watches

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


November 26, 2022

Tag Heuer Carrera automatic WAR2413, 28.5mm, diamond dial, $2,600.00 CAD. e14409

Do it all and do it with style. Ladies Tag Heuer Carrera with dramatic black dial with diamonds. Brilliant cut white diamonds make the ideal hour markers, not only do they offer excellent reflective properties in low light situations they sparkle and twinkle when the lights or bright. Tag Heuer only uses excellent VS-FG natural diamonds for their creations. The watch is a reasonable 28.5mm diameter case size and is completely constructed from stainless steel. The high quality 18 Jewel calibre 9 Swiss made automatic winding movement is visible through a display window in the threaded case back. The movement features a continuously sweeping second hand along with a calendar display for extra utility. Very good to excellent condition showing some small scratches and scuffs on the case and bracelet. The curved synthetic sapphire crystal is super resistant to scratches while at the same time offering exceptional optics. Tag Heuer’s most current Carrera model of similar specification WAR1314 comes with a suggested retail price of $2,850.00 but only comes with a quartz movement and mother of pearl dial. Our latest estate Carrera came from an employee at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis. LVMH/Louis Vuitton is the parent company for TAG Heuer and has owned the Swiss watch company since 1999. The watch comes with its full assortment of adjustment links along with a complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty. You’re not going to get a more complete example than this, comes with perfect condition original inner/outer boxes, instructions, warranty card, precious stone certificate, and product stickers. Estate priced at $2,600.00 CAD. Stock #e14409.


November 25, 2022

1962 Longines 17 jewel calibre 30L 18kt. case 34.4mm $2,000.00 CAD. 501-00185

Looking great for a 60 year old. Not many consumer products that are designed to be used every day survive like a high-quality Swiss-made watch. The nature of any machine with moving parts is wear and tear. From aeroplanes to automobiles, washing machines to whipper snippers, most machines literally wear themselves out through regular operation. Sure you can have them repaired or rebuilt when possible, but sooner or later they are not worth the cost to fix. Jewellery and high-quality wristwatches are a little different. Most areas prone to wear on jewellery can be repaired or rebuilt by a skilled goldsmith for a reasonable sum. Luxury watches are manufactured to last almost indefinitely with the occasional service. The synthetic jewels in watches act as ultra-low friction bearings between moving metal parts. The jewels are lubricated with highly refined oils and are not subject to all that much torque, so the mechanisms can run 24/7 for many decades without the tiny parts wearing out. This hand wind Longines is a great example of a high quality watch that is ready for another 60 years of reliable service. The calibre L30 ticking away inside the 18 karat gold case is a relatively simple movement that was manufactured in-house by Longines from the mid-1950s through the early 60s. Reliable, robust, and accurate best describe this mechanism. Versions of this calibre were fitted with special balance wheels for observatory chronometer accuracy contests and faired quite well. The movement features bevelled and polished bridge edges, gold jewel settings, and gilded engraving. After a fresh service in August 2022, our watchmaker has got this non chronometer rated watch running within just a few seconds per day. The electronic Vibrograf report show and rate of just plus 4 seconds per day, an impressive 254-degree amplitude, and a good 0.8-millisecond beat error. This watch was presented as a service award for 25 years of service with a personalized engraving on the case back. The solid 18 karat gold case measures an appropriate size for a vintage watch of 34.4mm diameter making it appropriate for either a man or woman today. The silver dial is perfect, showing no stains or blemishes of any kind. I love how the radial sunburst finish centres around the subsidiary second hand and not the centre of the dial as seen on other dials. As an indication of how this watch has been cared for you only need to look at the winding crown; it is original. Seeing an original crown on a 60 year old watch is almost unheard of. As a finishing touch, this watch comes with its original spring loaded Longines box in good condition. We are happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years). This rare watch is estate priced at $2,000.00 CAD. Stock #501-00185.


November 22, 2022

1960s Marvel diamond cocktail watch, 4.00ct. total weight SI-H, 31.4gr. 14kt. $5,600.00 CAD. e14534

Let’s face it, do you really need to know what time it is when you’re wearing a watch like this? The is the kind of accessory timepiece a glamorous Hollywood celebrity like Marilyn Monroe would have worn in the 1960s. It may technically be a watch, but that is simply an excuse because really it is a fabulous diamond bracelet. There are 134 hand set diamonds in this magnificent creation. Multiple sizes of round diamonds, tapered baguette, and a marquise cut centerpiece contribute to a total estimated weight of 4.00 carats. The diamonds are of brilliant SI-H quality and sparkle with the slightest movement. It was crafted from over 30 grams (net weight) of bright white 14 karat gold. The hinged links will conform to a feminine wrist of up to 6 1/2 inches circumference, extra length could be added to the diamond clasp if needed. In the most functional and practical sense, this is a pretty crappy watch. The spring loaded cover always casts a large shadow over the small silver dial and the thick faceted edge curved crystal distorts the optics adding extra challenge when trying to see what time it is. But who really cares, this is a marvelous diamond bracelet, that just so happens to serve a second function as a watch Despite the diamond bracelet limitations, the mechanical AS 1677 movement housed within is of a relatively high specification. The fully jewelled, hand-wind mechanism is shock protected and will run close to two days when fully wound. The beauty of these tiny movements (15mm x 13mm) is they can be left unattended for months or even years. When you decide you’d like the sparkle for the night, simply wind it up, set the time, and away you go. No battery to fail or leak if stored for an extended period. This watch is in remarkable condition. There is no wear of any kind in any of the link joints. The diamond set clasp is equipped with 2 length settings and equipped with a safety chain for added security. Working great and keeping good time (if you even care). We are pleased to provide the new owner with a complimentary 1-year mechanical warranty. The estate price for this beautiful diamond bracelet/watch is $5,600.00 CAD. Stock #e14534


November 21, 2022

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

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

 


November 20, 2022

Baume & Mercier Hampton/Diamant diamond mother of pearl $1,000.00 CAD each. 501-00187 501-00188

Since 1830 Baume & Mercier has been creating high-quality watches in Switzerland. By the late 1800s and early 1900s, the company had earned a reputation for making some very complicated watches, including minute repeaters that chimed out the time in a sonorous fashion that defied the size of the watch. Chronographs with calendars and tourbillon-equipped escapements were other specialties of Baume & Mercier. Casual and sporty watches have their place, but a pretty “jewellery” watch offers the sort of look that certain occasions call for. A watch like the B & M Hampton or Diamant display dressy versatility with the added bling of some tastefully placed natural diamonds. High-quality twinkling diamond hour markers against a background of natural mother of pearl, or bead set along the concave case edges make these watches more than just a time-telling accessory. Their curved synthetic sapphire crystals are super scratch resistant and highly refractive when viewed off-axis, adding to the luxurious design. These watches are in original condition, and neither has been polished or refinished.  They both show minor evidence of use in the form of light scratches and scuffs. These insignificant blemishes can easily be removed in just a few days if you wish. The pink strap watch still retains a protective plastic sticker on the case back.  Dressy yes, but still quite functional. The white mother of pearl dial provides surprising contrast against the faceted hands. For the sharp-sighted a tiny calendar window displays the day of the month in a small window cut out from the natural mother of pearl dial. The stainless steel cases are almost identical in size measuring approximately 22mm x 33mm. Both watches are equipped with efficient and super accurate Swiss-made quartz movements that are keeping excellent time. Both watches come with a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years) and a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers gif box. Each watch is estate priced at $1,000.00. The choice is yours, the fashionably pink strap can be changed for a more basic colour; or go for the sportier steel bracelet example. Stock numbers 501-00187 (steel) and 501-00188 (pink).

501-00187 has been sold (steel bracelet version).

 


November 18, 2022

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

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


November 16, 2022

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.


November 15, 2022

2019 Breitling B01 Chronomat Flying Fish chronograph 44mm AB0110 $5,000.00 CAD. 515-00052

One of the biggest bargains in the used watch scene right now has got to be any Breitling watch equipped with their B01 in-house manufactured movement. Breilting’s reputation and history of producing sports, diving, and aviation-geared watches in combination with this highly advanced movement make these an obvious bargain. Even though Breitling has been around since 1884 and makes some very serious sports watches, they have never produced their own mechanical movement until the B01 as found in our latest estate offering. Like many companies, they modify and upgrade existing high-quality mechanisms from Swiss suppliers like ETA and Valjoux. Breitling certifies every movement leaving their factory is compliant with chronometer specifications for accuracy. Not wanting their production to be limited and sometimes dictated by outside suppliers, Breitling decided to produce an entirely new calibre completely in-house several years ago. The proprietary 47 jewel B01 inside the Chronomat Flying Fish is the result. The single mainspring design stores a remarkable 70 hours of power reserve when not being worn and easily conforms to accuracy levels awarding it chronometer grade status. The watch industry is paying close attention to Breitling and more specifically to this new proprietary movement. Breitling reached an agreement with Rolex sibling company Tudor a few years ago allowing them to use the B01 chronograph movement in the Tudor Heritage Chronograph. In exchange Breitling can access Tudor’s 3-hand in-house MT5612 movement (renamed B20 in Breitling products). For two major watch brands to cooperate like this is very unusual; it shows how much each manufacturer mutually respects the quality of these mechanisms. Rolex has their Daytona Cosmograph and Omega have the Speedmaster Moonwatch. The Breitling Chronomat series is becoming iconic do it all diver/chronograph for Breitling aficionados. The 60-minute diver bezel adds an extra timing function in addition to the 12-hour, 3-register chronograph. The soft black rubber strap gives the watch a far more casual look and keeps the overall weight of the large down to a manageable 176 grams. The clever stainless steel buckle not only locks securely shut but also features a slider adjustment to fine-tune the fit over a range of about 10mm once the basic length has been fit.  Our latest estate Breitling is this Flying Fish Chronomat 44 AB0110. It was purchased from a Breitling authorized agent in 2019, and remains in practically unworn condition. There are virtually no signs of any use, the buckle doesn’t show even the smallest scratch. It hasn’t been polished or refinished in any way. The previous owner is an avid watch collector who traded this watch, along with several others for something else we had in stock. This watch comes complete with everything from the original purchase in 2019 and is covered by the balance of Breitling’s 5-year international warranty under December 29, 2024. The Chronomat 44 is still one of Breitling’s more popular offerings. The current model is shown on their corporate website for $10,800.00 CAD. Costing almost 54% less than the brand new model, it is pretty clear what an outstanding value our example and other comparable B01 Breitlings are. There are very few watches on the market at this price point that offer these features for this price. This like-new example is estate priced at $5,000.00 CAD. Stock #515-00052.

SOLD


November 13, 2022

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.


November 12, 2022

Cartier Santos de Cartier W2SA0009 large auto $12,400.00 CAD. 501-00201

The Santos de Cartier has a long history dating back to 1904 when Alberto Santos Dumont was racing the Wright brothers for achievement in aviation. Both parties were competing to push their “flying machines” further than each other. After Santos complained to Louis Cartier that it was terribly inconvenient to check his pocket watch while trying to control his aircraft, Cartier made him the world’s first pilots watch that was worn on the wrist (very unusual for a man of the time); the Santos de Cartier was born. At 39.8mm this modern Santos is quite a bit larger than the original design but is in keeping with modern tastes. In fact, because of the square/rectangular outline it actually wears quite a bit larger than a 40mm round watch. It’s a classic style that has truly stood the test of time. At well over 100 years old the style is still admired by many and has made Cartier a design pioneer with their watch creations. This example is powered by a Swiss-made, 3 hand, 23 jewel, caliber 1847 MC in-house designed automatic winding mechanism with 42-hour power reserve. The stainless steel and 18 karat yellow gold construction is a combination of a brushed and polished finish. The W2SA0009 Santos is a current model available at the Cartier boutique where it carries a retail price of $14,000.00 CAD and $11,300.00 USD. Our example is complete and comes with an unworn extra tan leather strap that comes standard with the watch. All the original included Cartier accessories have never been out of their plastic bags. The beautiful tan leather strap gives the Santos a completely different character as this file image shows. With Cartier’s “QuickSwitch” bracelet/strap system, no tools or talent is required to change the bracelet over to a strap. Just pushing a concealed button releases the bracelet allowing the strap to quickly snap into place with a reassuring click. The brown strap comes with a signed Cartier deployment buckle that is easy to use and very secure. The endorsed warranty card is dated October 7, 2020, making this watch a little over two years old but it was never worn. It retains its original finish and has never been polished. Not even a link has ever been removed from the adjustable length bracelet. This watch is 100% perfect in every way. We are happy to supply the new owner with a complimentary 2-year warranty matching the factory terms. Here is your chance to buy a popular, never worn Cartier with a decent discount over its retail price. It even comes with a Cartier shopping bag and ribbon. This never-worn Santos de Cartier classic is priced at $12,400.00 CAD. Stock #501-00201.

On hold for G.S.


November 10, 2022

Tag Heuer Carrera Day Date Chronograph 44mm Ltd. Ed. CV2A1D $3,800.00 CAD. 520-00076

TAG Heuer’s Carrera line was part of a great race in the mid-1960s to develop the first automatic winding chronograph. Heuer partnered with Breitling and Hamilton to face off against Zenith. Together they launched their Calibre 11 six months before Zenith’s El Primero hit the market. The caliber 11 was shown in a line of automatic chronographs that debuted in Geneve and New York. The launch included TAG’s Carrera, Autavia, and Monaco models. The original Carrera itself was designed and launched in 1963 by Jack Heuer as the first chronograph (not yet automatic) specifically designed for professional drivers. He was inspired by La Carrera Panamericana Mexican Road Race; one of the most famous events in auto racing history running only from 1950-1954. The Carrera CV2A1D Calibre 16 is one of TAG’s models from a few years ago. From information we gather, this watch was made in a small run with blue highlights on the hands, dial, and start/stop pusher. Almost all the models you’ll come across feature red details. We don’t know what the blue bits signify or how many of these limited editions were manufactured. Tag Heuer is still producing a version of this model but with a new ceramic tachymeter bezel that retails at $6,300.00 CAD as seen on the corporate website. The newest model and our example are powered by the Swiss-made Calibre 16 (based on the ETA Valjoux 7750) automatic chronograph movement. This venerable movement is equipped with 25 jewels, a 42-hour power reserve, and beats at a speedy 28,800 vibrations per hour a vast improvement from the original Calibre 11. The 44mm diameter polished steel case features an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, fixed tachymeter bezel, three register chronograph, and a day-date window at 3 o’clock. The watch is water-resistant to 100 meters, with a screw-on display case back and signed black and crown. The subtle silver dial with polished stainless steel sections, and curved Arabic minute markers, contribute to giving the Carrera a remarkably dressy look. The Carrera has always been a versatile design. This watch is in used, but very good overall condition. It is nice to see the previous owner resisted the urge to polish the stainless steel bezel. It displays some scratches and minor impact marks the debossed tachymetre scale remains crisp and sharp. No matter how careful you are any attempt to polish these bezels results in the fine details of the scale being altered. This uncommon Carrera with its Tag Heuer box and complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is estate priced at $3,800.00 CAD. Stock #520-00076.


November 8, 2022

2020 OMEGA SPEEDMASTER “MOONWATCH” 311.30.42.30.01.005 $6,400.00 CAD. 510-00087

Next to the Rolex Submariner and Daytona, Omega’s Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is just about our most requested estate watch. When they occasionally come around they usually don’t last very long. It’s a watch that hasn’t really changed much since it was introduced in the late 1950s. It’s always been a sporty hand-wind chronograph with tachymetre bezel scale for measuring units per hour. If it works don’t mess with the design; an undisputed classic with a proven record of reliability. All Speedmaster Professional Moonwatches have seen significant increases in value over the past few years. It’s one of those rare watches that has changed very little (except for the slightly over-the-top packaging), even as styles and technologies have moved on. The complete package includes 2 substitute nylon straps, a handy tool for removing the spring bars, 5 replacement spring bars, an oversized medallion replica case back, a large travel case, foam-lined box, a plastic serial/style number hang tag, an appraisal from the Canadian authorized agent who sold the watch in October 2020, and even the original black cardboard protective box sleeve. In the early 1960s, NASA required a chronograph wristwatch that was suitable for its upcoming manned space flight program. They purchased several high-quality chronographs off the shelf from several local Houston Texas jewellers. They then proceeded to subject them to rigorous testing until they eventually failed NASA’s testing (including the Rolex Daytona). The only watch that passed the arduous testing was the Omega Speedmaster. For all 6 moon landings, 88 shuttle flights, and 110 missions there was only one watch that was “flight-qualified by NASA for all manned space missions”. Our latest example was purchased in Canada in the fall of 2020. It was only occasionally worn by a collector in rotation with other watches. Overall condition is excellent, just some very light scuffs on the buckle, bracelet, and case are the only evidence of use. The watch remains in its original unpolished condition. The two extra straps that come included with the package have never been out of their plastic sleeves. In today’s era of GPS tracking and super accurate electronic timing, it’s amazing that such old-fashioned manual mechanical timekeeping technology is still being made and used. That’s how strong the tradition and legend of the Speedmaster Professional is. Even well into the 1990s, this hand-wind throwback from the 1950s was still the watch that was “Flight-Qualified For All Manned Space Missions” as engraved into the case back. Comes with everything original when delivered except for a 4 x magnifying loupe. This is the last of its kind. This model has ceased production but is still shown on Omega’s website along with its replacement model 310.30.42.50.01.001 which carries a retail price of $8,700.00. Our latest estate Moonwatch is the last to utilize the 18 jewel calibre 1861, itself a direct descendant of the original calibre 321 from the very first 1957 Speedmaster. Comes with the balance of the 5-year factory warranty that will cover the next owner until October 2025. Estate priced at $6,400.00 CAD. Stock #510-00087.

SOLD

 


November 1, 2022

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.


October 30, 2022

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.

 


2014 Cartier Rhonde 36mm quartz W6701005 (never worn) $3,500.00 CAD. e14679 501-00141

Regulator visitors to our website often see brand new, never worn watches. Rolex models are seen more than any other brand when it comes to the never worn secondary market. A never worn Cartier is a first for us. Not only has this 36mm Rhonde never been worn, but it is also still completely covered by factory applied protective wrap on the case and bracelet. This watch was presented to the original owner as a gift of a job well done by their employer in 2014 and has remained untouched in its box ever since. It was originally purchased at the Cartier Boutique in Abu Dhabi. The model is still available albeit with a slightly more basic dial lacking the 24-hour inner dial track. The Cartier website shows the current 36mm Rhonde quartz WSRN0034 with a retail price of $4,050.00 CAD. We carefully peeled the protective plastic wrap from the case, installed a fresh high capacity silver oxide battery, and away it went. The Cartier website describes the watch as having a high autonomy movement with a battery life of 8 years. Super accurate quartz technology, a thin case of under 8mm, and a manageable case size of 36mm make this a very easy to live with a luxury watch. Including our complimentary 1-year warranty (pro-rated for 5-years) the Cartier Rhonde is estate priced at $3,500.00 CAD. Stock #501-00141  e14679.


1953 Omega Constellation 2782 2799 SC 35mm 14kt. case. $5,000.00 CAD. e14604

To celebrate their 100th anniversary in 1948 Omega produced a limited edition of 6,000 watches named the Centenary. These were Omega’s first-ever self-winding chronometer-rated watches. The small run proved to be more popular than expected, consumers and collectors appreciated the convenience of automatic winding plus the superior accuracy of the high precision movement. The success of the Centenary inspired the Omega Constellation, a flagship model featuring exclusively chronometer-grade automatic movements. The name Constellation recognizes Omega’s pursuits in chronometry (the science of accurate time measurement). At the height of pocket watch popularity in the mid-1930s,  Omega scored a pair of victories in every category with a pocket watch movement. From 1945 to 1952 they won an additional six times. These accuracy competitions were performed at astronomical observatories in Geneva and England. The case-back of every Constellation is embossed with the image of an observatory along with 8 stars, one star for each precision contest won over the years before the Constellation’s debut in 1952. Special dial characteristics let the world know this was no ordinary Omega. Applied brand name and logo, automatic chronometre officially certified was written out under the logo, and applied star over the 6 o’clock hour marker strengthened the astronomical theme. The elaborate faceted hour markers with Arabic 3,6, and 9 is another feature that distinguishes this watch from the majority. As a final reference to accuracy and precision, many Constellations have a thin crosshair applied across the dial. This estate Constellation is made from 14 karat yellow gold. This is unusual as most were produced in premium 18 karat gold. When the Constellation hit the market in 1952 it was powered by a movement that had already been in production for almost a decade. Omega’s 17 jewel calibre 354 was a high-quality mechanism for the day with a beautiful rose gold plated finish and practical utility of built-in shock protection. The original “bumper” winding rotor was only used for a few years until the 360 rotor design replaced it in 1954. If you own an early example you’ll know the unique feeling on your wrist when the automatic weight bumps off the return spring. Inefficient, yes, but that is part of the charm of this extremely collectible Omega. Our master watchmaker just performed a full overhaul of the 68-year-old mechanism. Included with purchase is a vibrograf report showing impressive accuracy and a robust amplitude of 258 degrees. We are happy to include a complimentary 1-year warranty for the next owner. A brand new 18mm genuine lizard strap has been fitted to the watch complementing the vintage look perfectly. These original Constellations offer great value and are appreciating in value. This watch is estate priced at $5,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14604.


October 27, 2022

1977 Omega Seamaster 35mm 1660216 $1,400.00 CAD. 510-00095

Vintage design is big business these days. The classics are back, from automobiles to the latest clothing fashions, retro styling from some of the most respected brands is very popular today. This 1970s Omega Seamaster suited the well-dressed sporty gentleman over 40 years ago and today the reasonable 35mm size is perfect for a modern woman or man who appreciates classic design and has an eye for fashion that pushes the conservative norm without going over the top. Watches like this Gérald Genta-inspired design Seamaster are just plain cool. In the watch design world, the name Genta can be compared to the great fashion houses of Chanel, Gucci, and Versace. The beautiful “C’ shaped case is one of the all-time greats that has been imitated by many. Genta also designed watches for elite manufacturers like Patek Philippe, IWC, Audemars Piguet, Universal Geneve, Cartier, and Omega. This is a fun watch that isn’t going to cost a year’s worth of mortgage payments but still turns heads. It can be worn with pride and will definitely strike up a watch conversation. The Omega design calibre 1012 is an in house build with a full 23 jewel count, modern for the era 28,800 frequency with hacking second hand and calendar display. The simple radial finish silver dial is subtle and traditional, blending perfectly with the brushed finish on the rest of the watch. The overall condition is very good showing little wear and no stretch in the 7 3/4 inch long signed bracelet. Working well with all functions operating as designed. The watch is reported to be a one-owner example showing little service over the past 4 decades. There are no visible repair etchings inside the case back. The watch comes with a complimentary one-year Bill Le Beouf Jewellers warranty. A complete technical revision of the automatic movement was completed by our master watchmaker in September 2020. The September 20th, 2020 Vibrograph report shows a gain rate of just 1 second per day. Retro/modern looks for the nostalgic price of only $1,400.00 CAD. Stock #510-00095.

 


2020 Longines HydroConquest L3.782.4.96.9 43mm $1,635.00 CAD. e14660 501-00132

Every watch manufacturer has a ubiquitous diver’s style watch that looks pretty much the same and performs pretty much the same task. There is no doubt the universal appeal of such watches. They offer high functionality, durable construction, and classic good looks. Which one you decide to get really comes down to how much you are prepared to pay. The benchmark Rolex Submariner is going to cost you over $12,000.00 for either a new or used model. While something like this Longines HydroQuest is available for 85% less. This more than capable Longines cost just about the same as just the sales tax on a Rolex Submariner. From a purely functional standpoint, it can do everything the Submariner does. Longines has been around since 1832 and was a pioneer in highly accurate mechanical movements that won many accuracy competitions over the years. There are few watch brands with a longer history and more significant achievements than Longines. Since the mid-1800s they’ve consistently produced high-quality timepieces. Early on the company experienced great success in the United States with chronographs used for precise timing during sporting activities. They were making watches with certified chronometer accuracy levels well before the turn of the 20 century and well before Rolex was even a concept. This automatic HydoConquest is far more capable than most of the people who may wear it. It comes with a water-resistance rated of over 1,000 feet thanks to its threaded crown, screw-down case back and interference fit, super-hard sapphire crystal. The blue rubber strap is very modern looking and is fitted with a locking fold-over deployment buckle. Our Longines HydroConquest L3.782.4.96.9 is a single owner example and was purchased from a Canadian authorized agent in December of 2020. It comes complete with full documentation including the original invoice receipt, inner/outer boxes, instructions, and warranty card, all in like new condition. Its previous owner rarely wore it and as such remains in almost perfect condition. Only the lightest scuffs can be seen on the buckle and case. The watch has never been polished or refinished in any way. The sapphire crystal remains 100% perfect without even the slightest scuff and the Sunray Blue dial is 100% blemish free. This watch is a current offering on the Longines website showing a current retail price of $2,150.00 CAD. Including the balance of the factory’s 2-year warranty plus a complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this watch is estate priced at $1,635.00 CAD. Stock #e14660 501-00132.

 


October 26, 2022

2013 Breitling SuperOcean 44 Abyss orange A17391 $3,700.00 CAD. 515-00056

It’s called a SuperOcean for good reason. It’s a “super” capable diver watch with everything the sports watch aficionado could be looking for. One of the most impressive things you’ll notice is the water-resistant depth rating on the dial of 6600 feet. That should be plenty for the typical recreational diver who is not likely to exceed much more than 100 feet. Overbuilt in almost every way the 44mm watch also is equipped with a helium escape valve. It’s another feature that 99.9% of divers will never need. It is there just on the off chance you decide to do a really really deep dive that requires living in a diving bell breathing a mixture of helium and oxygen for an extended period of time. Pressurized helium gas can penetrate the case gaskets and push the crystal out if the watch isn’t equipped with a helium escape valve. It does make for an interesting conversation point if someone asks what the little button on the side is for. The rest of the watch is typical high-end stuff. Certified chronometer grade automatic winding Swiss movement, super hard curved synthetic sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, threaded crown/case back, one-way ratcheting timer bezel, and a heavy solid link bracelet with safety lock. I love the diagonal shape of the bracelet links and how they blend with the slant of the font chosen for the applied silver hour markers. This watch was purchased new in Canada in December 2013 and serviced at Breilting Canada through Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in the fall of 2016. It had a major repair including the replacement of the middle case, a new dial, a new crown, a set of hands, and a full overhaul to the movement. The service cost $1,500.00 plus tax. Since the repair, the watch has rarely been worn. It remains in excellent overall condition displaying the odd scuff and scratch. These superficial blemished can easily be removed while you wait in just a few minutes if you choose. The subtle orange highlight on the dial and second hand give this watch a little more character than the common monochromatic versions lack. The watch comes with original packaging, warranty card, instructions, booklets, documents, 2016 service invoice, and even the protective outer white cardboard box. Including a complimentary 1 year warranty (prorated 5 years), the estate price for this SuperOcean A17391 is 3,700.00 CAD. Stock #515-00056.


October 25, 2022

Tag Heuer Link Chronograph CJF-2110-0 Calibre 16 42mm $2,250.00 CAD. e13121

Classic looking Tag Heuer Link Chronograph CJF2110-0. It’s got everything the watch enthusiast is looking for; iconic looks, generous 42mm case size, Swiss made Tag Heuer Calibre 16 automatic movement, historically significant brand, functional black dial and a do it all design. The Link series has been Tag Heuer’s dressy model since the line was introduced as the Sports Elegance over 30 years ago. The appearance has evolved over the past 3 decades, but the wishbone link bracelet design has always been a key style feature that defines the look. The fully brushed finish gives the watch a purposeful look without the bling. Soft rounded edges on the case and bracelet plus a curved synthetic sapphire crystal make for a watch that is ultra-comfortable. Luminous hour/minute hand with sweep second hand and calendar display add extra function many dress models lack. The watch is equipped with a threaded crown/case back enabling a water resistance rating of 200 meters. An integrated locking buckle makes sure the watch stays put securely on your wrist. A 12-hour chronograph adds some bonus utility and fills the dial with independent hour, minute, and second registers. The watch is in very good original condition showing little evidence of wear aside from minor scuffs and scratches on the bezel and case. The bracelet shows no measurable stretch or sag. We just installed a new genuine Tag Heuer threaded crown and waterproof tube; after installation, the watch was vacuum tested for water resistance (passing test results included). This is a rare watch to find with a Tachymetre bezel scale and the display case back, most have a plane bezel and solid case back. A complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one-year warranty, Tag Heuer service box, and operating instruction booklet complete this package. Priced at $2,250.00. CAD. Stock #e13121


2021 Japanese market Citizen Promaster NB6006-02X (never worn) $888.00 CAD. 501-00130

The Citizen brand has been around for over 100s years and is among the largest watch manufacturers in the world. Their solar-powered Eco-Drive technology is very popular. You’d never know the dials on many of their watches are actually solar power collectors (regular household light works too). The rechargeable capacitors can store reserve power for up to 7 years in some models. Our latest estate watch isn’t a high-tech solar-powered electronic mechanism but an old fashion spring-driven automatic movement. The 24 jewel calibre 9051 is a Citizen in-house design built for use in situations where other mechanical watches can’t. Running at a fast 28,800 cycles per hour with a 42-hour power reserve, this movement is protected against magnetic fields of 16,000 gauss by an anti-magnetic balance spring and other components. The movement features just the basic timekeeping information with a 3-hand display along with a handy calendar feature. This calibre is said to be accurate to within -10 to +20 seconds per day but is often better. This watch is very tough as it is constructed from titanium that has been treated through a special process that blackens the surface by Physical Vapour Deposition. PVD involves chemically bonding a new layer of particles to the metal foundation below to produce a more durable and differently colored external surface. The crystal of this watch has been ground from super tough synthetic sapphire to a dome surface with a concave contour on the inside. The crystal shape forms an optical lens that is interesting to view and easy to read at any angle. The regular diver features can all be found on the watch. Extra thick, large, luminous hands and hour markers, a threaded crown, threaded case back, one-way rotating timer bezel, and an extra strap section that can be added to fit over a wet suit or over a jacket. This watch has never been worn, it was purchased in Tokyo, in November of 2021 and remains under factory warranty. It comes complete with endorsed warranty paperwork, instructions, inner/outer boxes, and product tags. This watch has a retail price of $143,000 yen (around $1,375.00 CAD). This perfect condition estate watch is estate priced at $888.00 CAD. Stock #501-00130.


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

Chopard’s Happy Diamonds collection is best described by the 162 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 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 presention inner/outer box with protective cardboard sleeve. The Happy Sport diamond chronograph is estate priced at $5,500.00 CAD. Stock #501-00195.


3 Omega Aqua Terra 220.10.40.20.01.001 $5,200.00 220.12.41.21.02.001 $5,500.00 2503.34.00 $4,200.00 e14612 e14616 e14610

If the Omega Aqua Terra was a menu item it would have to be the Surf & Turf. At home on land and in the water, the Aqua Terra is the perfect watch for someone looking for a watch that does it all. Ideal for casual use, in the water, or at your next formal event. As part of the Seamaster line, the Aqua Terra is equipped with most of the Seamaster professional features. Each of these three examples comes with a threaded crown, screw-on case-back, luminous hands/hour markers, super hard sapphire crystal, and a pressure-sealed nylon crystal gasket to keep moisture and contaminants away from the self-winding movement. These are classically styled watches, with easy-to-use, functional dials, and subtle brushed finish stainless steel cases with only a polished bezel (brushed on the Railmaster version). These watches date from 2005, 2019, and 2021. All were originally purchased from authorized Omega agents and come with fully endorsed paperwork. The orange seconds hand example comes with an Omega accessory grey rubber strap with orange stitching. Its original tan leather strap appears unworn. These straps both fit the factory deployment buckle and are easily swapped if you’d like to change up the look once in a while. The blue/black dial Railmaster deletes the extra function of the calendar in favor of an even more functional dial. These specialty Omegas were originally produced for railroad engineers and crews who worked around diesel/electric locomotive engines. An inner iron shield protected the precision movement against the effects of strong magnetic fields produced from the powerful electric motors used in trains. This modern 2021 Railmaster continues the tradition with an antimagnetic resistance tested to 15000 Gauss. All three of these Aqua Terra are in excellent condition. Even the 2005 example appears to have been only occasionally unworn. Each watch comes complete with its original inner/outer boxes, documents, and endorsed warranty/product cards. The two modern watches (2019 and 2021) come with the balance of Omega’s 5-year international warranty. The 2005 comes with our complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated an additional 5-years). Aqua Terra watches have been offered with quartz movements in the past but these 3 come with Omega’s proprietary co-axial escapement in every model. This unique mechanical innovation is said to be more accurate than a traditional forked lever escapement while maintaining better accuracy over longer service intervals. These watches are priced at $4,200.00 (silver dial on bracelet e14610), $5,200.00 (Railmaster e14612), and $5,500.00 (grey rubber strap e14616).

Grey/Brown strap watch has been sold (e14616).

Rail Master has been sold (e14612).


October 24, 2022

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.


October 23, 2022

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Chronograph 43mm MP6348 $2,600.00 CAD. 501-00196

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 manufacturer 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 Masterchrono is no exception and is truly worthy of its masterpiece designation. Beautifully sculpted lugs have been machined and polished with 4 compound curved surfaces. Two sets of holes in the lugs allow for fitting different thicknesses of straps, with a polished concave groove cut into the case for extra clearance. Tapered rectangular pushers control a 12-hour chronograph and a 1/4 turn locking crown prevents accidentally changing the time. A threaded display case-back shows off a beautifully decorated 26 jewel Valjoux 7750 with engine-turned and Geneva wave pattern finishes usually reserved for watches costing several multiples of this. Highly polished levers and blued steel screws should keep the mechanical watch enthusiast mesmerized for hours. I can’t think of another watch this complete with this level of detail at this price point. The silver dial has been crafted for actual sterling silver, not just silver coloured paint. The dial features large debossed Arabic hour markers, tapered hour/minute hands, and a continuous seconds hand shaped like a set of calipers. Recessed chronograph registers in contrasting black can display up to 12 hours of elapsed time. A day-date display at 3:00 o’clock adds some extra utility. For the sharp-sighted a tachymeter scale around the chapter ring can be used to calculate 60 to 500 units per hour. Attached to the large 43mm stainless steel case is a 21 x 18mm black crocodile strap in very good to excellent condition with a signed deployment buckle. The watch is running well with all functions operating as designed. Comes complete with its original inner/outer boxes, documents, product tags, warranty card (not dated or endorsed), and a never used polishing cloth. The plastic “Masterpiece” hang tag features a chrome finish edge patterned after the escape wheel of the movement within this watch. It is nice to know a little bit of extra thought has gone into this trivial little tag that most people would have never given a second look at.  Including a 1-year complimentary warranty (prorated 5 years) this visually interesting and technically sophisticated timepiece is estate priced at $2,600.00 CAD. Stock #501-00196.


Tag Heuer Limited Edition Jack Heuer Autavia CBE2111. $5,500.00 CAD. e11999

Jack Heuer is the great-grandson of company founder Edouard Heuer, who established the company back in 1885. Jack Heuer was instrumental in designing one of the world’s most renowned wrist chronographs in 1963, the Carrera. The Autavia is a model that goes much further back into Heuer’s history. In the 1930s Heuer developed a dashboard timer that could be used both in automobiles as well as in aircraft. The name Autavia is derived from AUTomobile and AVIAtion. The Autavia moniker was revived in 1962 when Jack Heuer launched the first new watch while the company was under his direction. To celebrate the 85th anniversary of Jack’s birth, Tag Heuer introduced a limited-edition tribute watch that was highly influenced by the original 1962 version. The new edition was limited to just 1932 pieces worldwide. Our example is number 0083/1932. It was purchased by the one and only previous owner at European Jewellers Toronto in December 2017. It has been only lightly worn since that time. It displays some minor surface scratches on the buckle, case, and bracelet. The completely high polished finish can be fully restored within an hour by one of our onsite technicians if you wish. With a worldwide run of fewer than 2000 pieces, these watches were almost completely spoken for before they hit the showcases of authorized agents. A perfect condition 227-page hardcover book documenting the history of the Autavia is part of this limited edition package. This rare book is in perfect condition, its spine isn’t even creased. A book like this is a must for any vintage watch enthusiast. The watch is powered by Tag Heuer’s in house manufactured Tag-Heuer calibre 02. This 33 jewel automatic winding certified chronometer mechanism has a generous 75-hour power reserve while running at an industry standard 28,800 cycles per hour. When this watch was available it carried a price of $6,050.00 in the U.S.A and $7,200.00 in Canada. We may never see another one of these rare watches again. Originally purchased through an authorized agent; this is not a grey market import, it benefits from the full support of the factory warranty. Comes complete with all the original packaging, booklet, instructions, bill of sale for $7,200.00 plus tax, and even the outside cardboard box sleeve displaying style and serial number. This all-original, excellent condition estate example is priced at $5,500.00 CAD including our complimentary 1-year warranty. Stock #e11999.

 

 

 

 

 


October 22, 2022

1977 Omega Constellation Marine Chronometer MegaQuartz 198.0082 398.0832 like new $5,500.00 CAD e10753

The Omega Marine Chronometer was and is to this day one of the world’s most accurate watches despite the fact it’s almost 45 years old. Today you can buy some pretty inexpensive, incredibly precise quartz watches that receive a time signal from an orbiting satellite to stay synchronized. These watches are globally compromised as some locations on earth can’t receive these celestial signals. The Omega Marine Chronometer doesn’t require any external influence to keep time within 1 second per month. It achieves this rate without the use of any thermal compensation circuitry. This level of accuracy is roughly 10 times better than a modern quartz watch. The secret to its remarkable ability to keep such accurate time is the amazing Omega calibre 1516. The quartz crystal contained within this 13 jewel movement vibrates at an incredible frequency of 2,359,356 Hertz. Nearly all modern quartz watches rely on a frequency of 32,768 Hertz to control accurate timekeeping. That automatic Rolex on your wrist runs at just 8 Hz. (no wonder it doesn’t keep great time). Back in the 1970s quartz technology was very expensive and no one knew exactly where this curious new “space-age” technology was going. Some manufacturers virtually abandoned traditional mechanical watches in favor of this electronic science. Omega invested considerable money into quartz technology that today the luxury watch brand hardly uses. Our example has two factory-applied model numbers inside the case back of 198.0082 and 398.0832. Not only did this watch hold the title of the world’s most accurate watch for decades, but it also was the first watch with a jumping time zone feature. This complication allows the changing of the hour hand without affecting the minutes or seconds; a useful feature for any world traveler. It’s a chunky watch measuring 44.25mm X 32.5mm and 11.75mm thick. The slightly curved rectangular case is very comfortable and the bracelet links are quite flexible. If your wrist size is any larger than 8 inches we’ll have to source out an extra link or two for you. Omega’s Marine Chronometer is a hugely important part of watchmaking history, this is the first example we have ever been able to offer through our estate department. Even when we were Omega authorized agents in the 1970s we never sold a single example of this watch. This could be due to the fact it cost about 3 times the cost of most other Omega models. We believe our example to be a one-owner example that was originally purchased in Hong Kong. To our knowledge, the case and bracelet are in original condition looking practically unworn, showing virtually no wear. This watch is in truly remarkable condition given its age. These are rare watches that don’t show up very often. This one is likely the best example currently on the market anywhere. We believe this to be one of the last MegaQuartz examples produced, displaying the serial number plaque 37,061,038 in perfect condition. We’ve freshly serviced the movement in February 2021 and it is functioning flawlessly. You can tell a lot about the service history of a watch if you look at the case and movement screws. I’m happy to report the case back screws are not all torn up and the movement screws are in perfect shape without signs of being removed over and over again. This is a watch that has likely only been apart for service twice since the 1970s. For the Omega Collector looking for a rare and historically important watch, this is a must-have. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, the watch is estate priced at $5,500.00 Canadian. Stock #e10753.

 


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.

 

 


October 21, 2022

Omega 2254 civilian/military 35.5mm 18 jewel 30T2 SC PC $2,500.00 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 certainly not have spent extra money on. The 9,847,107 movement serial number dates its rough production to the early 1940s. Wartime production was quite unpredictable and limited. It’s impossible to know exactly when this watch was actually delivered. This watch likely never saw combat (at least officially) as there are no engravings to show government ownership, but that’s maybe just as well: Was this an RCAF approved 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 $2,500.00 CAD. Stock #510-00021

 


October 20, 2022

2013 Ulysse Nardin Maxi-Marine Black Sea Chronograph 353.92. $6,450.00 CAD. 501-00131

In parts of the world, fine watches have become ingrained as part of the local culture. North Americans could expand their horizons when it comes to the variety of sophisticated watches available. Many manufacturers have interesting and important histories that in some cases go back to the early 1800s. There is more to the world of luxury watches than the few top of mind brands that seem to capture all the headlines. There are only a handful of brands that are well-recognized in North America and Ulysee Nardin is certainly not one of them. They are however a brand to be reckoned with. With a history starting in the mid 1800s. The company is famous for building some of the world’s most accurate marine chronometers. These highly accurate timekeepers were an essential tool for celestial navigation on the open sea. Accuracy wasn’t a luxury, it was a life or death necessity. Before the digital world of GPS; precise time, a clear star filled sky and a little skill were all that was needed to keep you on course. In keeping with the adventurous world exploration theme, we present the Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Chronograph chronometer. All black rubber coated on stainless steel. This watch will not show dings on the sharp edges or bleed stainless steel with wear and tear as on PVD coated watches. Stealthy but still easy to read with large white luminous hands and hour markers. This watch comes complete with the original endorsed paperwork (July 2013) and packaging. It was purchased as a preowned watch from Watch Finder Toronto in the winter of 2021 for $8,000.00. The watch was treated to a full overhaul shortly after the Watch Finder purchase by Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. The service included a cleaning of the automatic movement, regulating, and vacuum/pressure testing. The electronic timing report shows a very good rate of well within chronometer specification, an excellent balance wheel amplitude of 320 degrees, and a beat error showing a perfect zero milliseconds. This hardly worn watch is running exceptionally well and is covered by our complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years). A few sections of the soft rubber strap have been cut out, if you have a large wrist a new strap may be required. This watch is estate priced at $6,450.00 CAD. Stock #501-00131.

 

 


18kt. 1955 Vacheron & Constantin cal. 477/1 17 jewel, 35mm. $8,160.00 CAD. 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 bevelled 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 their 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 almost complete even patina. The gambler dial features hour markers shaped like the card suits, clubs, 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 e14658.


3 Panerai Luminor PAM01144 PAM01321 PAM00614

Radiomir Mediterraneo Blue PAM0114 has been sold.

GMT and Flyback Titanium PAM00614 are available.

 

 


October 19, 2022

2022 Oris Big Crown Pilot 41mm 01 751 7761 4164 $1,899.00 CAD 501-00192

It’s only been worn a couple of times but never with the original stainless steel bracelet (it’s still wrapped in plastic from the factory). This Oris Big Crown Pilot was purchased in the spring of 2022 at a Toronto area authorized Oris jeweller. It remains in perfect condition looking unworn. It comes with everything originally supplied and more. It also comes with a black leather Hirsch strap with quick-release spring bars and an Oris coffee mug. There must be some kind of story behind the Teddy Bear wearing a watch. This watch is perfect for someone looking for an ultra function timepiece built of the right stuff. Standard equipment on this 41mm watch are a sapphire crystal, threaded crown, threaded case back, aircraft style release locking buckle, calendar, luminous hands/markers, and a 26 jewel Oris 751 (modified Sellita SW220-1) automatic movement. The balance of the factory’s 2-year warranty will cover the next owner until April 2024. This watch is a current offering from Oris and can be seen on their website. This new condition example is estate priced at $1,899.00 CAD. Stock #501-00192.


Zenith Port Royal 01/02.0450 37mm $1,990.00 CAD. e14573

Zenith Port Royal  01/02.0450. 37mm stainless steel case, original brown alligator strap with signed buckle. Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, black dial with unique Arabic font. 55-hour power reserve, 26 jewel Zenith calibre 680 behind the display back. Excellent overall condition. Comes with inner/outer boxes, but no documents. A 1-year warranty is included with the purchase. The estate price is $1,990.00 CAD. Stock #e14573


October 17, 2022

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 proper 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 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.


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

 


October 16, 2022

2016 Omega Hour Vision Master Chronometer 433.13.41.21.10.001 41mm $5,900.00 CAD. e14603

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.


1987 Seiko Lassale 1230-5479 (never worn) $750.00 CAD. e14659

In the 1970s, Seiko was arguably the most important watch brand in the world. They had almost single-handedly put the Swiss watchmaking industry out of business with the new electronic quartz technology. Inexpensive to mass produce, ultra-reliable, virtually shockproof, and exponentially more accurate than even the most sophisticated mechanical watch from Switzerland People abandoned their old wind up and automatic watches and never looked back. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers were authorized Seiko agents in the 1970s when they came to Canada and we sold 1000s of them. Our high end Swiss brands like Omega and Rolex sold occasionally, but everyone wanted one of these new ultra accurate watches from Japan. In the 1980s Seiko launched a new upscale brand called Lassale. The more expensive line was focused on sleek thin design trends of the era. Dressy styles with unique integrated bracelets were among their most popular models. The average price point for these watches was over $1,000.00 CAD, which was not much less than an entry-level Rolex at the time. When I was new to this business I can remember our display cabinets full of Seiko Lassale watches. They were a dream watch for me at the time, something like a Rolex Oyster wasn’t even on the radar as they seemed antique and outdated. The style of the day was thin and dressy. This watch certainly is thin measuring just 4.3mm thick by 23mm wide. The integrated mesh bracelet will accommodate a wrist size of up to 7 1/2 inches and can easily be shortened. The watch is practically perfect, showing only minor evidence of shop wear. The case-back is still covered by its original blue plastic protective sticker. This never-worn timepiece is a Lassale model number 1230-5479 from the mid-1980s. It was purchased at Peoples Jewellers, given as a gift but never used. When it came in on trade we couldn’t believe our eyes. This watch is a snapshot of the latest in fashion from the 1980s. We opened the case, installed a fresh battery, and away it went. We’ve been monitoring the timekeeping for 3 months and it hasn’t even lost a minute. We are happy to provide a complimentary 1-year warranty for the new owner. It comes complete with the inner/outer box, instruction booklet, and endorsed warranty papers. 35 years ago this watch had a retail price of over $1,000.00. Today it is estate priced at $750.00 CAD. Stock #e14659.


October 15, 2022

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 $7,000.00 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 ($2,310.00 CAD Oct. 12, 2022) the value of gold in this watch alone is over $3,500.00 CAD! Including free refinishing, if you like, this watch is an outstanding value priced at $5,300.00 CAD. Stock #501-00190.


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.


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

 


October 14, 2022

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.


October 11, 2022

2011 Tag Heuer AquaRacer Chronograph CAF101E 43mm. $1,650.00 CAD. 520-00049

Many guys aspire to own a high end luxury Swiss watch, it’s something in our DNA. However, the realities of life and budgets sometimes get in the way for a while. Dropping 5 figures on your Holy Grail timepiece is sometimes out of reach. A good quality estate watch can be the stepping stone to your ultimate timepiece. A Tag Heuer Aquaracer makes a great starting point. You can take advantage of the significant discount compared to buying brand new, plus you can have confidence in our one-year mechanical warranty (prorated to 5 years) offered on all of our estate watches. When you’ve saved a little bit more we’re always happy to take nice watches like this back on trade. The Tag Heuer Aquaracer CAF101E makes a great gateway watch for anyone who thinks they would enjoy such a luxury item. Tag Heuer is one of the great Swiss brands with a sporting history going back to 1860. This large 43mm watch is a very capable timekeeper with all the features you could hope for in a sports watch. Water resistant to 300 meters, screw down crown/case back, synthetic sapphire crystal, luminous hands/markers, one way ratcheting bezel timer, all stainless steel construction, 30 minute chronograph timer (with lap time feature), an extra large date display, heavy solid link bracelet with locking buckle and divers extension. The Swiss made quartz movement should keep reliable time within a few seconds per month. This watch last had a USD retail price of $2,250.00. This one owner example was recently traded in for a Rolex Sea-Dweller. It comes complete with the original bill of sale, a service receipt from 2018, inner/outer boxes, booklets, and an endorsed warranty card from a Tag Heuer authorized agent. The watch was used every day under all conditions and is in good condition. It is showing some scratches, scuffs, and dings on the edges. Unlike a brand new watch, you don’t need to worry about the first time you brush up against something accidentally.  It is running great with all the functions operating as designed. Including our complimentary warranty, the watch is estate priced at $1,650.00 CAD. Stock #520-00049.

 

 


October 7, 2022

Mont Blanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum 7339 World Timer $4,080.00 CAD. e14434

If you’re a watch person and have a diver’s model, a chronograph, and a classic dress piece, this is something that might interest you. Swiss-made “World Time” watches are nothing new, but the price of this one is especially appealing considering what you get. The MontBlanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum features an “in house” calibre MB29.20. While not truly 100% in house, the base calibre is a modified Sellita SW300-1, which itself is a cloned non-patent protected ETA 2892, the integrated world timer module is fully made by MontBlanc. You won’t see another version of this movement anywhere. The layered dial is constructed from thin sections of synthetic sapphire printed with a map of the world. Your local time is displayed with the hands in a regular 12-hour format along with a 24-hour display on an outer chapter ring. All the other major world cities times are displayed using the same 24-hour ring. As the day progresses from daylight hours to night hours (local time) a dark blue shadow tracks across the map east to west indicating night vs. daylight hours. No calendar, no seconds hand, Just local time plus every other time zone in the world displayed in a very clever format with some added colourful animation. This is a dial that changes throughout the day. The clear case back display window reveals the business end of the nicely detailed movement. The 41mm stainless steel case is perfect, big enough to display all the information, yet small enough to be comfortable and pass at the next dressy event. A high-quality genuine alligator strap with a deployment buckle finishes off the luxury details. Overall condition is excellent. The watch exhibits a few light dings and shallow scratches on the case and remains in its original unpolished form. Including a 1-year warranty, the watch is estate priced at $4,080.00 CAD. Stock #e14434.


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.


October 5, 2022

2007 Tag Heuer Link Chronograph CJF2114.BA0576

Classic looking Tag Heuer Link Chronograph CJF2114.BA0576. It’s got everything the watch enthusiast is looking for; iconic looks, generous 42mm case size, Swiss-made automatic movement, historically significant brand, preferred glossy blue dial and a do it all design that works equally well for dressy or casual situations. The Link series has been Tag Heuer’s dressy model since the line was introduced as the Sports Elegance over 35 years ago. Its appearance has evolved over the past 3 decades, but the wishbone link bracelet design has always been a key style feature that defines the look. The fully brushed finish gives the watch a purposeful look without the bling. Soft rounded edges on the case and bracelet plus a curved synthetic sapphire crystal make for a watch that is ultra-comfortable. Luminous hour/minute hand with sweep second hand and calendar display add extra function many dressy watches lack. A tachymeter scale adds an extra touch of sporting ability. The embossed scale can be used in conjunction with the stopwatch to calculate units per hour from 60 to 400. The watch is equipped with a threaded crown/case back enabling a water resistance rating of 200 meters. An integrated locking buckle makes sure the watch stays put securely on your wrist. The 12-hour chronograph adds some bonus utility and fills the dial with independent hour, minute, and second registers. The watch is in very good condition showing some evidence of wear, mostly in the form of light scratches on the polished bezel. These fine marks can easily be removed while you wait by one of our onsite goldsmiths. The bracelet shows no measurable stretch or sag. This watch was purchased brand new from us in 2007. Included with purchase are a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one-year warranty, original Tag Heuer clamshell box, operating instructions, and the original endorsed warranty card. The watch is estate priced at $2,600.00 CAD. Stock #e14566.


October 4, 2022

2008 Tag Heuer Link WJ1111, 39mm, $1,500.00 CAD. e14550

Finding a dressy luxury watch that is truly tough enough to stand up to pretty much anything you’d do, yet formal enough to wear at the most sophisticated black-tie event isn’t as easy as it may seem. You could always go for a Rolex Oyster 41 if the $6,950.00 price is not a problem, but a basic Rolex does not have a calendar or timer bezel. The Tag Heuer Link WJ1111 has those features in this beautiful pre-owned example for $1,500.00. It is water-resistant to 200 meters and constructed entirely from high-grade stainless steel. The Swiss-made movement is functioning with typical quartz accuracy of a few seconds per month. The beautiful two-tone silver dial is flattering with any outfit. The faceted hour markers/hands offer some sparkle and enhance legibility, even in the dark. The 39mm case is easy to wear for any gentleman or a lady who likes a larger watch without being too bulky. This watch was originally purchased from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in July of 2008 and comes with the original bill of sale. The watch also comes with the fully endorsed warranty card, instruction booklet, inner and outer box, all in like new condition. The watch is in very good condition and looks almost new after the timer bezel was lightly polished. Including a one-year complimentary warranty, the watch is priced at $1,100.00 CAD. Stock #e14550.


2010 Breitling Colt GMT 41mm A32350 $3,000.00 CAD. e13043 515-00027

Breitling is one of the world’s great watch brands with a deep horological history dating back to 1884. The Colt chronometer GMT is one of their truly functional professional watches. Many Breitling are optioned with complicated slide rules, multi-register chronographs, and busy dials. The Colt presents its functions simply and logically. Basic timekeeping is handled by pencil shaped hour/minute hands with a full track of large Arabic hour markers. The independently adjustable 2nd hour hand displays any additional time zone in a 24-hour format (no mistaking AM or PM hours) with a short red arrow tipped hand. As with most Breitling, the watch is equipped with a one-way ratcheting bezel indexed in 30-second increments for timing capabilities of up to 1 hour. An overachieving water resistance rating of 500 meters should keep even the hardcore diver satisfied. The silver dial offers great contrast and the luminous hands/markers make legibility possible even in complete darkness. Many modern Breitlings can be cumbersome with diameters of 44mm or larger and a bulk to match. The Colt GMT measures a very manageable 41mm diameter or roughly the same size as the benchmark Rolex Submariner diver watch. Overall condition is very good. The case and bracelet display small scuffs and scratches associated with use but nothing that couldn’t be easily polished away for no charge while you wait. The watch was originally purchased in Japan in November 2010. It comes complete with the inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty, instruction booklet, and chronometer certificate. Also included are a couple of booklets I’ve never seen before made for the Japanese market, only the front covers are printed in English. For an easy to use rugged watch there isn’t anything more effective than the Colt Chronometer GMT. Not very often does a Colt show up complete with everything delivered from the factory. All functions are working as designed. Including a complimentary 1 year warranty the watch is priced at $3,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13043.

 

 

 


October 2, 2022

2015 BREITLING CHRONOMAT 44 B01 MOVEMENT CB0110 $10,000.00 CAD. E14598

No story estate watches complete with everything as delivered from an authorized retail agent don’t come by nearly as often as we’d like. In addition to the original packaging, booklets, instructions, and warranty card, this watch comes with a May 2021 service receipt from Breitling Canada. The invoice details the full servicing of the movement and replacement of the chronograph pusher, set of hands, new link, and other items. This is NOT a grey market online purchased timepiece; it comes with the full support of the Breitling service warranty that will cover the next owner until the spring of 2023. This Breitling was originally purchased at BIRKS in the Yorkdale mall Toronto. Even though Breitling has been around since 1884 and makes some very popular sports watches, they have never produced their own mechanical movement until the B01 as found in our latest estate offering. Like many companies, they modify and upgrade existing high-quality mechanisms from Swiss suppliers like ETA and Valjoux. Breitling certifies every movement leaving their factory is compliant with chronometer specifications for accuracy. Not wanting their production to be limited and sometimes dictated by outside suppliers, Breitling decided to produce an entirely new calibre completely in-house several years ago. The proprietary 47 jewel B01 inside the Chronomat 44  is the result. The single mainspring design stores a remarkable 70 hours of power reserve when not being worn and easily conforms to accuracy levels awarding it chronometer grade status. The watch industry is paying close attention to Breitling and more specifically to this new proprietary movement. Breitling reached an agreement with Rolex sibling company Tudor allowing them to use the B01 chronograph movement in the Tudor Heritage Chronograph. In exchange Breitling can access Tudor’s 3 hand in-house MT5612 movement (renamed B20 in Breitling products). For two major watch brands to cooperate like this is very unusual; it shows how much each manufacturer mutually respects the quality of these mechanisms. Rolex has their Daytona Cosmograph and Omega have the Speedmaster Moonwatch. The Breitling Chronomat series is becoming an iconic do it all diver/chronograph for Breitling aficionados. The 60-minute diver bezel adds an extra timing function in addition to the 12 hour, 3 register chronograph. The tuxedo black/champagne dial is the epitome of class for a large sporty watch. The 18 karat rose gold trim in a high polish finish adds an additional level of sophistication. The watch is in excellent condition, the case and bracelet show virtually no evidence of use. The links are tight, showing no stretch or sag. The watch looks new after its full factory servicing. Only a gentle ultrasonic cleaning was necessary to prepare it for our estate department. This is a retired model and is no longer available new from Breitling. Freshly serviced and looking like new, this watch is estate priced at $10,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14598.

 

 

 


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.


September 30, 2022

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.


2022 Hamilton Navy Khaki UTC (never worn) H77 505 133 & extra strap $1,115.00 CAD. 501-00175

Brand new, never worn, Hamilton Navy UTC, with an extra strap, full kit with international factory warranty. Hamilton has never been afraid to experiment with different designs. They are an interesting brand to collect as you’d never run out of variety. High quality construction for resonable pricing few other manufacturers can match. They use original ETA automatic movements (not the cloned Swiss substitutes). They all come with super tough sapphire crystals, solid link bracelets, locking buckles, nice packaging, and respect from the watch community as a high-value option to the big Swiss brands. This dual time example has never been worn and comes with an extra nylon strap that reinforces the vintage look. Model H77 505 133 is a current model as shown on the Hamilton website with a suggested retail price of $1,595.00 CAD. This is NOT a grey market watch, it comes with an endorsed Hamilton Boutigue warranty card. Including the complete and original packaging and documentation with tag, this never worn watch is estate priced at $1,115.00 CAD. Stock #501-00175.


September 29, 2022

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

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

Diamond model sold. Blue dial still available.


September 28, 2022

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, please.


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

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.


September 25, 2022

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.


September 23, 2022

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

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

 


September 22, 2022

18kt. white gold IWC Engenieur 323304 42.5mm (rare watch) $12,240.00 CAD. e14575

IWC 323304 Engenieur, rare watch, solid 18 karat white gold, 42.5mm diameter, 18 karat IWC signed buckle, serviced in Switzerland January 2019 through Royal de Versailles Toronto, all documents and original boxes included (warranty card not endorsed or dated). Like new condition, working great, comes with complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Weighs 135 grams including a new IWC crocodile strap. Estate price $12,240.00. Stock #e14575


September 20, 2022

MontBlanc Star Chronograph 7104 44mm $3,3330.00 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.


September 17, 2022

1969 lady’s Omega 511.314 18.3mm on 17.5gr. 18kt. bracelet $1,750.00 CAD. e14286

Buy this 18 karat gold bracelet and get a free Omega watch. That’s really the way to view this vintage watch/bracelet combination. To the previous owner, this watch must have been a treasured possession. When new in 1969 this was the entry-level Omega. Small case size of just over 18mm diameter, simple 17 jewel calibre 485 hand-wind movement, and 20-micron gold plated case would have kept the price somewhat affordable. At some point, over the past 50 years, the original leather strap was replaced with this 18 karat yellow gold flexible mesh-style bracelet. This would have been a very expensive accessory even when gold was much less expensive than today. If you were to purchase an 18 karat bracelet like this today, expect to pay at least $2,000.00 (likely more). The bracelet alone weighs 17.5 grams and is equipped with a rather complicated to make hinged buckle with flip-lock safety clasp mechanism. The bracelet and watch are both in excellent condition. The champagne dial is free from any sort of stains or smudges, the signed winding crown appears original as does the Ω logo embossed crystal. The petite watch and bracelet will accommodate a wrist size of up to 16.5cm. Omega model 511.314 watches alone can easily sell for $500.00 on a basic leather strap. Including a complimentary 1-year warranty, this watch with upgraded 18 karat gold bracelet is estate priced at $1,750.00 CAD. Stock #e14286.


August 27, 2022

2015 Breitling SuperOcean A17391 44mm with extra strap $4,000.00 CAD. 515-00046

It’s called a SuperOcean for good reason. It’s a “super” capable diver watch with everything the sports watch aficionado could be looking for. One of the most impressive things you’ll notice is the water-resistant depth rating on the dial of 6600 feet. That should be plenty for the typical recreational diver who is not likely to exceed much more than 100 feet. Overbuilt in almost every way the 44mm watch also is equipped with an automatic helium escape valve on the side of the case at 9:00.. It’s another feature that 99.9% of divers will never need. It is there just on the off chance you decide to do a really really deep dive that requires living in a diving bell breathing a mixture of helium and oxygen for an extended period of time. Pressurized helium gas can penetrate the case gaskets and push the crystal out if the watch isn’t equipped with a helium escape valve. It does make for an interesting conversation point if someone asks what the little button on the side is for. The rest of the watch is typical high-end stuff. Certified chronometer grade automatic winding Swiss movement, super hard curved synthetic sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, threaded crown/case back, one-way ratcheting timer bezel, a heavy solid link bracelet with safety lock, and big bright luminous hands/markers. I love the diagonal shape of the bracelet links. For a more casual look the previous owner purchased a genuine Breitling soft rubber strap with stainless steel signed buckle. This easy to install sporty rubber strap gives the watch a completely different look with very little effort. Overall condition as one would expect for a watch that was purchased new in 2015 and only used occasionally. It shows some minor scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet but nothing major. We can easily remove the minor blemishes in a matter of a few minutes if you wish. The watch comes with every piece of the original packaging, warranty card, instructions, booklets, and even the original chronometer document. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a complimentary one-year warranty. Estate priced at $4,000.00. Stock #515-00046.


August 25, 2022

2018 Franck Muller Vanguard V 45 SC DT titanium 44mm $6,350.00 CAD. 501-00161

From the “Master of Complications”, we present a rather uncomplicated Franck Muller Vanguard. While the brand isn’t widely recognized amongst the general public; for watch enthusiasts the name congers up images of exotic tourbillon equipped mechanical masterpieces costing megabucks. The 44mm Vanguard V 45 SC DT is still unmistakably a Muller design. The tonneau shaped case has become a hallmark of their brand and can come with many different mechanical movements inside. This same style can be had in price ranges from under $10,000.00 to well into 6 figures depending on the mechanism, case material, and decoration. Many times the entry level offering of any brand name product offers the best value. The Vanguard does everything you need and nothing you don’t. The large 44mm case is very comfortable to wear with its curved case constructed of titanium. The complete watch including a slick deployment buckle and rubberized crocodile strap weighs in at only 98 grams. Even on a smaller wrist the curved case and strap make this watch fashionably appropriate in size. This watch is in like new condition, there is hardly even a scuff on the titanium case and leather strap. It comes complete with an endorsed warranty from the winter of 2018 from an authorized agent in Switzerland, instructions, a black lacquer box, protective box liners, an outer box, and a document folder. Despite the stealthy black dial, the face is quite easy to read, with large embossed hour markers and white luminous hands. A red tipped seconds hand and white calendar display add a touch of extra utility. A large winding/setting crown that threads into the case helps contribute to a water resistance rating of 100 feet. We have only had a few Franck Muller watches pass through our estate department before. They always offer a very interesting alternative to many of the more predictable designs from the typical top of mind brands. Including our 1-year warranty (prorated 5 years), this watch is estate priced at $6,350.00 CAD. Stock #501-00161.

 


August 23, 2022

2021 TAG HEUER AUTAVIA CBE2110 FULL KIT, LIKE NEW, $4,900.00 CAD. 501-00184

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, a few years ago year we made an even trade with a no box/papers vintage Autavia for a stainless steel full kit Rolex Daytona. This practically new Autavia combines the handy features of a 12-hour chronograph along with a rotating bezel that displays a second timezone. These features are perfect for the world traveler, pilot, or automotive racing enthusiast. The 42mm case size and 16mm thickness really 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. As a modern Tag Heuer, this watch benefits from a super hard synthetic sapphire crystal treated with an anti-reflective surface coating, luminous hands/markers, proprietary in house developed 33 jewel column-wheel calibre 02 movements with an extended 75-hour power reserve. The handy 31 day calendar in a small aperture located in the constant seconds hand 6:00 sub-dial practically goes unnoticed. The beautifully finished automatic winding movement can be seen through a display window on the case back. The movement is a micromechanical work of art. Our latest estate watch could be classified as truly in like-new condition. It was only occasionally worn once or twice with great care and caution. The fully polished finish remains scratch, scuff, and ding free looking like it just came out of the Tag Heuer factory in Switzerland. It has never been refinished in any way and is 100% complete and original. The leather strap is without blemish or stain and gives the watch a much more casual look.  The re-issue Heuer Autavia comes complete with all the original packaging, booklets, and warranty card. The factory warranty with cover the next owner until October of 2023. We only have one and it is priced at $4,900.00 CAD. We export ship duty-free out of Canada to most international destinations. Stock #501-00184


August 15, 2022

2021 Glashütte Original Panorama Date 42mm 2-30-47-06-02-04 (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.

 


August 12, 2022

Breitling Chronomat B13050.1 39mm $2,800.00 CAD. e14624 515-00042

We love the clean white dial with large Arabic hour markers. The bright white face has the effect of making this watch look a little larger than the 39mm case size suggests. White is always a refreshing dial colour in a world of black dial sports watches; not to mention it allows any colour strap option when the time comes for replacement. The Chrono Cockpit B13050.1 is a more than capable sport, it’s a  watch that could be worn by almost anyone. At 39mm it is not so big that it couldn’t be worn by a woman looking for something a little more than just an oversized Michael Kors fashion watch. The completely high polish stainless steel case is accented with 18 karat bezel rider studs and definitely hard not to notice. Furnished inside the 200-meter water-resistant case is the very competent Valjoux 7750. This steadfast movement has been the benchmark for automatic chronographs since the early 1970s. Breitling watchmakers have modified the base calibre to higher standards than the basic calibre. A one-way rotating timer bezel is very handy when split-second timing isn’t required. A very small tachymeter scale on the chapter ring allows an extra unit per hour calculator function but only if you have extra-sharp vision. The folding deployment buckle is an upgrade as this watch would normally be delivered with a simple tang-type buckle. This buckle extends the strap life as well as makes the watch much more difficult to drop when taking it on and off. The genuine Breitling alligator strap is showing wear but is still intact and usable. The watch is running well and keeping time with all functions working as designed. Overall condition is very good, we feel this watch has never been polished or refinished. The bezel accents are solid 18 karat yellow gold with a gold plated crown and chronograph buttons. Many times the crown and buttons display their age with thin or worn areas of plating; we’re happy to report the crown and pushers on this watch look like new. All functions and features are operating as designed. This watch includes a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5-years). Estate priced at $2,800.00 CAD. Stock #e14624 515-00042.


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

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


August 5, 2022

Piaget 18kt. quartz 23mm 80131K61 93.4gr. $7,500.00 CAD. e14343

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 $7,500.00 CAD. Stock #e14343.


July 24, 2022

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

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 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 good to very good condition. Comes with endorsed paperwork from Royal de Versailles (October 2003), and a signed leather travel pouch. Included with purchase is a complimentary 1-year warranty. Estate priced at $15,000.00 CAD. Stock #e6056.


July 20, 2022

Graham Silverstone Time Zone GMT 2TZAS B02A $3,000.00 CAD. e11596

How can you call yourself a watch collector if you only have a Rolex or two and maybe a Tag or an Omega? A collection is about variety and having something different is a great way to diversify a collection. Graham watches are a smaller company whose inspiration and namesake was English master watchmaker George Graham, who manufactured pocket watches and lived in London England. Modern Graham watches are a combination of English tradition and Swiss watchmaking talent. As far as Graham watches go the Silverstone GMT is one of the more basic designs. A quick perusal of the Graham website reveals some rather off the wall and complicated designs including a tourbillon and large chronographs models. The GMT is a great looking 42mm watch with a very purposeful design. The carbon fiber dial with white luminous hands and Arabic hour markers are very easy on the eyes. The bold Arabic numerals appear to be floating over the weave of the carbon fiber. A Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) function allows a second time zone to be simultaneously displayed in a 24 format displayed with the large red pointed hand and outer 24 hour bezel. This feature is very handy for the world traveler or pilot who needs to keep track of universal time plus local time. Powering the watch is a modified ETA 2893-2 21 jewel Swiss made automatic movement visible through the display back. A screw-down case back and threaded crown allows for a watch resistance rating of 160 feet. I’m not sure of production numbers but this is a very rare watch. It’s almost impossible to find the exact same or even similar models available on the secondary market. The very low serial number of 379 suggests not many were produced. This example has been very rarely worn It sat mostly in its original box since 2013. The original owner bought it but could never get his head around wearing an “expensive” watch. He finally decided it should go to someone who wasn’t afraid to wear it and use it as intended. Comes complete with original inner/outer box, instructions, endorsed warranty card (Bandiera Jewellers Woodbridge Ontario), and insurance appraisal. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers performed a full overhaul of the movement in the fall of 2019. The watch easily passed vacuum/pressure testing after the service. A vibrograf accuracy report from the service is included. The original price for this watch was $4,840.00 CAD. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, the watch is estate priced at $3,000.00 CAD. Stock #e11596.


2006 Seamaster 300 Professional Co-Axial James Bond 2535.80.00 41mm. $4,590.00 CAD. 510-00086

At first glance, this may look like another Seamaster Professional “James Bond” watch. Well, it is that, but it’s also much more. This is the seldom encountered dual-time GMT version with Omega’s proprietary co-axial escapement. When this watch was current stock in 2006 it had a retail price of $4,500.00 CAD, which was a 73% premium over the basic model that sold for $2,600.00. No wonder this is a watch we seldom see come through our estate department. For that extra $1,900.00 you get a dual-time display that can be quickly set to display any other timezone. The chronometer grade, 27 jewel, calibre 2628 fitted with the co-axial escapement is said to be more accurate than a typical forked lever escapement, while at the same time offering extended service intervals. Unlike the regular Seamaster Professional, the beautiful movement in the GMT version can be viewed through the display case back. The luminous hour markers on the GMT model are surrounded by silver frames that are applied to the dial rather than simply printed to the face on the basic Seamaster 300. The second time zone is indicated by a dedicated 24 hour track printed inside the “regular” 12 hour dial markers. All the regular Seamaster 300 features are accounted for in the upgraded GMT offering. Water resistant to 300 meters, manual helium escape valve, one-way ratcheting bezel timer, threaded crown, threaded case back, synthetic sapphire crystal, locking buckle with diver’s extension, luminous hands/hour markers, and a handy 31-day calendar. The watch is in good condition showing typical scratches and scuffs associated with 15 years of wear. The watch is functioning great and keeping good time with all functions operating as designed. Including a complimentary 1-year  warranty this estate watch is priced at $4,590.00 CAD. Stock #510-00086.


July 17, 2022

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

 


July 15, 2022

Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Blue Surf Limited Edition 263-36 43mm $7,500.00 CAD. e14585

There are so many fantastic watches available. Many with rich histories going back more than a century. In fact, more than a few Swiss brands have been producing timing devices for longer than there have even been wristwatches. It’s too bad so few brands get the notoriety they deserve in North America. Ulysee Nardin is certainly worthy of consideration to anyone looking for an amazing watch with a great history of producing some amazing timepieces. They have a history going back to the mid-1800s. The company was famous for building some of the world’s most accurate marine chronometers. Before there was electronic timing equipment these highly accurate wind up time timekeepers were an essential tool for celestial navigation on the open sea. Accuracy wasn’t a luxury, it was a life or death necessity. Before the digital world of GPS positioning, knowing where you were, relied on precise time, a clear star-filled sky, a sextant, and quite a lot of operator skill. Developing incredibly accurate ships clocks was a daunting task given the environment they operated in. Accurate time was an essential factor for knowing where you were in the vast open oceans. In keeping with their nautical timing history, the Ulysse Nardin Maxi-Marine offers all the features one would expect from a rugged and durable divers watch. Super tough stainless steel case construction water resistant to over 600 feet. A threaded crown screws into the case ensuring moisture stays out and the time isn’t accidentally changed. Large bright luminous hands and markers make time interpretation virtually instantaneous. The usual calendar and second hand feature add some useful functions. A feature not seen often on automatic watches is the power reserve display located at 12:00. This circular dial acts similar to a fuel gauge displaying how much of the approximately 60 hour power supply is remaining. A unidirectional timer bezel is a useful feature for serious divers or the average guy who just needs to time a parking meter or barbequed steak. The surf logo, special wave dial distinguish the 263-36 limited edition from other Maxi Marine models. This watch is number 106 of just 1846 pieces made. A folding titanium locking buckle keeps the blue rubber strap secure and adds a modern look to the 43mm diameter watch. A transparent sapphire case back window proudly displays the mechanical marvel powering the Maxi Marine.  This is in very good condition, the bezel shows scuffs and the anti-reflective coating applied to the sapphire crystal displays some minor scratches. This coating is easily removed and the bezel can be tidied up too. Comes with a beautiful wood box, outer box, and a complimentary 1-year warranty. It’s working great, keeping excellent time with every function working as designed. The watch is estate priced at $7,500.00 CAD. Stock #e14585.

 


July 14, 2022

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 11-year-old document is that gold has appreciated over 75% since then. The diamond bracelet/watch is estate priced at $4,900.00 CAD. Stock #e14507.


July 13, 2022

Vintage 14kt. Movado, 17 jewel, 25.5mm, $850.00 CAD. e14412

Movado like many Swiss watch manufacturers was established in the late 1800s. They first began producing watches in the town of La Chaux-de-faunds 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, many Swiss brands disappeared or were bought merged with others 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. These watches soon defined the brand to this day are look that personifies the brand. Our latest estate watch is also the typical less is more Movado. We feel the vintage model dates from the early 1960s. It features a champagne dial lacking any hour or minute markers. The 25.5mm square case features an engine-turned bezel similar to those found on some Rolex. 12 polished raised indexes on the bezel indicate the hours, for minute interpretation I’m afraid you’re on your own. The watch has no seconds hand or calendar display, it is a watch in its most basic form. The case is made from solid 14 karat yellow gold. Including the plastic crystal, the case weighs 10.9 grams (without movement). Timekeeping duties are taken care of by a hand-wind, 17 jewel movement, shock protected movement. While not chronometer rated the movement is still high quality and nicely finished. It has been timed and adjusted in 2 different positions for accuracy. The original winding crown still displays the embossed Movado logo. The radial finish champagne dial is in very good condition but does display minor staining and a couple of small “beauty marks”. The watch is running well and keeping good time. It is fitted with an 18mm soft black leather strap. If you’d like a different style/colour strap we will include one of your choice from our large inventory of options at no extra charge. The watch comes with a one-year warranty for the estate price of $850.00 CAD. Stock #e14412.


July 9, 2022

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.


July 7, 2022

2020 Breitling Premier B01 Centenary Bentley AB01181A1Q1X1 42mm $9,990.00 CAD. e14201

Breitling has captured my heart with this commemorative Premier B01. In recent years Breitling watches have moderated in size with designs that actually fit human-sized wrists. At 42mm diameter, this watch is still on the large side, and lacking a thick rotating bezel it looks a bit bigger still, but on your wrist, the size is diminished. The turned-down lugs contour the wrist, and the polished bevel wraps around the lugs, taking away a sharp corner. The Premier B01 was introduced a few years ago as a tribute to past designs. The classic dial layout with simple hands and markers never grows old. The raised sapphire crystal looks like something vintage and plastic. Even the oversized crown with deep knurls and square chronograph control buttons looks like they came off a manually wound chronograph from the 1940s or 50s. What’s inside the 100-meter water-resistant case is thoroughly modern. The proprietary 41 jewel B01 column-wheel chronograph movement is the first ever in-house design for Breitling, and it’s one of the best around. It is so good in fact that Rolex uses this movement in their Tudor Chronograph and renamed it the calibre MT5813. This watch is one of only a thousand produced to commemorate Bentley automobile’s 100th anniversary in 2019. Bentley was the preferred automobile of Willy Breitling in the 1940s. Eventually, Breitling watches would become a major sponsor for Bentley during racing events. The sporty luxury watches and sporty exclusive cars have mutually benefited from their long association. An engraved Bentley plaque is screwed on the case edge that helps to protect the bezel edge. The engine turned pattern is done in the same style as the dashboard on some competition Bentleys. My favorite feature of the Centenary B01 is the natural burl elm dial. This wooden dial is different than any we’ve seen before. It was left completely natural without the common thick lacquered finish. Beautiful grain patterns and textures were completely left alone. Natural cavities and surface anomalies are different on every dial in the limited edition run. Text and individually applied markers are printed and placed over whatever knots or imperfections mother nature left behind. The thick, quilted brown leather strap blends perfectly with the dial. This combination is far more handsome than bracelet-equipped versions. The strap is secured with a clever deployment buckle that looks like a simple tang design when closed. This watch was purchased new in Canada in the September of 2020 at a Canadian authorized Breitling agent. It is in perfect condition showing no signs of wear. There are still some protecting plastic stickers on the inside of the buckle. The watch comes complete with all packaging, documentation, and tags that originally came with it. The international electronic warranty will cover the next owner until the late summer of 2025. This is a watch we will likely not ever see another example of. This watch was limited in production to only 1000 examples. It is available for the estate price of $9,990.00 CAD. Stock #e14201.


July 5, 2022

Ferrari GMT by Panerai FER00009 F6655 45mm $5,200.00 CAD. 501-00149

It came as no surprise to many when the Ferrari/Girard Perregaux relationship dissolved in the mid-2000s. The long-established Swiss watch manufacturer certainly had the heritage and quality to complement the exotic car manufacturer from Modena, but they somehow just didn’t have the spirit that makes Ferrari so much more than just a sports car company. In 2006 the announcement between Ferrari and Italian luxury watchmaker Panerai seemed like a much better pairing. Both are companies fueled by long-standing traditions, history, and more important than anything else, passion. Ferrari fans form a sea of red at every Formula 1 race anywhere in the world. This vocal group of enthusiast supporters drowns out the competition when it comes to emotional brand support. Panerai are not inexpensive watches, but they are at least somewhat accessible to many of the Ferrari Tifosi, unlike the automobiles. Panerai didn’t simply just add a prancing horse logo to one of their existing models; they produced a separate line of watches. They looked similar, as all Panerai do but they were a Ferrari watch, engineered, designed, and built by Panerai. This example is perfect for the world traveler. The dual time function allows a separate timezone displayed in a 24-hour format around the outside of the dial. A calendar display and small seconds hand at 9 o’clock offer some extra utility. A domed sapphire crystal should ward off almost any scratch producing impact. A threaded case back and special 1/3 turn locking crown should keep the chronometer-rated automatic movement protected from moisture to a depth of 100 meters. The watch comes with its original Panerai leather strap and rubber strap with a deployment buckle. An Italian/English instruction booker, Ferrari branded yellow box, and screwdriver complete the original delivered accessories. It came as somewhat of a shock in 2010 that the Panerai/Ferrari partnership contract was not going to be renewed. Hublot was to be the new official watch of Ferrari. In 2021 this partnership also dissolved when Richard Mille became the watch of Ferrari, at least until the terms of this current contract expire. Ferrari/Panerai watches were only made for around 5 years. They never sold in huge quantities making them unusual for us to come across. This GMT example is in very good original condition showing only light signs of use. We a happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty. The estate price for this watch is $5,200.00 CAD. Stock #501-00149.


June 20, 2022

2022 Panerai PAM01321 GMT Luminor 44mm, extra straps/buckle $11,750.00 CAD. 501-00158

Panerai watches have a very specific look that hasn’t changed much since the brand released the first Radiomir watch in 1916. Continuity of design and appearance is a great method of establishing a brand’s presence. It certainly has worked well for diverse brands such as LEGO, Porsche, McDonald’s, and Rolex. Each of these companies products is instantly recognizable among the competition. Panerai may not have produced the most universally beloved watch, but after being exposed to them often enough they do have a certain appeal. The Radiomir was originally developed for the Italian navy as a watertight, durable, and ultra functional timepiece. Panerai used a patented radium-based compound for the dial of their early watches that was far superior to anything else on the market. As a purely functional design, the Radiomir accomplished its task. Even today the luminous material used on the dial markers and hands is very effective and is no longer made from highly radioactive radium The tradition of function is dominant on all Panerai watch designs. The new GMT Power Reserve is no exception. First and foremost, the watch is extremely legible with its 44mm case size, large dial, and long thick luminous hands and hour markers. The generous 72-hour power reserve is shown by a fuel gauge style display at the 5 o’clock position. Panerai’s proprietary P.9012 automatic mechanism is comprised of 231 parts offering a dual time display that is simple and different from most. Panerai’s GMT displays a second time zone in a 12-hour format. Almost all other dual-time watches display the second time zone in a 24-hour display, requiring those not fluent with 24-hour time to mentally convert to a more familiar 12-hour (am/pm) format. The additional time zone display circles the dial every 12 hours, just like the regular hour hand. This means when you don’t need an additional time displayed, you can completely hide the extra pointer style hour hand under the regular hour hand. Hiding the extra hour made simplifies the dial information. A tiny blue second hand will never be confused with the large minute hand. A discreet calendar display can be seen in the traditional 3 o’clock position adding overall balance. To facilitate easy strap swaps Panerai engineers designed a quick release strap mechanism allowing the solid stainless steel bar to slide out of the lugs by means of a recessed button in the 1 and 5 o’clock lugs. Once the spring-loaded button is depressed with the no scratch Panerai tools, the black leather strap can easily be replaced with the dark brown or with the rubber strap for swimming. This Luminor is water-resistant to 300 meters, not many dual-time watches come with this sort of rating. This watch has never been worn and still has its case back sticker in place. The original owner purchased two original Panerai alligator replacement straps (black and brown) along with an expensive Panerai deployment buckle. It was purchased at the Panerai Boutique in Yorkdale shopping mall in Toronto in February of 2022. Comes complete with all documentation, booklets, inner/outer boxes, shipping box, bezel guard, strap replacement tools, warranty card, and of course the extra straps and deployment buckle. This never worn Panerai GMT Power-reserve PAM01321 is estate priced at $11,750.00 CAD. Stock #501-00158

SOLD

 


June 16, 2022

Breitling Chronomat Evolution A13356 44mm blue dial $4,000.00 CAD. 515-00050

If you’ve been lurking on our website for a while, thinking about buying a high-quality Swiss watch, this is a great one to test the waters with. 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 good Swiss watch. This Breitling Chronomat Evolution is a great place to start or add to any collection. It’s 44mm big, it’s bold and it’s all shiny stainless steel; what’s not to like? The movement at the heart of this do it all watch is the venerable Valjoux 7750. This automatic winding movement has been in continuous service in some of the world’s most famous brands for close to 50 years and it’s still in production today. 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 robust mechanisms to go 10 years between service intervals. The Chronomat Evolution has more than enough features to keep even a hard-core watch geek interested. A 12-hour 3-register chronograph is the primary feature. Other details include a one-way ratcheting 60-minute bezel timer, tachymeter scale for measuring units per hour, threaded crown/case back/chronograph push buttons, and a curved synthetic sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. A continuous sweeping second hand and calendar add some day-to-day functionality and don’t forget about the beautiful blue dial with contrasting silver register subdials. It has 3 different textures applied to its semi-gloss finish. The easy to read dial features the traditional polished hash mark hour markers giving it classic appeal without losing its sporting focus. Luminous hands and hour markers help visibility in the dark. Watertight to 300 meters and made from high-grade stainless steel should allow use under any circumstance. Our latest previously owned watch remains completely original. It was hardly worn by the previous owner as he found it too large for his thin build. He received the watch as a gift from his employer but never really used it very often. A very light surface polishing was all it required to prepare it for a new home. Lightly worn overall condition with zero stretch or sag in the Pilot bracelet that is equipped with a flip-lock buckle. The watch was purchased new from Precision Jewellers in Canada. It comes complete with all the original documentation and packaging. It’s running great with all functions operating as designed. Including a complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers mechanical warranty the watch is pre-owned priced at $4,000.00 CAD. Stock #515-00050.

SOLD


June 15, 2022

1961 Omega Seamaster automatic 14765 2 SC excellent condition $1,600.00 CAD. e14601 510-00060

Despite the Seamaster moniker and 30-meter factory rating for water resistance, early Seamasters like this were not all that watertight. The stainless steel case proudly displayed the Seahorse logo and WATERPROOF embossed on the back, but don’t believe it, THIS WATCH IS NOT WATERPROOF. Rolex had their impressive and patent-protected Oyster case with screw-on case back and crown; Omega needed a different approach to protecting their mechanisms from moisture and dirt. They decided to eliminate the case back entirely. The theory is: without a case back and required gasket that could potentially fail; removing the case back altogether is one less place for water to enter. To service the watch the entire movement with dial comes out through the front after the crown and crystal are removed. Excellent plan in theory but in practice, the non screw down crown and its rubber gaskets can fail over the years, letting moisture and debris inside. This example was obviously treated with exceptional care over the last 60 plus years as its condition is exceptional. The silver dial is absolutely spotless, showing no blemishes of any kind. The original signed crown is showing some wear but still displays the old-style Omega logo. The domed plastic crystal is also signed and potentially the original. When we opened the case to inspect the 25 jewel calibre 552 movement we were surprised to see only 1 service etching inside the case back and no rust on the stem of any kind. That explains the condition of the watch; it had likely only been worn 5 years in total since it left Omega’s factory in 1961. The watch is running well and keeping good time despite the lack of documented service history. We will provide one free overhaul whenever the watch requires servicing for the next owner; this is in addition to our 1-year mechanical warranty. This less is more watch is an exercise in basic timekeeping with a time only display of gold hands/markers and tiny printed black hash marks plotting the minutes against the silver dial. Although this watch is only 34.5mm in diameter the actual dial surface area looks larger than a 36mm Rolex Datejust because it lacks a thick bezel. You’d never guess this watch was manufactured in 1961. The 14 karat gold capped lugs are thick and still sharp-edged. The solid 14 karat bezel ring shows some minor scratches that go unnoticed except under extreme scrutiny. A brand new 18mm brown Hirsch strap with a gold plated buckle has this watch looking like new old stock. Including a complimentary one-year warranty (excluding damage caused by moisture). This time capsule condition vintage Seamaster is estate priced at $1,600.00 CAD. Stock #e14601 510-00060.

SOLD


June 14, 2022

Breitling SuperOcean SteelFish A17390 44mm $3,100.00 CAD. 515-00057

It’s called a SuperOcean for good reason. It’s a “super” capable diver watch with everything the sports watch aficionado could be looking for. One of the most impressive things you’ll notice is the water resistant depth rating on the dial of 6600 feet. That should be plenty for the typical recreational diver who is not likely to exceed much more than 100 feet. Overbuilt in almost every way the 44mm watch also is equipped with an automatic helium escape valve. It’s another feature that 99.9% of divers will never need. It’s there just on the off chance you decide to do a really really deep dive that requires living in a diving bell, breathing a pressurized mixture of helium and oxygen for an extended period of time. When living in this environment, pressurized helium gas can penetrate the case gaskets and push the crystal out when you’re decompressing if the watch isn’t equipped with a helium escape valve. It does make for an interesting conversation point if someone asks what the little button on the side is for. The rest of the watch is typical high end stuff. Certified chronometer grade automatic winding Swiss movement, super hard curved synthetic sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, threaded crown/case back, one way ratcheting timer bezel, bright luminous hand/markers, and a heavy solid link bracelet with double lock. I love the diagonal shape of the bracelet links and the fact that each one is secured with 2 screws. This watch also comes with an embossed Breitling blue rubber strap with a very expensive stainless steel deployment buckle. The strap/buckle combination has been used very little as it still sports a few protective plastic stickers. This Buckle features a mechanical locking mechanism and a clever ratcheting extension. The watch is in very good to excellent overall condition showing only minor evidence of use. According to the previous owner the watch was serviced by Breitling within the last couple of years but was worn very little since. It comes with a Breitling service box, a polishing cloth, and a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years). Our estate price for this retired SuperOcean is $3,100.00 CAD. Stock #515-00057.

SOLD


June 13, 2022

Breitling Avenger M1 E73360 Chronograph titanium 44mm. $3,000.00 CAD. e14249

Casual and simple Arabic dial font makes for a very easy watch to read. Legibility is very important when you’re considering any watch, especially a chronograph. If you’re reading this posting you likely know all about the Breitling Avenger M1 E73360 and what this watch is all about. The Avenger isn’t as much of a commitment to wearing as you may think. Although it measures a rather large 44mm diameter, it only weighs 106 grams thanks to its titanium construction, super-accurate quartz movement, and leather strap. The Avenger M1 is as tough as it looks; all titanium, water-resistant to 1000 feet, helium escape valve, one-way ratcheting timer bezel, certified chronometer grade quartz movement with 12-hour chronograph and calendar. This movement goes a few steps further with a 1/10 second lap time function, and timezone feature. The timezone feature allows you to change the hour and calendar backward or forward without affecting the minutes or seconds.  Luminous treatment to the large hands and hour markers allows time interpretation in any lighting conditions. The slightly curved synthetic sapphire crystal is super resistant to scratches and has perfect optical properties with an anti-glare finish. The watch is in excellent overall condition. Running great, keeping excellent time with all functions working as designed. We fully serviced the movement in May 2021 and installed a brand new Hirsch black leather strap. Included with purchase are two well-worn genuine Breitling black leather straps with signed buckle and box. Estate priced at $3,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14249.

SOLD


June 12, 2022

Breitling Bentley Motors T Speed ltd. ed. H2536 rose gold 48.8mm $20,000.00 CAD. 515-00054

Luxury watches come in all sizes, if you like yours served up extra large, we have the perfect watch for you. This watch measures a generous 48.8mm in diameter. For decades the benchmark size for a racing chronograph has been around 40mm to 42mm. Omega’s Speedmaster and the Rolex Daytona both measure between 40 and 42mm. Pictured beside our Breitling Bentley T Speed, an 18 karat white gold Daytona looks more like a mid-sized watch. The Breitling Motors T Speed Chronograph features a very interesting chronograph function; the elapsed seconds register runs at twice the speed of a traditional watch. The seconds register circles the entire dial in just 30 seconds. This super fast pace does serve a practical purpose, it allows 1/10th of a second timing capability. Without the highspeed chronograph module, this watch would have to make do with just a 1/5 second timing increment. Seeing the seconds register circle the dial in just 30 seconds does take some getting used to, but this feature makes great sense in a business where tenths of a second matter. The extra large dial makes interpreting the tenths possible. The dial also incorporates a tachymeter scale for measuring units per hour between 1000 to 95. A rotating slide rule bezel adds extra mathematical calculation functions for those who want to exploit every possible function this watch offers. The iridescent natural mother of pearl dial is an upgrade luxury feature over the basic black or white face. The Bentley connection extends from the case back that displays 3 classic Bentley automobiles to the engine turned bezel finish that takes inspiration from the dashboard of vintage Bentleys. This watch is number 272 of just 500 produced. Attached to the case is an extra long, heavily padded crocodile leather strap with white stitching. The strap is secured by an 18 karat fold over deployment buckle. The watch comes with a Bentley inner/outer box, a limited edition certificate,  and a chronometer certificate. This watch was owned by a long time Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers customer who took exceptional care of it. It is in excellent condition looking almost like new. The leather strap hardly looks worn. All the functions of the watch are operating as designed. We are happy to include a 1-year warranty for the next owner. This watch is estate priced at $20,000.00 CAD. Stock #515-00054.

SOLD


June 11, 2022

1970s Omega Geneve 162.0052 $1,000.00 CAD. 510-00093

The 70s are back in fashion making this 1970s Omega Geneve 162.0052 the perfect “far out” timepiece accessory for a fashionable woman or man looking for some authentic vintage. The base metal watch is plated with 20 microns of warm yellow gold accented with a black lizard grain strap. Ticking away inside the 32mm case is an Omega in house Swiss made mechanical 23 jewel movement caliber 1012 that features a sweeping second hand with a calendar.  The case and crystal show only minor signs of wear, much better than you’d expect for a watch pushing 50 years old. The dial shows like new, there are no scratches, stains, or blemishes of any kind. The domed plastic crystal is a genuine Omega part, likely the original, it still displays the embossed Omega logo on the centre inside surface. The winding/setting crown displays significant wear and is thought to be original to the watch. The watch measures 32mm x 32mm but wears much larger thanks to a more telling 38mm diagonal. In truth, this watch wears more like a 36-37mm round case watch. The thin bezel, light colour dial, and cushion outline make it wear bigger than the dimensions would suggest. It could be worn by a man or a woman who likes a little larger face size. The Omega is accompanied by a complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate price $1,000.00 CAD. Stock #510-00093.

SOLD


June 10, 2022

2006 Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk II Pro 49940 45mm titanium $4,900.00 CAD. 501-00164

Although the name Girard Perregaux may not be familiar to many, among watch collectors and connoisseurs it is recognized as one of the more important manufacturers. With a watchmaking history that goes back well over 2 centuries, they have a great deal of knowledge to draw upon. Girard Perregaux remains today one of the few companies to produce and develop their own movements in-house rather than buying basic ETA, Valjoux, Lemania, Sellita mechanisms and sticking their name and logo on. The GP website has a great page that outlines some of the brand’s history. The Sea Hawk II Pro is perhaps their most sporty creation to date featuring a large case with a one-way bezel of 45mm diameter. This is a comfortable watch despite the large case, the 4:00 crown position does not dig into the wrist and is protected by the smooth sculpted case. All the regular sports watch features are all here and then some. Water-resistant to an incredible 9,990 feet should be enough for anyone, sapphire crystal, threaded crown, screwed on case back, luminous hands, calendar, one-way bezel indexed for 60 minutes, and not one but 2 automatic helium escape valves on the sides of the case (one at 9:00 and one at 2:00). Another slightly unusual feature is the power reserve indicator located at 6:00. With a quick glance, the gauge displays how much of the 46 power reserve you have remaining; the actual run time we observed was just over days. The in house 27 jewel calibre GP033R0 is running great and keeping excellent time with all functions operating as designed. This watch comes with its original box, documents, open warranty card, and even the original bill of sale, showing a purchase price of $6,040.00 USD in 2006. From what we understand, this model had a suggested retail price of $9,800.00 when last available. It was previously owned by a collector client of Bill Le Boeuf who purchased it in Saint Maarten in May 2006. This watch has never been worn and remains in perfect condition. Despite its large size, this watch isn’t difficult to wear once you’ve come to grips with the 20.3mm case thickness. Titanium construction with a rubber strap keeps the weight down to a more than manageable 144 grams. The titanium buckle features a quick-adjust mechanism on each side of the double folding clasp.  As far as functionality goes, this is one of the best. Extra-large luminous hands and markers make time interpretation a snap in any lighting condition. We’ve never seen so much luminous material used on hands and hour markers before. We are happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated to 5 years). Estate priced at $4,900.00. Stock #501-00164.

SOLD


June 9, 2022

2021 Panerai Submersible Flyback Chronograph 47mm PAM00614 $13,975.00 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 $13,975.00 CAD. Stock #501-00153.

SOLD

 


June 8, 2022

2017/2021 Tag Heuer ceramic Carrera/GMT CAR2A1W-0/CBG2A1Z. $4,200.00/$6,400.00 CAD. e14629 e14630 520-00059

Luxury Swiss watches are all about emotion and tradition, married with modern technology. How else could you justify spending thousands of dollars purchasing analog timekeeping devices that are mostly redundant? Any cheap electronic watch or cell phone will keep far better time than even the most exotic mechanical Swiss status symbol. There is much more to watches like this than just keeping the time. Tag Heuer has a proud history dating back to 1860 when they manufactured pocket watches; wristwatches hadn’t been widely embraced yet. They have been producing stopwatches and chronographs used for timing automotive racing events ever since the concept began. Our latest two estate watches are from the Tag Heuer’s Carrera line. The Carrera was named after the Carrera Panamericana automobile race that ran for just 5 short years from 1950 through 1954. The 3500 km border to border race was deemed far too dangerous to continue on the open roads of Mexico. Legends and tales of the fabled race were permanently etched in the mind of Jack Heuer (great-grandson of the founder). Jack assumed a leadership role in Heuer Watch Co. in 1962, it wasn’t long after that he introduced a design that would become synonymous with Tag Heuer and racing. In 1963 he created the company’s most iconic model, the Carrera. The Porsche Carrera can also attribute its name to the Carrera Panamerican race, but that’s another story. Our two estate Tag Heuer watches have the classic profile and case design shared with all Carrera models yet are absolutely born of modern style influence and materials. The bezels on both are now made from super-hard ceramic, able to withstand almost any scratch-producing encounter. The skeletonized dials may not exactly offer perfect legibility, but they display much of the intricate front side of the in-house developed column-wheel chronograph movements. Many of the components that would normally be solid have been skeletonized to reveal what lies beneath. The large circular date ring is one of the more impressive components to receive the treatment. The display case backs show off the other side of these beautiful mechanisms. Tag Heuer is quite proud of these proprietary movements and anxious for the world to see as much of them as possible. Is hard not to miss the bright red “column-wheel”. This toothed gear acts as the chronograph’s brain, an on/off trigger for the recording of elapsed time events. Many watches use bolt-on chronograph modules to existing watch mechanisms. While this technique functions okay, it lacks the feel of precision of a fully integrated column-wheel design. At this price point, the level of fit and finish of these Tag Heuers offers plenty to get excited about. Both watches feature 12-hours of elapsed timing capability with regular timekeeping and calendar functions. The GMT version has a red arrow pointer hand indicating a second timezone on the ceramic bezel in a 24-hour format. Nighttime hours are displayed in black and daylight hours are shown in blue. These are large watches measuring around 45.5mm in diameter. Both offer water-resistance of  100 meters, luminous hands/markers, and finely finished bracelets with integrated locking buckles. They are both in original condition and have not been refinished or polished in any way. The 2021 GMT is in exceptional condition, the 2017 tachymetre model shows minor evidence of use in the form of small scratches on the case and bracelet. Both watches come with a full set of warranty cards, instructions, and inner/outer boxes. A complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty will be provided for the next owners. The GMT includes the balance of the factory warranty until September 2023 at which time our 5-year pro-rated warranty kicks in. These mechanical masterpieces are sure to be attractive to automobile enthusiasts and sophisticated watch collectors. They are estate priced at $4,200.00 CAR2A1W-0 (stock #e14629) and $6,400.00 CBG2A1Z (stock #e14630 520-00059).

Both SOLD

 

 


June 7, 2022

OMEGA RAILMASTER XXL 2806.52.37 (RARE WATCH) $4,250.00 CAD. 510-00090

Hands down one of Omega’s coolest watches ever, has got to be the Railmaster XXL 2806.52.37. While it was a slow seller when initially released around 2005 it has become a prized collectible among Omega enthusiasts. This is only the second one to appear in our estate section. I doubt there is a more thoroughly documented example on the market. You couldn’t ask for one more complete than this. It comes with the original inner/outer box, instructions, endorsed warranty card from an Ontario authorized agent with holder, plastic case back sticker, original bill of sale, and even a little piece of white tissue to keep the inner box lid from sticking to the bottom. Excellent 100% original condition. The brown genuine crocodile strap has been worn but still rates a 7/10. Sharp, lugs and bezel exhibit evidence use in the form of some fine scratches and the odd ding. The screw on case back still has the red wax factory seal in place as proof the back has never been removed. The XXL moniker comes from the fact this watch measures close to 50mm in diameter. Compared to a popular, large watch most people are familiar with like a 40mm Rolex Submariner the Railmaster looks enormous. Despite the size, it really isn’t difficult to wear. At only 122 grams the weight is well distributed and the profile is slim thanks to the hand wind Omega calibre 2201 (ETA 6498-2). This movement can trace its roots to the 1950s as the Unitas pocket watch movement 6497. In Omega’s specification, the movement has been beautifully finished and significantly upgraded to chronometer grade status. The old school rhythm beating from the 17 jewel movement is music to the ears of those who appreciate the art of a mechanical watch. Classic looks but with modern high quality features, threaded case back with a display window, curved synthetic sapphire crystal, deployment buckle, water resistance to 500 feet and perhaps the most luminous dial treatment in the business make it super easy to read under all lighting conditions. There are not many of these watches on the market and pricing has been going up for the past few years. I don’t think there is a more thoroughly documented original example currently available. Including a year one Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, the watch is estate priced at $4,250.00 CAD. Stock #510-00090.

SOLD


May 10, 2022

Vintage Hamilton Cocktail watch 0.37ct. tw. SI-IJ, 13.5gr. net. $2,000.00 CAD. e14633 501-00125

Mechanical watches fell out of favor as self-winding automatics and battery-powered movements were developed. Both options were superior to the finicky mechanical movements that required daily winding to maintain the correct time. But, let’s be honest, this is not a watch. Even when it was originally purchased sometime in the 1940s it wasn’t being purchased as a timepiece, it was a diamond bracelet that also displayed time. With a dial measuring only 10.0mm x 8.5mm you’d be hard-pressed to get an accurate reading anyway. This vintage Hamilton statement piece is solid 14 karat white gold and focuses on soft marquise shapes for a delicate nature-inspired aesthetic. The 3.3mm wide tennis bracelet features a single diamond per link widening to the 14.3mm case. All told the watch is hand set with 48 round brilliant and round single cut diamonds equalling approximately 0.37 carats together. The diamonds are all of VS-SI-IJ quality and sparkle brightly within their frames of mirror-finished white gold. The bracelet is secured with a double-locking clasp with two length adjustment positions and a clasping safety chain. The piece is accompanied by a 2002 appraisal that overestimates the total carat weight and underestimates the quality. The 70+ year watch is running well and estate priced for $2,000.00 CAD. Stock #501-00125  e14633.

SOLD


May 9, 2022

1982 Patek Philippe Calatrava 18kt. ref. 3744 33mm quartz. $5,500.00 CAD. 501-00126

At Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers we’re very fortunate. We often feature some beautiful watches as part of our ever-changing vintage collection. Top brands like Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Cartier, Tag Heuer, etc. all make regular appearances. Patek Philippe on the other hand, now that’s another story. They rarely show up around here, perhaps only once a year or so. Despite the rather pedestrian appearance of many Patek Philippe models, they are universally considered the most desirable watch brand available. Most PPs are rather understated. In fact, unless you’re in the watch loop you’d likely not look twice at one. This is perhaps one of the esteemed brand’s simplest offerings, yet the attention to detail and quality is beyond compare. The Calatrava is Patek’s most famous design. It was introduced in the 1930s as an understated design to help the company weather the challenges imposed by the great depression. Even the finest brands need to adapt to changing market conditions from time to time. The simple easy to read white dial with black Roman numerals connects it to its fundamental design roots. As soon as you hold the watch the quality is apparent. At first glance, this watch looks the same as its very expensive mechanical siblings. It features the same hobnail pattern bezel with a hallmarked 18 karat yellow gold case. Despite the ultra-thin profile of just 5.5mm thick and 33mm diameter, the watch still weighs a substantial 34.9 grams. Patek could have easily constructed this watch using half the gold but that wouldn’t be reflective of their uncompromising reputation. At some point, the previous owner must have brushed the sapphire crystal with a diamond as there is a small scratch on its surface over the 7 o’clock hour marker. Against the white background, the blemish is practically invisible. Powering the watch is a Patek Philippe designed 6 jewel quartz proprietary movement calibre E27. Even on this simple two hand mechanism the watchmakers of PP & Co. have treated the movement to traditional Geneva wave finishing patterns on the metal surfaces. This sort of detail is seldom seen on anything other than high end mechanical mechanisms. The freshly installed high-capacity silver oxide power cell should keep it maintaining perfect time for the next 2-3 years. This watch has been well worn for close to 40 years. The condition is fair to good, mostly because of the dial. From a casual glance, it looks perfect, upon close scrutiny there is a myriad of cracks in the lacquer surface. There is no flaking of any kind and the random pattern goes unnoticed unless you’re looking for it. The previous owner wasn’t even aware of it until we pointed it out. We only way we were able to photograph the patina was to view it in underexposed reflected light. Patek no longer manufactures a quartz watch for men, however, a basic hand-wind version is available for around $30,000.00 USD. This one keeps better time, looks similar, and costs a fraction of a modern Calatrava replacement. This watch does not come with an original box or paperwork. The genuine lizard strap is a generic Hirsch replacement with a gold-plated Hirsch buckle. We are happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty (pro-rated for 5 years). The estate price is $5,500.00 CAD. Stock #501-00126 e14641.

SOLD


May 8, 2022

Rado Sintra Diastar 153.0334.3 ceramic & titanium 21.5mm $600.00 CAD. 501-00156.

 

Ceramic and other high-tech materials are the newest features on many luxury watch brands but Rado has been using ceramic since 1986 and other super hard construction materials since the 1960s. The brand has some of the most distinct designs around. You definitely won’t mistake a Rado for a Rolex or Omega product. The square case measures a uniform 19.5mm wide and tapers through the bracelet to the buckle at 13mm. The ceramic and titanium construction keeps the weight down to under 50 grams. Rado watches have a slightly edgy look compared to the many more mainstream conservative brands. Our example is in excellent condition. It shows like new old stock, not a single scratch anywhere on the case or bracelet. The grey ceramic links are completely blemish free along with the curved synthetic sapphire crystal. In keeping with its high-tech nature, the watch is equipped with a low maintenance ultra precise Swiss quartz movement keeping excellent time. Including Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1-year warranty the watch is estate priced at just $600.00 CAD. Stock #501-00156

SOLD

 


May 7, 2022

Tag Heuer Link WJF1319 27mm with diamonds $4,100.00 CAD. e11831 520-00028

The line between watch and jewellery becomes quite blurred with the Tag Heuer Link WJF1319. Sure it tells time, has a useful calendar and second hand, but it’s also super shiny with diamonds. A beautiful iridescent mother of pearl dial trimmed with beautiful round brilliant cut diamonds bead set directly into the 316l stainless steel bezel. When it comes to pretty, plus more than capable it’s hard to beat Tag Heuer’s more refined and thoughtfully designed “Link” series. The look has become iconic to the brand. The basic style goes way back over 30 years to the original Sports Elegance line from 1987. Although Tag Heuer has tweaked the shape here and there, the Link is instantly recognizable as the successor of the “S/el”.  Its look can only be described as a Tag Heuer. Mimicked by many lesser brands over the years but there can only be one original. At 27mm in diameter, it is not the largest lady’s watch but it certainly isn’t tiny. The beautiful white mother of pearl dial and thin bezel makes for a watch that looks a bit bigger than the measurement suggests. It’s hard to believe that a lady’s Rolex Datejust is only 1mm smaller in diameter. Refined details set this watch apart from the crowd as the true luxury product it is. Only VVS-FG or better quality diamonds serve as twinkling hour marking beacons and then of course there is the beautiful pastel coloured rainbow mother of pearl dial. 63 round brilliant cut diamonds add just under half a carat of bling according to the precious stone certificate supplied by Tag Heuer. An integrated locking buckle keeps everything securely in place. There isn’t a sharp edge to be found anywhere on the watch. From the curved synthetic sapphire crystal to gently contoured crown guards, it’s a subtle exercise in timekeeping comfort. Overall condition is excellent. Every component on the watch and bracelet has been lightly polished to an all bright finish as was the case from the factory when delivered new. It was originally purchased right here at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in 2007. Keeping excellent time with all functions working as designed courtesy of the high precision Swiss quartz movement. A few years ago when this watch was current it carried a retail price of $4,600.00 USD. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty and the original box set, the watch is estate priced at $4,100.00 CAD. Stock number e11831 520-00028.

SOLD


May 6, 2022

2016 Omega Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial 41.5mm 231.13.42.21.03.001 $5,200.00 CAD. 510-00066

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. An easy to read striped blue tapestry dial with applied luminous markers and broad arrow second hand makes for quick time interpretation. The 41.5mm case is fitted with a top grain navy blue alligator hide leather strap and deployment buckle making the watch very comfortable and slightly more casual. The original alligator strap looks like new and was hardly used. If you’re feeling sporty, the watch also comes with a 20mm Omega fabric strap that is easily swapped. This extra strap cost around $300.00 and remains in perfect condition. 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 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. An improved externally threaded waterproof tube has helped bring the water resistance rating to 500 feet. This example was purchased in March of 2016 at Omega authorized agents European Jewellery in the Eaton Centre Toronto. Overall condition is good although there are some scratches on the case and case back. The anti-reflective coating on the super hard sapphire crystal is 100% intact. The previous owner was not wearing this watch too often and decided to trade it in for something that would see more wrist time. It comes with the prettiest wooden Omega box I have ever seen, an authorized Canadian dealer endorsed warranty card, an instruction booklet, and outside protective cardboard box complete the package. The Aqua Terra 231.13.42.21.03.001 is a current model and can be seen on Omega’s website where it carries a retail price of $6,600.00 CAD (without the extra strap). Including a 1-year complimentary warranty, this watch is estate priced at $5,200.00 CAD. Stock #510-00066.

SOLD


May 5, 2022

Breitling Avenger II GMT 44mm A32390 $2,800.00 CAD. 515-00051

Breitling is one of the world’s great watch brands with a deep horological history dating back to 1884. The Avenger II chronometer GMT is one of their truly functional professional watches. Many Breitlings are optioned with complicated slide rules, multi-register chronographs, and busy dial layouts. The Avenger II A32390 presents its functions simply and logically. Basic timekeeping is handled by pencil-shaped hour/minute hands with a full track of large luminous stick markers. The independently adjustable 2nd hour hand displays any additional time zone in a 24-hour format (no mistaking AM or PM hours) with the red arrow tipped hand. As a true dual-time (GMT) this watch is equipped with a ratcheting bezel indexed 24 times so you can use it to temporarily display a 3rd timezone, while the red hand indicates continuous GMT, and the regular 12-hour hand shows your local time. This watch features a more than adequate water resistance rating of 300 meters to keep even the hard-core diver/pilot satisfied. For a black dial, the large luminous hands and markers offer excellent legibility in all lighting conditions. The 44mm case size is large but not overwhelming, its overall thickness is just 12.1mm. The total weight (including the soft rubber Breilting strap) of only 112 grams makes this watch a pleasure to live day to day with. Overall condition is excellent and original, with hardly any signs of use. For an easy to use rugged dual-time watch there isn’t anything more effective than the Avenger II Chronometer GMT. This is the first example of an Avenger II GMT to show up in our estate department. Keeping good time, with functions working as designed. Including a complimentary 1 year warranty the watch is priced at $2,800.00 CAD. Stock #515-00051.

SOLD


May 4, 2022

2010 IWC AquaTimer Galapagos IW376705 (never worn) $5,788.00 CAD. 501-00169

If a Rolex, Breitling, or Cartier just seems a little too pedestrian and you desire something a little more exotic, how about an IWC Schaffhausen? Not only is it a fun name to say, but it’s also one of the true great watch manufacturers that is more than just a well marketed brand. From their 1868 inception in Schaffhausen Switzerland by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones, they developed an international reputation for manufacturing watches of the highest quality. International Watch Company Aquatimer IW376705 is one of the more sporting and stealthy models offered. It’s a full sized watch with a bezel diameter of 46mm. Purchased new in 2010 in St. Thomas Virgin Islands at an authorized IWC agent. When this special edition Aquatimer was originally purchased, a large percentage of sales proceeds were donated to the preservation of the Galapagos Islands through the Charles Darwin foundation. This watch was the first to be fully coated in black rubber. The grippy surface is very cool and casual looking. The black dial is treated with a semigloss texture blending with the case and strap. An anti-reflective coating on both sides of the curved crystal keeps the glare down and almost has you believing the watch has no crystal at all. This watch has never been worn or used at all. It is basically new old stock. It sat unworn in its original box for more than a decade. I’ve seen more signs of use on many brand new display watches before. This watch comes with the original black rubber strap with quick release and a tang buckle. This is a serious sport watch that is water-resistant to 400 feet with bright luminous hands and markers that are very easy to read in daylight or dark situations. Simple stick markers and thick hands add to the legibility. A black/white ceramic bezel insert won’t fade and is much harder than any metal alternative. Included with purchase is the original box, warranty card, instructions, and polishing cloth (never even unfolded). When the quick set 60-minute bezel timer isn’t quite enough, an easy to use 12 hour chronograph timer adds extended timing capability along with more accuracy. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, the never worn estate watch is priced at $5,788.00 CAD. Stock #501-00169.

SOLD


May 3, 2022

2002 Omega Seamaster 300 “James Bond” 41mm 2531.80.00. $4,600.00 CAD. 510-00088

The Omega Seamaster Professional 2531.80.00 was introduced in 1993. After very obvious product placement appearances in the 1995 film Golden Eye, this model became known thereafter as the James Bond watch (Pierce Brosnan era). The same watch appeared in several Bond movies since and to this day Omega is the preferred brand of everyone’s favorite secret agent. The design came in two sizes with either a quartz or automatic movement. This one, the full-size automatic is the one that everyone wants. Measuring 41mm diameter you cannot call this watch oversized but 29 years after its introduction it is still the right size when compared to the many 45mm plus size watches on the market today. It is more than capable with a 1000-foot water resistance depth rating, heavy solid link bracelet construction, one-way ratcheting timer bezel, helium escape valve, luminous hands/markers, and that marvelous chronometer grade calibre 1120 movement running within.   This is a later 1st generation example that dates from 2002. Overall condition is best described as well used but not abused with honest, well-earned patina. The blue anodized aluminum bezel insert shows some scratches but remains fade-free and functional. The embossed blue wave dial is blemish free with perfect hands and luminous hour markers. A decade ago we’d get these in all the time, but over the last few years they are turning up less and less in our estate department. The best part about this watch is it comes with a never worn replacement bracelet (part number 1503/82). These bracelets cost around $1,000.00 to replace should you ever need one. The previous owner thought it was a good idea to have a spare bracelet just in case Omega discontinued manufacturing replacements. Pricing on good condition 1st generation Bond Seamasters is now well above what they sold for when new. This example comes with its original warranty and product cards along with a blemish/smudge free inner/outer box, plus an instruction book. Our latest 2531.80.00 comes with a one-year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers mechanical warranty for the estate price of $4,600.00 CAD. Stock #510-00088.

SOLD


May 2, 2022

Hamilton Khaki Field automatic date 38mm $500.00 CAD. 501-00165

Finding a quality automatic Swiss watch in this sort of price range can be a difficult thing. Finding one with features like sapphire crystal, threaded exhibition case back, all stainless steel construction, heavy duty solid link locking bracelet, water resistant to 300 feet, and a calendar display really makes for a challenge. The Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic is ready for service in any theater. The functional design extends to the simple logical dial layout with a 24-hour dial layout and luminous hands/hour markers. The large crown makes time and date adjustment a snap. A 38mm case size is comfortable and should appeal to those looking for a good sized watch but not oversized and clumsy. Whether you’re just getting into the watch habit, looking to add another to a collection, or need a more purposeful design alternative, this Khaki might just work for you. This example comes with a very handsome silver dial for a classy tone on tone look. This dial configuration with full luminous hour markers is quite rare and most only have luminous dots and simple printed hour markers. The watch is in excellent original condition showing little evidence of use. No original box or documents are included. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty. This watch is estate priced at $500.00 CAD. Stock #501-00165.

SOLD


May 1, 2022

Oris Divers Sixty-Five 40mm 01 733 7707 4354. $1,680.00 CAD. 501-00178

Retro and vintage style watches have been extremely popular for a while now. The Tudor Black Bay series not only re-introduced some cool vintage styling but also clearly reinforced the marque that many had almost forgotten about. One of our favorite old brands when it comes to quality, style, and price, has always been ORIS. Since 1904 they have been producing watches that were high in quality and low in price. Even their most inexpensive pin lever watches were capable performers at an impossibly low price compared to other Swiss offerings. The Divers Sixty-Five series was introduced in 2015 as a 40mm retro-styled dive tool. Everyone loved its ultra-functional design and utility, but some wanted a bit more size. The 42mm came around a year later. Our latest estate offering is one of the classic 40mm examples. The gold-plated ratcheting bezel gives the watch a slightly dressier look that goes well with this size. The basic glossy black dial with large luminous hands and markers is the epitome of function. The complete track of minute markers on the dial and ratcheting one-way bezel make precise elapsed timing a simple process. An anti-glare coating on the beautiful domed sapphire crystal further aids in legibility in any lighting situation. The luminous details are tinted with a light parchment hue that reinforces the vintage vibe. Oris even went so far as to stamp the threaded case back with a retro logo. The large 7mm screw-down crown protects the automatic Sellita Sw200-1 movement from moisture damage to a depth of 300 feet. Our watch came from the factory with the signed medium brown leather strap and buckle, again designed with a vintage look in mind. The watch shows minor evidence of use with small scuffs and scratches but otherwise is in excellent condition. It has never been polished or refinished in any way. The previous owner purchased a heavy-duty distressed leather strap along with a dressier alligator grain strap if you prefer something a touch more formal. The watch comes complete with 2 inner/outer boxes, instructions, a paper hangtag, a warranty card, and 2 extra leather straps. Working great and keeping good time, we are pleased to supply the next owner with a complimentary one-year warranty. Oris continues to offer great Swiss quality, style, and tradition at an attractive price point. This Divers Sixty-Five is estate priced at $1,680.00 CAD. Stock #501-00178.

SOLD


April 30, 2022

Ladies Omega Constellation Quadra 1521.41.00 like new $1,350.00. e7574 510-00022

e7574 Omega Quadra 1521.41.00The Omega Constellation has been the brand’s flagship model since introduced over 60 years ago. The line is usually the first to showcase the company’s new innovations and technical achievements. The Quadra model 1521.41.00 is a lady’s watch measuring 24mm x 19mm with a uniform width integrated bracelet all in highly polished stainless steel. The glossy finish black dial is a nice contrast and gives a beautiful dressy look. The usual Constellation design elements of Roman numerals, claws at 3:00 & 9:00, and the embossed observatory case back are all present. Looking like new and keeps perfect time with a fresh battery installed. No original box is supplied. This watch dates from 2003 when it had a retail price of $2,400.00. Estate priced at $1,350.00 including our one-year warranty. Stock #e7574 510-00022.

SOLD

 

 


April 29, 2022

2013 Tissot PRC200 Tony Parker ltd. ed. T055.417.16.057.01 $400.00 CAD. e14543 501-00096

Tissot has always offered great quality for a reasonable price. The PRC 200 features a threaded crown, threaded case back, sapphire crystal, stainless steel case, tachymeter bezel scale, deployment buckle, and a Swiss quartz movement with lap timer chronograph. This 2013 limited edition Tony Parker example was purchased in Canada at a Tissot authorized agent and comes complete with all its original documentation and paperwork. Very good overall condition and has never been polished. Including a complimentary one-year warranty this watch is estate priced at $400.00 CAD. Stock #e14543 501-00096.

SOLD


April 24, 2022

2022 Tag Heuer Formula 1 Gulf Racing special edition CAZ101N 43mm (never worn) $1,950.00 CAD. 520-00074

Tag Heuer Formula 1 watches have come a long way since the line was introduced in 1986. The debut came toward the end of the quartz crisis that bankrupted many Swiss watch manufacturers. In fact, the Formula 1 was the first watch series released after Techniques d’Avant Garde (TAG) acquired the Heuer Watch Company. Heuer had become financially stressed as their traditional mechanically based product line had trouble competing with much lower priced Japanese quartz technology. It’s fair to say the brightly coloured, composite-cased original Formula 1 watches helped save the company from insolvency. Our latest formula 1 dates more than 3 decades after the originals hit jewellers showcases in the 1980s. It benefits from 30 years of improvements. Screw-down threaded crown, super hard synthetic sapphire crystal, advanced luminova glowing pigments, and full 316l stainless steel construction are features the originals never had. I love the blue/orange colours that pay a not so subtle homage to Heuer and Tag Heuer’s racing association with Gulf dating back over half a century. Our latest F1 estate offering has never been worn and is in new condition. The polished/brushed finish is completely original and has not been polished or refinished in any way. This is the popular Gulf Racing edition in vibrant blue and orange, model CAZ101N.FC8243. It comes complete with an instruction booklet, perfect condition inner/outer boxes, booklets, instructions, and a fully endorsed warranty card from European Jewellery Boutique in Toronto. The efficient and ultra precise quartz movement should run trouble free for many years to come. Thi s is a current model and is still shown on the Tag Heuer corporate website where it sells for $2,300.00 CAD. Our never worn estate version includes a complimentary 1-year extension to the balance of the factory 2-year international warranty. This perfect condition Tag Heuer Formula 1 is estate priced at only $1,950.00 CAD. Stock #520-00074

SOLD


April 23, 2022

Longines Master Collection, dual time, moon phase, 24-dial, date. L2.739.4.71.3. $2,900.00 CAD. 501-00183

Since 1832 Longines has been quietly producing high quality watches in Switzerland. Many of their products offer complicated and interesting features at price points far below the top-of-mind brands. Many of the features on this Master Collection Longines won’t be found on any Rolex, Breitling, Tag-Heuer, or Omega, especially at this sort of price. For under $3,000.00 the dial on Model L2.739.4.71.3 displays not 1 but 4 retrograde functions! There is a 24-hour dual time pointer on the left-hand side, a day of the week display at 12:00, a 31-day calendar on the right, and a continuous seconds hand in the 6:00 position. If that wasn’t enough this complicated masterpiece also has a small daytime/nighttime window at 12:00 and a good-sized moon-phase cutout window just below the centre of the dial. This display shows the various stages of the moon as it transitions through its roughly 29 1/2 day cycle from the new moon through full and back to new again. Black Roman numerals on the textured silver dial are a classic combination that has been used on watches and clocks for centuries. Blued steel hands reinforce the antique nature of this design, This model is a current offering from Longines at $4,025.00 USD and can be seen on their website among other classic designs. This is a large and thick watch with dimensions of 44.0mm x 16.5mm. The genuine Italian made Crocodile strap with deployment buckle helps keep the weight to a more than manageable 133.8 grams. This watch is in like new condition showing next to no evidence of use. The display case back shows off the beautiful Longines 25 jewel calibre L707. This automatic winding movement operates at the high-end Swiss standard frequency of 28,800 cycles per hour with a power reserve of 2 days. I don’t know of any other watch that utilizes this unique mechanism. The watch is running great, it keeps excellent time and all its functions are operating as designed. It comes complete with inner/outer boxes, an instruction booklet, the plastic price tag, and a warranty card that was never filled in by the original retailer. We are happy to provide the new owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years). This like new Longines is estate priced at $2,900.00 CAD. Stock #501-00183.

SOLD


April 22, 2022

Hamilton Khaki Pioneer Aviator 43mm H76 455 133 (never worn). $950.00 CAD. Stock #501-00177

Big on history and features but not on price. More so now than ever  Hamilton is positioning itself as one of the biggest value brands in the Swiss watch market. How many other makes can offer features like a 43mm stainless steel case, curved sapphire crystal, screwed-on display case back, watertight to 300 feet, automatic Swiss-made 25 jewel movement with an 80-hour power reserve, and a corporate history dating back to 1892 for under $1,4000.00 CAD (new MSRP)? Hamilton originally manufactured high-quality pocket watches in Lancaster Pennsylvania U.S.A. They supplied watches to U.S. military forces for both world wars and produced the world’s first electric watch in the 1950s (decades before quartz watches took the world by storm). No longer an American company they are now owned by The Swatch Group Switzerland which also owns great brands like Omega, Longines, BlancPain, Breguet, plus many more. Our Khaki Aviation Pilot is perhaps the most utilitarian watch we have in the entire store right now. This isn’t a fancy machine, it’s all about absolute function in a tough, durable package. From the complete Arabic hour markers to the large simple hands with luminous treatment for ease of legibility under all lighting conditions. The 43mm case and bracelet are made from tough 316l stainless steel. Integrated into the watch is an internally displayed countdown timer bezel. The clever device can be set and locked into position with the screw-down 2 o’clock crown. Powering the watch is a Swiss-made 25 jewel Hamilton calibre H-10 based on an ETA 2824-2. This venerable mechanism has served its purpose in many high-grade brands since the 1960s.  Our example has never been worn; perhaps display worn only, there are really no scratches, scuffs, or blemishes to describe. Included with the purchase are the original inner/outer box, instruction booklet, plastic product tag, and open warranty card. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a one-year complimentary warranty for the next owner. This is a current model that can be seen on the Hamilton website where it carries a retail price of $1,375.00 CAD. Our estate price is only $950.00 CAD. Stock #501-00177.

SOLD


April 21, 2022

Cartier Panthere quartz 22mm 1320 W25033P5. $1,755.00 CAD. 501-00166

One of the key factors most successful brands have in common is a consistent message. It can be as simple as a corporate logo, product look, colour scheme, or unwavering commitment to design. All the great brands have a strong corporate look; Porsche, Mcdonald’s, Google, Tim Hortons, and many other 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 has been making a watch that looks like this since wristwatches debuted over 100 years ago. Very few consumer products have stood the test of time like the Cartier Tank shaped watch. This Panthere is a petite 22mm in width making it perfect for the lady who likes a smaller watch. No seconds hand or calendar feature, just two blued steel hands against a patined parchment coloured dial. The case shape, the blue cabochon crown, and black Roman numerals with an inner minute track 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. A microscopic detail you may not even be aware of can usually be found on Cartier dials. A discreetly printed logo incorporated into one of the Roman numeral hour markers is a tiny detail often overlooked or poorly executed by counterfeits. Overall condition is fair to good. The bracelet and case have been polished in the past to a high polish finish. The bracelet shows stretch and some sag but can be confidently worn for many more years if worn with a degree of consciousness. The watch is running great, keeping excellent time with a fresh battery just installed. This watch comes with its original box, all documentation, an open warranty card, hang tag, and a never used travel pouch. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this Cartier is estate priced at $1,755.00 CAD. Stock #501-00166.

SOLD


April 14, 2022

1999 Tag Heuer S/el S94.708M 24mm quartz $1,000.00 CAD. e14664 520-00069

Few watches can define the look of a brand like the Tag Heuer S/el or Sports Elegance. For 35 years the S/el has been the softer looking of the more sporty creations from Tag Heuer. Today they are simply known as the “Link”, paying homage to the S-shaped bracelet component that is really the single most unique characteristic. Smooth and easy to wear has always been the attraction. Even the way the links are constructed is innovative. Each link section appears solid, without a visible rivet connecting side to side and each link to the next. Unless you know the trick you’d swear these links are not adjustable for different wrist sizes. The ultra clean rivetless look adds a sophisticated level of finish without comparison. There is very little wear or sag showing on the flexible 19 link wishbone bracelet. The low-profile 24mm case is quite small by contemporary trends but is suitable for the lady looking for a rugged watch that can double as a gold bracelet. The small size doesn’t mean it isn’t easy to read. The neutral, parchment hue dial blends with the gold case and bracelet. An ultra reliable Swiss-made quartz movement with a calendar and second hand adds some utility to the design. Threaded crown/case back, rotating timer bezel, and locking buckle are features this dressy model retains alongside its pure sports siblings. This example model number S94.708M is in remarkable condition for a watch manufactured in 1999. All the usual areas that show wear, look like new aside from some light surface scratches. The coin edged crown shows zero wear. Even the heavy gold plated links look practically new. Only one link is showing a small section where the stainless steel base is showing through the heavily gold plated surface. We haven’t seen an example of this quality since we sold these new back in the 90s. The original gold/tritium dial markers and hands are the best we’ve seen. Not a stain or blemish of any kind. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this 23-year-old Tag Heuer time capsule is estate priced at $1,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14664 520-00069.

SOLD


April 3, 2022

His & Hers Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time 43mm/40mm 243-00 243-10 $5,500.00 CAD each. 501-00155 501-00152

From jackets to jammies, His and Hers fashions are fun and a little bit goofy. When it comes to watches, hers is usually just a smaller version of his. The ladies’ version of this duo is indeed slightly smaller by 3mm but it certainly distinguishes itself from the gents. This pair of Ulysse Nardin Dual Time Executive watches came to us from 2 different people but we simply had to showcase them together. The Executive Dual Time models are a first for us as we usually see the Marine series from the Swiss manufacturer. The Art Deco inspired dials look like they time traveled from the 1930s and underwent a 21st-century makeover. The innovative design makes these just about the easiest dual-time watches to use. Your “home” time is displayed in a magnified aperture at 9 o’clock and the local time is displayed with the two hands. When you travel to a different time zone you simply change the local time with the pushers on the side of the case. You can advance the hour or go back an hour with each push of the buttons. You can even advance or go back through the local date in both local and home time. The watches are both powered by the trusted and accurate ETA 2892-A2 with a dual-time module. We have the give Ulysse credit for making the integrated rubber strap easy to replace with a standard leather strap (at least on the ladies). The centre stainless steel lugs can simply be removed to accommodate a generic strap if you’d like to change the look. We didn’t know this until after we ordered a brand new $400.00 replacement rubber strap to replace the ever so slightly yellowed original. The lady’s model comes with a November 2020 insurance appraisal form Knappett Jewellers of Newmarket Ontario. The gents model comes complete with the original warranty card, beautiful wooden box, instructions, and dark blue leather wallet. The gent’s watch has a small groove on the rubber strap but remains safe and secure. Both watches are in excellent overall condition and are running well and keeping good time. This his and hers set are being sold separately for $5,500.00 each. Stock #501-00155 & 501-00152

BOTH SOLD


March 25, 2022

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

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

SOLD

 


March 24, 2022

Vintage Gucci 9000M 32mm with box & papers! $1,000.00 CAD. 501-00139 e14673

If you’re from the early Gen X era and you didn’t have a Gucci watch when you were in high school, I bet you wanted one. These are not the most expensive watches we showcase and they are definitely not the most sophisticated from a technical perspective, but they are nonetheless horologically significant and are an important part of watchmaking history. To be honest, this example is a guilty pleasure and my current favorite. You can thank the House of Gucci for making moderately priced watches a fashionable lifestyle statement and not just a tool for keeping you on schedule. 99% of these watches were worn hard and worn out with continuous use over the last 35 years. While not quite new old stock, the condition and completeness of this one is the best we’ve ever seen. It is 100% original right down to the split pin rivets holding the adjustable links together. The is not a single section where any of the gold plated trim is thin and shows the base metal. The crystal is perfect without even the slightest scuff. The slate grey dial is completely absent from any stain or blemish. It remains 100% original. To prepare it for the next 30 years we have performed a full service to the Swiss quartz movement including a fresh battery and water-resistance testing. We are happy to include a complimentary warranty for the next owner. This is a one-owner watch, complete with all documents, booklets, and warranty card. The adjustable bracelet will accommodate a wrist size of close to 8 1/2 inches. Maybe that perfect BMW E30 M3 from your youth is a bit out of reach but this Gucci 9000M sure isn’t. Estate priced at $1,000.00 CAD.  501-00139  e14673.

SOLD


March 1, 2022

Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne DM2076C $2,700.00 CAD. e8181

I can’t think of a more feature packed watch than the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne (it’s got quite the moniker too). It’s also one of the most overbuilt watches out there. Where do I begin…. The bracelet is secured to the case by 8 countersunk screws. Each of the adjustable sizing links is removable by a screw (just like a Rolex) not a rivet to be seen. Black ceramic one-way ratcheting minute timer bezel. Threaded case back with guarded threaded crown incorporating an ingenious extra pushbutton release hinged cover. Double fold-over locking buckle each offering half an inch of independent diver extension. The hands and applied dial markers glow with luminous pigment encapsulated in tiny glass tubes. Beautiful black guilloche dial. Ball didn’t stop at just the case bracelet and dial details. Housed inside the 120-meter water resistant case beats a Swiss-made ETA calibre 2836-2 that’s been modified and adjusted to chronometer grade. They’ve also incorporated a proprietary upgrade to the balance spring protecting it from shocks. A cool computer-animated YouTube video of the Spring LOCK system can be seen here. Ball watches have been around since 1891. They were a major manufacturer of high quality high precision pocket watches in the United States. They were instrumental in setting standards of accuracy to be observed by all railroads in order to avoid disasters. Before electronic timekeeping technology, railroad grade watches all had to be within 30 seconds of the precise time. This was quite an accomplishment for the late 1800s. This large 43.5mm, heavy watch is in great condition, coming complete with an extra rubber strap, original box, warranty card, user manual on CD, and our 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $2,700.00 CAD. Stock #e8181.

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February 27, 2022

2020 Omega Constellation Globemaster 39mm 130.33.39.21.03.001 like new $6,500.00 CAD. 510-00084

Drawing on just under 175 years of watch design experience, Omega has vast resources when it comes to product inspiration. Our newest estate Omega is the clearly vintage inspired Globemaster Constellation. When this watch was revealed to the world in 2015 it quickly became one of the most talked about watches. It wasn’t its retro looks or even the magnificent double spring barrel calibre 8900 movement. It was the very Rolex “esk” fluted bezel treatment. This comparison while obvious may be slightly unfair as Omega has used this feature on other Constellations dating back 6 decades. The Omega version featured on the Globemaster isn’t stainless steel, white gold, or even platinum, it has been crafted from tungsten. This super hard material will stand up far better than any fluted bezel Rolex has used in the past. Every other feature on the watch is purely Omega. The turned down edge “pie pan” dial, almost straight edged lugs, hands, dial markers, 5-point star on the dial, and of course the embossed Observatory with 8 stars on the case back. Each star represents a world accuracy contest victory during the 1930s. Inside the 39mm case beats Omega’s in house created 39 jewel calibre 8900. This automatic winding masterpiece is the first movement to be certified by the Swiss Federal Office of Metrology (METAS). This testing goes above and beyond the typical COSC chronometer standards. METAS requires all the movements to already be COSC certified but also be stable when exposed to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss. The accuracy requirements are also tighter than COSC. A final test confirming the manufacturer’s water resistance rating is conducted on the complete watch with movement. The beautiful calibre 8900 is visible through the sapphire display back. It has the unusual feature of two mainsprings offering a power reserve of 60 hours and a more consistent release of power. The hairspring is made from completely non magnetic silicon. The hour hand can be moved to any different time zone without affecting the minute or seconds hand. The 31-day calendar can be advanced or even turned backward on this flagship Omega mechanism using the same time zone feature hour hand. Attached to the case is a soft alligator navy blue strap colour matched with the radial finish blue dial. A stainless steel deployment buckle adds some additional luxury and modern convenience to the retro looking watch. This watch was hardly worn by the previous collector owner. It remains in new old stock condition showing no signs of wear. As an added collectible the original owner was somehow able to obtain the delivery “coffin” from Switzerland. These hard plastic form fitted boxes are almost always discarded as soon as the authorized agency receives new watches. The box displays Omega’s internal bar codes along with the serial/style number of this specific watch and the original protective stickers. The watch comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, instruction booklet, hang tag, information cards, and endorsed warranty card from a Canadian authorized agent. Properly endorsed warranty documents add significant value to any preowned watch and confirm this is not grey market. This model is a current Omega offering and can still be seen on the Canadian website with a retail price of $9,250.00 CAD plus sales tax. Including the balance of the factory 5-year warranty (expiring in November of 2025) this watch is estate priced at $6,500.00 CAD. Stock #510-00084.

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February 26, 2022

Tissot Navigator World Time Chronometer 42mm T078.641.16.037.00. $1,500.00 e14623

If you’re a watch person and already have a sports model, a chronograph, and a classic dress piece, this is something that might interest you. Tissot’s 160th Anniversary Navigator “World Time”. World time watches are nothing new, but the price of this one is especially appealing considering what you get. Not only does this watch display all 24 international time zones and associated cities, but it is a limited edition certified chronometer. For those not familiar with a chronometer, it describes a watch mechanism that has undergone independent testing to ensure it runs with an accuracy of plus 6 to minus 4 seconds per day. This may not seem impressive by modern satellite radio-controlled standards, but for a tiny mechanical analog watch movement, it is a significant achievement. Powering the watch is a 21 jewel ETA 2893-3 with an integrated world timer module you’ll only find in a brand from the Swiss powerhouse manufacturer The Swatch Group. This is a watch with vintage stylings appropriate for a watch made to celebrate 160 years of watchmaking history. Blued-steel hands display the local time in traditional 12-hour format and the other 23 time zones are displayed by a 24-hour display on the outer dial chapter ring. 11 Arabic even numbers alternate with 12 arrowhead hour markers. The finishing touch vintage Tissot signature logo decorates the dial in the 6:00 position. No calendar and just a sweep second hand keep the dial as purposeful as possible. At 43mm in diameter, the watch is a little larger than most. Despite the added complication of a world timer feature the entire thickness manages to stay well nicely under 10mm. The clear case back display window reveals the business end of the chronometer movement. The 43mm stainless steel case is perfect, big enough to display all the information, yet small enough to be comfortable and pass at your next dressy event. A high-quality alligator grain strap with a deployment buckle finishes off the luxury details. Overall condition is excellent. It appears to have only been worn a few times. With much scrutiny, you can find the odd scuff on the case and just the slightest evidence of wear on the buckle. The watch remains in its original unpolished condition. It comes complete with documents, certificates, a dated/endorsed warranty card (Oct. 2016), chronometer certificate, product hangtags, a commemorative box, and more. Including a 1-year warranty, the watch is estate priced at $1,500.00 CAD. Stock #e14623.

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2006 Omega Aqua Terra 42 2802.80.37 $3,500.00 CAD. 510-00083