52.5mm) used only for this model. It is said that Omega only produced just 2000 of these watches. Not only is it notable for being a rare anniversary model, it’s the world’s first automatic chronograph that is also a certified chronometer. While we’re at it, it’s worth mentioning this complicated watch is equipped with a useful calendar display along with a 24 dial located within the constant seconds display at 9:00. To my knowledge calibre 1041 in its chronometer designation is specific to this model only. There wouldn’t be another automatic chronometer grade Speedmaster in Omega’s lineup for several decades. This example came to us from its original owner, in its original condition, having never been opened up or previously serviced. Although it was working, the movement was bone dry and the original rubber O ring case gasket had turned into a gooey black mess. After a thorough overhaul to the movement, she’s running as designed well within chronometer tolerances. We’re quite proud that the only service etching in the case back is the Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers service number from August 2017. Overall condition is very good, it does show some minor scuffs and scratches on the case, bracelet and crystal appropriate for a 44 year old watch. A couple of the adjusting links are missing from the bracelet but it should easily fit anyone with a wrist size of 7 3/4 inches or less. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this important watch is estate priced at $3100.00 CAD. Stock #e10752.

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August 17, 2017

Momentum Innerspace Diver DV78/2836-2 $550.00 CAD. e11006

It’s not just the domain of the Swiss, German, Japanese and Chinese. Momentum is a Canadian brand that hand assembles their watches in Vancouver British Columbia. Exactly the extent of “hand assembly” is not clear but it’s still pretty cool to see Vancouver Canada engraved on the threaded display back. The Innerspace dive watch is a whole lotta watch for very little money. I can’t think of another watch on the market with features like this for such a low price. You get a very high 300 meter water resistance rating, high torque rotating bezel timer, screw down crown, solid link bracelet with screwed together links, divers extension located under a flip lock buckle. What’s located inside the 44mm case is equally impressive. A 25 jewel Swiss made automatic winding day/date movement made by ETA controls the time and calendar functions. Calibre 2836-2 is a fully jewelled mechanism that’s been powering some pretty prestigious brands since the early 80s. Hamilton, Tissot, Sinn, Fortis and many others use this durable and accurate movement. There are modified and adjusted versions of this movement that have even been chronometer rated. This workhorse movement is tasked to turn two of the largest hands I’ve ever seen. They’re large, luminous and highly legible. The minute hand is further distinguished by its day glow orange outline. If you like the feel of a heavy watch, you’ll love this one. With the full compliment of adjusting links it weighs in at 224 grams (just shy of 1/2 a pound). Included with purchase is the balance of a 2 year factory warranty plus a complementary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers extended warranty. The watch is in very good overall condition showing a few small scuffs and a few tiny dings in the bezel. Complete with endorsed warranty card, instructions and the original nifty high density foam lined metal box. Estate priced at $550.00 CAD. Stock #e11006.

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August 13, 2017

Zenith Pilot 03.2117.4002 (El Primero movement) $6180.00 CAD. e11000

If your a fan of pure function, excellent quality and high performance the Zenith Pilot is a watch you must consider. It is certainly not the fanciest watch you’ll ever see. Completely void of any detail that doesn’t add to 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 a 1/10 of a second. It’s been state of the art when it comes to mechanical chronographs since first developed close to 50 years ago. The clear display back proudly shows off the movement and its tiny balance wheel that oscillates at an amazing 36000 cycles per hour. e9639.2 Zenith Pilot 03.2117.4002 El Primero chronographThat’s 25% faster than a modern Rolex! The added speed gives the watch the smoothest running second hand you’ve ever seen. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers just performed a full mechanical overhaul of the watch. It is running perfectly, keeping great time with all functions working as designed. The watch was previously owned by a knowledgeable collector who used it in rotation with a few other watches he owned. Excellent original condition showing only the most minor signs of use. Never refinished in any way. A brand new $449.00 Hirsch Earl genuine crocodile strap was just installed. Comes complete with all of the original packaging, boxes, instructions, open warranty card etc. Included with purchase is our one year mechanical warranty. Estate priced at $6180.000 CAD. Stock #e11000.

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August 11, 2017

Omega Seamaster 165.002 calibre 552 24 jewel $700.00 CAD. e10749

Some styles just age better than others. This vintage Omega Seamaster from 1966 is a great example of a timeless design. It’s hard to beat a tidy silvery white dial with basic stick/Arabic dial markers. The combination looks perfectly balanced with just a simple 3 hand display. No calendar aperture or additional features to disturb the clean look. Despite the 34.5mm diameter case size it looks larger due to its lack of thick heavy case bezel, it’s pretty much all dial. At just over 50 years old this watch dates from the heyday of automatic mechanical watches. The big Manufacturers were all fiercely independent producing their own proprietary movements. Electronic watches were mostly a novelty and super accurate low cost quartz technology had yet to emerge. If you wanted an accurate watch, it was going to be Swiss and it was going to be a pretty expensive thing to buy. The 24 jewel Omega in house manufactured calibre 552  was developed in the 1950s and served purpose in many Omega models through the late 1960s. Some of the Omega’s variations of this highly evolved mechanism were chronometer rated with and without a date display. Omega movements of the era were considered by many to be as good as Rolex’s offerings. Although this watch is a Seamaster we do not warranty it water resistant due to its vintage nature and non threaded crown. Many old watches have incomplete histories and this Omega has a little mystery of it’s own. The movement and overall condition is very good, but the dial appears to have been refinished at some point in time to very high standards. The crown has been replaced with a genuine modern logo Omega replacement. It’s the lack of Seahorse hippocampus logo on the case back that has us puzzled. As far as we know all screw back cased Omega watches from the period had the logo. Perhaps this one was polished off for some reason.  In any event the watch is keeping its secrets to itself. Included with purchase in a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. This handsome watch is estate priced at $700.00 CAD. Stock #e10750.

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August 10, 2017

Breitling Chronomat 44 IB0110 (B01 in-house movement) $8080.00 CAD. e10669

Even though Breitling have been around since 1884 and are one of the most popular brands for sporting and pilot watches, they have never produced their own movements. Instead they modify and upgrade existing high quality mechanisms from Swiss suppliers like ETA and Valjoux. Breitling also certify every movement leaving their factory is compliant to 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. The proprietary 47 jewel B01 inside this 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. Chronomat 44 is one of the first models to house the B01 movement. The watch is in like new condition having never been polished or refinished in any way. The entirely bright finish is almost perfect. Just a few inevitable small scuffs and scratches can been seen on the case and bracelet that have come with careful occasional use. At 44mm and 225 grams you’ll know you’re wearing something of substance. The rich burgundy dial with beautiful complimentary champagne chronograph registers give this hard core sport watch a more dressy look. Subtle 18 karat yellow gold studs on the timer bezel certainly add some jewellery qualities to the modern design. Screw down crown/pushers and case back ensure a water resistance rating of 500 meters. The popular style diagonal link pilot bracelet is also in like new condition. The bracelet can be adjusted to fit a wrist of up to almost 9 inches. The chronomat 44 is a current model and this example still has its plastic hang tag showing the last USD list price of $10050.00. The watch is looking great and functioning like new. Including a Breitling inner and outer box plus a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty Chronomat 44 IB0110 is estate priced at $8080.00 CAD. Stock #e10669.

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August 3, 2017

Heuer Autavia GMT 1163 automatic ***RARE*** $15,000.00 CAD. e10877

If you followed motorsports in the 60s or 70s you know about Heuer chronographs. They dominated the market for high end sports chronographs, timing equipment and event/racer sponsorship. The red/white Heuer logo is hard to miss on the banners and cars of almost any motorsports event from 40-50 years ago. Some of Heuer’s early models were named after some of the world’s most famous race tracks and races. Vintage Carrera and Monaco watches have seen amazing increases in value lately with prices well into 5 figures. When the Autavia 1163 GMT was introduced in 1970 it was about the most complicated production sports watch around. Not only was it one of the first automatic winding chronographs it also incorporated a date feature plus a 2nd hour hand with a rotating bezel to indicate a 2nd time zone. This was the watch to have for the professional racer or bench racer fan. Selling for around $275.00 USD this was a watch for the serious aficionado, especially considering the standard Heuer Carreras were selling for only around $100.00. The name Autavia is a blend of the words automotive and aviation. The chorograph feature is very useful in both pursuits while the 2nd time (Greenwich Mean Time) function is far more useful for the pilot or world traveler. Heuer’s competition at the time seemed rather old fashioned relying on mostly using hand wind chronographs. Even the mighty Rolex Cosmograph Daytona was using technology based on decades old designs. Autavia 1163 was only produced with this rare dial configuration for a couple of years. Our example still retains the uber rare original red chronograph registers. Here is a great story detailing why this feature is almost never encountered. Seemingly trivial facts like this are what make us watch geeks so excited to see these rare watches and learn as much as we can about their history. A vintage Autavia GMT is among the most unusual and rare watches produced by a major manufacturer. Considering the incredible 6 figure values similar vintage Rolex Daytona chronographs trade for, this Heuer is a relative bargain plus it’s far more rare too. The automatic calibre 14 movement is running well with all the functions working as designed. This is a one owner watch showing only a couple service records etched inside the screw down case back. The original owner enjoyed wearing it for many years and never stopped appreciating it, taking great care of it. A faded blue/red “Pepsi” bezel with appropriate patina are evidence of use without abuse. The radial finish on the steel 42mm x 47mm case along with the sharp bevelled edges are proof that the watch has never been polished or refinished. A signed Heuer crown and fluted pushers are also original to the watch. This is the first Heuer 1163 we’ve ever had and you’ll not find many examples for sale anywhere as serious collectors continue to squirrel these rare watches away when they occasionally surface for sale. It’s a really cool watch with a great vintage look. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $15,000.00 CAD. Stock #e10877.

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August 1, 2017

Omega Speedmaster 311.30.44.50.01.002 $6850.00 CAD. e10543

Besides the Rolex Submariner and Daytona, Omega’s Speedmaster is just about the most asked for estate watch. When they occasionally come around they usually don’t last long. Having one turn up in like new, old stock condition almost never happens. The model hasn’t really changed much in outward appearance since it was introduced in the late 1950s as a sporty hand wind chronograph with tachymetre bezel scale for measuring units per hour. It’s a classic model with a proven record of reliability. All Speedmaster watches especially Moonwatches have seen significant increases in value over the past few years. 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 right off the shelf from several local Houston area jewellers. NASA then proceeded to subject the watches to rigorous testing until all but 1 failed (including the Rolex Daytona). The watch that passed the extreme and sometimes destructive 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”. Model 311.30.44.50.01.002 looks exactly like the Moonwatch except for the discreet calendar window at 6:00 o’clock and the slightly larger 44.25mm case size. A curved sapphire crystal is far more durable and scratch resistant than the historically correct plastic crystal found of the original Speedmaster. A transparent display back showcases the 37 jewel co-axial, chronometer grade chronograph movement. Calibre 3313 forgoes the necessity of hand winding everyday à la Moonwatch in favor or an automatic system that will store an extended 52 hours of autonomy when not worn. Our 2010 model is no longer found in the Omega Speedmaster line up. When current the watch had a USD MSRP of $6900.00. It comes complete with inner/outer boxes, instruction booklet and plastic warranty card, even the case back sticker is in the box. This watch came to us from a long time collector customer who was looking to consolidate his assortment of watches. This perfect condition example is estate priced at $6850.00 CAD. A 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty completes this package. Stock #e10543.

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July 31, 2017

Omega Seamaster chronograph 212.30.44.50.03.001 $4900.00 CAD. e10881

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 blue on blue format with that distinctive 9 segment link bracelet has been a constant. This example is the Seamaster co-axial chronograph 212.30.44.50.03.001. It’s a current offering on Omega’s website where it is offered for $6750.00 CAD. Ours was purchased new from an Ontario authorized agent in December 2016 and is in remarkable condition. It was only occasionally worn by a long time Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers client who has many other watches he wears in rotation. 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 restore to like new. Powering this watch is Omega’s own calibre 3330 and features co-axial escapement, column wheel chronograph and a 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 44mm diameter and weighing almost exactly half of a pound this watch is a bit of a commitment to wear everyday. 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 navy blue ceramic bezel is fade proof and many times harder than the old anodized aluminum inserts. A glossy blue dial has replaced the old wave textured dial for a more sophisticated and mature look. Included with purchase is the original outside white cardboard box along with a beautiful glossy blond wood box. Warranty cards, instruction booklet, card wallet, plastic hanging tag (with model/serial number) and even the original bill of sale complete this desirable package. Including the balance of the 4 year warranty the watch is estate priced at $4900.00 CAD. Stock #e10881.

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July 25, 2017

Ulysse Nardin Marine 266-67 18kt. gold (new Nov. 2017) 50% off $17950.00 CAD. e10876

There are so many fantastic watches available. Many with rich histories going back more than a century. In fact, more than a few Swiss brands have been producing timing devices for longer than there have even been wrist watches. It’s too bad so few brands get the notoriety they deserve in North America. Ulysee Nardin is certainly worthy of consideration to anyone looking for an amazing watch with a great history of producing some amazing time pieces. They have a background dating back to the mid 1800s. The company was famous for building some of the world’s most accurate marine chronometers. Before there was electronic timing equipment these highly accurate wind up time timekeepers were an essential tool for celestial navigation on the open sea. Accuracy wasn’t a luxury, it was a life or death necessity. Before the digital world of GPS positioning, knowing where you are relied on precise time, a clear star filled sky, a sextant and quite a lot of operator skill. Developing incredibly accurate ships clocks was a daunting task given the environment they operated in. Accurate time was an essential factor for knowing where you were in the vast open oceans. In keeping with their nautical timing history the Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer 266-67 offers all the features one would expect from a rugged and durable watch. Super heavy solid 18 karat rose gold case construction water resistant to over 600 feet. A threaded crown screws into the case ensuring moisture stays out and the time isn’t accidentally changed. Large luminous hands and markers make time interpretation virtually instantaneous. The beautiful glossy white dial with contrasting Roman numerals is in itself a small work of art crafted from tough hard enamel. The unusual calendar and second hand position align for perfect vertical symmetry and add some useful function. A feature not seen often on automatic watches is the power reserve display located at 12:00. This circular dial acts similar to a fuel gauge displaying how much of the approximately 60 hour power supply is remaining. A folding 18 karat gold locking buckle keeps the black genuine crocodile strap secure and adds a modern look to the 43mm size watch. A transparent sapphire case back window proudly displays the mechanical marvel powering the Maxi Marine. This watch was purchased new at an Ontario authorized agent November 2017 and is in perfect perfect condition. Comes complete with all the original packaging, beautiful wood box, instructions, wallet etc. It’s working great, keeping excellent time with every function working as designed. The original agent initialed the warranty card extending the factory 2 year warranty an additional 3 full years to November 2022. This watch carries a suggested retail price of $35,900.00 CAN and $29,500.00 USD. Our like new example is on sale at 1/2 the original price. Estate priced at $17,950.00 CAD. Stock #e10876.

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July 24, 2017

Tag Heuer Grand Carrera WAV511C.BA0900 $2700.00 CAD. e8660

e8660.1 Tag Heuer Grand Carrera WAV511C.BA0900Is brown the new blue? When is comes to watch dial colours brown has been surprisingly popular among people who appreciate high quality watches. Tag Heuer’s top of the line offering is the Grand Carrera line of automatic chronometers and chronographs. They feature exclusive case designs, dials and bracelets. The Grand Carrera 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 slightly 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 WAV5511C was originally purchased from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in June of 2010 and served as daily timekeeper for the original owner until traded in. A full overhaul was just preformed and the watch is working perfectly, keeping great time. A few scratches and scuffs are visible on the case and bracelet but the overall condition is pretty good. A threaded crown and case back insure water resistance to 100 meters. The slightly curved synthetic sapphire crystal is scratch free. A one year warranty is included for the estate price of $2700.00 CAD. Stock #e8660.e8660 Tag Heuer WAV511C.BA0900

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July 23, 2017

Hamilton Khaki Field King Automatic H64455133 (like new) $500.00 CAD. e10856

Finding a quality automatic Swiss watch in this sort of price range can be a difficult thing. Finding one with features like sapphire crystal, threaded exhibition case back, all stainless steel construction, solid link bracelet with locking buckle, water resistant to 150 feet plus a day and date display really makes for a challenge. The Hamilton Khaki Field King Automatic is ready for service in any theater. The functional design extends to the simple logical dial layout with 24 dial and luminous hands/hour markers. An integrated guard protects the large easy to use crown from damage. Big but not cumbersome, the 40mm case measurement should appeal to most gentlemen. Whether you’re just getting into the watch habit, looking to add another to a collection or need a more purposeful design alternative, this Khaki might just work for you. It was just bought in July 2017 and is covered by the balance of the factory 2 year warranty. Purchased in Toronto it comes complete with the original inner/outer box, authorized agent endorsed warranty card, instruction booklet and even the original price tag showing a suggested retail price of $745.00 CAD. The watch looks as if it was only worn a couple of times. It has not be refinished in any way. The only evidence of use is a small shallow scratch across the back of the buckle. Our goldsmiths can remove this ever so small blemish in less than a minute. Estate priced at $500.00 CAD. Stock #e10856.

SOLD


July 21, 2017

Omega Flightmaster 145.036 $6200.00 CAD. e10359

 Fresh off the success of the Speedmaster Professional being the first watch on the moon in 1969 Omega released the Omega Flightmaster. The Omega Speedmaster was initially developed as a sport and racing chronograph but became famous when it was selected to be worn by the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Omega realised its watches were being worn and respected by pilots and flight crew who needed an accurate chronograph and responded in 1969 with the release of the Flightmaster. This was Omega’s first watch specifically designed for pilots and this model is the 2nd generation Flightmaster cal.911 released in 1973. It should be noted the caliber 861 is the base manual wind movement with an added 12 hour GMT hand complication. In the early 70s the 44mm futuristic case design was considered to be quite large and could be quite cumbersome. This exceptional watch was milled from a single block of Swedish stainless steel, then pressed and tempered a total of sixteen times. The large dial with heavily contrasted hands and markers allow for the time or chronograph functions to be easily checked at a glance. Two pushers and two crowns are all colour coded for ease of use. The blue marked crown is used to set the 12-hour auxilary time hand, black crown rotates the internal timer bezel, while the chronograph is controled by the red and yellow marked pushers.  Our Flightmaster 911 also comes with its correct 1162 stainless steel bracelet showing just minor wear for its age.  The Flightmaster weighs over 150 grams however feels quite comfortable to wear due to its unique shape that was designed to sit comfortably on the wrist. Overall very good condition and original, the Douglas DC-8 jet is still clearly visible on the back. It’s nice to see the original circular brushed finish still completely intact except for some minor surface scratches appropriate for a watch born in the 1970s. The dial and hands are in perfect original condition. Virtually every other example of this watch you compare will have faded hands/dials or moisture related stains. This one really looks like new. A one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is included for the estate price of $6200.00 CAD.  Stock #e10359.

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July 19, 2017

Panerai Granturismo Ferrari chronograph F 6656 fer 00004 $5400.00 CAD. e8094

e8094 Panerai FER 00004 F 6656There’s a first for many things and this is the first Panerai watch Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers has offered in our estate watch collection. There are many great brands in the world but when two famous luxury brands collaborate on a product the results are amazing. Most watch manufactures associate themselves with a particular automotive brand that best represents their particular look, purpose and quite often lifestyle. Ferrari was the perfect match for Panerai in the 2000s. Both Italian, both purpose driven, both exclusive and both brands perhaps a little off the wall and quirky. Their watches and cars and not designed with everyone with mind. The Granturismo automatic chronograph F6656 FER 0004 is a watch that will not be ignored. The unique cushion shaped case measures 45mm diameter and comes with a 90 degree locking crown, screw down pushers and curved synthetic sapphire crystal.e8094.1 Panerai FER 00004  F 6656 The watch is a limited edition run of 800 pieces dating from approximately 2003. The watch comes complete with original wooden box, instructions, never installed black rubber strap, warranty booklet and screw driver. The watch also comes with paperwork and warranty card from a different Panerai model. It seems as though the original retail agent mixed up the paperwork. So the serial number on card doesn’t match this watch. It’s part of this story so we are going to keep them together. Ferrari and Panerai are no longer collaborating on watches making this watch just a little more collectable. Overall condition is very good, the case is has not been polished or refinished in any way. The original crocodile strap is showing some wear but is still in good condition. Including our 1 year in house warranty the watch is estate priced at $5400.00. Stock #e8094.e8094.2 Panerai FER 00004 F 6656

SOLD


July 18, 2017

Tag Heuer Formula 1 black ceramic & steel WAH1210 $1200.00 CAD. e10434

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 37mm 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 and case back. 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 petite date wheel at 3 o’clock and a butterfly folding clasp with easy release pushers. Model WAH1210 is powered by a Swiss made quartz movement that is running flawlessly keeping excellent time. Purchased new in 2014 at a Canadian Tag Heuer authorized agent. Looking like new old stock and showing virtually no evidence of use. Comes complete with original inner/outer boxes, paperwork and plastic hang tag. Model WAH1210 is a current offering listed on TAG Heuer’s website for $1450.00 USD. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate price $1200.00 CAD. Stock #e10434.

SOLD


July 16, 2017

Ladies Corum 18kt. & steel automatic $2500.00 CAD. e10253

e10253 Corum 14531121 M084 automatic 18kt. steel 006

Montres Corum Sàrl or simply Corum is a watch company based in La Chaux-de-Fonds Switzerland, a city known for producing some of the world’s best watchmakers. La Chaux-de-Fonds is also where you’ll find the headquarters and factories for some of the world’s largest and most respected watch companies. Ebel, Omega, Gallet, Breitling and Patek Phillippe to name a few, all call this city home. The small city is nestled in the Jura mountains just a few kilometers from the French border. The city of approximately 40000 souls is so important to the watch industry that in 2009 the entire city was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not necessarily a household name, Corum in the past has also partnered with the World Series of Poker and even Rolls Royce. Probably most respected for the mechanical achievement of it’s Golden Bridge watch; a mechanical watch whose movement is designed to have its components stack up in a column-like shape with an 18 karat gold bridge holding all the parts in place. We’re privileged to have a few Corum watches in our inventory and this would be our only example in a smaller 26.5mm ladies size. Looking like new old stock, its condition can only be described as like new. A beautifully engraved silvery white dial is surrounded by a very pleasing solid 18 karat yellow gold rope bezel. The stainless steel bracelet with matching 18 karat yellow gold rope/coin edge accents also features a hidden double deployant clasp creating a unique consistent pattern. The automatic movement was just serviced. Its running strong with all features working as designed. The fresh service will provide the new owner with years of trouble free service backed up with Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty. Comes complete with the original box, warranty booklet, paperwork, original bill of sale from 1997 and a bonus period correct catalogue. 20 years ago this example had a suggested retail price of $5750.00 CAD plus tax. Our estate price is just $2500.00 CAD. Stock #e10253.

SOLD


July 12, 2017

Hamilton BelowZero H786860 $1390.00 CAD. e10637

Hamilton is a high value offering with the features of the big brands but at a much more attractive price. When is comes to pricing, the power of a household name like Breitling, Tag Heuer or Omega adds thousands of dollars of cost but it’s open for discussion whether they offer a whole lot more value. Most every Swiss automatic watch you encounter with this dial layout is powered by a Swiss made Valjoux 7750 or the Swiss clone Sellita SW500. This workhorse movement has been powering some of the world’s most famous and least famous Swiss brands since the 1970s. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers just performed a full overhaul to this watch in July 2017. The watch is running great as the Vibrograph timing results show a plus 4 second per day accuracy rate. Hamilton has been producing watches since the late 1800s. They originally manufactured high quality pocket watches in Lancaster Pennsylvania U.S.A. They supplied watches to U.S. military forces for both world wars and produced the world’s first electric watch in the 1950’s (decades before quartz watches took the world by storm). No longer an American company they are now owned by The Swatch Group Switzerland who also own great brands like Omega, Longines, BlancPain, Breguet and many more. Our large size 48mm diameter BelowZero Model H786860 is in excellent overall condition. It comes with a brand new never worn original rubber strap and buckle. The original strap is included that shows some wear but is still very functional. Also included is the original inner/outer box, endorsed warranty card/booklet (June 2009), instruction booklet and a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $1390.00 CAD. Stock #e10637.

SOLD


July 9, 2017

Art Deco Platinum & Diamond watch $3000.00 CAD. e7524

Way more than just a pretty face. What a great example of 1920s Art Deco style in a very high quality case made from over 9 grams of platinum. Bead set throughout the case and hinged lugs are 60 old European and single cut diamonds weighing over 1 carat all of very good VS-FG quality. When the hinged case back is opened a tiny mechanical work of art is revealed. A 17 jewel hand wind Swiss movement made by Lorie watch co. complete with gold jewel settings, 4 adjustments for positional error plus two rose cut diamond cap jewels over the escape wheel and balance wheel. Diamond jewels are almost never seen in any type of mechanical watch movement let alone a tiny little ladies watch. The watch is keeping great time and comes with our 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. We just completed a full technical revision of the movement (August 2017) so the watch should be good for many years of trouble free service. The case measures 14mm wide x 40mm long. Estate priced at $3000.00 CAD. Stock #e7524.

SOLD

 


July 6, 2017

Breitling Aerospace Titanium E65062 $2750.00 CAD. e10227

e10227-breiling-aerospace-titanium-e65062Pilots have always considered wristwatches as more of an instrument or tool than an accessory.  A quality wristwatch can be used to calculate flight time, air speed or even distance, therefore the quest for a more precise and more accurate wristwatch was not only just a personal preference but a necessity.  Heralded as one of the most advanced chronographs on the market, the first Breitling Aerospace was released in 1985 under the Navitimer moniker.  Although there were a few Anadigi (watch with both analog and digital displays) models on the market it was unusual for a LCD watch to have a polarisation-sensitive dichroic filter.  This enabled the LCD to display time in “inverted mode” which meant “gold” text with a dark background.  We can date our Aerospace model to be from 1996-2000. The 40mm case as the original model is made of high grade titanium which is a metal commonly used in aviation for its strength and light weight.  This watch’s single push crown design and digital display allows the wearer to view the alarm, second time zone, date, countdown timer and chronograph functions without having to switch from viewing the analog time.  The Minute Repetition function, with a series of chimes, allows the wearer to know the time with a push of a button and without having to even look at the watch.  Inclulding a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Model E65062 is estate priced at $2750.00 CAD.  Stock #e10227.e10227-breitling-aerospace-e65062

SOLD


July 4, 2017

Cartier Santos 100 W20121U2 with extras $5890.00 CAD. e10702

I’m sure Alberto Santos Dumont would be pleased to see what the watch that bears his namesake has evolved into. You’d never know it but this design was first introduced well over 100 years ago. In 1904 Alberto Santos Dumont was challenging the Wright brothers for achievement in aviation. Both parties were competing to push their “flying machines” further than the other. After one of Santos’ longer flights he complained to Louis Cartier that it was terribly inconvenient and dangerous to check his pocket watch while trying to control his precarious aircraft. So Cartier made him the first pilots watch and a wrist watch at that; the Santos de Cartier was born. The basic shape has changed little since that time but the scale certainly has. This example W20121U2 measures a substantial 38mm (not including the crown) X 51mm. It is also completely self winding compared to the original manual wind examples. Modern technology and materials also allows for the use of a much more durable synthetic sapphire crystal and corrosion resistant 316L stainless steel. The rubber crystal frame and strap are something the first Cartier never possessed. Our one owner example comes with a few very expensive accessories. An original black alligator strap in fair condition, a very good condition brown alligator strap and a stainless steel locking deployment buckle. Buying these accessories new would cost close to $2000.00 extra.  In addition to a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year complimentary warranty the watch comes with the original box, instruction booklets, endorsed warranty card by Calgary Jewellery (April 2008), Cartier watch collection CD and insurance appraisal (April 2008). The Santos design is a iconic Cartier model that has become their hallmark. The Santos 100 brings the style nicely into the 21st century. Estate priced at $5890.00 CAD. Stock #e10702.

SOLD


July 1, 2017

Tag Heuer Sports Elegance S99.206E 38mm $700.00 CAD. e10231

e10231-tag-heuer-sel-s99-206e Few watches define the look of a brand like the Tag Heuer S/el or Sports Elegance. For 30 years now 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 ultra clean rivetless look adds a sophisticated level of finish. A low profile 38mm case is medium sized by modern tastes suitable for most gentlemen. An ultra reliable Swiss made quartz movement with calendar and second hand add some 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. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $700.00 CAD. Stock #e10231

SOLD


June 23, 2017

Tag Heuer Link Chronograph CAT2010.BA0952 (new June 2017) $3240.00 CAD. e10834

People sometimes interchange the word chronograph and chronometer. Quite simply a chronograph is a device for measuring elapsed times. A chronometer is a highly regulated and adjusted watch that has been independently tested for an accuracy of plus 6 or minus 4 seconds per day. The movement being tested must maintain this rate in several different positions for 10 days. The movement is also tested at different temperatures and must still maintain a strict accuracy rate. Very few mechanical movements earn the coveted designation of an officially certified chronometer. Tag Heuer CAT2010.BA0952 is both a chronometer and a chronograph (an even more rare combination). Measuring 43mm diameter x 16mm thick it’s a pretty big watch. Only a thin lip around the dial and the pushers are polished. The balance of the watch has a flat brushed finish resulting in a sophisticated understated look. The black dial with fine vertical tuxedo stripes is particularly attractive. Calling the condition a 10 out of 10 is really not a stretch as it was only worn a few times. There is virtually no evidence of any use on the case or bracelet. This watch was purchased new in June of 2017.Comes complete with original inner/outer box, instructions and the endorsed warranty card from the authorized agent. This is a current model from the esteemed Swiss brand and it can be seen on Tag Heuer’s website showing a suggested retail price of $5400.00 CAD. It’s basically a brand new watch that is covered by the original 2 year international warranty that expires June 2019. Estate price of only $3240.00 CAD. Stock #e10834.

SOLD


June 19, 2017

Omega Seamaster 212.30.41.20.01.003 $3697.00 CAD. e10798

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 a MSRP of just $2600.00 CAD. Nice original condition used examples today sell for well more than when new. Over the past 25 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 a screw caps that lock a solid steel bar. The matt 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 also been upgraded to fade proof and super scratch resistant ceramic. The current Seamaster is now a no compromise timepiece able to compete with any model from any manufacturer. Model 212.30.41.20.01.003 is a current offering from Omega and comes with a suggested retail price of $4950.00 Canadian and $4400.00 USD. Our example was purchased new from an authorised Canadian agent July 2016 and comes complete with all of its original documentation, instructions, warranty card and even the original bill of sale. Its beautiful blonde glossy lacquer wooden display box is in perfect condition. The foam lined outer box is also perfect. This watch has never been polished or refinished in any way, it’s condition can be described as new old stock. Only under microscopic scrutiny can any evidence of wear be seen. The balance of factory warranty is in place until July 2019. This watch is estate priced at $3697.00 CAD. Stock #e10798.

SOLD

 


June 18, 2017

Tag Heuer Formula 1 WA1210 $400.00 CAD. e10813

If you always wanted one of these awesome little Tag Heuers in high school but didn’t have had the cash to get one, here’s your chance to re-live a little part of your youth. The original TAG Heuer Formula 1s the high end response to the wildly successful plastic Swatch watch of the 1980s. These colourful 35mm TAGs helped establish the recently combined TAG Heuer brand with young watch enthusiasts. To this day the Formula 1 line is the gateway model to the more expensive models. This blue dial blue bezel WA1210 with the original stainless steel bracelet was the upgraded version to the early composite case and rubber strap models. Looking at this example is like looking at new old stock. It’s never been polished or refinished in any way; it maintains the original sandblasted texture over the entire case and bracelet. Even the buckle looks like new, hardly showing even the slightest scuff. The split pin rivets are intact and the tritium dial still has some glow left with perfectly matched red framed hands. These little watches are genuinely capable sports watches. When new they were warrantied water resistant to 200 meters. They had a ratcheting 60 minute bezel and that Rolex Jubilee inspired bracelet with locking buckle and divers extension. With regular battery changes to the super reliable Swiss quartz movement and perhaps a service every decade or so, this little watch should be good for the next 25 years of retro inspired sporty service. Including our 1 year mechanical warranty the watch is estate priced at $400.00 CAD. Stock #e10813.

SOLD


June 17, 2017

Baume & Mercier Clifton triple date moonphase MOA10055 $3080.00 CAD. e10766

Since 1830 Baume & Mercier have 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. The vintage inspired Clifton MOA10055 looks like it stepped right out of the 1950s, but this watch is a current offering on the Baume & Mercier website. Our example was purchased new at a Canadian authorized agent in June of 2017 and comes with all of its original packaging, instructions, warranty card, certificate of appraisal and the full support of the factory warranty. The condition is like new, not a scuff of any kind can be seen on the stainless steel case. The genuine black alligator strap also looks unworn; there isn’t even the slightest scratch on the integrated deployment buckle. With a case size of 43mm it’s a large watch that looks even larger with the light silver dial and lacking a thick bezel. The 25 jewel Swiss made Sellita SW300-1 automatic movement is running flawlessly. Its visible through the clear display case back beating to a quick 28,800 cycles per hour.  Not only does this movement display the time in a 3 hand format; it shows the day of the month in pointer style around the edge of the dial. Two small cut outs in the dial reveal the day the week and month of the year. A final complication in the form of a moon phase indication that slowly cycles through the moon’s stages from a full to new roughly every  29 1/2 days. Once the dial indicators are coordinated, all that needs changed to stay synchronised is advancing the date display 5 times a year for months of less than 31 days. This is easily accomplished with the handy little B&M nylon pusher (or any other pointy device) advancing the date from a small recessed button on the case edge. Moon phase watches make very rare appearances in our estate department, they are scarcely seen even on new products from most of the luxury Swiss manufacturers. Very different from most of the estate watches we have. The feature packed watch is a very sophisticated option for the watch collector who already has a large sport watch. Estate priced at basically half the original retail price of $6090.00. Including factory warranty until June 2019 the watch is priced at $3080.00 CAD. Stock #e10766.

SOLD


June 16, 2017

IWC Pilot Mark XVIII “Le Petit Prince Edition” IW327004 $3500.00 CAD. e10664

If a Rolex, Breitling or Tag Heuer just seem a little too pedestrian and you desire something a little more exotic, how about an IWC Schaffhausen? Not only is it a fun name to say, it’s 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. Expect some big things from them next year as 2018 marks the company’s 150th anniversary. International Watch Company Pilot Mark XVIII IW327004 is one of the most functional watches on the market. Like any instrument you’d find in an aircraft cockpit it’s all about ease of function and logical design. Not much could be simpler than  a low glare navy blue dial with large white Arabic hour markers and bright luminous hands. The watch was only purchased in January 2017 and is in like new condition. IW327004 is a watch dedicated to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s little prince. A short novel first published in 1943, this French book has gone on to be one of the world’s most translated writings and become one of the bestselling books of all time. The author was a famous pioneer in the world of aviation. He was also a journalist, poet, artist and is considered a bit of a folk hero. His inspired  watch measures a comfortable 40mm but looks a bit bigger because the majority of the diameter is dial. A threaded crown and case back ensure water resistance to 200 feet. A curved synthetic sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating makes a super legible dial even more defined. The Santoni Italian leather strap looks unworn but has a unique brown hue and patina adding a vintage look to the classic looking watch. Protected from strong magnetic fields by a soft iron inner case beats an IWC calibre A30110. This 21 jewel Swiss made automatic winding movement provides a useful 42 hours of power reserve when you’re not wearing the watch. Included with purchase is the original box, instructions, booklets and warranty card valid until January 2019. This watch was a suggested retail price of $3950.00 U.S.D. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers estate price is $3500.00 CAD. Stock #e10664.

SOLD


June 12, 2017

18 karat gold Omega De Ville automatic 4600.31 $2800.00 CAD. e9249

e9249 Omega DeVille 4600.31 18kt. goldA 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 1999 and measures 34.7mm 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 stick markers and tapered hands help produce a look that was popular 60 years ago and continues to this day. Omega calibre 1120 23 jewel automatic movement powers this watch is one of the brands most accurate and easily qualifies for the distinction of certified chronometer.e9249 Omega De Ville prestiege 4600.31 168 1050 368 1050 For a slightly different look the previous owner had an accessory gold plated stainless steel bracelet fitted to the case. Its design mimics a Rolex Jubilee bracelet and it blends surprisingly well with the simple lines of the case. The extra bracelet is perfect shape showing no scuffs or scratches and is included for no charge with the watch.e9249 Omega De Ville 4600.31 168 1050 368 1050 Overall watch condition can be described as excellent. A light surface polishing was all that was needed to make it look like new. The synthetic sapphire crystal doesn’t have even the smallest chip or blemish. A new 19mm Hirsch black leather strap with gold plated Omega buckle has a neutral versatile look that should blend with almost anything you’re wearing. The original warranty card, instruction booklet, inner/outer box and chronometer certificate are included along with our Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty. We performed a complete technical revision of the movement in October 2015. With this service the watch should run trouble free for many years.e9249 Omega De Ville 4600.31 Estate priced at $2800.00 CAD. Stock #e9249.

SOLD

 


June 11, 2017

Omega 14kt gold filled F6212 $600.00 CAD. e10810

Once in a while a watch comes in that defies its age. Aside from its vintage looks you’d never believe this watch was 65 years old. The original silver dial shows almost like new. Many times dials become stained, oxidized, discoloured and just tired looking. Often when these watches are serviced the dials are restored by stripping and refinishing them. They may look clean and fresh when refinished but collectors prefer to see them original, even if they are showing a little patina. The inside of the watch looks as nice as the dial. There are no visible service records etched inside the case. The 17 jewel bumper movement calibre 344 is in great shape ticking away with a period standard 19800 beats per hour. Its screws are not all chewed up and the pink gold plating on the movement plates is in excellent condition. The  case is 14 karat gold filled and was made in the U.S.A. by Wadsworth watch case company. Back in the 50s Omega could avoid some duties and save a few dollars if they imported the movements and later had them cased by an American supplier. If polished enough these cases begin to reveal the base metal underneath especially on the lugs. This 32mm case size shows almost like new. There is not a single section where the base metal is showing through. The crystal although not original is scratch free and the crown is a more contemporary genuine Omega replacement. No chronograph, no calendar, no rotating bezel or any bells and whistles, only the basic 3 hand time keeping function. They had the formula correct back then on how to make an attractive dressy watch. Subtle vintage looks that come with a our one year mechanical warranty. Estate priced at $600.00 CAD. Stock #e10810.

SOLD

 


June 8, 2017

EDOX ICEMAN III 10306 37 N $1995.00 CAD. e10659

e9653 EDOX ICEMAN III 10306 37N

Here’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 203 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 segment 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 time keeping 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 original box, instructions, limited edition certificate and a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jeweller’s warranty. Estate price $1995.00 CAD. Stock #e10659.e9653 EDOX ICEMAN III 10306

SOLD

 


June 5, 2017

Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph CV2010-0 $2875.00 CAD. e10031

e10031-tag-heuer-carrera-chronograph-cv2010-0-001 Have you checked out the pricing lately of a good used Rolex Daytona or Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch? These watches have be appreciating almost as quickly as Toronto and Vancouver real estate. Finding a classic Swiss chronograph without spending a fortune is getting more difficult all the time. The weak Canadian dollar is adding to price increases too. The Tag Heuer Carrera CV2010-0 is a watch that offers a classic, purposeful, sporting look without the sky high pricing. The Carrera was introduced in the mid 1960s and was arguably more popular than the benchmark Rolex Daytona of the period. It was standard equipment on many wrists of automotive sports participants, especially in rally car racing. Even today the Carrera looks the same as it did over 50 years ago. Instead of a manual winding 17 jewel movement, the modern Carrera chronograph is equipped with a 25 jewel automatic Swiss made mechanism with a 12 hour chronograph and calendar (something the original lacked).e10031-tag-heuer-carrera-chronograph-cv2010-0-002 It’s a reasonably sized watch showing a case diameter of 41.25mm. The timeless black dial with silver chrono registers  a look that never gets old. While our example comes with the original solid stainless steel bracelet with locking buckle, the watch looks equally handsome with this never worn leather strap (included with purchase).e10031-tag-heuer-carrera-chronograph-cv2010-0-black If you ever decide you want to go all in for a Daytona or Moonwatch, a Carreras like this are always welcomed back for trade in. Our example is in good condition. The previous owner wore it all the time. It has been maintained at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers most of it’s life. Showing some areas of wear and tear, but it’s honest patina that comes from an enjoyed wearing experience. Complete with a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $2875.00 CAD. Stock #e10031.

SOLD


June 2, 2017

Tag Heuer Carrera CAR2014-4 never worn $4175.00 CAD. e10476

I wonder if Jack Heuer (great grandson of the company’s founder) ever imagined that in over 50 years since he designed the original Carrera they’d still be one of the brands most sought after models. It’s incredible to think that the iconic 1964 design is still around looking basically the same. Their relatively new calibre 1887 squarely places Tag-Heuer at the forefront of modern watch making technology. The 39 jewel column wheel chronograph movement is a miniature mechanical masterpiece that comprises of 320 individual components working in perfect coordination. Although the design wasn’t completely developed by Tag Heuer, it’s been boldly re-engineered to a higher standard with greater performance. The column wheel chronograph actuation is much more precise feeling than any modular type seen in most automatic chronograph movements built by rival brands. Sophisticated, a pleasure to operate and beautiful to look at through the display back. It’s a movement the Tag Heuer is obviously very proud of. Our Carrera was won at a charity auction and is in unworn condition. It still has a few shipping stickers covering the inside of the buckle. The 43mm case looks even bigger due to the large face and lack of thick rotating bezel. Black dial with rose gold tone Arabic hour markers give the watch a decidedly more dressy look. A discreet calendar display window is blended into the chronograph hour register located just above the 6:00 o’clock hour marker that provides a useful additional function. Needless to say the watch is absolutely perfect, no scuffs or scratches of any kind. Comes complete with the original box. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is matching the factory 2 year warranty for the new owner. Estate priced at $4175.00 CAD. Stock #e10476.

SOLD


May 25, 2017

Breitling SuperOcean Heritage 46 Ltd. Edition A17320 $4350.00 CAD. e10611

Breitling have a long history dating back to 1884. While most people know them for their large modern pilot watches with integrated stopwatches, slide rule calculators and generally more features than most people could ever hope to use. They also make some interesting special/limited editions from time to time. The SuperOcean Heritage 46 is a model that draws inspiration from past Breitlings. At 46mm diameter its right on point for the preferred size many guys are looking for. There are a few styling details that connect this modern example with historic Breitlings. The simple large exposed crown is very easy to use and operate without the guards seen on almost all contemporary diver watches. The arrow shaped hour hand was a popular style decades ago along with the mesh look bracelet. Don’t be fooled though this bracelet has screwed in removable links just like every other modern Breitling. The flat finish black dial was also the norm for many diver style watches in the past. This limited edition is number 291 of just 1000 made for the entire world. Overall condition is very good, the forest green bezel is showing some scratches but still looks good. The previous owner purchased a replacement bezel just in case the original becomes too blemished. It’s never been installed and comes included with the original inner/outer box, cardboard sleeve, chronometer certificate, limited edition certificate, instructions and our Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty. Stock #e10611.

SOLD


May 24, 2017

Breitling Chronomat Crosswind B13055 $4700.00 CAD. e9655

e9566 Breitling Crosswind Chronomat B13055When I picture a Breitling this is the watch I see; high polished solid stainless steel case accented in 18 karat yellow gold bezel studs. That famous angled pilot bracelet with angled double locking clasp (all high grade steel). A clean white dial accented with gold trimmed roman numerals makes for a slightly dressy look. Even the attributes are exactly what you’d expect from Breitling: 12 hour three register chronograph, tachymeter scale for measuring units per hour, ratcheting 60 minute bezel timer, 3 o’clock calendar and a sweeping second hand. Certainly more features than anyone has practical use for but they do elevate the look of the watch. The curved sapphire crystal is scratch and scuff free. There is some wear showing on the gold plated pushers and screw down crown. The threaded case back  helps to keep the watch watertight to 100 meters. The Chronomat Crosswind is powered by the ever reliable Swiss made 17 jewel Valjoux 7750 running at 28,800 vibrations per hour with a 42 hour power reserve that is keeping great time. The Breitling measures 42mm in diameter making it large but not uncomfortably so. Case and bracelet have been refinished but still show some subtle signs of previous use to the sharp eye. Included with purchase is an original Breitling inner/outer box and our Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty. This classic example of Breitling’s quality is ready to wear. Estate price $4700.00 CAD. Stock #e9655.E9655.1 Breitling Crosswing Chronomat B13055

SOLD


May 19, 2017

Omega Seamaster Regatta 2569.52.00 $4200.00 CAD. e10765

Almost every watch brand has made a yacht timer model. You can usually spot them at a glance thanks to the large sky blue and red countdown registers that most feature on the dial. What makes the Omega yacht timer so interesting and desirable is the blue and red countdown timer dots that appear then disappear when in use. The unique feature allows the user to precisely synchronize the start of the race with the signaling horn. Thanks to this added feature the watch is a bit more subtle and versatile for all users. The traditional 12 hour 3 register chronograph functions like any other stopwatch with in use. The 44mm stainless steel case also features, ratcheting bezel indexed for 60 minutes, a screw down crown, screw on case back, plus a sapphire crystal; all the features you’d expect from a Seamaster. The watch is in virtually new condition showing little to no wear. The black dial is perfect, the generous size luminous hands and markers glow enough to almost turn night into day. Running great and keeping excellent time with all functions working as designed. This watch has just undergone a full service overhaul in June 2017 from Toronto area authorized Omega agent Bandiera Jewellers. They have also supplied a certificate of appraisal describing the watch and assigning a suggested replacement value of $6725.00 CAD. Including a one year warranty this seldom seen, oversized Seamaster is estate priced at $4200.00 CAD. Stock #e10765.

SOLD

 


May 17, 2017

Frederique Constant Carree FC-303MC4C25 $900.00 CAD. e10629

Big sporty gents models are what gets all the attention around here from most people. There are however some people who appreciate the beauty in the dressier examples of the watchmaker’s art. Frederique Constant is a Swiss manufacturer who creates some very attractive top quality watches for a lot less than you’d expect. The Carrree is an elegant design that looks like it could have been made 70 years ago. It features an easy to read silver dial with a most intricate pyramid pattern in the dial centre with a smooth outer track of slim text Roman numerals. It would be hard to find a better example of dial finishes than this one. Jet black Breguet style hands re-enforce the classic look. What you wouldn’t see 70 years ago is a watch equipped with a curved synthetic sapphire crystal and an automatic winding movement that has been shock protected. The quality of the stainless steel case is far superior to anything produced back then too. Modern materials and manufacturing techniques allow far better water resistance levels too. Despite its rectangular case and the dressy nature of this watch it is still water resistant to 100 feet. The display window on the case back reveals the nicely finished 25 jewel ETA calibre 2824-2. This Swiss movement first saw service over 25 years ago and has proven itself in far more expensive models than a Frederique Constant. When properly tuned this workhorse movement can keep pace with far more exotic, highly evolved chronometer grade creations. The centre sweep second hand and calendar add some thoughtful utility to the formal look. Overall condition of the watch is next to perfect. The gold plated case shows hardly a scuff. The original leather strap looks to have been worn just a handful of times. Comes complete with the original box, endorsed warranty card, instructions and of course our Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty. Estate priced at $900.00 CAD. Stock #e10629.

SOLD


May 16, 2017

Omega Aqua Terra Quartz 2517.50.00 $1500.00 CAD. e8298

Another do everything and anything watch. Perfect for your next black tie event. The glossy black dial and polished steel bezel will look right at home with your tux. Wanna go for a swim; no problem. The screwdown crown and caseback ensure water resistance to 500 feet. I dont know about you but my ears start to hurt at the deep end of a swimming pool. How about as a day to day functional time keeper. Luminous hands/markers along with a broad arrow minute hand make the time interpretation very easy. The ultra high precision Swiss quartz movement should keep accurate time within a few seconds per month. Calendar display and a very cool jumping hour time zone feature allows rapid hour and date changes without affecting minutes or seconds. Lacking a thick rotating bezel makes the watch appear larger than the 39mm case size suggests. A curved sapphire crystal, heavy duty solid link brushed finish bracelet with integrated locking buckle complete the casual look. The watch is in excellent condition complete with original box and warranty cards endorsed by authorized agent John Bull from the Bahamas. Even the original plastic price tag ($1900.00 USD in 2009) comes with the watch. Including a Bill LeBoeuf Jewellers one year warranty. The watch is Estate priced at $1500.00. Stock e8298.

SOLD


May 1, 2017

Cartier Santos Octagon 30mm automatic chronometer $3355.00 CAD. e10234

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 were competing to push their “flying machines” further than the other. After Santos’ 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 wrist watch at that; the Santos de Cartier was born. It’s a classic design that truly has 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 chronometer grade self winding movement with calendar. At 33 years old it is amazing to still retain the chronometer timing certificate. This rare document outlines some of the testing results from the independent certification authority. The test results are specific to this and only this watch. Such test results are no longer included with Cartier watches making this one a little more collectable. The 30mm case shape is also the more unusual octagon design. Most Santos models encountered are the common tank shaped variety. There is no mistaking the original style as a Santos though. All the design cues are easily recognized as unique to a Cartier Santos. Comes complete with original box, endorsed warranty card (June 1984), warranty/service record booklet and complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. It’s in excellent overall condition showing very little evidence of use aside from very minor scuffs and scratches. Estate priced at $3355.00 CAD. Stock #e10234.

SOLD

 


April 30, 2017

Ladies Breitling Windrider 32 Cockpit B71356 $4000.00 CAD. e11012

Watches have been getting larger for many years now. Even the extremely resistant to change Rolex has discontinued their 24 and 26mm oyster perpetual watches. Now 28mm is the smallest ladies Rolex with a date in the lineup. Breitling on the other hand have always been one of the first to offer larger models. While by no means large or oversized the Windrider 32 cockpit is an appropriately sized ladies watch given the sporty nature. Anything much smaller than 32mm would make the rotating timer bezel far less functional and the dial would become less legible. While clearly a sporting design model B71356 offers some dressier jewellery type details and features. There are plenty of 18 karat yellow gold trim sections and 8 subtle diamond hour markers on the beautiful textured champagne coloured dial. Luminous hands and hour plots plus a useful calendar enhance the day to day utility. Water resistant to 300 meters, certified chronometer Swiss made quartz movement, solid link pilot bracelet with fold over locking buckle, curved synthetic sapphire crystal with anti-glare coating are some of the features this overachieving ladies watch offers. Excellent condition showing just minor evidence of use in the form of light scratches. The Windrinder series is no longer offered on the corporate website but the similar Galactic 32 retails for $7810.00 USD. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this watch is estate priced at $4000.00 CAD. Stock #e11012.

 


April 21, 2017

Breitling Chrono Cockpit A13357 diamond dial & bezel $8000.00 CAD. e9997

e9997-breitling-chrono-cockpit-a13357-001 When jewellery and the art of watchmaking come together you end up with something like this. As far as complicated watches go, women don’t have nearly as many offerings as men do. So for all the ladies out there who like some bling and appreciate a precision Swiss chronometer chronograph, we present the Breitling Chrono Cockpit A13357. Yes it tells time, has a 12 hour stopwatch, calendar, bezel timer, plus all the other characteristics typical of a high end sports diver watch. But what it does better than almost any other watch we’ve had before is proudly sparkle without compare. The entire case and bracelet shine with a completely polished finish. The 60 minute one way ratcheting bezel timer is set with 40 beautiful full cut diamonds of excellent quality. An expensive optional dial, crafted from natural mother of pearl displays a rainbow of colour. The iridescent exhibition displays subtle shifting pastel shades of pink and greenish blue as the watch is moved. As if the pearl dial wasn’t enough, it has been further enhanced with diamond hour markers bead set in square frames.e9997-breitling-chrono-cockpit-a13357-mother-of-pearl-diamond-001 This watch doubles as a diamond bracelet that has the added convenience of telling the time too. Excellent overall condition showing only the slightest signs of use. The high polish finish is very easy to maintain. If you wear the watch all the time (and we hope you do) it will surely develop some scratches. Just bring it back to us, we can easily restore the bright polished finish the same way we’d polish your rings. Manufactured from 316L stainless steel alloy, it can easily be polished up just like new. In May of 2015 the watch was treated to a full service at Breitling Canada and is functioning flawlessly.e9997-breitling-chrono-cockpit-a13357-004 The Breitling modified Valjoux 7750 automatic movement is renowned for its reliability and longevity. These movements have been known to go 10 years between service intervals. The watch comes complete with inner/outer box, service invoice and various Breitling booklets.e9997-breitling-chrono-cockpit-a13357-003Measuring 39mm in diameter this watch is not for the lady who likes a small dainty watch. This one will get noticed and isn’t designed to be hidden under your cuff. It’s a super capable, supper looking piece of jewellery. Included with purchase is a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers Warranty. Estate priced at $8000.00 CAD. Stock #e9997.

SOLD


April 15, 2017

Philippe Breton Elegance 30gr. 14kt. rose gold $2000.00 CAD. e10636

Even if you consider yourself pretty well informed when it comes to high quality Swiss made watches, I bet you’ve never heard of Philippe Breton. Don’t worry you’re not alone. This watch brand is new to us too. According to the original eastern European owner it is a prestigious brand that can be found at high end Russian jewellers and watch boutiques. Even after Googling around we found it difficult to learn a whole lot about this elusive manufacturer. What we can tell you is that it is made to a very high standard comparable to more mainstream brands such as Longines, Baume & Mercier, MontBlanc, Oris etc. In fact it has many of the same attributes. The case and buckle have been crafted from over 30 grams of solid 14 karat rose gold. The hand wind mechanical movement isn’t some unusual design from an unknown Russian factory; it’s an ETA 7001. The ultra thin 17 jewel movement has been around for decades, supplying accurate reliable service to some finest Swiss brands. Any experienced watchmaker will have no trouble servicing this mechanism every 5 to 10 years. No need to worry about sourcing out hard to find parts should you require more than a simple cleaning. Included with purchase is the original thick lacquer finish wooden box, endorsed warranty card from 2008 and a precious metal certificates detailing the exact weight of the gold buckle and case. The two tone silver/blush dial is especially attractive with a beautiful radial patterned finish. Easy to read and definitely a watch no one else is likely to have. Fitted to the case is an extra long (8 3/4 inch plus) brown crocodile strap that is in like new condition. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at only $2000.00. Stock #e10636.

SOLD


April 9, 2017

Breitling Sirius B10071 $1800.00 CAD. e10018

e10018-breilting-sirius-b10071 At 36.5mm diameter, this would be considered a smaller Breitling. The 132 year old Swiss company has built a reputation mostly for manufacturing large pilot style watches. Several models in the current line up are getting close to 50mm. Even though this watch is actually bigger than the standard gents Rolex Datejust it appears smaller. We’re just not accustomed to seeing Breitling of this size. The modest size and thinner profile would make it a logical choice for the smaller armed individual. It still has that unmistakable Breitling look, entirely polished stainless case and bracelet with diagonal links. A handy 60 minute rotating timing bezel, luminous hands/markers, second hand and calendar are all very useful, very Breitling features. A beautiful two tone champagne silver dial in perfect condition displays the time in high contrast. Just a touch of 18 karat yellow gold in the form of 15 minute bezel studs dresses up the appearance. A screw down crown and case back keep the automatic movement protected from moisture and other potential contaminants. Super sturdy locking buckle and synthetic sapphire crystal round out the features that have made Breitling watches a top brand for those looking for a durable, do anything watch. Overall condition is very good, only minor scuffs can been seen on the bezel and bracelet. The automatic movement is running well and keeping time. Including service box and 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $1800.00 CAD. Stock #e10018.e10018-breitling-sirius-b10071-automatic

SOLD

 


March 27, 2017

Breitling Chronospace A23360 $5000.00 CAD. e9652

e9652 Breitling Chronospace A23360

You’d have a hard time telling this Breitling Chronospace is estate. It’s in barely worn condition, showing only very minor signs of wear, and comes with absolutely everything, including the balance of the two year factory warranty from June 6th, 2015. The 46mm diameter solid steel case features Breitling’s signature star shaped bidirectional rotating bezel for the aviation slide rule. This nifty little tool can do anything from calculating the tip needed on a bill to the rate of fuel consumption for a vehicle. For a comprehensive list of all of its possible uses and the formulas that go with them click here. In addition to the slide rule Chronospace A23360 is also equipped with a three register chronograph, scratch resistant anti reflective sapphire crystal, and a date wheel between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock. Rated water resistant to a depth of 200 meters or 660 feet with a threaded crown and case back for this purpose. The thick calf leather strap features a signed solid steel buckle and shows no wear. Powered by a certified chronometer Breitling Caliber 23 Swiss made automatic 25 jewel movement that features a 42 hour power reserve, the movement is running perfectly at 28,800 vibrations per hour. The Chronospace is accompanied by inner and outer box with leather travel case, watch cloth in box, international warranty plaque (still in plastic), booklet, chronometer certificate, users manual and leather holder, all in mint condition. Estate price $5000.00 CAD. Stock #e9652.e9652 Breitling Chronospace A23360

SOLD

 


February 16, 2017

Omega Seamaster Ωmatic 2514.50 $1450.00 CAD. e10533

It’s one of the more handsome Omega Seamasters produced over the last 20 years and I’d bet you’ve never seen one before. The Seamaster Autoquartz never sold well when new despite the attractive look and more than capable specifications. We should know, we were the official Omega agent for the Barrie area for more than 40 years. We only sold a couple of examples when this model was new about 20 years ago. The hybrid electronic/mechanical movement inside is rather novel and takes inspiration from two quite different technologies. An old school weighted rotor spins inside the case with arm movement and the force of gravity. Instead of powering a traditional spring driven movement the rotor turns a generator, that in turn charges a capacitor. The capacitor supplies the power to run the quartz movement. In theory the capacitor should last far longer than a typical silver oxide battery. It’s cool technology indeed but it never really caught on and these watches lingered in showcases. Lovely black or silver wave textured dial, sapphire crystal with Rolex style date magnifier, one way timer bezel, thread crown/case back, bright luminous hour markers and just a splash of bright red on the dial still couldn’t convince people that this was the watch to buy. Our example is in almost new old stock condition and comes with genuine Omega box and the original plastic hang tag. The watch was recently treated to a complete technical revision by the Swatch Group (parent company of Omega) in Toronto. A copy of the invoice is included along with the balance of warranty. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will add an additional year of warranty with purchase. Although the Omegamatic mechanism never took off, the watch is an important piece of Omega history and a rare one at that. Estate priced at $1450.00 CAD. Stock #e10533.

SOLD


February 10, 2017

Omega Speedmaster 1957 Re-Edition 3594.50 $5300.00 CAD. e10278

e10278 Omega Speedmaster 1957 re-edition 3594.50 002

We have written and discussed previously the importance of the Omega Speedmaster. It was the watch selected over many other major watch brands (including Rolex) by NASA to be the watch “flight qualified” for all astronauts. From the Gemini 4 mission and of course the Apollo 11 mission, to be the first watch worn on the moon. In fact this old school hand wind mechanical watch was officially used well into the shuttle program. The Omega Speedmaster Professional remains one of several wristwatches qualified by NASA for spaceflight. The history of the Omega Speedmasters begins in 1957 with the introduction of Omega’s very first Speedmaster reference CK2915. A chronograph designed to be robust, sturdy and reliable. It originally was intended to be used as a timekeeper for racing or aviation where split seconds count. The Speedmaster evolved over the years adding more models and variations, changes to the case shape and dial, but the original ’57 Speedmaster or pre-moon Speedmaster remained an admired and desired look. It wasn’t until 50 years later in 1998 that our ’57 Speedmaster re-edition was released. Our watch features all the famous and distinct design features of the original manual wind movement, a broad arrow hour hand and a dial designed to reflect the designs of Italian cars of the era. It has a more versatile 42mm case size, styled to emulate the original Speedmaster design. Although not built as a limited edition it was a very slow seller when new and was quickly retired from the line. Slow seller when new makes this a very rare offering on the secondary market today. In fact, this is the first re-edition that has ever surfaced in our estate department. Omega has shifted most Speedmasters to the more modern co-axial movement calibers. This most traditional styled Speedmaster features the hand wind calibre 1861 movement that has been standard issue since the late 1960s.  This is likely the most complete example on the market. Excellent overall condition, purchased new in 2008 and comes with EVERYTHING. Original box, warranty papers, receipt, tag, even case back stickers. A one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is included for the estate price of $5300.00 CAD. Stock #e10278.

SOLD


February 8, 2017

Panerai Luminor Marina Ltd. Ed. PAM 351 titanium $7500.00 CAD. e10617

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. Giovanni Panerai (born 1825) Italian born watchmaker opened up Officine Panerai in 1860 and soon became the authorized dealer for some of the worlds most important watch brands including Rolex, Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe. Although it achieved great 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. After a request from the Italian Navy for a waterproof watch that kept excellent time and was easy to read under water, Panerai began working with Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf to develop the worlds first tool dive watch. The prototype Radiomir was released in 1936. Our watch is a Panerai Luminor Marina limited edition. One of just 1500 ever manufactured. The Panerai Luminor has an interesting history of its own as it was only available for public purchase since 1993. Before then it was strictly sold to military forces. Named Luminor after the tritium based luminous material developed in the 50s that was not only safer than radium but also was brighter. Although our Panerai takes it style cues from the original distinct cushion shaped watches of the 30s it features a modernized automatic P.9000 movement manufactured in house and the case is made of lightweight, high strength titanium. The distinct crown-protecting device is also a brand patent from the 50s and although no longer radioactive, the watch dial glows in the dark like no other. Your chance to own a piece of dive watch history with this great example. Due to their limited production Panerai watches do not come around very often, certainly not in such excellent original condition. It currently comes on the original leather strap but also comes with the original alternate rubber strap with changing tools. All the papers are in the box which is in pristine condition. Estate priced at $7500.00 CAD this watch will also come with a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers.  Stock #e10617.

SOLD


January 28, 2017

Sparta 2 Deluxe by Orbita $500.00 CAD. e10640

If you have a few automatic watches you know that it can be a pain to keep them all running on time with the calendar showing the correct date. The benchmark in winding box  technology is Orbita. For over 20 years these American made watch accessories have been the choice for those who appreciate the high quality and trouble free reputation Orbita winders have earned. In the last few years lots of less expensive watch winding devices have come to market. We’ve tried some of these offshore manufactured machines and they do not compare. Orbita products run silently and the finish of the wooden cases are second to none; they’re now the only brand we will sell. They are beautifully finished with top notch hardware. As official agents for many years we have never had to exercise the warranty due to a mechanical failure. This example was purchased new from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers a few years ago. The Sparta 2 Deluxe is still offered but is no longer available in the black polished piano finish. It is only offered in a brown burl or teak and is priced at $795.00 USD. This black example is in very good condition showing only a few shallow surface scratches. It comes complete with the original green outer box and protective foam lining. Estate Orbita winders almost never come in and I don’t expect this one to last too long. Running like new with fresh batteries included. Estate priced at $500.00 CAD. Stock #e10640.

SOLD


January 26, 2017

Breitling Navitimer GMT A2432212 $7000.00 CAD. e10471

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 absolutely everything that was originally delivered from the factory when purchased new in March 2012. 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. For a comprehensive list of all of its possible uses and the formulas that go with them click here. 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 inner and outer box with travel case, international warranty certificate, large slide rule (with instruction booklet), users manual and even the plastic protective case back sticker. The factory warranty has expired but Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will supply a no charge one year guarantee for the next owner. Estate price $7000.00 CAD. Stock #e10471.

SOLD


January 15, 2017

Omega Planet Ocean 2208.50.00 $3845.00 CAD. e5911

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 case size. For today’s styles it fits right in especially when some 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 in all black, orange markers or our example 2208.50.00 with bright orange bezel and dial details that was the most visually distinct. This watch was purchase in March of 2006 at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers, owned new by a collector client of ours who occasionally worn it in rotation with several other watches. As such it is showing little wear. A light bracelet refinishing and surface cleaning was all the watch required to rate an easy 7-8 out of 10. Bright luminous hour markers and hands glow brightly in low light situations, while an anti-reflective crystal coating keeps glare down to a minimum. Comes with the original inner/outer boxes, instructions and warranty cards all in like new condition. The new owner will benefit with 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 last sold for $4500.00 USD. Our estate price $3845.00 CAD. Stock #e5911.

SOLD

 


January 1, 2017

Lady’s IWC 18 karat gold 4105 $600.00 CAD. e10457

Determining the value of jewellery items 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 4.69 grams of 18 karat gold (the same as this watch) a very good retail price would be about $575.00 at current gold price. This watch is exponentially more difficult to produce considering the 17 jewel hand wind movement that alone contains dozens of tiny parts that must be meticulously machined in order to function. 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 made a profit in order to stay in business. It’s no wonder that buying a high quality Swiss made mechanical watch costs as much as it does. That’s typically the case except if you’re considering buying some estate watches. Our most recent example is an 18 karat yellow gold IWC (International Watch Company) Ref: 4105 from the early 1970s. IWC have been producing some of the world’s finest watches since 1868; among “watch people” they’re very well regarded despite not being a household name. Expect some big things from them next year as 2018 marks the company’s 150th anniversary. From a watch making 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 21.25mm diameter case. The watch is in amazing condition showing minimal wear. The protective clear plastic sticker on the case back is still there over 40 years since the watch was produced. The original gold plated buckle is still serving duty on the brand new 10mm Italian made black leather strap. The shock protected movement is running great keeping excellent time. 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 #e10457.

SOLD


December 25, 2016

Waltham railroad pocket watch Vanguard grade $600.00 CAD. e10450

If you were lucky enough to have a good job with one of the railroads in the late 19th and first half of the 20th century, a high quality watch wasn’t a luxury, it was a condition of your employment. Reliability and strict accuracy levels were an absolute necessity in order to avoid rail disasters. Before the advent of electronic scheduling and communications everything was done mechanically, including all manner of time keeping. By the early 1960s most conductors would have converted to high grade mechanical wrist watches and some even wore new electronic watches. The traditional pocket watch was left to wind down in drawers and jewellery boxes. American made pocket watches including those made by the Waltham ruled the horological world throughout the 1800s and well into the early 1900s. They trumped anything the Swiss and British could produce in terms of unparalleled accuracy for the price. Railroad watches were of the highest production grade as they had to run within incredibly strict parameters to be acceptable for use on North American Railroads. Waltham model 1908 Vanguard grade was made to all the standards required for a railroad watch, open face with no cover, white dial, size 16 case, large black Arabic numbers, seconds register, bold hands, outer minute ring, and 24 hour display. With 23 jewels and 6 position adjustments it would have easily met the minimum requirements. The movement is housed in a Canadian made 10 karat yellow gold filled case with screw on back and crystal bezel. The most impressive standard applied to railroad grade watches was the acceptable rate of about 30 seconds plus or minus per week accuracy. The rate is comparable to contemporary certified chronometer designation for Swiss wristwatches who have an acceptable rate of plus 6 seconds to minus 4 seconds per day. Considering the context of early 20th century materials, technology, manufacturing techniques and you can appreciate the watchmaking prowess of American made railroad grade pocket watches. Including a one year warranty this watch is estate priced at $600.00. CAD. Stock #e10450.

SOLD


December 24, 2016

18kt. gold Patek Philippe ref:3430 manual wind $5000.00 CAD. e10549

At Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers we get some pretty nice watches in our estate department. Top brands like  Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Cartier, Tag Heuer etc. all make regular appearances. Patek Philippe, now that’s another story. Despite the rather pedestrian appearance Patek Philippe watches are considered almost universally as the most desirable brand in the world. Most PPs are rather understated on the outside. The mechanical work of art found within the 26mm x 26mm 18 karat yellow gold case is anything but pedestrian. A beautifully finished 18 jewel hand made in house movement calibre 23-300 beats to a frequency of 19800 cycles per hour. When watches were a more modest size like this one a smaller 23mm x 3mm thick movement made sense. Despite the small size this hand wind movement is chronometer rated with 5 adjustments made for positional error. Additional cold/heat compensation and even an adjustment for isochronism ensure the watch keeps remarkably accurate time.