watches

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


June 13, 2024

2013 Breitling Bentley Barnato Racing special edition A25366 49mm $8,888.00 CAD. 515-00069

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 gives the dial more motion than a standard analog 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 the Bentley grill. 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 $8,888.00 CAD. Stock #515-00069.

 


June 10, 2024

2016 43mm Omega Aqua Terra Annual Calendar 231.10.43.22.02.003 $5,200.00 CAD. 510-00178

The first time we sold this watch it was only 6 weeks old. The second owner recently traded it for a different Seamaster he discovered in our estate collection. Now it it is looking for a new home. This Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra was purchased new from an authorized Canadian Omega dealer on April 24th 2016. The high grade stainless steel 43mm diameter case features Omega’s curved lyre lugs, high polished fixed bezel, signed screw down crown, and a domed anti reflective sapphire crystal. The teak concept pattern on the white dial was designed by Omega to recall the wooden decks of luxury sailboats and it’s been boldly accented with 18 karat rose gold luminous dial markers and hands. Precise microscopic parallel etchings on the hands and hours markers disperse reflected light in a subtle rainbow effect that is memorizing to see and can’t accurately be captured with our limited photography skills. The fine details and finish of the dial and applied details are second to none in the industry.   The real achievement of this watch stands at the 3 o’clock position, a month/day calendar display that automatically recognizes months with 30 and 31 days. To account for the short month of February, the date only ever needs to be set once a year on the first of March. With satellite technologies in many quartz movements that can globally position themselves to account for changes in time zones this annual calendar may not seem like much, but consider that this annual calendar with its instantaneous jump has been incorporated into a Swiss made certified chronometer movement that already features a 55 hour power reserve, silicone balance spring on free sprung balance, two spring barrels mounted in series, and automatic winding in both directions. The sophistication of Omega’s Co-Axial Calibre 8601 allows the watch to run longer with more precision between services. The rhodium plated and red accented movement can be viewed beneath the antireflective sapphire crystal on the screw on case back.  As expected from a Seamaster the watch is water resistant to 150 meters or 500 feet. The case and bracelet have the original factory finish showing signs of wear that could be refinished away if you wish for no extra charge. The previous owner purchased a genuine Omega NATO style leather/fabric strap and worn it like that for a while. The $230.00 strap (receipt included) shows significant wear but can still be safely worn if you’d like to change the look to something a little more casual. It is a pity Omega have decided no long to make the Annual Calendar Aqua Terra. They only offer the basic date display (no month display) that requires date correction 5 times per year. The smaller size 41mm current version (1.220.10.41.21.02.001) comes with a retail price of $8,500.00 and can be seen online here. Our estate example comes with the original inner/outer box, endorsed Canadian warranty card, instructions, wallet, and the extra Omega NATO strap. Before this watch was retired from the Omega lineup, it had a price of $9,650.00 CAD. Our estate price for this 8 year old annual calendar Seamaster is $5,200.00 CAD. Stock #510-00178.


June 5, 2024

2010 Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm 123.20.38.21.02.002 $5,000.00 CAD. 510-00177

The Omega Constellation is the flagship of the line, but you’d never know it around here as the Seamasters and Speedmasters seem to get all the attention. The Constellation debuted in 1952 but its roots go back 4 years earlier when Omega celebrated their 100th anniversary. They produced a small run ultra luxury commemorative model making the milestone. The Centenary was exclusively crafted from solid gold and something like 6,000 were produced. The watch was successful enough that in 1952 Omega decided to produce a model based on the Centenary, the Constellation was born. For over 40 years the flagship Constellation has had a look with design components consistent with the 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 123.20.38.21.02.001 has evidence of careful use in the form of small scratches and scuffs on the bracelet and case, but nothing significant. It remains 100% original, never polished or refinished in any way. The fine details are what make the Constellation one of the most popular models in many foreign markets equaling the sales of Seamaster and Speedmasters. The sunburst finish on the dial radiates from the 5 pointed applied star logo over the 6:00 o’clock position and not it the centre of the dial. The tapered/luminous hands are microscopically etched in such a way that they actually disperse light reflections with a subtle rainbow effect that is very difficult to capture in a picture. The luminous hands have been crafted in a covex dome profile with highly polished edges and a perfect finish. Applied logos, crisp black text that is tall enough to actually display height. Omega spend a lot of effort on these tiny but exquisite details. Omega’s in-house developed calibre 8500 is fitted behind a threaded display back. The 8500 is a fully in-house developed proprietary movement consisting of over 200 individual parts. A new silicon hairspring helps make the watch resistant to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss! A handy time zone feature comes standard and allows rapid hour changes without affecting the minutes or seconds. The patented co-axial power escapement is said to be more accurate over longer service intervals compared to conventional designs. A Twin barrel mainspring extends the power reserve by 50% more than a typical automatic watch to 60 hours. Adjusted in 5 different positions and for temperature change, this mechanism easily qualifies for chronometer grade accuracy levels. For a dress style watch this watch is very easy to read and comes with the extra utility of a sweeping second hand, calendar, luminous hands and markers. The watch was original purchased from an authorized Omega agent in Toronto in 2010 and comes with it’s full compliment of bracelet links. 38mm is a great size for a dressy watch and is more substantial than you’d imagine. The watch weighs in at a rather hefty 168 grams. Dressy yes but it still has the features for an active lifestyle; locking buckle, sapphire crystal, and a water resistance rating of 100-meters. Our Constellation 123.20.38.21.02.002 has been retired and replaced by a 1mm larger version with only half gold bars in the links. I suppose less gold is a sign of the times. Gold prices are at all time highs, less gold means lower input costs that helps keep pricing from going through the roof. With that said, the current 131.20.39.20.02.002 Constellation comes with a price tag of $15,200.00 CAD. Our original condition, 1 owner, 2010 model comes with our 1-year warranty (prorated 5-years), and is estate priced at $5,000.00 CAD. Stock #510-00177.


June 2, 2024

2017 Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm 123.10.38.21.03.001 $4,800.00 CAD. 510-00141

It can take decades of marketing for a brand to become synonymous with a specific look. In the automotive world, the Porsche 911 comes to mind. Whether a 1963 or 2023 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 over 40 years the flagship Constellation has had a look with design components consistent with the 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 123.10.38.21.03.001 has evidence of careful use in the form of small scratches and scuffs on the bracelet and case. It remains 100% original, never polished or refinished in any way. This example comes with one of the pretties dials I’ve ever seen. The faded denim blue colour is highlighted with an etched diamond pattern that causes an illusion of raised pyramids in certain directions. Omega’s in-house developed calibre 8500 is fitted behind a threaded display back. The 8500 is a fully in-house developed proprietary movement consisting of over 200 individual parts. A new silicon hairspring helps make the watch resistant to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss! A handy time zone feature comes standard and allows rapid hour changes without affecting the minutes or seconds. The patented co-axial power escapement is said to be more accurate over longer service intervals compared to conventional designs. A Twin barrel mainspring extends the power reserve by 50% more than a typical automatic watch to 60 hours. Adjusted in 5 different positions and for temperature change, this mechanism easily qualifies for chronometer grade accuracy levels. For a dress style watch this watch is very easy to read and comes with the extra utility of a sweeping second hand, calendar, luminous hands and markers. Our latest estate Omega 123.10.38.21.03.001 is a current offering on the Omega website where with a suggested retail price of $7,050.00 CAD. For 32% off the MSRP Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is offering this lightly used estate watch at $4,800.00 CAD. Included with the purchase is a 1-year warranty (prorated 5 years). The watch comes with the original inner/outer boxes, instructions, and a fully endorsed warranty card. Stock #510-00141.


Hamilton Below Zero Chronograph H786860 46mm, serviced 2023, extra strap. $1,600.00 CAD. 501-00215

Hamilton is a high value offering with the features of the big brands but at a much more attractive price. When it comes to pricing, the power of a household name like Rolex, 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. The 25-jewel mechanism is visible through the case back window display. This workhorse movement has been powering some of the world’s most famous and least famous Swiss brands since the early 1970s. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers just performed a full overhaul to this watch in January 2023. The watch is running great as the Vibrograph timing results show a plus 7 seconds 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 1950s (decades before quartz watches took the world by storm). No longer an American company they are now owned by The Swatch Group Switzerland which also owns great brands like Omega, Longines, Blancpain, Breguet, and many more. Our BelowZero Model H786860 is in excellent overall condition. The previous owner purchased a genuine leather black Hamilton strap with signed buckle and is included with purchase. It also comes with the lightly worn original rubber strap with black steel buckle. The original strap is included which shows some wear but is still very functional. This is a very large watch but not uncomfortable as the large crown and pusher controls do not protrude outside the case edge very much. Seen beside a 36mm Rolex Datejust you really get an idea of its dimensions. The black dial with oversized hands and markers is easy to read in any sort of lighting conditions. Included with the purchase is a complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1-year warranty. The watch is estate priced at $1,600.00 CAD. Stock #501-00215.


June 1, 2024

Geneve diamond bezel 0.50ct.tw. ( 14kt. SI-JK) 63.5gr. net weight. $4,500.00 CAD. 501-00306

Geneve watches are an amazing value when you consider the components they use. We get these watches from time to time and are always impressed by the bang for the buck. They are typically dressier creations with integrated bracelets like this one. The cases and bracelets of Geneve watches are expertly crafted in Italy from 14 karat gold. The movements are high quality, low maintenance quartz mechanisms that blend well with the low profile formal designs. There great value is easy to see when you break down the components. We decided the weigh the case without the movement, dial, battery, hands, stem, crown, etc.; basically the only thing we left in was the crystal. With all the non precious metal bits taken out (except the crystal and diamonds), the watch weighed 64.3 grams. With pure gold valued at roughly $3,200.00 CAD per ounce (June 1st 2024), this watch contains around $3,800.00 in just the recyclable gold value. The 1/2 carat of small round brilliant cut diamonds are not of the quality that Rolex, Omega, Cartier, etc. would use, but the SI-JK stones sparkle and shine just fine thank you very much. Diamonds of this quality cost around $500.00 per carat wholesale on their own. They have been hand set around the bezel and rhodium enhanced to promote even more bling. If you consider this watch more of just a gold bracelet the value is still outstanding. Buying high quality anything in 14 karat gold jewellery for just $71.50 per gram is an outstanding price by any measurement. The intricate mesh bracelet is permanently soldered to the bezel gently tapering from 20.5mm to 16.0mm at a locking buckle with a 2 length setting. It will accommodate a wrist size of up to just over 19cm (7 1/2 inches). The watch is running well and keeping excellent time. We are happy to supply the next owner with a no charge one year warranty. This collaborative Italian/Swiss creation is estate priced at $4,500.00 CAD. Stock #501-00306.


Montblanc Diver/Chronograph 41.5mm 7034 $1,700.00 CAD. 501-00329

Montblanc offer some stylish alternatives compared to the top of minds brands at a price point that is very compelling. They have the same features as the common brands and in some cases a few more. The ubiquitous diver/chronograph can found in every watch manufacturers lineup and they all pretty much look like this. Black dial, black bezel, luminous markers/hands, calendar, steel bracelet, and watertight to 200 meters or more. Montblanc’s take on the diver’s tool watch from 25 years ago is the model 7034 Meisterstück (Masterpiece). For just $1,700.00 it’s hard to argue the value of this estate watch. The date magnifying lens is on the inside of the crystal where it is not prone to getting hit. We love the luminous tapered hands that terminate to a sharp point able to display the time down to a 1/5 of a minute. The large triangular hour markers are unusual as we usually see circular or rectangular plots. An anodized aluminum bezel insert displays the elapsed time in 5 minute increments with a distinct font. There are some scuffs and scratches on the bezel but nothing very significant. The Montblanc white star logo can be found on the solid link bracelet, threaded case back, and the threaded crown. This watch comes with its original inner/outer box and instruction booklet all in very good condition. We feel this watch is 100% original and have never been polished of refinished. The bi-fold butterfly buckle nicely incorporates into the solid link bracelet. Montblanc no longer produce this model but show a basic chronograph on their website without diver function or calendar for $6,400.00 CAD. The watch is running great with all functions operating as designed. Included with purchase is our complimentary 1-year warranty. Estate priced at $1,700.00 CAD. 501-00329.

 


May 30, 2024

2007 Omega Seamaster Professional mid-size 36.25mm chronometer 2551.80.00 $2,900.00 CAD. 510-00175

Not everyone gentleman has an 8 inch wrist size. There are some of us with smaller wrist sizes that are suited to watches in the 34 to 38mm size range. There are so many great watches out there that are just not suitable for a thinner wrist. It’s great when watch manufacturers recognize this a produce smaller examples of classic designs. The Omega Seamaster Professional “James Bond” mid-size is a size appropriate model for the slim gentleman, or the lady who likes the look of a gents watch, without shrinking the dimensions so far down that is longer the same watch. This 36.25mm is an exact match to the 41mm version that debuted in the early 1990s, but scaled for a smaller wrist. All the technical specifications (aside from dimensions) are identical the the big one. The mid-sized examples like this are quite uncommon, I can’t remember the last time one came through our estate department. This one is a one owner example that was delivered in Canada in May of 2007 through an authorized Omega agent. It is 100% original and was not been polished or refinished. It shows very little wear and virtually no sag in the 15 link bracelet. Powering this first generation “James Bond” is the same 23 jewel Omega caliber 1120 self winding chronometer movement as the watch that debuted in the Bond movie Golden Eye. You likely didn’t know that this series of Seamaster is protected from magnetism by an antimagnetic iron movement cover located under the screwed on case back. While not totally isolating your watch from problems caused by extreme magnetic fields, it certainly helps out. The fancy display back limited edition James Bond watches loose this practical feature is exchange for being able to see the intricate mechanism. This is just as hard core as the big one with all the professional features you’d expect. Threaded crown/case-back/helium release valve, luminous hands/markers, one-way 60-minute ratcheting bezel timer, curved sapphire crystal, 31-day calendar, heavy locking buckle with diver’s extension, and that fantastic 1st generation wave dial. This uncommon watch is in very good condition and comes with our 1-year complimentary warranty. Our master watchmaker is currently performing the first service this watch has even seen. Hopefully it will be ready just in time for this posting. The fresh service should have this watch running trouble free for the next decade or so. Estate priced at $2,900.00 CAD. Stock #510-00175.


2022 Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 39mm 231.13.39.21.02.002 $5,500.00 CAD. 510-00139

They are functional and make a lifestyle statement without saying a word. Omega Seamasters have always been a do it all design. They are water-resistant, tough, durable designs with great features. A super hard domed synthetic sapphire crystal should keep the scratches at bay. Easy-to-read striped tapestry silver/white dial with applied luminous markers and broad arrow second hand make for quick time interpretation. The 38.5mm case is fitted with a top-grain chocolate brown alligator hide leather strap and deployment buckle making the watch very comfortable and slightly more casual.  Rose-tone hands and markers give this modern Seamaster a slightly vintage look while adding a sophisticated touch. Omega’s in-house calibre 8500 is fitted behind a threaded display back. The 8500 is a fully in-house developed proprietary movement consisting of over 200 individual parts. A new silicon hairspring helps make the watch resistant to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss! A handy time zone feature comes standard allowing rapid hour changes without affecting the minutes or seconds. The patented co-axial power escapement is said to be more accurate over longer service intervals compared to conventional designs. A Twin barrel mainspring extends the power reserve by 50% more than a typical automatic watch to 60 hours. Adjusted in 5 different positions and for temperature change this mechanism easily qualifies for chronometer grade accuracy levels. The improved externally threaded waterproof tube has helped bring the water resistance rating to 500 feet. This example was purchased in the late summer of 2022 and remains under the Omega international 5-year warranty until September 2027. The 2nd owner recently traded it in for something new after only wearing it a handful of times. It is in good condition but does show scratches and scuffs on the case. It remains in 100% original unpolished/refinished condition. The original crocodile strap shows only minor wear. Omega produces many combinations of stainless steel, two-tone, and 18-karat gold Aqua-Terra models. Model 231.13.39.21.02.002 is a very rare example we haven’t had before. The watch comes with the prettiest wooden Omega box I have ever seen. The box and packaging are in perfect condition. This watch comes complete with the authorized dealer endorsed warranty card, instruction booklet, product tag, cards, and card wallet. This model has been retired and replaced with the outwardly similar but more complicated Annual Calendar version priced at $9,500.00 CAD. This rare Omega Aqua Terra is estate priced at $5,500.00 CAD. Stock #510-00139.


May 28, 2024

2010 Omega Seamaster ltd. ed. Vancouver 2010 Olympics 212.30.36.20.04.001 36mm $5,000.00 CAD. 510-00097

This isn’t a watch for everyone, but if you love the colourful, rare, and unusual, this would make a great addition to your collection. To commemorate Canada’s 2010 Olympic winter games Omega produced 2010 of these mid-sized Seamaster 300s. This one is a very low number 14 of the 2010 produced. It was only occasionally worn by its previous owner and remains in its original unpolished condition. The 36mm case is suitable for a slim gentleman or anyone who doesn’t need an overwhelming watch. Its playful nature doesn’t mean this watch can’t get the job done. It is watertight to 1000 feet and has all the regular professional diver features. Threaded crown, threaded case back, sapphire crystal, helium escape valve, locking buckle with diver’s extension, certified chronometer movement with co-axial escapement, and luminous hands/hour markers. The anodized red bezel, glossy snow white dial, Olympic rings logo on the seconds hand, and inukshuk embossed case back treatment are exclusive to this watch. The watch comes with the original white Olympic logo inner/outer boxes, endorsed paperwork (June 19, 2012), instructions, card holder, and the original gift receipt. This visually striking watch captures the Canadian theme in bright red and white. The tiny Olympic interlocking rings logo is my favorite part of this watch. I’m sure this tiny little part painted 5 different colours must have been quite a challenge to produce on such a scale. We are happy to include a no charge 1-year warranty (prorated 5 years) for the new owner. This small part of Canadian Olympic history is estate priced at $5,000.00 CAD. Stock #510-00097.


Tag Heuer Autavia CBE2110 42mm, extra strap/buckle $5,200.00 CAD. 520-00012

Original Heuer Autavia watches are commanding huge prices these days. A decade ago really nice ones would change hands for a couple of thousand dollars. Today these same watches are selling for 10 times that figure. In fact last year we made an even trade with a no box/papers vintage Autavia for a stainless steel full kit Rolex Daytona. This practically new Autavia combines the handy features of a 12-hour chronograph along with a rotating bezel that displays a second time zone. These features are perfect for the world traveler, pilot, or automotive racing enthusiast. The 42mm case size and 16mm thickness really helps capture the vintage character of the watch. “Panda” dial, HEUER only dial logo, tan luminous hands, and hour plots reinforce the vintage look. Looking at an original Autavia it’s easy to see that Tag Heuer got it right with the re-edition. This image was taken from On The Dash. They are a fantastic online resource for any vintage Heuer fan. This example is one of the early versions of the re-issue with the unique chronograph minute register design. The early versions of the re-issue were indexed showing 12 markers at 2.5 minute intervals, which really doesn’t make a lot of sense for ease of interpretation, but it does balance with the look of the constant seconds sub-dial. This is perhaps a case of aesthetic design winning over practicality. Later versions received the 30 individual hash marks that more clearly displayed the elapsed minutes. The original vintage Heuer dial displays the full 30 minute hash marks. As a modern Tag Heuer this watch benefits from a super hard synthetic sapphire crystal treated with an anti-reflective treatment, luminous hands/markers, proprietary in house developed 33 jewel column-wheel calibre 02 movement with an extended 75 hour power reserve and a handy 31 calendar in a small aperture located in the constant seconds hand white 6:00 sub-dial that practically goes unnoticed. The beautifully finished automatic winding movement can be seen through a display window on the case back. The movement is a micromechanical work of art. Our latest estate watch is very good to excellent condition. It was only occasionally worn with great care and caution. The fully polished finish exhibits some fine scratches and scuffs but nothing significant or distracting. It has never been refinished in any way and is 100% complete and original. The previous owner purchased the OEM distressed tag leather strap along with the HEUER signed stainless steel buckle. This extra accessory would have added around $300.00 more to the Autavia MSRP of $5,450.00 USD. The leather strap swap gives the watch a much more casual look. With a small, sharp screwdriver, the switch back and forth from metal to leather can be done in about a minute. Comes complete with all the original packaging, booklets, open warranty card, product sticker sheet, extra bracelet with shipping bag. We only have one and it is priced at $5,200.00 CAD. We ship duty-free to most international destinations. Stock #520-00012.

 

 

 


May 27, 2024

2009 Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 18kt. red gold & steel 2303.30.00 39.2mm $5,250.00 CAD. 510-00174

The Aqua Terra is Omega’s answer to the ubiquitous Rolex Datejust but with additional features and style details the Rolex lacks. All this at a much lower price point. When this watch was new in 2009 it came with a retail price of $5,950.00 CAD, while the 36mm Datejust 116201 $10,030.00. Both the Rolex and the Omega have good water resistance ratings, but the Seamaster is rated for 500 feet while the Rolex is around 330. The Rolex has a flat synthetic sapphire crystal, the Omega’s has a gentle curve that is stronger under pressure, disperses light reflections a little better, and blends with the profile. The classic Oyster case of the Rolex is an exercise is simple, albeit effective construction. There is not a compound curve anywhere to be found on the Datejust. The Aqua Terra not only features beautifully curved lugs, but it also showcases subtle bushed and polished finishes. Both watches use proprietary automatic winding chronometer rated movements with similar performance parameters and maintenance expectations. The beautifully finished Omega co-axial calibre 2500 is visible for the world to see through a screwed on display back, the only person that is going to see the Rolex movement is your watchmaker every 7 to 10 years when it’s in for routine service requirements. When it comes to retaining value both watches have fared about the same. No two-tone watch has been the best investment in the watch world, but they haven’t lost a ton of their original value either. We feel our 2009 Seamaster Aqua-Terra offers excellent value priced at $5,250.00 CAD, which is 88% of its original suggested retail price. Thanks to inflation and Omega’s endless pursuit of higher quality, better performance, the replacement 38mm Aqua-Terra 220.20.38.20.02.001 as shown on Omega’s website has retail price of $16,700.00 CAD. The current 41mm Rolex 126301 Datejust is going to run you $18,150.00. Our estate Seamaster is a one owner example that was purchase from an authorized agent August 2009 and comes with the original boxes, documents, endorsed warranty card, and even the original hand tags. The watch is running great and comes with our 1-year complementary warranty. It has never been refinished or polished in anyway. Whether you choose this Seamaster, or a Datejust, you really can’t go wrong. Both brands offer a tradition of excellence and performance second to now. When is comes time to trade in for something different, both are in demand and are eagerly accepted. This rare Omega red gold and stainless steel Seamaster Aqua-Terra is estate priced at $5,250.00 CAD. Stock #510-00174.


May 26, 2024

Glashutte Senator Navigator Chronograph 39-34-17-17-04 $8,160.00 CAD. e9299

e9299.3 Glashutte Senator Navigator Chronograph 39-34-17-17-04Not exactly a household name in Canada but this luxury brand has been around for over 150 years. If you’re looking for a rugged high-end chronograph and don’t want one of the typical “flashy” brands, consider this Glashutte. If you appreciate amazing little details that to the casual observer go unnoticed take a closer look at this one. 44mm of pure function. Large black dial with white luminous hands and markers offering excellent visibility in all lighting conditions.e9299.2 Glashutte Senator Navigator Chronograph 39-34-17-17-04 Powering the Senator Navigator is an over-engineered 51 jewel manufactured in-house movement known as the calibre 39. The beautifully finished chronograph movement is topped off with a rotor rim made from 22 karat gold. Not only does the gold rim look pretty is serves a practical function. A heavy mass on the outside allows the rotor itself to be smaller and more efficient. The movement is visible through the display case back.e9299 Glashutte Senator Navigator Chronograph 39-34-17-17-04 Model 39-34-17-17-04 was purchased in New York City in 2010. At that time it came with a retail price of $8,600.00 USD. It comes complete with all packaging, instructions, warranty card, and even a wooden loupe so you can examine the fine details. This watch was returned to the factory for service in the summer of 2017. The original receipt detailing the service; including a new leather strap, new hands, and other small miscellaneous items totaled over $1,500.00 CAD. A new 20mm black leather Hirsch strap was just fitted replacing the signed Glasutte navy blue strap. A one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty completes the package. Estate priced at $8,160.00 CAD. Stock #e9299.e9299.1 Glashutte Senator Navigator CHronograph 39-34-17-17-04

 


May 21, 2024

1987 26mm Gucci bezel/bangle watch 1100-L with box & papers! $400.00 CAD. 501-00334

Gucci is seeing a new found resurgence in the fashion world and we can absolutely attest to that. Whenever one of these iconic Gucci watches from the 1980s/90s shows up in our estate department, it usually sells within a few days or less. We expect the same to happen with this special little watch. It is remarkable because it has managed to remain completely intact for 37 years. It comes with its original box (in great condition), 11 different removable bezels, warranty booklet, instruction manual, and endorsed plastic warranty card. You never see them as complete as this and still in really nice condition. It was originally purchased in Toronto at a place that personifies the 80s lifestyle and culture of that generation, the Yorkdale Mall. If you didn’t have the money to buy of these 30-40 years ago and always admired those who were fortunate enough to have one, here is a rare chance to pick one up now. There are two adjustments on the buckle that allow a total length of 16.5cm (6 1/2 inches), this is not going to fit a large wrist. The watch measures a comfortable 26mm diameter and is powered by its original precision Swiss made quartz movement. It is running flawlessly, keeping great time, and comes with our 1-year warranty. We fit a new original Gucci crystal and now it is ready to be enjoyed for many decades to come. This watch is for those of us who lived through and remember the 80s or wish they had. Nostalgia is a powerful thing, the Gucci watch is a reminder of all that great music, the things we had, the objects we wanted, and items we wrecked; here’s a chance to capture a tiny slice of the 80s. I love this watch. Get it while you have the chance. Estate priced at $400.00 CAD. Stock #501-00334.

SOLD


May 20, 2024

2002 Omega Seamaster 300 titanium 41mm 2231.80.00 $4,000.00 CAD. e11061 510-00054

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 that they were Omega’s most popular watches we are seeing fewer and fewer all the time as they are being snapped up by collectors. Their rugged construction, handsome good looks, and do it all design have made them even more popular as pre-owned collectibles. Titanium version 2231.80.00 although by strict definition is not truly a James Bond watch, it comes from the same series with a few design differences. The bezel is titanium, not blue anodized aluminum, and therefore will not fade. Dial markers are rectangular instead of round, the hands are easy to see sword style with greater visibility and luminous material. Our example also comes with a more simple and sporty 5-segment link design. The titanium model is far rarer 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 a calendar display. After a full servicing in August of 2023 by our watchmaker, the watch is running well within chronometer accuracy levels. Including a very tattered original box, endorsed warranty card (Oct. 2002) service network brochure, and a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one-year warranty the watch is estate priced at $4,000.00 CAD. Stock #e11061 510-00054.e9406 Omega Seamaster 300 Titanium 2231.80.00

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May 17, 2024

2017 Tag Heuer Jack Heuer Ltd. Ed. Autavia CBE2111 42.7mm $5,200.00 CAD. 520-00124.

Jack Heuer is the great-grandson of company founder Edouard Heuer, who established the company back in 1885. Jack Heuer was instrumental in designing one of the world’s most renowned wrist chronographs in 1963, the Carrera. The Autavia is a model that goes much further back into Heuer’s history. In the 1930s Heuer developed a dashboard timer that could be used both in automobiles as well as in aircraft. The name Autavia is derived from AUTomobile and AVIAtion. The Autavia moniker was revived in 1962 when Jack Heuer launched the first new watch while the company was under his direction. To celebrate the 85th anniversary of Jack’s birth, Tag Heuer introduced a limited-edition tribute watch that was highly influenced by the original 1962 version. The new edition was limited to just 1932 pieces worldwide. Our example is number 0825/1932. It was originally purchased at Birks Jewellers Canada. It has been lightly worn since that time in  responsible manner and maintains the original finish in our opinion. It displays some minor surface scratches on the buckle, case, and bracelet. The completely high polished finish can be fully restored within an hour by one of our onsite technicians if you wish. With a worldwide run of fewer than 2000 pieces, these watches were almost completely spoken for before they hit the showcases of authorized agents. A perfect condition 227-page hardcover book documenting the history of the Autavia is part of this limited edition package. This rare book is in perfect condition, its spine isn’t even creased. A book like this is a must for any vintage watch enthusiast. The watch is powered by Tag Heuer’s in-house manufactured Tag-Heuer calibre 02. This 33-jewel automatic winding certified chronometer mechanism has a generous 75-hour power reserve while running at an industry standard 28,800 cycles per hour. When this watch was available it carried a price of $6,050.00 in the U.S.A and $7,200.00 in Canada. We may never see another one of these rare watches again. Originally purchased through an authorized agent; this is not a grey market import, and not subject to import duties in Canada. The classic silver panda dial is beautiful with a radial sunburst finish. The hands and hour markers are treated with luminous pigment that is quite effective. I love the fact that this tribute to Jack and the Autavia comforms to the spirit of the original using only the old HEUER logo and not the more modern TAG HEUER on the dial, buckle, and crown. The Comes complete with all the original packaging, booklet, instructions, bill of sale for $7,200.00 plus tax, and even the outside cardboard box sleeve displaying style and serial number. This all-original, excellent condition estate example is priced at $5,500.00 CAD including our complimentary 1-year warranty. Stock #520-000124.


May 15, 2024

Tag Heuer 4000 automatic WF2110-K 38mm $1,200.00 CAD. 520-00104

The Tag Heuer 4000 series was built like no other Tag before or since. This was a model that is often overlooked but is worth considering; it was well ahead of its time when it debuted more than 30 years ago. Despite the low profile of just over 10mm, this is one tough watch. It has solid bracelet end pieces instead of hollow stamped sections. The solid ends are secured by solid bushed rivets, not hollow spring bars like most watches. Its solid stainless steel links are secured by more rivets, not split pins as found on other Tag Heuer watches from the same period. Even the folding/locking buckle is made from heavier gauge steel while still offering a diver’s extension. The coloured Tag Heuer logo splits down its middle when the bezel timer is rotated is a quirky feature exclusive to the 4000 series. The original tritium hands and hour makers are fully intact showing almost no patina or discolouration. This is a curious and rare white dial automatic version. It is somewhat usual in the fact the hour markers don’t have a contrasting metal or coloured frame around the once luminous tritium plot. This gives the hour makers an inconspicuous appearance that is somewhat at odds with a sporty diver’s watch. A hardened synthetic crystal also in perfect condition offers excellent optics on or off-axis. We serviced the Swiss-made automatic winding movement in April 2023. An electronic report shows the watch is running well within accuracy expectations. Also included is a vacuum and pressure testing report to a depth of 10 atmospheres (300 feet). One-way timer bezel, screw-down crown/case back are features you’d expect for a sporting Tag Heuer and the 4000 has them. The original sandblasted finish has held up very well and looks completely original. If you want a tough Tag Heuer that is different than the common 2000/AquaRacer series this rare 4000 is a model you’re not likely to encounter and certainly not in this sort of condition. Including a complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $1,200.00 CAD. Stock #520-00104.

 


May 13, 2024

Cartier Panthère date 187949 26.7mm stainless steel & 18 karat gold $3,400.00 CAD. 501-00333

One of the key factors successful brands have in common is a consistent message. It can be as simple as a corporate logo, audio jingle, product look, colour scheme or unwavering 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 of 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. Cartier still produce a watch that looks almost exactly the same as this, except in has two row of gold link sections. The current model CRW2PN0007 can be seen on the Cartier website where it is priced at $12,600.00 CAD. The current model is 2mm wider, has 2 stripes of yellow gold in the bracelet, but lacks the handy calendar and second hand. Our estate Panthère meausures 26.7mm in width making it perfect for the lady who has an average to slender watch. Everything yellow on the watch is solid 18 karat gold. Unlike many luxury brands that only laminate a thin gold cap on a steel core, the gold links in this Cartier are completely solid through and through 18 karat. The parchment dial has only the necessary information displayed with blued steel hands with black Roman numeral hour markers. The case shape, the octagon crown, black Roman numerals with inner minute track and dial are all distinctive Cartier style details. It’s these details that define the look helping to make a Cartier among the most desirable watches in the world. We suspect the synthetic cabochon spinel in the crown fell out or got broken and was replaced with a genuine rose cut diamond. While it isn’t original a rose cut diamond is certainly a nice upgrade. 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 is overlooked or poorly executed by counterfeits. Overall condition is good. We believe the bracelet and case have never been refinished. We did a light polish only on the 18 karat gold bezel surrounding the synthetic sapphire crystal as it had a few light scratches. The bracelet shows a little sag and only a tiny amount of stretch. These bracelets are very comfy, the folding butterfly buckle integrates seamlessly into the link pattern. The watch is running great, keeping excellent time with a fresh battery just installed. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this Cartier Panthère is estate priced at $3,400.00 CAD. Stock #501-00333.

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May 11, 2024

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

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

 


18kt. Aureus watch, 51.5gr. (net weight), 0.90ct. tw. VS-H diamond bezel & lugs. $4,900.00 CAD. e14507

If this 18 karat gold watch was just a simple chain or bracelet of the same weight, it would be an excellent value at only $95.14 per gram. But this is a complicated Italian/Swiss-made watch, hand set with 82 round brilliant cut diamonds of high VS-H quality with a total estimated weight of 0.90 carats. This is really more a piece of jewellery that also can tell time. The beautiful white mother of pearl dial displays only the Aureus logo and some fine black text, no hour/minute markers, or even a second hand. The pearl dial and hinged lugs are pave set with sparkling diamonds. The flexible link bracelet measures 15.8mm wide and will accommodate a wrist size of up to 6 3/4 inches. A concealed double folding white gold clasp provides a more secure method of closure compared to the same design in yellow gold. Timekeeping duties are performed by an ultra accurate ETA Swiss Quartz movement with a freshly installed battery that should last at least a couple of years. The completely solid construction is of Italian design and was manufactured to a very high standard. Keeping great time and comes complete with a complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty (prorated for 5-years). Included with the watch is a July 2010 GemScan Certificate of Evaluation stating a replacement value of $4,500.00. The important thing to consider with this 13-year-old document is that gold has appreciated more than 250% since then. The diamond bracelet/watch is estate priced at $4,900.00 CAD. Stock #e14507.


Breitling SuperOcean Heritage chrono green bezel ltd. ed. A13320 46mm $6,000.00 CAD. 515-00060

As with all contemporary Breitling watches the automatic winding Swiss-made movement has been officially certified chronometer status for accuracy. A curved synthetic sapphire crystal is super scratch resistant with an anti-reflective coating helping with legibility. Screw down crown and case back contribute to a more than adequate 660-foot water resistance rating. Fitted to the case is a retro style mesh bracelet equipped with a flip lock buckle. These are large watches, compared to the industry benchmark chronograph, the 40mm Rolex Daytona, the SuperOcean really dominates in stature. The SuperOcean chronograph is a current offering from Breitling showing a retail price of $8,000.00 CAD. The latest version is a NON limited edition with the reverse colour scheme to this one of a green dial with a black bezel. It can be seen on the Breitling website by clicking here. The latest model displays subtle styling updates to the hands, bezel insert, logo on the dial, and text but otherwise remains virtually unchanged to our latest estate example. The latest version also features a day of the week display in addition to the 31-day calendar. Our example is number 33 of just 1000 released as a limited edition. It comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, cardboard sleeve, chronometer certificate, instructions, and other documents, but is missing the original warranty card. The protective sticker on the inner box still covers the Breitling logo. Excellent overall condition showing little signs of use. A few minor scuffs on the bezel and a few light scratches can be seen on the buckle. The minor blemishes on the buckle can be removed in only a few minutes. The condition could be described as new old stock. A simple ultrasonic cleaning was all that was needed to prepare the watch for sale. Including a complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the like new watch is estate priced at $6,000.00 CAD. Stock 515-00060.


May 3, 2024

IWC Ingenieur AMG special edition ref:3227 42mm titanium $5,200.00 CAD. 501-00314

Sometimes finding a large watch that is nothing more than a watch is a difficult task. The IWC Ingenieur is above all else a durable time-telling tool designed to take almost anything you throw at it. Water resistant to 400 feet, magnetically resistant 1000 gauss, tough scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, large 42mm case, highly luminous hands/hour markers, all housed in a super tough sandblasted titanium case with integrated bracelet. This watch makes a statement without a lot of extra do-dads. Quietly ticking away inside the case in an International Watch company in-house designed movement. The IWC calibre 80110 offers superior shock resistance along with IWCs Pellaton winding technology employing ratcheting pals instead of gears to lock the winding wheels. A useful 44-hour power reserve isn’t exceptionally long but in line with industry standards. Large applied hour markers are filled with highly luminous pigment for visibility in any lighting condition. A splash of red on the second hand and 10, 20, 30….. minute track markers adds a bit of contrast to the dial. This watch looks like new. There are no dents or dings anywhere on the sharp case edges. The heavy gauge titanium bracelet is secured by locking fold buckle and clever spring locked rivets in every single link. The smart system allows simple length adjustment with the included little tool. This special Mercedes AMG version features a specific case-back. AMG is the factory hot-rod division of Mercedes Benz. They tweak and tune Mercedes cars to a higher level of performance and handling. The right side of the Mercedes-Benz AMG logo illustrates a cam, valve, and valve spring. These engine components represent a passion for engineering and are some of the critical parts AMG massage for higher performance. On the left side of the Mercedes-Benz AMG emblem, you see an apple tree, with a line underneath the tree representing a river. This is the historic coat of arms is for Affalterbach, Germany, the town where you’ll find the Mercedes-Benz AMG headquarters. The watch is running well and keeping great time. We are including a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated 5 years) for the next owner. This watch comes with all the original documents and packaging. It was purchased at Govberg Jewelers but the warranty card wasn’t dated. The estate price for this IWC is $5,200.00 CAD. Stock #501-00314.


May 1, 2024

1992 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 25730BA 36mm 18kt. Aug. 2023 service. $58,000.00 CAD. 501-00274

Audemars Piguet is widely considered by many to be the finest of the Swiss watch manufactures. They certainly are not as widely know as the larger Swiss brands but this family owned business has been around since 1875 producing some of the world’s most exotic and desirable watches. They developed many industry firsts throughout the years. They were the first company to produce a minute repeater, ringing out the time with a series of audible chimes on command with the push of a button. The first skeleton watch movement can also be attributed to the brand from La Brassus Switzerland. While they only produce an estimated 40,000 watches per year, they are one of the most sought after. In 1972 they produced the world’s first true luxury sports watch, the Royal Oak. It was designed by Gerald Genta and features a prominent octagon shaped bezel that was inspired by a deep sea diver’s helmet. The 8 octagon screws are secured from inside the watch case helping to contribute to water resistance. The name Royal Oak itself comes from a fleet of British Navy ships sharing the same name. Like many great designs which broke from tradition styles, it was not an initial sales success. It’s integrated bracelet, octagon bezel, unconventional appearance, and very high price didn’t help. At the time it cost over 3,000 Swiss francs, which was many times that of what a Rolex Submariner cost. In its first very years of production this now flagship model represented far less than 10% of total Audemars Piguet sales. Persistence pays off, today the Royal Oak look defines the AP brand. In 2023 they look pretty much the same as they did 50 years ago, right down the to beautiful textured dials. This Audemars is very notable because it is a complicated model that features a dual time display, 31-day calendar, and a useful scale that displays the remaining power reserve of the complex 54 jewel automatic winding mechanism that contains 261 components. This watch was crafted from 18-karat and while it measures at comfortable 36mm diameter, its weight of 183 grams is more than a contemporary Rolex Day-Date 36mm and far more than the hollow link Rolex watches from the 1990s. This is a one owner example that still contains all of its original adjustment links from the 23 link tapered bracelet. The locking spring trigger clasp is a clever bit of engineering. Sliding the AP logo requires some force which releases the lock. The 23 link bracelet displays zero stretch and almost no sag. The watch is 100% original and has never been polished, refinished, or touched up in any way. It shows scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet but still retains the original factory applied sharp edges. These pictures are very revealing, in person the watch looks worn but nearly as scratched up as these images would lead you to believe. If you’re considering purchasing a contemporary Audemars Piguet watch, you’d be well advised to buy one with a known history or a very good warranty, as servicing costs can be costly. No need to worry with this one. Our master watchmaker performed a full overhaul to the movement in September of 2023. The watch is performing flawlessly. The Vibrograph timing report shows a timing error of zero seconds per day, an excellent balance amplitude of 273 degrees, and an almost perfect beat error of 0.1 milliseconds. While being serviced it was subjected to a minor vacuum and significant pressure test (100 meters) which it easily passed. The parchment dial is nicely organized with prominent gold hour and minute hands, with a small pointer date located at 3:00 o’clock. The subsidiary 2nd time zone display is located at 6:00pm and despite the small size is easy to interpret with simple bold black hands. The power reserve scale at 9:00 o’clock balances everything off as it shows how many hours of power reserve are left on the mainspring. This rare and collectable AP is approximately 30 years old and is no longer in production. The closest contemporary model is a 37mm version with basic time keeping and date display. Model 15550BA.OO.1356BA.01 sells for a cool $55,200.00 Swiss francs (around $83,300.00 CAD). If you want a refreshing look to your familiar Rolex Oyster, perhaps a extraordinary 18 karat Audemars Piguet may be for you. Including our complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 4 additional years) this watch is estate priced at $58,000.00 CAD. Stock #501-00274.

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April 27, 2024

2006 18kt. Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow 3153.80.00 $25,000.00 CAD. 510-00125

We have written and discussed previously the significance 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 and of course, the Apollo 11 mission. It was the first watch worn on the moon. In fact, the old-school hand-wind Speedmaster Professional mechanical watches were standard issue well into the space shuttle program. The Omega Speedmaster Professional remains one of several wristwatches qualified by NASA for all manned spaceflight missions. 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 when split seconds count. The Speedmaster has evolved over the last 7 decades adding more models, variations, and changes to the case shape and dial, but the original ’57 Speedmaster or pre-moon Speedmaster remained an admired and desired look. Our latest Speedmaster takes the basic concept into a more luxurious design, featuring solid 18-karat case and bracelet construction. The old hand wind 1861 movement found in the Moonwatch has been replaced in this model with Omega’s caliber 3303. This 33-jewel movement adds automatic winding, superior accuracy standards, a lengthy 55-hour power reserve, and a useful 31-day calendar. The luminous broad arrow hour and minute hands are reminiscent of the first Speedmasters, and the red 1957 is an obvious acknowledgment of the debut year for the model. The watch is freshly serviced and shows evidence of use. There are a few tiny impact marks on the sapphire crystal edge, but the viewing area remains in excellent condition. The most significant area of wear is the edges on the tachymeter bezel from the 8:00 to 11:00 o’clock position. The wear looks much worse in the images than in person. These sharp and flat polished areas on the bezel are prone to impact dings and scratches on all Speedmasters, a little more so on the softer 18-karat luxury versions. We can always polish the edge a little bit to lessen or completely remove this wear, but the debossed printing may be slightly affected. The scale printing could also be completely removed leaving a simple polished bezel, which would actually look quite nice. We’ll leave that decision up to the new owner. The previous owner purchased an accessory brown dial (currently installed) as the original dial that came on this watch was a dark navy blue. The original dial has been safely preserved and is in 100% perfect condition. Constructed from premium 18-karat rose gold this watch is a true heavyweight despite measuring 42mm in diameter. With the full complement of 21 links (7 are removable), this watch weighs over 227 grams! The bracelet with concealed clasp shows almost no sag and zero stretch. We’ve opted to leave this watch in its original unpolished condition. It could be refinished and polished at the expense of leaving some gold on the polishing wheel and losing some of the subtle case/bracelet details. This watch was purchased new at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers when we were authorized Omega agents. It comes with the original wooden Omega box (the cuff is missing), chronometer hang tag, original navy blue dial, timing report, and vacuum testing result report. Our master watchmaker performed a full overhaul of the movement in March 2023. The freshly serviced mechanism is running well within chronometer accuracy standards. We are happy to provide the new owner with a 1-year warranty (prorated 5 years). This rare Omega Speedmaster is estate priced at $25,000.00 CAD. Stock #510-00125.

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April 26, 2024

2009 Omega De Ville Prestige 35mm 4300.31.00. like new $4,000.00 CAD. 510-00136

A classic look from a manufacturer that’s been producing high-quality Swiss-made watches since 1848. Omega has 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 stainless steel and 18-karat yellow gold example dates from 2008 and measures 35mm in diameter. That size may sound small but lacking a thick bezel allows for a large dial making the watch appear larger. Its thin profile of only 8.1mm adds to the illusion of extra diameter. Compared to the benchmark Rolex Datejust in 36mm it actually appears the same or even a bit 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 brand’s most accurate and easily qualifies for the distinction of certified chronometer. The overall condition can be cautiously described as excellent. No polishing or refinishing has been done to any surface. The original owner only wore this watch for very special occasions. It is in new old stock condition. The synthetic sapphire crystal doesn’t have even the smallest chip or scuff. This watch was purchased new from us back in the summer of 2008 and it comes with the original receipt detailing the transaction. The original warranty card, instruction booklet, inner/outer box, and chronometer certificate are included along with our Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one-year warranty. Even the cellophane sleeve for the holder is accounted for. All the accessories and packing are in like new condition. The watch is running like new. Included with the purchase is a no charge 1- year warranty (prorated for 5 years). This classic Omega is estate priced at $4,000.00 CAD. Stock #510-00136.


April 20, 2024

2019 Baume & Mercier Clifton 40mm Baumatic 5-day MOA10401. $2,900.00 CAD. 501-00295

Baume & Mercier made headlines in the watchmaking world in 2018 with the introduction of silicon in the construction of key regulating components found in the Baumatic automatic movement. The hairspring, lever, and escape wheel are all crafted from this high-tech material. Silicon is non magnetic and doesn’t require lubrication, this leads to a more consistent transfer of power and higher degree of accuracy. This sort of innovation was quite a surprise as it came from the quiet brand Baume & Mercier. The parent company of B & M are the Richemont Group, they also own luxury brands Cartier, IWC, Panerai, Jaeger Le-Coulter, Vacheron Constantin, Piaget, and others. It’s interesting that they debuted this new technology in a moderately priced Baume & Mercier rather than one the their premium brands. Perhaps this is the beginning of a reinvention of the close to 200 year old B & M brand. If the silicon mechanical parts were not enough, the Baumatic BM12-1975A 21 jewel movement also features an ultra long 5 day (120 hour) power reserve. Most automatic watches have a 2 or 3 day power reserve. The overall look of this watch is very Swiss traditional, especially with the snow white dial. Finely tapered hands and hour markers that allow precise time keeping with easy interpretation. Fitted to the watch is a high quality chocolate brown crocodile strap. This watch was originally purchased in Korea in 2019 but has never been used. It comes complete with the original endorsed paperwork, packaging, dealer (MyungBo) travel pouch, documents, and polishing cloth that was never been used. Baume & Mercier no longer produce the white dial with the rose gold trim, but they do show a similar brown dial for $5,500.00. Including our 1-year warranty (prorated 5 years), this watch is estate priced at $2,900.00 CAD. Stock #501-00296.


2007 Omega Seamaster 300 James Bond Limited Edition 41mm 2226.80.00 $6,007.00 CAD. 510-00127

Over the years James Bond’s watch wardrobe has included Rolex, Breiting, Pulsar, Seiko, and Tag-Heuer, but since 1995 Omega has been loyal to just one brand. The Omega Seamaster in various forms has been assisting everyone’s favorite secret agent in thwarting disaster on numerous occasions. After an almost complete financial collapse in the early 1980s and a bank bailout, Omega and many other historically significant Swiss watch manufacturers were acquired by a holding company that later became The Swatch Group. Omega is the darling band of the Swatch Group and in 1993 an all-new Seamaster debuted. Two years later the new Seamaster appeared in the James Bond film GoldenEye. The expensive product placement turned out to be a great investment. To this day, the current Seamaster Professional 300 looks much the same as it did 30 years ago. The look may be the same but the price sure isn’t. In 1993 the watch had a suggested list price of $2,600.00, today the basic offering is up to $8,100.00. Our latest Seamaster Professional 300 is a Limited Edition 2226.80.00 featuring an embossed riffling texture on the dial and the 007 logo on the tail of the second hand. The case back also prominently displays the 007 logo along with series number 07649/10007. As a final tribute to James Bond, the 007 logo is featured on the buckle. Mechanically the watch is identical to the regular version, sorry no secret agent gadgets. The Seamaster 300 showcases a rugged design that is water-resistant to 300 meters, with diver features like a threaded crown, threaded case back, one-way ratcheting bezel timer, helium escape valve, bright luminous dial markers/hands, a locking buckle with wet suit extension. A very tough and super hard sapphire crystal should keep the unique dial in perfect view. Beating inside the 41mm stainless steel case in Omega’s Co-Axial chronometer calibre 2500. The 2500 was the first Omega to utilize this proprietary escapement. This unique mechanical innovation is said to contribute to more accuracy than a traditional forked lever escapement while extending service intervals.  This watch was originally purchased at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers by a customer of ours who has over 100 other watches in his collection. This watch was only worn a few times by him and remains in excellent original condition. The case back has never been opened up as the factory-applied red seal dot is fully intact. There are only a few light scratches and scuffs on the case and buckle. It hasn’t been polished, refinished, or touched up in any way. The watch does not come with any original documents or boxes. We are happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty. Keeping great time with all features operating as designed. In practically new condition and estate priced at $6,007.00 CAD. Stock #510-00127.


April 18, 2024

2021 Panerai Submersible Flyback Chronograph 47mm PAM00614 $12,475.00 CAD. 501-00153

Panerai is all about big, somewhat awkward looking time telling tools. They will never win any beauty contests but we love them just the same. This is the largest Panerai to pass through our estate department to date. At 47mm diameter (54mm corner to corner diagonal) it has tremendous wrist presence. Thank goodness its construction is of titanium keeping the overall weight down to a more than manageable 146 grams. If the name isn’t obvious enough, the Submersible is Panerai’s diver’s watch. The series is water-resistant to 300 meters and comes equipped with a one-way timer bezel, automatic or hand wind movements, bright luminous hands/markers, and a unique lever lock crown. Most crowns have threaded tubes they screw down into. While quite effective, threaded crowns can only work when screwed tightly down. We’ve seen it many times; crowns can become loose but look tight allowing water inside. If the Panerai lever is out you instantly recognize the crown has not been secured. Submersible PAM00614 also comes equipped with a handy 60-minute chronograph. When used in conjunction with the bezel and hour hand, it can be used for timing events lasting up to 12 hours. This isn’t your garden variety chronograph, it comes with screw-down pusher buttons and a useful flyback feature. This allows the user to “flyback to zero time and start again without the need to push the stop button, push the reset button, and push the start button again. This sounds like an easy and logical thing to provide on any stopwatch type watch; in reality, it’s a fiendishly difficult and complicated feature few watches have. The Rolex Daytona doesn’t have it and the standard Omega MoonWatch doesn’t have it. The flyback feature is also a foolproof safeguard ensuring no damage can be done because you didn’t stop the timer before trying to reset, as can happen in ALL non-flyback chronographs. The in-house developed automatic winding P.9100 movement is comprised of 302 components and has a long 72 power reserve. This watch was purchased in Ontario at Toronto area HumberTown Jewellers in March of 2021 and comes with its endorsed warranty card. This is not a grey market watch and as such benefits from the full terms of the manufactures warranty that may be valid until March of 2029. The watch remains in excellent condition as it was only occasionally worn by its one and only previous owner. It comes complete with full documentation, packaging, tools, and even the original shipping box. The accessory leather strap is super easy to change by means of the recessed release button located on the bottom of the 1 and 5 o’clock lugs. This clever feature makes strap swapping a pleasure without the risk of scratching the lugs with a screwdriver. If you like oversized luxury watches, with easy to use features, the Panerai Submersible Flyback is for you. The thick padded Panerai leather strap remains in perfect condition as it was never used. The previous owner only used the watch with the black rubber strap. These are uncommon watches that seldom show up in the market. It even comes with a Large Panerai shopping bag. This watch is estate priced at $12,475.00 CAD. Stock #501-00153.

 

 


April 17, 2024

Chopard 1000 Miglia ltd. ed. 44mm 18kt. split second chronograph 1261 $18,500.00 CAD. 501-00281

If you’re into anything racing, particularly the automotive variety, this is a great watch to consider. Made by luxury jeweller/watchmaker Chopard, this watch is from their Mille Miglia collection. Named after the famous Italian 1000 mile automobile race held during the mid-1900s. The race was a wild, open road event in which literally millions of spectators lined the road to watch the competitors speed by at an average speeds of close to 100 miles per hour. 56 people lost their lives in this event from 1927 to 1957. Nine spectators were killed in a single crash in 1957 that ultimately resulted in the banning the race because it was simply too dangerous. The open road race lives on today only in grainy vintage footage. A tribute parade takes place every year over several days that is open to pre-1957 cars that participated in the original 1000 Miglia. This is a limited edition, 44mm, 18 karat rose gold, automatic chronograph. The limited production of just 250 pieces worldwide means you’re not likely to encounter another one in your travels. Large chronographs have always been popular with our customers but this one goes one step further by integrating a slick split second function to the regular start/stop/reset feature. The split second button at the 8:00 o’clock position allows the user to take an exact elapsed reading by stopping the white tipped seconds register that is hidden under the red tipped hand while the chronograph continues to run. When the “split time” has been noted the white hand catches back up with another push of the 8:00 o’clock pusher and disappears under the red hand until needed again. Only the most competent of luxury watch manufacturers have successfully produced this complicated feature. The regular timekeeping duties are offered by large thick luminous hands that offer some extra legibility with luminous pigment. A pointer calendar at the 3:00 o’clock position displays the day of the month for the sharp sighted. An embossed/polished tachometer bezel scale like what you’d see on a Rolex Dayton circles the flat black dial. 44mm and 184 grams are a gentle reminder this isn’t a small delicate watch. A beautifully finished 27 jewel  Joux-Perret calibre 8721 movement (highly modified valjoux 7750) is visible through display case back. The original 21mm brown crocodile strap is in perfect condition and looks unworn. The supple strap is secured with a signed Chopard double folding buckle with mechanical lock that is completely made from 18 karat rose gold (no steel springs). According to the original owner the watch was only worn 3 or 4 times. It still retains 100% of the original factory finish. It has never been refinished in any way. The flat polished bezel shows some shallow scratches and scuffs. These minor blemished can easily be removed if you wish. It is running great and keeping excellent time. We are happy to supply the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty that will be prorated for 4 additional years should the watch require any service. This rare watch is estate priced at $18,500.00 CAD. Stock #501-00281.


March 20, 2024

Tag Heuer AquaRacer Chronograph CAY211A.BA0927 43mm $3,200.00 CAD. 520-00113

There is a special attraction many of us have to mechanical watches with a chronograph feature. Even if this extra complication isn’t needed or hardly ever used, it really looks cool and definitely adds an extra dimension to any watch. If you’ve been lusting over a Rolex Daytona, Omega Planet Ocean, or a Breitling SuperOcean, but don’t want to spend that much, the Tag Heuer Aquaracer is a compelling option. It offers pretty much the same features but without the same price of admission. The workhorse movement ticking away inside the 43mm stainless case may not be an Officially Certified Chronometer, but there is a good chance it runs within or is very close to “Chronometer” accuracy expectations of +6 to -4 seconds per day. Tag Heuer’s calibre 16 is a modified Valjoux 7750 or the off-patent clone Sellita SW500. The Valjoux version has been powering some of the world’s most important brands, including Omega and Breitling for close to 5 decades. Reliable and accurate movement aside, this watch has all the other features to keep the watch enthusiast interested. A beautiful black horizontally striped dial has enough texture changes to keep even the most discriminating eye entertained. The recessed concentric ring registers with beveled frames give this dial even more depth. A one-way timer bezel with a ceramic insert should fend off almost any scratch-producing impact. Thick hands and hour markers are ultra-legible in any lighting situation. Sapphire crystal keeps that amazing dial in sharp focus, with a convenient magnifying lens over the calendar. The solid link bracelet comes with a mechanical locking buckle and diver extension.  Even the threaded case back is decorated with an embossed image of an antique diver’s helmet. This watch is in very good condition. It was only occasionally showing some light scratches mostly confined to the buckle cover. The watch remains in original condition and hasn’t been polished or refinished. It comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, instruction booklet, warranty card, product tag, and protective white cardboard sleeve. The encrypted warranty card was never dated, but we feel the watch still has some factory coverage left but we never checked up on it. It really doesn’t matter as we will be supplying a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated 5 years) for the next owner. This is a great way to get into the automatic chronograph market without risk. If you decide to trade it in for something different, the AquaRacer has always been popular with our customers and they don’t usually sit in our displays for too long. This watch is estate priced at $3,200.00 CAD. Stock #520-00113.


March 15, 2024

2002 Omega De Ville 4310.31.00 34.5mm quartz $2,000.00 CAD. e14634 510-00068

Men’s wristwatches have only been popular since the mid-1940s. Before the end of World War II, most men preferred wearing pocket watches. Styles and technology have changed a lot over the past 75 years but a simple, circular, silver dial has always been a popular choice. A large face with a moderate 34.5mm diameter case makes for a watch that can be worn by anyone. If that case size sounds a bit small, have a look at it compared to a Rolex Datejust 36mm. The Omega actually has a larger dial because it lacks a thick heavy bezel, it wears a little larger than the size suggests. This quartz Omega from the early 2000s was marketed as a dressy, gentleman’s watch. At 5.8 thick, the low-profile watch is very comfortable, going almost unnoticed on your wrist. The brickwork bracelet is soft and flexible, conforming to every wrist contour. A sliding clasp buckle disappears into the bracelet for an uninterrupted finish. There is definitely something to be said for comfortable watches in this age of bulky sports watches that can’t even slide under a shirt cuff. Omega De Ville model 4310.31.00 has an 18 karat yellow gold bezel with gold capped links scattered throughout the bracelet. The watch is in link new condition and doesn’t appear to have been previously polished. There is no stretch or sag showing in the bracelet. The case and bracelet display only minor scuffs. All the adjustable links are included allowing the watch to fit a wrist size of up to 8 1/4 inches. While this is definitely a dress watch, it’s nice to have a calendar display and a second hand offering extra utility. Included with the purchase are the original, authorized agent warranty cards, plus an insurance appraisal from 2015. The watch is working perfectly and keeping excellent time. A complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years) will cover the new owner in case of any mechanical failure or premature servicing requirement. The watch is estate priced at $2,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14634 510-00068.

 


March 7, 2024

Maurice Lacroix Pontos Diver PT6248-SS002-330 43mm $1,600.00 CAD. 501-00033

Not exactly a household name but Maurice Lacroix watches should be considered if you’re horological interests lie outside the predictable brands. In the 1960s Maurice Lacroix’s parent company purchased a watch assembling business in Switzerland. They produced high quality private label watches for several different name brands. It has been common practice in Switzerland for well over 100 years for the same manufacture to produce watches for different brands, often using the same movements labeled differently. With this knowledge and experience it wasn’t much of a stretch for them to establish the Maurice Lacroix brand in 1975. They are known for producing interesting designs that are big on quality and detail while keeping prices quite competitive.  The Pontos S Diver is a great example of great style and clever design. Yes, it’s a large diver watch but it lacks the cumbersome, thick, external ratcheting bezel usually associated with such models. Instead, they opted to conceal the thin bezel under the curved crystal. The extra threaded crown at 2 o:clock can turn the bezel in both directions and lock the timer in any position. The highly luminous dial, hands, and bezel indexes add extra utility matched by few.  The sapphire crystal with anti-reflective surface treatment is 100% blemish free. Not many watches at this price point come equipped with an automatic helium escape valve. Unless you’re living in a diving bell decompressing after long term saturation diving, this is a feature only useful as dinner party conversation.  Calendar, threaded crown, threaded case-back, solid stainless steel bracelet with diver’s extension and locking buckle round out the sporting features. The water-resistance rating for the Pontos S is 2000 feet; that should be more than enough for almost anyone. The previous owner opted to wear the watch most times on a leather strap. The good condition Hirsh strap is included with purchase. The watch comes with 2 sets of drill holes in the lugs, one for use with a leather or rubber strap and one for the original stainless steel buckle. This watch is in original condition, displaying very little signs of use. There is still a protective plastic sticker inside the buckle that has never been removed. The self winding mechanical mechanism is running well and keeping great time. All functions are working as designed. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide the new owner with a complimentary one-year warranty. Estate price $1,600.00 CAD.


February 26, 2024

Baume & Mercier Catwalk MV0252-06 0.66ct. VS-F 87gr. 18kt. $7,000.00 CAD 501-00212

Believe it or not, some of the best values in the world of previously enjoyed jewellery are solid gold luxury watches. Breaking down the price to its simplest form of price per gram reveals an astonishing fact. If you shop around you can find some compelling bargains. Buying a brand new, high-end, 18-karat, Swiss timepiece new can easily run you $200.00 to $300.00 per gram. Whereas a preowned model like this one only costs around $80.00 per gram. If you dig a little deeper and determine the net weight of 18 karat gold in our latest Baume & Mercier estate watch is around 84 grams; from this  you can determine the gold value alone is around $6,500.00. Considering the wholesale cost of the 16 high-quality small diamonds (0.66 carats VS-FG) is close to $900.00, you quickly realize our price of only $7,000.00 is quite a good value. The watch itself is in practically brand-new condition showing very little use. The bracelet is very tight, showing no stretch or sag. The basic dial crafted from iridescent mother of pearl is absent of any hour markers, with just two faceted hands to display the time. Baume & Mercier Catwalk model MV0252-06 measures 21mm wide and will accommodate a wrist size of 7 inches. The bi-folding buckle snaps securely shut and integrate seamlessly into the bracelet. Included with the purchase are a copy of an October 2007 appraisal and our 1-year complimentary warranty. This estate watch is estate priced at just $7,000.00 CAD. Stock #501-00212.


February 25, 2024

2018 Tag Heuer Carrera WAR211C-1, 39mm, Calibre 5. $1,800.00 CAD. 520-00096

When you think of Tag Heuer you likely don’t think of a watch that looks like this. This is not a big, bulky, sporty diver’s watch. It’s the Carrera and just the basic time and date functions make it most appealing. The Carrera came out in 63 as a simple hand-wind chronograph with a case design that looked just like this. The Carrera has always been the brand’s most subtle model. This one showcases the less is more philosophy with a subtle and dressy silver dial with radial sunburst finish, simple stick hour markers and hands. The slightly domed sapphire crystal is scratch free offering perfect clarity. The automatic winding movement is the Calibre 5 (base movement Sellita SW200-1) that has been modified to Tag Heuer’s specifications. At 39mm diameter, its size is deceiving. Its thin bezel with a large dial makes the watch appear larger but without the bulk. The stainless-steel case and bracelet are in good condition showing minimal signs of use. We are happy to report it has never been polished or refinished in any way. The case still retains sharp crisp edges the Carrera in known for. This is a timeless model that is at home with a three-piece suit or a t-shirt and jeans. Comes complete with its original box, documents, warranty card from a Canadian authorized Tag Heuer agent, and the original invoice from July 2018 for $3,100.00. The beauty of the simple silver/grey dial reveals thoughtful details like luminous hands, polished and faceted hour markers that reflect light making the dial just a little bit more functional. Looking at Tag Heuer’s website they still offer a Carrera that looks almost the same. Model WBN2110.BA0639 can be seen online here retailing at $3,950.00 CAD. Including a complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one-year warranty this watch is priced at $1,800.00 CAD. Stock #520-00096.


February 20, 2024

1997 Raymond Weil Parsifal 34mm $1,000.00 CAD. 501-00270

Not a household name but a name that deserves respect. The company was founded in 1976 by the brand’s namesake. The mid-70s were a time when traditional Swiss watchmaking technology was being attacked by the onslaught of super accurate less expensive electronic quartz watches from Japan. 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 34mm Parsifal 9190 is a great example of this philosophy. Stainless steel with 18 karat construction, sapphire crystal, beautiful countersunk patterned dial with applied markers, proper screws holding all the adjustable links, and a case back secured with 4 threaded screws. Beating away inside the 34mm case is a Swiss-made quartz movement with a 31-day calendar. The thin movement helps keep the overall thickness down to just 5.3mm. It’s a casual to dressy statement with a functionality not always seen in a dress watch. The original owner only wore this watch a few times before it was parked in its original box around the end of 1997. It remains in almost perfect condition showing just a few scuffs on the bracelet links. It was originally purchased at Tourneau New York in the summer of 1997. It comes complete with the endorsed warranty card, instructions, and the inner/outer boxes. selected an interesting option with this watch. It has never been polished or refinished in any way. It is running perfectly and keeping excellent time. We are happy to supply the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty. Estate priced at $1,000.00 CAD. Stock #501-00270.


February 16, 2024

Omega Aqua Terra 2373.70.0 29.2mm $4,500.00 CAD. 510-00166

Ladies size automatic watches don’t come through our estate department nearly as often as gents do. Guys love watches and guys also become bored and trade them in for something new from time to time. Here’s a great Omega Seamaster for our female clients who admire a traditional looking automatic winding luxury watch. Omega’s Seamaster line debuted in 1948. With each passing year they improve on the design making them more durable, more accurate and more resistant to the elements. This Seamaster Aqua Terra 2373.70.00 was purchased new from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers around the year 2000 and hasn’t been used too much over that period. The condition is very good showing only minor evidence of use. The super hard synthetic sapphire crystal offers an optically perfect view of the beautiful mother of pearl dial. The dial displays a subtle rainbow of pastel hues as the watch is moved. At 29.2mm diameter the watch is a good size but not too large or cumbersome. Some added function comes in the form of a 31 day calendar, sweeping second hand with luminous hands and hour markers. A threaded case back and crown help to seal the case keeping the Swiss made Omega calibre 2520 running as designed. Solid 18 karat rose gold bezel with 18 karat rose gold capped centre links add the luxury jewellery touch. The watch comes complete with its full compliment of adjustable sizing links, original inner/outer boxes, packaging, endorsed warranty cards and instruction booklet. The 29.2mm model has been replaced with slightly larger 34mm case sizes. The current price of one of the new 34mm model of similar specification starts at $15,000.00 without the beautiful mother of pearl dial. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this watch is estate priced at $4,500.00 CAD. Stock #510-00166.

 


February 15, 2024

Vacheron Constantine OverSeas Chronograph 49150 42mm. $20,000.00 CAD. 501-00279

In over 65 years of business, we’ve had very few opportunities to showcase Vacheron Constantin watches in our estate department. VC is one of the most respected of all the high-end luxury Swiss brands, with a history going back to the mid-1700s. They hold the honor of being the oldest watchmaking manufacture in uninterrupted activity for more than 260 years. They are considered one of the holy trinity among Swiss brands along with Audemars Piquet and Patek Philippe. These three brands occupy the high end space when it comes to luxury Swiss watch manufacturers. The Overseas was introduced in 1996 but can trace it roots to 1970s with its integrated bracelet and case shape, inspired from the model 222 model that debuted for the 222nd anniversary of VC. The Overseas was a watch designed to appeal to a new luxury customer looking for an alternative to the predictable styles from the more mainstream high end brands. Much the same a Audemars Piguet did with the Royal Oak a couple decades earlier, this was the new look of Vacheron Constantin sport watches that continues to this day. The machined bezel is reminiscent of the Maltese cross and the integrated bracelet links echo the repeating pattern right down to the concealed buckle. The slightly tonneau shaped case is something this watch, AP’s Royal Oak, and the Patek Philippe’s Nautilus all share in common, while all being a bit different. All three can credit the design to Gérald Genta when he designed the first Royal Oak for Audemars in the 1970s. Our latest Vacheron Constantin dates from around 2010. Measuring 42mm diameter it is large but not overwhelming and the case length of 50mm with turned down lugs and flexible tapered link bracelet make this watch comfortable for even the slim wristed. Powering the 49150 is VC’s 37 jewel calibre 1137 column wheel chronograph with a 40 hour power reserve and a relaxed beat rate of 21,600 cycles per hour. We really like the clean look of this 12 hour chronograph with registers at 3:00 and 9:00 and a small continuous seconds hand at 6:00. The large date window at 12:00 is a useful feature adding useful day to day function. A water resistance rating of 150 meters is achieved by implementing a screwed down case back and threaded crown, along with threaded chronograph control buttons like a Rolex Daytona. A glossy black textured dial is equipped with luminous hour markers that are legible in any lighting condition. The face is easy to read and dressy enough to wear at any formal event. This watch displays its original finish and has not been polished before. It shows scuffs and scratches associated with occasional use over the years, but retains beautiful sharp crisp beveled edges. The full length 21 link bracelet is quite interesting in the fact that every single link has been manufactured with a threaded screw, making it infinitely adjustable for any wrist shape. This watch is working great and keeping very good time with all functions operating well. We are happy to include our 1 year complimentary warranty. This watch is estate priced at $20,000.00 CAD. Stock #501-00279.

 

 


18kt. Krieger 0.33ct. tw. VS-H 22mm 51.3gr. 18kt. $5,000.00 CAD. 501-00219

Despite the umlaut over the E, Krieger watches are American, from Miami in fact, or at least the company is American, but watches are manufactured in Switzerland. Ira Krieger, a lawyer by profession and hobbyist sailor, invented his first watch in 1988 because he was frustrated that there was no watch on the market that could predict the coming and going of the tides. His watches were instantly popular with other sailing enthusiasts and his first manufacturing run sold out in three months. He used the success to expand his offering and eventually expanded into ornate options, more jewellery than timepieces. The model we are showcasing today is solidly constructed from warm 18 karat yellow gold and features diamond-encrusted case accents. The case measures a modest 22mm and boasts an easy-to-read white dial with distinct diamond hour markers. The 0.33 carats total weigh of petite round brilliant cut diamonds are all of high VS-H quality. The bead link bracelet is equipped with a hidden fold-over clasp and is detachable from the case in the event you’d want to dress the watch down with a leather strap. The crystal is made from highly scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire, and despite its small size, the crown is very easy to use for changing the time. All told the watch weighs in at hefty 51.3 grams and is accompanied by a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers internal warranty. The estate price is $5,000.00, CAD. Stock #501-00219.


February 13, 2024

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

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


February 10, 2024

1941 Omega 2254 civilian/military 35.5mm 18 jewel 30T2 SC PC $2,700.00 CAD. 510-00021

Omega was one of the Allies’ largest suppliers of watches during the Second World War, partially because of their ability to supply the large quantities needed, and partially because of their precision in the rigorous environments found in combat. This particular model of watch could have been used by the Royal Canadian Air Force. Though Omega briefly made a civilian model, only the RCAF issued models featuring the “non magnetic” title beneath the Omega logo. What’s curious about this example is the deluxe 35mm stainless steel case with the stepped bezel and lugs. This sort of extra decoration is something the Canadian military would not normally have spent money on. The 9,847,107 movement serial number dates its rough production to the early 1940s. Wartime production was quite unpredictable and limited. It’s impossible to know exactly when this watch was actually delivered. This watch likely never saw combat (at least officially) as there are no engravings to show government ownership, but that’s maybe just as well: Was this an RCAF approved timepiece or just efficient use of an existing dial with a deluxe case and a very rare upgraded movement. Removing the threaded case back reveals a very rare 18-jewel version of the renowned 30T2 movement inside. This manual wind 30mm mechanism is usually encountered with the standard issue of 15 jewels, not 18 as in our example. Though this might have marginally improved the watch’s ability to keep time, and provided shock protection it would have also increased its price tag—a significant trade-off when ordering these watches by the hundreds in a wartime economy. Back to those fancy stepped lugs— this is an unnecessary aesthetic addition and seemingly at odds with a utilitarian military watch. Though these improvements wouldn’t have been needed in the military, they give the watch a reason to be worn outside battle. For being over 70 years old, it’s in great condition, with patina on the original dial and luminous infill on the hour hand missing. The watch is freshly serviced and ready for action. Comes with our 1-year warranty. Estate price for this rare example of a low serial number 2254 Omega $2,700.00 CAD. Stock #510-00021

 

 


2004 Omega Seamaster Chronograph America’s Cup 41.5mm 2594.50.00. $4,500.00 CAD. 510-00167

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 2004 (when the watch was released) only the regular Seamaster is listed 2594.52.00. The single style difference between that model and our 2594.50.00 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 stainless steel, with a case size of 41.5mm diameter, a black dial equipped with three red-handed subdials, and 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 2594.50.00 is equipped with a 33 jewel Swiss-made Omega Calibre 3303 self winding certified chronometer movement with a 55 hour power reserve. This column wheel movement is one of the last traditional escapement mechanisms and is based on the renowed Piguet 1285. The watch is running great with all functions operating as designed. It 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. Comes complete with full set on cards, endorsed warranty, and original box. Estate price $4,500.00 CAD. Stock #510-00167.


January 31, 2024

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

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

 

 


January 30, 2024

Breitling Unitime World Timer 49mm Chronograph AB0521 $7,000.00 & RB0521 $42,000.00 515-00082 515-00083

The Unitime Chronographs are watches designed for someone who is interested in knowing what time it is anywhere in the world. International businessmen and world travelers can benefit from this slick world-timer. Once you synchronize your local time with the corresponding city on the outer rotating disc, you can instantly see the time in major cities throughout the world. If you travel to a different time zone the hour hand can be adjusted to display your new local time without affecting the times of any other city. When jumping time zones the minute and second hands are unaffected and continue to operate, maintaining an accurate minutes/seconds display. This watch isn’t nearly as complicated as it looks once you’ve played with it a little bit. The 12-hour chronograph feature is very simple to operate in a traditional method with the start/stop and reset buttons. These watches come equipped with threaded crowns and case backs that contribute to a more than adequate 100-meter water resistance rating. The Unitime isn’t the first world timer from Breitling as they made a version similar in function to this way back in the 1950s. What is different is the fact Breitling produced the proprietary B05 movement itself. This in-house movement is based on their B01 column wheel chronograph movement that appeared in 2009. In 2013 the B05 debuted adding 9 extra jewel bearings, bringing the total count to 56. The B05 maintains a long 70-hour power reserve and it comes with an independent certified chronometer designation. These beautiful movements are partially visible through the clear display backs. Breitling has modified the winding rotors to resemble the multi-spoke wheel of a Bentley automobile. The bezel is patterned after the automobile’s grill as another obvious Bentley design inspiration. We are extremely fortunate to have two never worn examples of the Unitime Chrono 0521. The AB example is high-grade stainless steel and the RB version is in premium 18-karat rose gold. Both watches are in impeccable condition and only show evidence of handling. They remain in 100% original condition, have never been polished or touched up in any way, and remain in unworn condition. Both watches come on Pilot bracelets with flip locks and hidden extensions under the buckles. Obviously, they show no stretch or sag of any kind. These are serious watches and require a good sized wrist. They measure a significant 49mm in diameter and weigh 234 grams in stainless steel and a whopping 320 grams in 18-karat gold. It is a rare opportunity for us to showcase the exact same model in steel and gold. For someone who requires a world timer, the steel model makes a great daily driver while you can save the gold one for special occasions while still retaining all of the utility you’ve grown accustomed to. The next owner(s) will benefit from our complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years). The watches do not come with any paperwork or documents. A perfect condition box comes included with the purchase of the 18-karat watch only. They are estate priced at $7,000.00 CAD in stainless steel (stock 515-00082) and $42,000.00 CAD in 18-karat gold (stock 515-00083).

Viewing by appointment only.

Stainless steel model (AB0521 515-00082) has been sold.


January 28, 2024

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

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


January 25, 2024

Tag Heuer Formula 1 automatic chronograph CAZ2010-0 44mm $1,900.00 CAD. 520-00119

Aside from a black ceramic bezel and slightly different dial colour scheme, this Automatic Formula 1 chronograph (CAZ2010) is almost exactly like the current model CAZ2012 as seen on the Tag Heuer website, except of course that our estate example is 57% less expensive! The Formula 1 has been around since the mid 1980s. It’s been a steeping stone from insignificant disposable watches to something with genuine horological history and more exotic luxury pieces. You don’t have to look too far to see a Formula 1 on the wrist of someone around you. The F1 is a tremendously important model for Tag Heuer. When it first launched in 1986 as a colourful less expensive alternative to the brand’s traditional designs, it was credited to help keeping Tag Heuer from going out of business due to pressure from waaaaaaay less expensive Japanese competition. Our latest estate Formula 1 is the top of the line automatic chronograph with all the features a watch enthusiast is looking for, including the Calibre 16 automatic movement. This movement is based upon the Valjoux 7750 designed 50 years ago and still being produced today. This movement or modified versions of it power some of the world’s most exotic brands. Reliable, robust, accurate, and straight forward to service are reasons why Tag Heuer and many other choose this mechanism. Our Formula 1 is in original condition showing only minor signs of use. Small scuffs and scratches can been seen under careful examination on the case and bracelet. It remains in 100% original unpolished condition. Its condition could be described as shopworn or better. There is even some protective plastic still to be found on the buckle. The watch is running great, keeping excellent time, with all the functions working as designed. It comes with the original box, documents, and warranty card, all in like new condition. Including our 1-year complimentary warranty this Formula 1 is estate priced at $1,900.00 CAD. Stock 520-00119.


January 24, 2024

Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph 41.5mm CV2011-0 $2,400.00 CAD. 520-00078

Have you checked out the pricing lately of a good used Rolex Daytona or Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch? These watches have been appreciating faster than the recent real estate markets. Finding a classic Swiss chronograph without spending a fortune is getting more difficult all the time. A weak Canadian dollar is adding to pricing pressures too. The Tag Heuer Carrera CV2011-0 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 half a century 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). This example is old enough to feature an original Tag Heuer modified Valjoux 7750 movement, which is visible through the display case back. It’s a reasonably sized watch with a case diameter of 41.5mm. The silver dial with silver chrono registers forms a classic sophisticated look, especially with the ghost grey tachymetre bezel. Our latest Carrera comes with the original solid stainless steel bracelet with a locking buckle. If you ever decide you want to go all in for a Daytona or Moonwatch, Carreras like this are always welcomed back as trade-ins. Our example is in good condition. The previous owner wore most of the time and it is showing scratches on the case and bracelet. The bezel insert’s edge and bezel frame have some abrasions and impact marks around the circumference. Showing some areas of wear and tear, but it’s the honest patina that comes from an enjoyable wearing experience by the previous owner. This watch was originally purchased in Canada and comes with the original packaging, documents, and endorsed (not dated) warranty card. Comes with a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, the watch is estate priced at $2,400.00 CAD. Stock #520-00078.


January 16, 2024

2020 Grand Seiko Spring Drive Ltd. ed. #319/700 SBGY003G $12,500.00 CAD. 501-00053

Despite the immense variety of watches available, the vast majority can be classified into three categories: either manual wind, automatic or quartz. Manual wind watches are the oldest technology dating back to the first pocket watches. With manual wind watches, every day or two you must physically wind the mainspring to store the required energy to power the mechanism. Automatic watches run on mechanical energy generated by the movement of the wearer’s wrist which winds the mainspring and then slowly, predictably releases power to the hands. Automatic watches never need a battery— only the occasional service.  The exceptionally well-tuned, high end, fully adjusted, automatic watch can keep time accurate time to +/- a few seconds per day. Quartz watches instead rely on a quartz crystal to keep time, which vibrates when an electric current is passed through it. In most quartz watches, the crystal will vibrate exactly 32,768 times per second, which the watch can use to keep time to an accuracy of better than +/- 1 second a day. The downside of quartz watches is that they need a battery to power the circuitry and move the hands. The Grand Seiko “Spring Drive” movement takes the best aspects of a traditional manual wind watch with the accuracy of the finest quartz movement but without the need for a battery, capacitor, or any other electric storage system. Seiko’s “Tri-Synchro Regulator” technology is like nothing else.  Like a manual watch, its power comes entirely from power stored in the mainspring that is very slowly released. However, instead of powering a traditional balance wheel through a series of gears to the hands; mechanical energy is used to power a tiny generator producing a continuous electric current. This current first powers a quartz crystal, keeping time much more precisely than any mechanical balance wheel oscillating over 4000 times slower ever could. The watch then compares the frequency of the quartz crystal with that of the spring drive glide wheel and uses the remaining current to apply a frictionless electromagnetic brake on the wheel to regulate its speed. The brake keeps the wheel perpetually spinning at a precise rate as determined by the quartz crystal. No battery to replace, and no rechargeable capacitor to fail as with every other quartz watch including solar-powered watches. You get the best of both worlds: the accuracy of quartz watches with the convenience/reliability of old fashion hand wind. There truly is no other watch in the world that even comes close to this level of ingenuity. Keeping the dial of the watch free from anything other than the most basic 3 hand timekeeping duties, this watch features a power reserve gauge visible through the transparent display back. Our newest estate watch comes from a Canadian authorized Grand Seiko agent purchased in June 2020.  The watch is in hardly worn condition. It was stored unworn from the initial purchase in June 2020. It was then occasionally worn from May 2022 until December 2022 before finding its way to Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. The only evidence of use are insignificant scuffs on the case and buckle that are only revealed under extreme scrutiny. There is a small impact mark on the bezel at the 5 minute position that can be seen with the naked eye. The watch remains in its original unpolished condition. This is one of the rarest Spring Drive Grand Seikos with only 700 produced commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Seiko Spring Drive technology. Unless you were sharp out of the gate and pre-ordered one of these, they were likely sold out before you ever knew they existed. These watches carried a CAD MSRP of $10,300.00. On the secondary market, used versions are selling for significantly more than the original price. It comes complete with inner/outer boxes, documents, and endorsed warranty papers. The previous owner lost the white cardboard box sleeve and tan travel pouch after these images were taken. The watch is running perfectly and keeping better time than certified chronometer requirements. It remains under the Seiko warranty until June of 2023. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a 1-year warranty extension for the new owner. We are thrilled to showcase only our 2nd Seiko Spring Drive for the estate price of $12,500.00 CAD. Stock #501-00053.


January 6, 2024

2000 18 karat Breitling Chronomat 39mm K13352 $11,300.00 CAD. 515-00077

A watch doesn’t need to be massive to make a statement or leave an impression. Many contemporary sport watches are just too big for people with smaller wrists; diameters of 45mm and larger can be awkward and cumbersome for the average size arm. This one measures a comfortable 39mm making it suitable for the more slender wrist. Breitling’s Chronomat K13352 in rich 18-karat yellow gold (115 grams gross weight) is sporty by nature but can be worn for dressy occasions too. The beautiful black face with champagne register dials is a striking combination. The smaller rounded crown and control buttons don’t dig into the back of your hand. Breitling is known for their large sporty chronograph watches. Although this watch is smaller in size it doesn’t lack the features you’d expect from a luxury Swiss watch. The two-tone black/champagne panda dial makes chronograph interpretation very easy. Luminous hour markers and hands allow for time reference in any lighting situation. A chapter ring tachymeter scale on the dial allows units per hour calculations. The one-way ratcheting bezel adds an additional 60-minute timer capability independent of the 12-hour chronograph. Calendar, continuous seconds hand, threaded crown/case back, curved synthetic sapphire crystal (with anti-reflective coating) and certified chronometer automatic movement round off this watches attributes. This watch dates from around the turn of the 21st. century and remains in its original unpolished condition. It looks almost like new old stock, showing no major scratches or dings anywhere on the case, bezel, or case back. Attached to the watch is a classy black crocodile leather strap with a signed 18-karat yellow gold buckle. The premium quality strap is original to the watch and is also in like new condition, without any stains or blemishes.  Included with the watch is a Breitling inner/outer box with an instruction booklet, warranty booklet, chronometer certificate, and a complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. The black-on-black strap/dial combination is about as dressy as you can get for a sports watch. The standard 20mm lug span allows easy strap substitution if you’d like to make a more casual statement with a brown strap. It’s amazing how a simple strap substitution gives the watch an entirely different personality. Estate priced at $11,300.00 CAD. Stock #515-00077.


January 3, 2024

2021 IWC Big Pilot 43 IW329304 with extra strap $9,500.00 CAD (like new). 501-00256

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 43 is their homage to pilot watches from the 1930s and 40s. IW329304 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 purchased in September 2021 and remains in hardly worn original condition. It has never been polished or touched up in any way. It still displays sharp crisp machined edges on the case and bracelet links. A large 9.5mm threaded crown and case back ensure water resistance to 330 feet. A curved synthetic sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating makes a super legible dial even more defined. The accessory Santoni Italian leather strap looks practically unworn with a unique brown hue and vintage patina adding a vintage look to the classic-looking watch. The foldover deployment buckle on the leather strap is much more secure than a regular tang buckle and extends the strap’s life. Inside the pressure and vacuum-protected case beats an IWC in-house developed calibre 82100. This 22-jewel automatic winding movement provides a lengthy 60 hours of power reserve when you’re not wearing the watch. The beautiful movement is visible through the display back, it features the IWC’s proprietary Pellaton winding mechanism crafted from super hard ceramic. You can easily spot the ceramic parts because they are black and not buried within the elaborate mechanism. Ceramic has many advantages over metal when it comes to precise components. Unlike similar metal parts, ceramic shouldn’t wear out as they require little to no lubrication. The (they really don’t wear out), and they need less if any, lubrication. IWC’s Pellaton ceramic winding technology employs ratcheting pals instead of gears to lock the winding wheels. Although this movement displays a minimum of information it is still considered one of the foremost mechanisms available. The stainless steel locking buckle features a clever push button micro-adjustment allowing a custom fit without the need the add or remove a link. The hardly worn watch comes with everything well originally delivered plus the extra strap and buckle ($750.00 value). Both the stainless steel bracelet and leather strap can easily be removed and swapped over without any tools in about 10 seconds with an integrated quick-release trigger. Including our complimentary warranty, this watch is estate priced at $9,500.00 CAD. Stock #501-00256.


December 30, 2023

2013 Breitling SuperOcean 42mm Limited Edition Orange Abyss A17364 $3,500.00 CAD. 515-00091

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 5000 feet; no wonder this watch is known as Orange Abyss. That depth rating should be plenty for the typical recreational diver who is not likely to exceed any more than 100 feet. Overbuilt in almost every way the 42mm watch also is equipped with a helium escape valve. It’s another feature that 99.9% of divers will never need. It is there just on the off chance you decide to do a really really deep dive that requires living in a diving bell breathing a mixture of helium and oxygen for an extended period of time. Pressurized helium gas can penetrate the case gaskets, build up inside the case and push the crystal out if the watch isn’t equipped with a helium escape valve. It does make for an interesting conversation point if someone asks what the little button on the side is for.  The rest of the watch is typical high end stuff. Certified chronometer grade automatic winding Swiss movement, super hard curved synthetic sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, threaded crown/case back, one way ratcheting timer bezel, thick highly luminous hands and hour markers. These SuperOcean models are mostly seen with basic black dials. They were also available with red, yellow, and blue coloured chapter rings around the edge of the dial. Only the orange version like this one was produced as a limited edition run of just 2,000 pieces. The overall condition as very good for a watch that was purchased new in 2013. It remains in original condition and appears unpolished. The colour matched black and orange strap is in fair condition. An accessory stainless steel bracelet is available from Breitling should you wish to change the look. The watch comes with every piece of original packaging, warranty card, certificates, instructions, booklets etc. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will supply a 1-year complimentary warranty for the next owner. Estate priced at $3,500.00 CAD. Stock #515-00091.


December 28, 2023

2003 Longines DolceVita L5 155 6. 18kt gold, 68.9gr. $5,300.00 CAD. 501-00190

Longines watches are known for high quality and great value. On the secondary market, their value is truly outstanding. Previously enjoyed Longines watches offer much bigger discounts compared to the top-of-mind brands like Omega, Tag-Heuer, Breitling, Rolex, and Cartier. The price difference between new and used peaks with their solid gold ladies’ models. A preowned Longines like this 18 karat DolceVita is just $5,300.00 CAD. Looking at a new version of something similar on the Longines website reveals a retail price of $8,050.00 for a leather strap example weighing 34.9 grams. Priced by the gram, this estate version would have a replacement value of close to $14,000.00 given it weighs close to twice that of the current model. That seems reasonable considering the complexity of manufacturing something as intricate as a watch. There are dozens of components to be crafted from premium 18 karat yellow gold that all must fit perfectly together. A heavy weight gold ring or chain necklace is exponentially easier to craft than a complicated watch with a removable and adjustable bracelet. This uncommon watch features a very rare navy blue dial. Blue is literally the complementary colour of yellow and makes for a striking combination with the premium 18 karat gold. The watch was purchased at an authorized Longines dealer in the Toronto area in the spring of 2003. It remains in its original unpolished condition. It shows the typical evidence of use in the form of scuffs and scratches to the case and bracelet. Whenever possible we leave our estate watches in their original condition. We will happily polish and refinish them to like new appearance, but remember, they are only original once. This watch shows only a little sag in the bracelet with no stretch. It comes complete with all of its original documentation and packaging. The high precision, Swiss quartz movement is running perfectly and keeping great time. We will happy to include a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated 5 years) for the next owner. Looking at the value from a different perspective, consider the following. The net weight of 18 karat gold in this watch likely adds up to at least 63 grams. At the current price of gold $2,900.00 CAD per ounce (March 7, 22, 2024) the value of gold in this watch alone is over $4,400.00 CAD! Including free refinishing, this watch is an outstanding value priced at $5,300.00 CAD. Stock #501-00190.


2016 Omega De Ville Master Chronometer 433.13.41.21.10.001 41mm $5,900.00 CAD. e14603 510-00047.

The beauty of the mechanical watch is best displayed in its purest form of simple time keeping with perhaps a calendar display. This watch doesn’t scream exotic, expensive, and complicated but it’s all of those things in subtle stainless steel on a leather strap. Omega has been one of the world’s great watch manufactures since the mid-1800s. They’ve made many millions of watches since then and always with great attention to detail. They produce sophisticated mechanical movements with reliable technology like no other. While not inexpensive, the economy of scale allows Omega watches to compete with Switzerland’s finest at a price point many can afford. The 39 jewel masterpiece housed within the 41mm case is a competent as any from the most exclusive boutique Swiss brands. A complicated double mainspring barrel setup allows a long 60-hour power reserve while maintaining accuracy levels well under chronometer tolerances. The movement ticks away at an unusual 25,200 cycles per hour, compared to 28,800 cycles for most of Omega’s movement and pretty much the entire watch industry. Independent testing of the Master Chronometer movements goes much further than the standard COSC testing requirements. In short, each movement is tested in various positions while exposed to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss and subject to extreme temperature variations. In order to achieve the title of Master Chronometer the movement must keep time within zero to plus 5 seconds per day. Under regular conditions, many owners report an accuracy level of only just a few seconds per week. The beautiful movement is visible through the clear display back. The luxury finishes extend beyond the polished and satin finish case to the soft alligator strap with a locking deployment buckle. The brown dial has a radial finish centre section with a circular edge containing beautifully faceted Roman numerals. Simple white text with an applied Omega dial completes the understated dial. This watch was originally purchased through a Canadian authorized Omega agent for Christmas of 2016. It was only occasionally used since then and looks practically unworn. Only a few tiny scuffs can be seen on the stainless steel case. The leather strap also appears practically unworn. The watch comes complete with the original instruction booklet, 3 cards with a fully endorsed warranty, foam-lined white outer cardboard box, an original wooden inner box, and the plastic product tag showing the serial number and original price of $7,550.00 CAD. This watch is still available from Omega and can be seen on the corporate website with a current price of $7,900.00 CAD. We are happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty with purchase. This like-new De Ville Master Chronometer is estate priced at $5,900.00 CAD. Stock #e14603 510-00047.


December 23, 2023

2011 Cartier Ronde 2933 29.5mm $3,200.00. 501-00307

For classic looks that stand the test of time (pun intended) you can’t beat a Cartier. More often than not their watch designs will showcase an easy to read, light tone dial with contrasting black Roman numeral hour markers. The Ronde Solo Quartz is not different. Timekeeping duties have been further simplified by eliminating the seconds hand, just a hour and minute hand tucked down very close to the silver/white dial. The bright blue signature Cartier spinel cabochon crown is another feature you’d expect to see. At 29.5mm diameter this watch is the sweet spot for many women, not too big and not too small. Adding some extra interest is an inner 24 hour track, a great feature for those of you who operate in a 24:00 world. This watch is so minimalist it doesn’t even have a calendar display. A super hard synthetic sapphire crystal is gently curved allowing minimum clearance for the hands while maintaining an overall thickness of a remarkable 6.3mm. This watch has been regularly worn by its previous owner in rotation with a few other luxury watches. It shows scratches on the flat link bracelet and case associated with use. We always opt to leave collector watches like this in their original untouched condition. If you’d link our goldsmiths to polish and refinish this watch, we’d happily do so at no charge. Included with purchase is everything delivered when purchased new at Birks in July 2011. There are even to free battery change coupons from BIRKS that we will honor when the time comes to replace the silver oxide cell. Cartier describe the precision Swiss quartz movement in this watch as a “high autonomy quartz movement” with an expected battery life of approximately 8 years. We always have these high capacity silver oxide cells in stock and can change them while you wait. The Ronde line is still available through Cartier. The almost identical version (WSRN0033) carries a price of $4,150.00. Comes complete with original Cartier box, booklets, certificates, CD, full compliment of adjustable sizing links, and the 2 free battery change coupons. Including our complimentary one year warranty, our latest estate Cartier is estate priced at $3,200.00 CAD. Stock #501-00307.


Chopard Happy Sport chronograph with diamonds 42mm 8499. $5,500.00 CAD. 501-00195

Chopard’s Happy Diamonds collection is best described by the 163 year old Swiss institution as being, “as audacious as they are playful, with their iconic dancing diamonds gently moving and twirling between two sapphire crystals, symbolizing an authentic touch of Joie de Vivre and a truly free spirit. Little diamonds do great things” This Happy Sport diamond chronograph certainly captures that spirit with its 0.35 carat total weight collection of 5 round brilliant cut diamonds. The diamonds are of excellent quality, grading a conservative VS clarity, G colour, and all of excellent cut. They spin and twirl across the sapphire crystal sandwich with the slightest movement. A high point in the centre of each of the bezel settings causes them to spin like a top as they float around the dial. It’s a fun a mesmerizing display that adds some sparkle to the sporting nature of this watch. It’s a large watch with a diameter of 42mm but isn’t difficult to wear. The depth of 12.6mm is quite manageable and with a comfortable weight of only 79 grams. The soft alligator strap is cut on the shorter side and comfortably fits a wrist size of up to 7 1/2 inches (longer length straps are available). This watch is in excellent condition showing only light signs of use. There are very minor scuffs and scratches on the case and bezel. The original black strap and signed Chopard buckle look almost new. Keeping time behind the easy to read white dial is a high precision Swiss quartz movement. This modern mechanism features a 30-minute elapsed timer with a lap time function, calendar, and timezone quick adjust. The one-way ratcheting bezel can also be used as a 60-minute timer when 1/10 of a second display accuracy isn’t necessary. The watch is running like new with all functions operating as designed. We are happy to provide the new owner with a no-charge 1-year warranty (prorated 5 years). The watch comes with a beautiful Chopard presentation inner/outer box with a protective cardboard sleeve. The Happy Sport diamond chronograph is estate priced at $5,500.00 CAD. Stock #501-00195.

 


December 22, 2023

Tag Heuer Autavia CY2111 43mm $3,700.00 CAD. 520-00018

Vintage looks are popular and when you’ve been around since 1860 there’s a lot of history to draw inspiration from. The Autavia  CY2111 is a retro inspired watch that owes much of its style to a watch introduced by Heuer in the late 1960s. 55 years later what’s old is new again with this fitting tribute to the original. From the bracelet and case shape to the left hand crown this watch looks like it could have been on the wrist of a 1960s racing driver. Even the black white and orange dial colours, hands, and hour markers are properly period correct derived. As a concession to modern convenience and durability, new low profile square pusher chronograph controls aren’t as prone to damage as the original round pushers. A synthetic sapphire crystal replaces the original easily scratched plastic version. Our latest estate example is in 100% original condition showing no signs of polishing or refinishing. There are some scratches on the bracelet and a few small impact marks on the sharper edges, but by and large, it presents very well. At 43mm wide it is on the large size but it’s not cumbersome. The left hand crown combined with the gently rounded case makes for a surprisingly comfortable watch even for those who don’t have a large wrist. The flat black dial with highly polished, faceted hands and hour markers make for a very easy to read face with some sparkly bling. The automatic winding movement is working like new, keeping great time with the chronograph and calendar functioning as designed. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers’ complimentary one-year warranty comes included in the estate price of $3,700.00 CAD. Stock #520-00018.

 


December 20, 2023

2007 18kt. Omega De Ville ltd. ed. 4660.20.32 44mm $13,500.00 CAD. 510-00132

Omega makes many limited editions of their popular models. I’m sure there are dozens of different limited edition Seamaster James Bond watches and Speedmasters. The sheer numbers of limited edition offerings definitely dilute the appeal and merely make most just another model variation. We’ve seen many Omega limited editions made in runs of up to 10,000 units. Here is another Omega limited edition, but this one is well and truly a rare watch as just 333 were ever made. This is one of the last few made, number 328 0f 333. For a giant manufacturer like Omega, this is a remarkably low number. We originally sold this watch around 2007 when we were authorized agents for Omega. We still have an old catalog here showing the Canadian retail price of $18,000.00.This is a curious watch and I really don’t know what it was commemorating or why it was produced in such low numbers. What I can say is it is a very interesting timepiece due to its overwhelmingly simple and effective approach to displaying the time. The 44mm case size was giant when this watch appeared in 2007 and even today it looks extra large due to the bright white dial and lack of a thick bezel. This isn’t white paint, it is made of glass enamel. Enamel is an old technique using powdered glass and fusing it to a metal base. This process produces a super hard durable finish that doesn’t fade or stain. The technique was mostly abandoned when pocket watches fell out of favor around the mid-point of the 20th century. Omega clearly hasn’t lost its ability to produce a dial that looks like it could have come from one of their exquisite pocket watches from 100 years ago. The font on this watch looks like an early Art Deco design or something you’d see on a First World War trench watch. Simple tapered hands, a skinny blued-steel second hand, and a thin minute track on the dial edge complete the vintage look. Rather than equipping this watch with a predictable display back, Omega selected to fit this watch with a beautiful embossed image. Chronos is the Greek god of time. The winged deity is pictured on top of a globe holding an oversized pocketwatch in one hand and a spear in the other. I’m sure the solid threaded case back added significant cost compared to a display window and contributed to a total weight of 139 grams! This watch is in almost new condition, it has only been worn a handful of times and has never been polished in any way. Over time the copper alloy in rose gold produces a soft oxidized patina that we decided to leave alone. This subtle finish can easily be removed with a polishing cloth by hand in less than 1 minute. We thought leaving it completely visible was a testament to show just how little wrist time this watch has seen since 2007. The original soft brown crocodile strap is perfect and the 18-karat locking deployment buckle works great and snaps shut with a satisfying click.Powering this less is more oversized dress watch is Omega’s Co-Axial calibre 2403 automatic winding mechanism. This movement is based on Omega’s Co-Axial calibre 2500 but without the date mechanism. The 2500 was the first commercially produced Co-Axial escapement movement. The 2500 is based on the workhorse ETA 2892-A2, so you can be confident this movement will provide a lifetime of reliable service with the occasional servicing. We’d normally open a watch like this up to show off the pretty little mechanism but the delicate red wax seal is still completely intact showing the case-back has never been removed.We are happy to supply the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty. It does not come with any original documentation or packaging. Our estate price for this genuine Omega rarity is $13,500.00 CAD. Stock #510-000132


December 18, 2023

2021 Cartier extra large Santos Dunmont W2SA0017 $8,865.00 CAD. 101-00238

Gentleman’s watches and Cartier goes back to where it all began. Wristwatches were pretty much only worn by women until Cartier designed the Santos. It was the answer to a request from pioneering pilot Alberto Santos Dumont who needed a watch while flying his precarious aircraft. A gentleman’s pocket watch was too dangerous and awkward at the least to use while trying to control experimental airplanes. Dumont was a personal friend of the famous Paris Jeweller Louis Cartier. The Cartier “Santos” can correctly be called the world’s first true pilot’s watch. Modern men should be grateful to both Cartier and Alberto Santos Dumont or we could still be using pocket watches today. The Dunmont W2SA0017 is the latest version of a watch that goes back to 1904 and has been in serial production for well over 100 years. Its extra large size may not be truely representative of contemporaries from other brands but this is large for a Santos. The square outline looks much larger than 33.9mm width suggests. Compared to a Rolex 36mm Oyster it actually appears larger. The slim profile of just 7.5mm is accomplished with the help a very thin Cartier-branded version of Piaget’s ultra-thin, manual-winding calibre 430P calibre with a simple two hand display of the time only. This remarkable little movement is only 2.1mm tall. The hand wind movement has a power reserve of 38 hours and runs at a relaxed frequency of 21,600 cycles per hour. This reliable mechanism has been in service for around 25 years. The case features a solid 18 karat rose gold bezel, sapphire crystal, beaded crown with synthetic spinel cabochon. The signature of Alberto Santos Dumont is debossed into the case back along with the serial number and other Cartier information. This watch comes complete with everything from when originally purchased in June 2021. It is in original unpolished condition. There are a few light shallow scuffs on the rose gold bezel and stainless steel case. These minor blemishes go unnoticed except under extreme scrutiny. The quick release original Cartier black crocodile strap is in like new condition along with the signed Cartier buckle. This is a current model available at any Cartier boutique for $11,700.00 CAD. For a sophisticated event there is nothing nicer to wearing a thin hand wind mechanical timepiece. Refined taste in a less is more package is what the Cartier Dumont is all about. This watch is covered by our 1-year warranty (prorated 5-years) and is estate priced at $8,865.00 CAD. Stock #501-00238.


December 17, 2023

2006 18kt. Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow 42mm 321.50.42.50.01.0012 $32,000.00 CAD. 510-00129

We have written and discussed previously the significance 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 and of course, the Apollo 11 mission. It was the first watch worn on the moon. In fact, the old-school hand-wind Speedmaster Professional mechanical watches were standard issue well into the space shuttle program. The Omega Speedmaster Professional remains one of several wristwatches qualified by NASA for all manned spaceflight missions. The history of the Omega Speedmaster 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 when fractions of a second count. The Speedmaster has evolved over the last 7 decades adding more models, variations, and changes to the case shape and dial, but the original ’57 Speedmaster or pre-moon Speedmaster remained an admired and desired look. Our latest Speedmaster takes the basic concept into a more luxurious direction but still keeps all the function and utility. It features a heavy gold case and bracelet constructed from solid 18-karat rose gold. The old hand wind 1861 movement found in the Moonwatch has been replaced in this model with Omega’s caliber 3313. This 37-jewel movement adds automatic winding, superior accuracy standards, a lengthy 52-hour power reserve, a useful 31-day calendar, and Omega’s proprietary Co-Axial escapement. The escapement is often referred to as the heartbeat of the movement due to the crucial responsibility of transferring coiled energy from the mainspring to the back-and-forth timekeeping elements of the balance wheel. The Co-Axial escapement used additional jewels and additional escape wheels. This radically new technology applied radial friction instead of sliding friction, reducing the amount of overall resistance on the escape wheel, resulting in less wear on the part and extended service intervals. This was the first practical improvement to the forked pallet escapement seen in over 200 years! The luminous broad arrow hour and minute hands are reminiscent of the first Speedmasters, and the red 1957 is an obvious acknowledgment of the debut year for the model. Constructed from premium 18-karat rose gold this watch is a true heavyweight despite measuring 42mm in diameter. With the full complement of 16 links (6 are removable), this watch weighs over 236 grams (over 1/2 a pound)! The bracelet with a locking clasp shows no sag and zero stretch. This watch was purchased new from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers and has only been worn a few times by a previous collector customer of ours. The watch looks virtually unworn. There are a few light scratches on the buckle surface and microscopic scuffs elsewhere on the case and bracelet but is otherwise perfect. The minor buckle blemishes could easily be removed in just a couple of minutes but we’ve opted to leave it completely original. No original documents or packaging come with the watch. We are happy to provide the new owner with a 1-year warranty (prorated 5 years). This rare Omega Speedmaster is estate priced at $32,000.00 CAD. Stock #510-00129.

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1998 Omega Constellation ’95 1277.75.00 25.5mm diamond dial & bezel $3,500.0 CAD. 510-00164

Spend some 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 the Constellation is surprisingly interesting; developed in 1952 to commemorate Omega’s chronometric (accuracy/timing) 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. The 8 stars on the case back represent two chronometer accuracy timing records and six awards Omega received for accuracy competitions between 1933 and 1952. This model continued the Manhattan tradition of the bezel Griffes or claws on the case, originally designed to hold the crystal in place and keep the watch watertight. In 1995, the line was updated with a more rounded case, slightly domed bracelet links, and a curved crystal. This member of the ’95 collection dates from around 1998 and comes equipped with a factory-delivered diamond marker, mother of pearl dial with the optional and costly diamond set bezel. Made from stainless steel and 18 karat yellow gold with a 25.5mm case the watch is in good original condition. It shows small scuffs and scratches as a testament to careful use, the bracelet remains tight with zero stretch or sag. Its condition appears completely original with no signs of polishing or refinishing. The fully jewelled, super accurate quartz, calibre 1456 movement is running perfectly and keeping excellent time. The very pretty natural mother of pearl dial displays a lovely iridescent effect as the watch is moved. This special diamond dial was a $950.00 upgrade over the basic champagne or silver painted dial, the diamond bezel added $1,850.00 more. Omega only use very good quality brilliant cut diamonds of at least VS-FG standards. The 50 diamonds used in this watch weigh a combined 0.50 carats. The original MSRP of this watch in 1998 was $6,350.00 CAD. Omega still make a version of this watch in a slightly smaller 25mm size with a few style tweaks and a price of $12,100.00 CAD. The current design can be seen on the Omega website here. Our latest one owner watch was purchased new at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers when we were official agents for Omega. It does not come with any original packaging or documents. The bracelet has been sized to fit a smaller sized wrist. We can supply a few extra links if necessary. It is running great and keeping excellent time. Including our complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this watch is estate priced at $3,500.00 CAD. Stock #510-00164.


December 16, 2023

1943 Vacheron & Constantin V458 17 jewel 26.3mm 18kt. $5,100.00 CAD. e14564

Audemars Piguet, Vacheron & Constantin, and Patek Philippe are considered the holy trinity of luxury Swiss watches. Of the 3, Vacheron & Constantin’s mid-century models are an underappreciated rarity and bargain. Between 1940 and 1970 V&C produced less than 5,000 watches per year according to serial number sources. During this period, Vacheron & Constantin had a policy of producing no more than 24 examples of any reference with a specific dial, making this square case 18 karat yellow gold model scarce, to say the least. In continuous production since 1755 has earned the esteemed brand from Geneva the honor of being the oldest watch manufacturer. We have only seen a handful of VC watches pass through our estate department over the past 60 years. It is always a treat when one shows up once or twice a decade. Tradition runs deep among Swiss watch manufactures. A round case with a white dial and Roman numerals defined pocket watch style for hundreds of years. Vacheron was one of the first manufacturers to introduce a watch that wasn’t circular with their tonneau (barrel) shaped case in the early part of the 20th century, followed by square and rectangular watches. Our latest estate watch measures 26.3mm x 26.3mm (38.3mm including lugs). The 18 karat yellow gold case is hallmarked with the image of Helvetia. Helvetia is the female personification of Switzerland in much the same way Lady Liberty represents the United States of America. The G part of the stamp signifies Geneva. The attention to detail and movement finish is an important Vacheron & Constantine tradition. The beautiful 17 jewel hand wind calibre V458 is running great and keeping good time. This movement is hand finished with côtes de Genève and finely bevelled plates. It is operating at leisurely 18,000 cycles per hour with a soothing, audible, familiar tick tick tick tick tick……….. The extra-large stepped lugs give the watch more wrist presence than you’d expect for a watch of this size. A less is more silver dial features arrowhead and Arabic hour markers, connected minute track, and subsidiary seconds hand. As per our usual practice, we’ve elected to leave the gold case in its original unpolished condition. There are scuffs, scratches, and dings on some of the exposed edges but for a watch approaching 80 years of age, the condition is quite good. Attached to the watch is a brand new, genuine lizard, 19mm strap with gold plated buckle. Including a complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this rare watch is estate priced at $5,100.00 CAD. Stock number e14564.


December 15, 2023

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

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

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2022 Grand Seiko GMT high-beat SBGJ239G like new $6,275.00 CAD. 501-00168

Can anyone remember when super-accurate, low-cost quartz watches almost put the Swiss watchmaking industry out of business? In the 1970s, companies like Japan’s SEIKO Corporation came to North America with high-quality quartz watches that were far more accurate than any mechanical offering from Switzerland. Even powerful, respected brands like Omega, Heuer, Longines, and many others were on their economic knees at some point. Most of the traditional brands did go bankrupt at some point only to have their historically significant names purchased and revived by corporate goliaths like The Swatch Group, Richemont, and LVMH. Well, the circle has done a complete 360 and now Japan (specifically SEIKO) is poised to take on the Swiss at their own game once again with the Grand SEIKO line of luxury watches. The last bastion of mechanical Swiss watchmaking supremacy, the certified chronometer is under attack by the HI-BEAT. Our latest estate watch from Grand SEIKO is their HI-BEAT GMT SBGJ239G. It’s 100% mechanical and it operates at better than certified chronometer accuracy tolerances. The HI-BEAT calibre 9S86 is a proprietary 37-jewel movement that runs at 36,600 cycles per hour. At 10 cycles per second, the frequency is 25% faster than pretty much anything else on the market including everything offered by Rolex. Zenith’s El Primero series of movements runs at the same speed as the High Beat. The finish and performance of SEIKO’s top of the line mechanical movement is as nice as any from Switzerland. The 55-hour power reserve is on par or longer than most of the Swiss competition. It’s great to see an alternative to some of the stuffy Swiss products. The super tough stainless steel case is beautiful to look at as it is durable. In addition to offering the basic 3 hand timekeeping function with a calendar, the GMT has a few tricks up its sleeve. The arrow tipped red hand points to a 2nd timezone shown in a 24 format displayed on the two-way rotating bezel. The traditional hour hand (local time) can be set independently of the 24-hour 2nd time zone hand without disturbing the actual time. This handy feature is perfect for the world traveler when moving back and forth through different time zones. At 44mm in diameter, this is a large watch but not overwhelming. The stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and leather strap keeps the total weight down to a manageable 122 grams. Not just for the traveler, this is a serious sports watch. An optically perfect sapphire crystal will keep the view of the mossy green dial unobstructed. I love the luminous treatment of the rotating bezel and dial. The daylight hours are a silver/white colour in the light and glow green in the dark. A threaded crown and display case back contributes to a water-resistance rating of 20 BAR (600 feet). A deployment buckle integrates seamlessly with the soft crocodile leather strap. The watch has only been worn a handful of times and still sports a protective case back sticker and another on the deployment buckle. It comes complete with everything delivered from the Canadian authorized agent when first purchased in February 2022. This model is still available at a retail price of $8,800.00 CAD and can be seen on Seiko’s website. That is a bunch of money for sure, but this watch is even more costly in the U.S. where it retails for $6,600.00 USD plus 5% duty when you import one from outside Canada. These are rare and exotic, seldom coming to the pre-owned market and certainly not with all the original packaging, documents, original receipt, and even a Grand Seiko Shopping bag. The worldwide 5-year warranty will cover the next owner until February 8, 2027. Estate priced at $6,275.00 CAD. Stock #501-00168.

 

 

 


2011 Zenith Captain Chronograph 42mm El Primero 18.2110.400 $13,900.00 CAD. 501-00229

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 at the time. Most ran at reliable but slow 18,000 beats per hour. Consumers were eager for the accuracy the new technically advanced electronic quartz watches promised. Then Zenith unveiled its El Primero, the first-ever automatic chronograph tuned to run at an unheard of 36,000 vibrations per hour. The movement was so groundbreaking until recently matched by Seiko’s High-Beat mechanism. Until the year 2000, Rolex exclusively used the El Primero movement for the Daytona chronograph, but they “detuned” the movement to run at 28,800 vibrations per hour to match the pace of their own in-house designed movements. It took Zenith 7 years to develop the 31-jewel movement masterpiece. It’s no surprise you can find it pretty much unchanged 54 years later in this exotic 18-karat rose gold 42mm Captain Chronograph Zenith El Primero 18.2110.400. This El Primero is the nicest Zenith we’ve had in a long time. Its condition is exceptional. It looks like a shop-worn example or better. There are only some tiny scuffs and scratches on the case, the high grade crocodile strap appears unworn. The watch has never been polished or touched up in any way. It still comes with its original plastic wrapping and case back sticker. A classic silver dial is the epitome of tradition and offers excellent contrast against the faceted hands and hour markers. The signed 18-karat rose gold buckle too remains in perfect blemish free condition. The 42mm case features a large easy to use crown, vintage inspired rectangular pusher controls, and a display case back allowing viewing of the intricate movement through the skeletonized weight rotor. While not considered a waterproof watch, it does come with a water-resistance rating of 50 meters in case you accidentally submerge it. The large dial allows elapsed time interpretation down to 1/10 of a second accuracy. Pictured alongside a 36mm Rolex Datejust the Zenith appears much larger than 42mm. The 6mm diameter difference is only part of the story. As the Zenith lacks a thick bezel, the dial gains some extra surface area. A subtle date window at the 6 o’clock position adds some day-to-day utility while not upsetting the perfect balance of the rest of the dial. The curved sapphire crystal has its anti-reflective coating fully intact. This El Primero comes with absolutely everything that was delivered with the watch when purchased new in October of 2011. Fully endorsed warranty card by Canadian authorized agents, instruction booklet, documents, tags, protective plastic, inner/outer boxes, cardboard sleeve, and a period-correct 280-page hardcover book outlining the history of the brand, the El Primero movement, and other contemporary Zenith watch models.  This watch has been retired and replaced with a similar Chronomaster model of the same 42mm size #18.3200.3600/69.C901 showing a retail price of $27,100.00 CAD on the Zenith website. The watch is accompanied by a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $13,900.00 CAD. Stock #501-00229.


Chopard Mille Miglia GMT Chronograph 42mm 8992 $4,500.0 CAD. 501-00246

The Mille Miglia series continues as part of the Chopard racing line of watches. Model 8992 adds the additional feature of a GMT (Greenwich mean time) dual time display. The traditional 12 hour stopwatch, calendar, tachymeter scale are much easier to interpret with the silver/white dial. Most of these watch were delivered with a rubber strap, this one came with the uncommon stainless steel bracelet with deployment buckle. If you have a larger wrist we may need to source an extra link or two as a couple were removed at some point. The 42mm case is water resistant to 50 meters with its screwed down case back and display window. Powering the watch is a beautifully decorated, chronometer grade Valjoux 7750 that has been modified to Chopard specifications. The watch comes with a 2019 GemScan appraisal document suggesting the replacement value with new would be $11,200.00 CAD. It displays scratches and scuffs associated with use on the bracelet and case. We can refinish and polish most of these away if you wish. All the features are operating as designed and the watch is keeping good time. Surfing the Chopard website shows several different Milli Miglia models but none with a dual time display, and only available with a leather or rubber strap, priced from $9,000.00 USD. Including our complimentary 1-year warranty, this retired Chopard is estate priced at $4,500.00 CAD. Stock #501-00246.


2009 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control 147.8.37.S 40mm $6,000.00 CAD. e14574 501-00104

2009 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control 147.8.37.S. 40mm stainless steel case and bracelet, extra dark brown alligator strap with signed JLC folding buckle, comes with original boxes, documents, endorsed Canadian agent warranty card. 32 jewel automatic movement calibre 899 with 22 karat gold rotor edge. Very good overall condition. The leather strap is in fair condition. Comes with a 1-year warranty. The estate price is $6,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14574 501-00104

 

 

 


IWC Portofino chronograph 42mm IW3910 $3,700.00 CAD. 501-00257

A sleek modern looking sporty chronograph from one of the world’s great watch manufacturers, at a great entry level price point. The International Watch Company is among the most respected luxury brands in the business. The Portofino gives you the look and feel of some of their more expensive offerings at a fraction of the price. The mesh bracelet is a throwback design that has seen renewed interest from many different brands. The dressy black dial with thin hands and markers is right at home at your next event. A handy Day-Date calendar fills the 3:00 o’clock position balancing the constant seconds hand and chronograph registers. An effective anti-reflective coating applied to the sapphire crystal really helps cut down the glare making time interpretation much easier. Powering this 42mm automatic chronograph is a reliable 25-jewel Sellita self winding movement. These hardy mechanisms are robust and familiar with any good watchmaking. Service intervals can be up to 10 years and parts are readily available. This watch is in very good condition and shows small scuffs and scratches on the highly polished case. The texture of the Milanese mesh watch strap almost defies showing wear and tear. The deployment buckle is fully adjustable to fit almost any wrist size. Working great and keeping excellent time the watch comes with our complimentary 1-year warranty. If you’d prefer to buy a brand new, never worn example, model IW3910 is still in production for the equivalent of $7,400.00 Swiss Francs (approximately $11,000.00 CAD) as shown on the IWC website.  This watch does not come with any original documentation or packaging. Estate priced at $3,700.00 CAD. Stock #501-00257


December 14, 2023

TAG Heuer Grand Carrera CAV511A Calibre 17 RS $3,500.00 CAD. 520-00080

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 crystal’s 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 the hour and 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 complete servicing from our watchmaker including vacuum testing and comes with a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. The watch has its full complement of links installed. When this was 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 $3,500.00 CAD. Stock #520-00080.e9688 Tag Heuer Grand Carrera black dial CAV511A Grand Carrera

 


December 13, 2023

2013 Tag Heuer Link WAT1414 29mm 0.59ct. tw. VS-FG $4,000.00 CAD. 520-00115

Tag Heuer’s Link model has maintained key design elements since its introduction as the S/el (sports elegance) back in 1987. Over the years is has become a more dress and less sports model. This ladies 29mm example dates from 2013. A string of bead set, high quality VS-FG round brilliant cut diamond replaces the timer bezel seen on most Tag Heuer sports models. Instead of luminous hour markers on the dial it showcases more diamonds. It is still water resistant with a sapphire crystal and sturdy stainless steel bracelet, but these models are more likely to see dressy events than scuba diving. It is powered by an ultra reliable and accurate Swiss quartz movement with calendar display. Comes complete with everything originally delivered from the authorized Tag Heuer agent. The full length bracelet will accommodate a wrist size of close to 8 inches. When last available this watch came with a retail price of $5,650.00 USD. After a light polish it looks almost like new. The sapphire crystal shows a few small scratches and impact marks, that most likely occurred from rubbing against a diamond ring. They remain pretty much invisible due the the patterned silver dial. The watch is running well and keeping perfect time. This one owner watch was recently traded in for a Rolex from the original owner. We are happy to supply the next owner with a complimentary one year warranty. It is estate priced at $4,000.00 CAD. Stock #520-00115.


Tag Heuer Aquaracer WAY131M black mother of pearl & diamond 35mm $1,900.00 CAD. 520-00073

Some of Tag Heuer’s AquaRacers have evolved into very attractive “jewellery” watches over the 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 diver’s 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 adds some sophisticated feminine details that are quite striking against the combination of polished and brushed steel. It was purchased in 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. The watch exhibits the usual scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet, but the super tough sapphire crystal and ceramic bezel insert are blemish free. The watch has never been polished or refinished in any way. The bracelet and case marks can be easily removed by our expert goldsmiths in just a day or so if you choose. At 35mm in case diameter model WAY131M is easy to read but not 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 has been retired but a similar contemporary white mother of pearl example can be seen on the Tag Heuer website where it carries a suggested retail price of $3,300.00 CAD. Including a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years) this watch is estate priced at $1,900.00 CAD. Stock #520-00073.


1985 Omega Symbol 4130.13.00 32mm 82gr. net weight 18kt. $8,000.00 CAD. 510-00107

Watches made from precious metals are the current trend among the world’s top brands. Companies like Omega, Breitling, and Rolex are showcasing some very expensive watches crafted from gold and platinum. Even with gold prices at $1,930.00 U.S. per ounce and climbing, these brands aren’t afraid to showcase new models. Luxury goods have weathered well since covid and even increased in value over the past few years. Every time a solid gold watch turns up around here we are impressed by the value they offer when priced by the gram. This very rare Omega Symbol from the mid-80s is occasionally seen in all stainless steel and two-tone, but virtually never in all 18-karat gold. The classic tone-on-tone champagne dial with rich yellow gold is a look that is always in style and neutral enough the blend with any outfit. This slim line watch measures an easy to wear 32mm in diameter and ultra-thin 5.5mm in height. The 6-jewel Swiss-made quartz movement displays the time with 2 simple stick hands. It is running flawlessly and keeping excellent time. A discreet calendar adds some additional function and utility. When we removed the movement, stem, crown, case back gasket, and other non-gold elements (leaving just the sapphire crystal) we were impressed by its 83.5-gram weight. With gold prices around $2,500.00 Canadian, this watch contains around $5,000.00 in just precious metal. You’d have a hard time finding a simple 18-karat gold chain or basic wedding band priced anywhere near our estate price of under $100.00 per gram. Of course, this watch is so much more than a simple one-piece casting or mass-produced, machine-made, jewellery item. It was constructed from dozens of specific components all working together to create a beautiful piece of jewellery that also happens to tell time. It is running great and keeping excellent time. The sapphire crystal is scratch free and offers perfect optical properties for easy time interpretation. Aside from giving the case and bracelet a light surface polish, ultrasonic cleaning, and a fresh battery the watch needed no service. We’re happy to provide a complimentary 1-year warranty for the new owner. While Omega no longer produces this model, they make a similar sized De Ville that weighs a bit more (112 grams gross weight). The contemporary model is powered by a far heavier automatic winding mechanical mechanism and is priced at $29,000.00 CAD. We’d estimate the value of gold in this modern example would be no more than $6,000.00 at the current gold values. We are happy to include a complimentary 1-year warranty on this slick retro Omega for the next owner. This rare Omega is estate priced at $8,000.00 CAD. Stock number #510-00107.


December 12, 2023

Ladies Patek Philippe Twenty-4 4910/11 & matching earrings $31,000.00 CAD (tax included). e14561

A Patek Philippe is truly a rare treat for us to showcase. The brand is considered by most as the pinnacle of Swiss watchmaking tradition and quality. Since 1839 PP & Co. have been handcrafting luxury watches for royalty, heads of state, business leaders, and the world’s aristocracy. In well over 60 years of business, I’d estimate only a dozen or so have passed through our estate department. Many of Patek Philippe’s creations are extremely understated, and many models have been in production for decades. Wearing any Patek instantly confirms your good taste and appreciation of the finer things in life. We are proud to present this model Twenty-4, in 18 karat rose gold. The line was introduced in 1999 as their first collection exclusively designed for women. The obvious Art-Deco inspiration has always been popular with those who admire classic geometric design and contrast. The company describes the Twenty-4 as “a stylish companion for the life of modern, active women, at any time of day or night.” Our model 4910/11 is a one-owner example that has been regularly worn by a long-time customer of Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. We have elected to leave the watch in its current unpolished and original condition. The watch displays signs and evidence of life enjoyed, with scuffs and minor scratches on the case and bracelet. It would be an easy job for our expert onsite goldsmiths to refinish the case to the original gleaming highly polished finish if you wish. We’ll always leave it up to you whether to leave watches original or restore the finish to like new. The Twenty-4 is still a current offering with a dial change to Arabic numerals and deletion of the diamond hour markers. The setting crown on the new model is simply adorned with the corporate logo, whereas our original design comes with a 0.05 carat diamond. The current MSRP of the Twenty-4 4910/1201R-001 comes in at a cool $54,600.00 CAD plus sales tax. Our watch comes with a no-charge jewellery bonus of a pair of Patek Philippe 18 karat gold diamond and sapphire earrings. These earrings contain 60 small round brilliant cut diamonds estimated to weigh 0.01 carat each. The diamonds are contrasted by 12 bezel set blue sapphires on the edges. Needless to say, the diamonds and sapphires on these 16.3-gram earrings are of only the finest quality. If you’re looking for a pair of these earrings on the secondary market, expect to see asking prices well above $10,000.00. They come included for no extra charge with the purchase of the watch. The watch is powered by Patek’s proprietary quartz movement, calibre E15. This 6 jewel mechanism is functioning flawlessly and keeping excellent time. A fresh Swiss battery was installed when this photo was taken. It should come as no surprise that this watch is powered by an electronic movement. Patek Philippe were pioneers in quartz technology more than 60 years ago. Their precise mechanisms are finished to the same impeccable standards as the mechanical movements. The 25.5mm wide watch weighs in at a substantial 123.9 grams including the 6 adjustable sizing links. Both the watch and earrings come with their original inner/outer boxes, and complete paperwork and original invoices. The pillow and liner of the box’s finish are deteriorating and flaking off. One of the earring’s spring-loaded Omega backs is loose and should be tightened. The watch and earrings are being sold as a set only for the estate price of $31,000.00 CAD (tax included). We are happy to export duty-free to most international destinations. Stock #e14561.

Viewing by appointment only.

 


2006 Omega Railmaster Chronograph 42mm 2512.50 $3,500.00 CAD. 510-00154

Omega’s Railmaster is part of the Aqua Terra line which is a sub category of the Seamaster. It is a niche watch designed for absolute function with little regard for extra decoration or frivolous details. The broad arrow hands and markers are perfect for at a glance time interpretation day or night. The luminous pigment is applied so thick it actually shows height from the surface of dial. The chronograph registers are large enough to be easily read but do not interfere with the clear dial or the watches main time keeping function. Omega’s 33 jewel calibre 3205 controls the timekeeping. This highly engineered column wheel chronograph movement is both easy to use and highly accurate with a longer 52 hour power reserve. The October 2023 Vibrograf timing report shows a practically perfect result with excellent balance wheel amplitude of 306 degrees and zero beat error. The increased surface area of the the oval chronograph pushers are easy to operate but don’t protrude too fall outside the 42mm case. A threaded case back and screw down crown contribute to a water resistance rating of 500 feet. Our recent pressure test pushed this watch to 10 bars of force (over 300 feet) with no leaks. The watch comes with a like new OEM Omega crocodile strap and a push button release signed deployment buckle. The watch shows small scratches but remains in very good overall condition. The anti-reflective surface coating over the sapphire crystal displays numerous scuffs as is typical on any watch equipped with such a finish. This surface coating can easily be removed revealing a perfect sapphire surface if you wish. Comes complete with our complimentary 1-year warranty and a lovely wooden Omega box but no original documentation. The watch is estate priced at $3,500.00 CAD. Stock #510-00154.

 


December 11, 2023

Aplina Diver 45mm Alpiner 4 AL525NS5AQ6 $1,070.00 CAD. 501-00309.

Great features and performance for a bargain price. They’ve been around for 140 years but unless you’re a serious watch aficionado you’ve likely never heard of Alpina. This Alpiner 4 model AL525NS5AQ6 in a current offering on the Alpina website for $1,895.00. The watch features the same 25 jewel Sellita SW200-1 you’d find in any calibre 5 Tag Heuer, Baume & Mercier, Oris, Sinn, and many other well known Swiss brands. It also comes standard with a hard synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case-back, two way coin edge ratcheting timer bezel, luminous hands/markers, water resistant to 100 meters, fully stainless steel case, sunray blue dial, applied markers, and a beautifully finished case. You could do a lot worse with the same money on a different watch. This one also comes with an extra Alpina signed textured 22mm blue rubber strap. The watch has never been worn and remains in perfect condition. It comes with the original documents, product/price tag, and the inner/outed boxes. Including our 1-year warranty the watch is estate priced at $1,070.00 CAD. Stock #501-00309.

 

 


December 10, 2023

18kt. rose gold IWC Portugieser Chronograph 3714 41mm $13,500.00 CAD. 501-00241

From their 1868 inception in Schaffhausen Switzerland by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones, International Watch Company (IWC) developed a worldwide reputation for manufacturing watches of the highest quality. As many of the world’s great watches do, the Portuguese model came about due to a customer request. It is believed that in the late 1930s, a Portuguese wholesaler approached IWC requesting a gentleman’s wristwatch with the precision of a pocket watch. Challenges imposed by the Second World War made the production and delivery of civilian watches difficult. According to the IWC website, barely 250 “Portuguese” watches were delivered by 1945. It turns out that the introduction of the large for the 41mm time case size was far from commercially successful. In 1993 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the IWC brand a small run called the Jubilee Portuguese was produced. The limited edition quickly sold out and a renewed interest in the classically styled model led to the reintroduction; the rest as they say is history. To this day the Portuguese is the model that IWC is best known for. We don’t see many IWC watches at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers and this one is one of the nicest we’ve been able to offer in our ever changing estate collection. The classic 41mm case size is perfect for today’s watch enthusiasts. Lacking a thick bezel, the silver/white dial looks even bigger than it is. A slightly domed crystal, relatively thin profile of 12.8mm, and supple crocodile strap help contribute to an easy to wear experience. Our example is in almost new condition. It has never been polished or refinished in any way. The leather strap with a signed 18-karat rose gold buckle looks new and is completely blemish free. The case back still sports its protective transparent sticker. Curiously, the bottom outside lug corners have each suffered a small impact as evidenced by these two flat dents, The previous owner never noticed them and couldn’t explain how they got there. They go unnoticed except under close scrutiny. The simple dial layout makes for simple time interpretation. The large dial gives the applied Arabic hour markers lots of room. The highly modified Valjous 7750 serves timekeeping duties. The calendar display has been eliminated along with the 12-hour chronograph register. IWC watchmakers even moved the continuous seconds hand to the 6 o’clock position to give the dial perfect symmetry and balance. The next owner will benefit from our 1-year complimentary warranty (prorated 5 years). This watch comes with an additional 20mm high quality generic crocodile strap with gold plated deployment buckle. The original IWC box, cloth liner, instruction booklet, service booklet, never used polishing cloth, and plastic warranty card are all included in the estate price of $13,500.00 CAD. Stock #501-00241.


December 9, 2023

18kt. 1955 Vacheron & Constantin cal. 477/1 17 jewel, 35mm. $8,160.00 CAD. 501-00136 e14658

Audemars Piguet, Vacheron & Constantin, and Patek Philippe are considered the holy trinity of luxury Swiss watches. Of the 3, Vacheron & Constantin’s mid-century models are an underappreciated rarity and bargain. Between 1940 and 1970 V&C produced less than 5,000 watches per year according to serial number sources. During this period, Vacheron & Constantin had a policy of producing no more than 24 examples of any reference with a specific dial, making this 35mm, 18 karat yellow gold model scarce to say the least. In continuous production since 1755 has earned the esteemed brand from Geneva the honor of being one of the world’s oldest watch manufacturers. We have only seen a handful of VC watches pass through our estate department over the past 60-plus years. It is always a treat when one shows up once every other year or so. Our latest estate watch measures 34.7mm in diameter. This size is somewhat deceptive and wears larger than you’d expect. Pictured beside a 36mm Rolex Datejust, it appears the same or even slightly larger because it features a larger dial without a thick bezel. The 18-karat yellow gold case is hallmarked with the image of Helvetia. Helvetia is the female personification of Switzerland in much the same way Lady Liberty represents the United States of America. The G part of the stamp signifies the city of Geneva. The attention to detail and movement finish is an important Vacheron & Constantine tradition. The beautiful 17-jewel automatic winding calibre 477/1 is running great and keeping good time. This movement is hand finished with côtes de Genève and finely beveled plates. This was VC’s first self-winding movement and is housed in a water-resistant case equipped with a screw-on case back. While not intended to directly compete with a pedestrian Rolex Datejust, it was VC’s do it all design of the 1950s. The bumper rotor provides a unique wearing experience as you can actually feel the rotor weight bounce off its 2 spring bumpers through wrist movement. The original champagne dial has turned a rich toffy colour over the years with an almost complete even patina. The gambler dial features hour markers shaped like card suits, clubs, and diamonds along with Arabic 12 and 6, all connected by a traditional printed minute track. The sweeping centre seconds hand adds a touch of utility bringing the design away from a pure dress model. As per our usual practice, we’ve elected to leave the gold case in its original unpolished condition. There are scuffs, scratches, and dings on some of the exposed edges that are appropriate for a watch approaching 70 years of age. The large, fancy lugs are the most defining characteristic of this model and contribute to more wrist presence than you’d expect. They’re far more substantial than what you’d usually see on a watch of this size. Their proportions appear less significant with grooved and stepped details. Their sculpted profile arcs low keeping the strap in contact with the wrist. Attached to the watch is a new, 17mm Hirsch strap with a gold plated buckle. We will supply an additional strap of your choice at no charge if you’d like a different style or colour. Including a complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this rare watch is estate priced at $8,160.00 CAD. Stock number 501-00136 e14658.

 


December 7, 2023

2021Breitling Chronomat 42 1B01134 (like new) with extra strap $8,260.00 CAD. 515-00063

Like new, 2021 Breitling Chronomat 42 with an extra Hirsch brown leather strap for 30% less than its replacement price. This watch was only worn a couple of times before it made its way to our estate department. Purchased at a Canadian authorized Breitling agent in the spring of 2021. The in-house manufactured 47 jewel B01 chronometer movement is a thing of beauty and something Breitling is very proud to show off through the transparent sapphire display back. In addition to an easy to read (day or night) 3 hand time display, model IB0134101G1A1 features a 12-hour elapsed time chronograph, tachymeter scale, plus a convenient and discreetly located 31-day calendar. The screw down crown and thread case back allows the watch a more than adequate water resistance rating of 200 meters. A touch of 18 karat rose gold trim on the polished 60-minute ratcheting bezel and controls gives this do it all watch an excuse to be used on your next dressy occasion. The throwback bullet bracelet is a Breitling original that hasn’t been seen on one of their products in close to 2 decades, and I for one am happy to see it return. This design is unique to Breitling and is a refreshing departure from the many “Rolex-looking” bracelets you see on other luxury brands. The few times the previous owner wore the watch it was only on the soft brown Hirsch leather strap, the extra long bracelet remains in unworn condition. This watch is a current Breilting offering and can be seen on their website where it carries a price of $11,800.00 CAD. The next owner will benefit from Breitling’s 5-year international warranty until April 2026. Including all of the original documents, packaging, plus the extra leather strap, this watch is estate priced at $8,260.00 CAD. Stock #515-00063.

 


18kt./stainless steel Omega Constellation chronometer 1202.10.00 $4,200.00 CAD. 520-00119

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 it’s a 1973 or 2023 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 over 40 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 integrated bracelet have always been used in one form or another. This 35.5mm automatic chronometer model 1202.10.00 was carefully worn by its one and only owner since it was purchased new from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in February of 2001. It shows scratches and scuffs on the bracelet and case but nothing significant. The bracelet has had a single light polish/refinish, but the head is 100% original. The Constellation has been the flagship model within the Omega family since they were introduced in 1952. The automatic winding movement inside the case is Omega’s 1120 chronometer. It is running great and keeping excellent time. These are uncommon watches today and seldom show up in our estate department.  When we occasionally see them, they are never complete. Not only was this watch original it comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, instructions, fully endorsed warranty card, booklets, card holder, and a ziplock bag with model and calibre number sticker. This design was first introduced in 1995, 28 years later, Omega still makes a watch that looks very similar. Model 123.20.35.20.08.001 is the current version and comes with a retail price of $8,600.00. Including our complimentary 1-year warranty this 2001 Omega Constellation is estate priced at $4,200.00 CAD. Stock #510-00119.


December 5, 2023

MontBlanc Star Chronograph 7104 44mm $3,330.00 CAD. e14586

MontBlanc Star Chronograph 7104. Large 44mm diameter case. Like new condition, showing almost no evidence of use. Brand new OEM black alligator strap with fold-over deployment buckle. 12-hour chronograph Valjoux 7750, 25 jewel movement visible through the display back. 44mm stainless steel case. Beautiful guilloche silver dial with Art Deco-inspired Roman numeral hour markers. Luminous hands and markers. Comes with complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty and original box. A lot of watch for the money. Estate price $3,333.00 CAD. Stock #e14586.


Ladies 1500 series Tag Heuer 955.708G 28mm. $435.00 CAD. e14512

You just never know what will show up next in our estate watch department. One day it’s a 5 figure vintage Rolex and the next we have a well loved Tag Heuer like this for less than $500.00. The 1500 hundred series debuted about 10 years Techniques d’Avant Garde took control of the Heuer Watch Company. It is a mix of styling with inspiration from the original Tag Heuer 1000 and 2000 series. Phased out in the late 1990s the 1500 is rarely seen these days. This series showcased two unusual dials seen on no other Tag Heuer models before or since. The silver and slate “flake” faces are unique to the 1500 series. The silver flake dial of our 28mm is in perfect condition, there are no smudges or stains of any kind to be found. The tritium hour markers and hands are also in excellent shape. The previous owner wore this watch for all activities, under all conditions. The gold plated bezel studs and stripes in the bracelet have sections where the stainless steel has worn through. The crystal is showing numerous tiny impact marks that almost disappear against the silver flake dial. The 1500 series most interesting fact is, former President Barack Obama wore a white dial, two-tone 1500 on a leather strap. For under $500.00 including a one-year warranty, this watch is perfect for the lady who wants a high quality watch that doesn’t need to be worn with caution. The Swiss-made 7 jewel quartz movement is running great and keeping excellent time. Estate priced at $435.00 CAD. Stock #e14512.


December 4, 2023

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

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

 


December 1, 2023

Tag Heuer Alter Ego WP1313-0 WP1318 $1,000.00 & $1,600.00 CAD. e6425 e12529 520-00020

Among the luxury sports watch manufacturers, Tag Heuer is the only company to produce a watch exclusively for women completely different from the men’s models. In 1999 Tag Heuer introduced the Alter Ego. It was built from tough heavy gauge solid stainless steel just like the professional gent’s models. These watches measure a more feminine 29mm diameter and perfectly conform to a lady’s wrist. Both of these examples are brightly polished looking like fine pieces of jewellery. The integrated buckle and bracelet make them appear more like fashionable bracelets than watches. The fine line between jewellery and watch is further blurred with the beautiful cobalt blue and mother of pearl dial with VVS-G diamonds. They are powered by a super accurate and trouble free Swiss quartz movement. Both watches are in like new condition showing only minor evidence of use in the from of small scuffs. The stainless steel case and bracelets can easily be polished up like new if they happen to get scratched. The curved synthetic sapphire crystals on both watches are blemish free offering perfect optics and exceptional resistance to scratches. Both have been lightly polished and treated to new high capacity silver oxide batteries. They’re running great and keeping excellent time. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty they are estate priced at $1,000.00 and $1,600.00 CAD. Stock #e6425 and #e12529 520-00020.

Mother of pearl/diamond sold. Blue dial is available.

 


November 30, 2023

2003 Vacheron Constantin 81000 Malte Grande Classique 36mm. $15,000.00 CAD. e6056 501-00147

In over 60 of business, we had very few opportunities to offer a Vacheron Constantin through our estate department. VC is one of the most respected of all the high-end luxury Swiss brands, with a history going back to the mid-1700s. They are considered one of the holy trinity among Swiss brands along with Audemars Piquet and Patek Philippe. These three brands occupy the ultra-high-end space when it comes to luxury Swiss watch manufacturers. This timeless design is from the Malte Grande Classique collection model 81000/000G-9107 and had a retail price of over $14000.00 USD close to 20 years ago. The solid 18 karat white gold case measures 36mm in diameter and features a beautiful hand-wind chronometer grade movement visible through the clear case back. An engraved silver guilloche dial displays only the necessary information to tell the time. The watch comes with an endorsed warranty card from Royal De Versailles dated October 2003. The original dark brown crocodile strap is in fair condition, showing significant wear, and comes with a signed 18 karat white gold buckle. The white gold case displays signs of use in the form of scratches and scuffs but remains in good to very good condition. Comes with endorsed paperwork from Royal de Versailles (October 2003), and a signed leather travel pouch. Included with the purchase is a complimentary 1-year warranty. Estate priced at $15,000.00 CAD. Stock #e6056 501-00147.


2021 Breitling Navitimer 8 A13314 43mm hardly worn. $4,900.00 CAD. 515-00085

Breitling’s Navitimer watches typically are very busy looking with rotating slide rule bezels and various scales on the dial, used for various mathematical calculations. The model 8 does away with all those diabolically small, impossible to read numbers on the bezel and chapter ring(s). This is a large easy to read 12 hour chronograph with a day and date calendar display and that’s about it. If you don’t need absolute 1/10th of a second elapsed time calculation, Breitling have fitted this less is more model with a simple rotating timer bezel using only a single reference index. Simply turn the bezel index to the current minute and calculate the elapsed time with the minute hand as it advances. The thin bezel leaves plenty of surface area to showcase the beautiful sunburst blue dial with Arabic hour markers. It’s difficult to see in these still images but the 3 register dials have a fine concentric circular finish that contrasts against the rest of the face. Large luminous hands and a double anti-reflective finish on the sapphire crystal allow for excellent optics and a very east to read dial. This watch is in excellent, lightly worn original condition. It has never been polished or touched up at all. It displays some minor scuffs and scratches on the case, bezel, and bracelet, but nothing significant. It was purchased in November of 2021 and comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, instructions, chronometer certificate, and the warranty card. It is running great and keeping very good time with all functions operating as designed. The screw down crown and screw on case back provide a water resistance rating of 100 meters. We are happy to provide the next owner with a complementary 1-year warranty. This rather uncommon Breitling has recently been retired from the line. It is estate priced at $4,900.00 CAD. Stock #515-00085.


Rare Omega Seamaster Polaris 18kt. & titanium 396.1222 $6,500.00 CAD. 510-00036 e5990

e5990.1 Omega Polaris day date 396.1220 18 karat titaniumThis is another watch I really like. I have never seen one of these before. It’s 18-karat gold with a titanium bezel insert and bracelet centre sections. It is on the small side measuring 31.5mm in diameter and would fit well on a man with a thinner wrist or a lady that wants something a little bigger. It will fit a wrist size of close to 8 inches as the bracelet and case measure 20cm long. The watch weighs 88 grams in total and looks like it was only worn on special occasions. Comes with its original box and most paperwork in excellent condition. The 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 month. The 49019121 serial number places production from approximately 1986. The estate price including a 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is $6,500.00, CAD. Stock #510-00036 e5990.


November 29, 2023

2021 Glashütte Original Panorama Date 42mm 2-39-47-06-02-04 (never worn) $6,630.00 CAD. 501-00162

Switzerland is synonymous with luxury watches, but Germany has its fair share of prestigious brands with long and storied histories. Even the world’s most famous brand, Rolex can trace its roots to Germany. Rolex may be Swiss Made, but they are owned by a German charitable foundation (but that’s another story). Taken from the Glashütte website is this small segment of how it all began; “In the middle of the 19th century, in a small valley in the Ore Mountains, just 30 kilometres from the Saxon state capital of Dresden, a unique success story was beginning to unfold. In 1845, the first watchmakers began to settle in Glashütte, thanks to financial support from the government. With the help of a loan from the Kingdom of Saxony, they began to train the town’s inhabitants, who then became independent watchmakers. This laid the cornerstone for the Saxon watch industry and the outstanding quality of Glashütte watches soon gained a worldwide reputation. In order to preserve this knowledge for the future, the German School of Watchmaking Glashütte was founded in 1878”. There is little doubt of the quality when you look at the beautiful construction of our latest estate watch. This throwback vintage design is reminiscent of watches dating back more than 50 years. Funky Arabic numerals, turned-down dial edges, domed crystal, simple stick hour markers, and skinny hands are typical of classic styles that are many decades old. Vintage looking yes, but there is plenty of modern watchmaking technology within the 42mm case. The large date display Glashütte calls a Panorama is unlike most big date watches. Utilizing two independent numbered discs printed 1,2,3 and 0 through 9 allows for much larger numerals than a single disc consisting of 31 days. The two discs are colour matched with the dial and rotate together so closely that they appear as a single digit. The date is also a quick change that happens pretty much exactly at midnight. The back side of the watch showcases the in-house developed 31 jewel calibre 39. This automatic winding mechanism is beautifully decorated with different metal finishes, polished beveled plates, gold plated debossed text, a delicate intricate regulating lever, and many other marvelous features to look at. You’ll want to have a loupe handy when your friends ask you about this watch. The 21 karat solid gold rotor edge isn’t just there to look pretty; it adds extra mass without extra volume to supply increased leverage for more efficient winding. The skeletonized rotor also helps to keep most of the weight away from the centre of rotation further increasing winding efficiency. This is Teutonic watchmaking expertise taken to an extreme. This watch was purchased in the fall of 2021 in Toronto at a Glashütte Original authorized agent.  It comes complete with all its original packaging and documentation including a fully endorsed warranty card and even the original bill of sale. The balance of the factory warranty will protect the new owner until November of 2023. As a never worn watch, it remains in absolutely perfect condition. There is not a scuff or scratch on the case, crystal, or even the hand-made Louisiana Alligator navy blue strap. Glashütte Original watches are almost never seen in our estate showcases and this is the first never worn example we’ve had. If you value high quality and desire something a little off the beaten path of predictable watch brands, you need to drop by and check out the Sixties Panorama Date by Glashütte Original. It is estate priced at $6,630.00 CAD. Stock #501-00162.

 


November 27, 2023

Concord La Scala 29-62-635 14kt. (0.30ct. tw. VS-H) 40.3gr. 22.7mm. $3,300.00 CAD. 501-00170

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 timekeepers. 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 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. Our latest estate watch is this lady’s model enhanced with 44 high quality single cut VS-GH diamonds. If a large thick Rolex isn’t your style this 22.7mm Concord La Scala 29-62-635 may be more to your taste. At less than 6mm thick you hardly know you’re wearing it, aside from the 40 grams in total weight. The Cartier style beads of rice bracelet is infinitely flexible making for a very comfortable fit. The ultra accurate 6 jewel ETA 976.001 quartz movement is functioning flawlessly keeping excellent time. A small case size doesn’t mean it’s difficult to read, the snow white dial with full Roman numerals provides good contrast for easy time interpretation. Think of this watch as a diamond bracelet that has the added feature of telling the time. At only around $82.00 per gram (including the diamonds) the value is hard to beat. You’d pay way more for just a new simple chain link bracelet of similar weight with no diamonds. The watch is in good condition and comes with 5 removable links in the bracelet. There is very little wear to the bracelet and it shows almost no sag. A couple of links have minor dents that are difficult to spot. The crystal displays some small scratches that go almost unnoticed against the white dial. This watch will accommodate a wrist size of up to 7 1/2 inches. The safety buckle features a secure clasp that can be closed in 3 different positions. Included with the purchase is a navy blue Concord travel pouch along with a bill of sale from December 2014. The invoice shows a purchase price of $3,400.00 when gold was trading at just $1,400.00 Canadian per ounce. Today gold is worth close to 70% more yet our estate price is still less than what it was purchased for in 2014. We’re happy to provide the new owner with a complimentary 1 year warranty. The watch is estate priced at $3,3000.00 CAD. Stock #501-00170.


Movado Museum C1.82.7.2 23mm $400.00 CAD. 501-00157

Movado, like many Swiss watch manufacturers, was established in the late 1800s. They first began producing watches in the town of La Chaux-de-fonds Switzerland, the birthplace of numerous high-quality watch brands. Also like many other Swiss brands, mergers and alliances formed over the years. After the quartz revolution of the 1970s, numerous Swiss brands disappeared or merged with other companies. In the 1980s Movado was purchased by North American Watch, later changing its name to The Movado Group. The less is more philosophy has been a Movado look since the introduction of the Museum watch in the 1940s. A large dot at 12:00 on the face symbolized the sun, the single index was the only reference marker on the entire dial. The “Museum” style soon defined the brand, and to this day it is the look that personifies Movado. Our lady’s stainless steel model features the classic glossy black museum dial. The highly polished, reflective hands are surprisingly easy to see and interpret the time with. The brand new black leather Hirsch strap integrates perfectly with the 23mm round case. All stainless steel construction, with a synthetic sapphire crystal that spans the entire top surface, makes for a very modern. Very good condition, showing only a few light scratches on the case. An ultra accurate Swiss quartz movement is operating perfectly within the super thin 4.6mm case. We are pleased to offer the new owner a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years). The estate price is $400.00 CAD. Stock #501-00157.


November 25, 2023

2010 Omega Constellation Cindy Crawford “My Choice” 1365.75.00 pearl diamond dial & bezel, $3,600.00 CAD. 510-00158

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 1365.75.00 comes with an upgraded natural mother of pearl dial with diamond hour markers, diamond bezel, and solid 18 karat yellow gold bezel and bracelet caps. Just like Cindy this watch has aged very well. The highly polished case with neutral colour scheme dial and diamond bezel looks just as fresh and clean today just as it did when it was introduced over 25 years ago. A 22.5mm diameter case size may be a little petite by casual contemporary standards but the dressy sophisticated look suits it well. For a more formal event the traditional size is more than adequate. Every single link is removable in the bracelet, making this watch suitable for the tiniest wrist up to one measuring over 18cm. Highly polished reflective hands with sparkling diamond markers show great contrast making the watch extremely legible despite the smaller size. The fully jewelled Omega Swiss quartz calibre 1465 movement is running flawlessly with the precision that Omega earned its reputation on. Here’s a fun fact about the “My Choice” design; the solid gold caps on each of the flexible links weigh 0.107 grams each and contain around $7.00 in gold content. This watch looks like new. A very light surface polishing, case cleaning, and fresh silver oxide battery have it looking and operating like new. Omega no longer produce this model, but a similar, 25mm version, without the diamond bezel (131.20.25.60.0055.1) comes with a retail price of $8,400.00 CAD. Our 1st generation Cindy Crawford “My Choice” comes complete with a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty and the original elaborate crinkle textured ribbon box and instruction booklet. Estate price $3,600.00 CAD. Stock 510-00158.


November 22, 2023

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

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


November 20, 2023

Ladies 1st. generation Tag Heuer Formula 1 WA1418 28mm $400.00. 520-00112.

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 1 is the high end response to the wildly successful plastic Swatch watch of the 1980s. These colourful lady’s size 28.5mm 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 white/black dial WA1418 example is one of the more uncommon combinations. The original stainless steel bracelet was the upgraded version to the early composite case and rubber strap models. Looking at this example brings back fond memories of when we were Tag Heuer agents; we’d have an entire display full of rainbow colour combinations. This example appears to be original, it doesn’t look to have even been polished or refinished, it maintains the original sandblasted texture over the entire case and bracelet. The buckle shows great relief and the crown shows the HEUER like it was new. The composite bezel and mineral crystal show typical impact marks and scratches typical of a 25 to 30 year old example. The split pin rivets are intact and the perfect condition tritium dial still has some glow left with perfectly matched black 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, threaded case back 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 decades of retro inspired sporty service. Including our 1 year mechanical warranty the watch is estate priced at $400.00 CAD. Stock #520-00112.


November 18, 2023

Breitling SkyRacer Raven special edition A27364 44mm $4,900.00 CAD. 515-00061

Breiting’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 analogue chronograph watches. Elapsed time calculations are very straightforward as the display doesn’t rely on multiple registers to add together. The chronograph simply reads like a regular watch dial with the small left register. As an example 8:22:38 elapsed time is shown like this. The 2 large centre sweep hands can be read to exactly interpret timed minutes, seconds, and even 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 watch’s face. 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 latest previously enjoyed Skyracer is the special edition Raven model featuring a stealthy black bezel, black dial, and black rubber strap with a locking deployment buckle. The deluxe buckle adds a nifty locking slide to quickly adjust the soft rubber strap length by up to 1cm in 2mm increments for the perfect fit. The watch is in great condition showing no significant signs of wear and tear. The brightly polished case and buckle are virtually absent of scratches or scuffs. Looking and working like new with all functions operating as designed. Comes with our complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Model A27364 is estate priced at $4,900.00 CAD. Stock #515-00061.


November 17, 2023

Piaget 18kt. quartz 23mm 80131K61 93.4gr. $8,500.00 CAD. e14343 501-00066

Piaget is one of the high-end brands from Switzerland. They don’t have the name recognition of Rolex, Cartier, Breitling, Omega, etc., but to anyone familiar with luxury Swiss watchmaking the name Piaget conjures up images of very stylish, thin, dressy watches, with minimalist displays and perhaps a few diamonds on the dial or case. The Piaget Polo and Dancer models in the 1980s and 90s were the watches of choice for the rich and famous. They were at the opposite end of the design spectrum when compared to the large, thick, automatic models from Rolex. The majority of Piaget’s production was advanced electronic quartz movements. Often their watches measured less than 5mm thick. In 1960, The Guinness Book of World records recognized the calibre 12P as the thinnest automatic movement in the world (at the time) measuring just 2.3mm thick! Today, Piaget makes a complete mechanical watch that is only 2mm thick. This is a company with much technical skill. They produced a quartz perpetual calendar displaying the correct date for months of the year that didn’t have 31 days, it even adjusted the date display for February 29th in a leap year, all while keeping time within a few seconds per month. Even the movement in our latest estate offering is somewhat unique. With a tiny twist in the 1st setting position, the hands advance or go back exactly one hour automatically. In the second setting position, the same twist results in a one-minute advance or delay. All this is accomplished by means of the internal electronic step motor (there is no direct linkage from the crown to the hands). Seeing the hands move quickly on their own makes the watch appear haunted. We feel this watch dates from the heyday of Piaget sales in the mid to late 1980s or early 1990s. It is in excellent overall condition appearing to be unpolished. There are light scratches on the case, bracelet, and buckle. Being constructed from solid 18 karat gold, these imperfections can easily be removed if you wish. The synthetic sapphire crystal doesn’t show even the smallest scuff. The champagne dial with a radial finish is perfect, with no stains, scuffs, scratches, or blemishes of any kind. Likewise is the condition on the faceted dauphine hands. The previous owner took great pride wearing the watch and was careful with its use. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers has been maintaining it for over 3 decades, changing the cell every few years, with just 1 full service in the past. At 23mm wide and 8 inches long this watch could be worn by a man or woman. Weighing well over 93 grams (gross weight) this watch has a sensational feeling on the wrist. Each of the 25 links is double-jointed resulting in a bracelet that conforms to every contour of your wrist. The watch was only worn for special occasions and shows little to no wear in any of the links. Included with the purchase is a period-correct Piaget brochure showing the upgraded black onyx/diamond dial version that bears the same model number 80131K61. More than 30 years ago the onyx/diamond example had a price of $22,900.00 CAD, we imagine our model must have sold for at least $20,000.00 CAD. The watch is looking great, running well, and keeping excellent time. We are happy to include a complimentary 1-year warranty for the next owner. Estate priced at $8,500.00 CAD. Stock #e14343 501-00066.


2007 Omega Casino Royal ltd. ed. James Bond 2226.80 41mm $6,007.00 CAD. 510-00157

Over the years James Bond’s watch wardrobe has included Rolex, Breiting, Pulsar, Seiko, and Tag-Heuer, but since 1995 Omega has been loyal to just one brand. The Omega Seamaster in various forms has been assisting everyone’s favorite secret agent in thwarting disaster on numerous occasions. After an almost complete financial collapse in the early 1980s and a bank bailout, Omega and many other historically significant Swiss watch manufacturers were acquired by a holding company that later became The Swatch Group. Omega is the darling band of the Swatch Group and in 1993 an all-new Seamaster debuted. Two years later the new Seamaster appeared in the James Bond film GoldenEye. The expensive product placement turned out to be a great investment. To this day, the current Seamaster Professional 300 looks much the same as it did 30 years ago. The look may be the same but the price sure isn’t. In 1993 the watch had a suggested list price of $2,600.00, today the basic offering is up to $8,100.00. Our latest Seamaster Professional 300 is a Limited Edition 2226.80.00 featuring an embossed riffling texture on the dial and the 007 logo on the tail of the second hand. The case back also prominently displays the 007 logo along with series number 00923/10007. As a final tribute to James Bond, the 007 logo is featured on the buckle. Mechanically the watch is identical to the regular version, sorry no secret agent gadgets. The Seamaster 300 showcases a rugged design that is water-resistant to 300 meters, with diver features like a threaded crown, threaded case back, one-way ratcheting bezel timer, helium escape valve, bright luminous dial markers/hands, a locking buckle with wet suit extension.  A very tough and super hard sapphire crystal should keep the unique dial in perfect view. Beating inside the 41mm stainless steel case in Omega’s Co-Axial chronometer calibre 2500. The 2500 was the first Omega to utilize this proprietary escapement. This unique mechanical innovation is said to contribute to more accuracy than a traditional forked lever escapement while extending service intervals. This watch displays some light surface scratches and scuffs but remains in original condition. It has never been polished or refinished in any way. The case back has never been opened up as the factory-applied red seal dot is fully intact. The watch comes with a few of its original documents, including the instructions, service network booklet, limited edition numbered certificate and the original box in excellent condition (no endorsed warranty card). We are happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty. Keeping great time with all features operating as designed. In practically new condition and estate priced at $6,007.00 CAD. Stock #510-00157.


November 9, 2023

2009 Breitling Crosswind Chronograph Dual time 24hr. (rare) B13355 $6,250.00 CAD. 515-00017

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. Comes complete with all Breitling box and polishing cloth (no original paperwork). A complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one-year mechanical warranty is included for the estate price of $6,250.00 CAD. Stock #515-00017.

 

 

 


November 1, 2023

2015 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak OffShore Platinum 26401PO, 44mm, freshly serviced, $66,000.00 CAD. 501-00272