Breguet 2516, the first perpetual calendar wrist watch ever made?

Mar 03, 2020,08:38 AM
 

According to Breguet archives, this watch has been made in 1929 and  sold a few years after, in 1934, to a big fan of the brand. 


Here you have a 39 x 26 mm white gold Tonneau case. The dial is made in silver, with its unmistakable Breguet hands and hours markers. 

The perpetual calendar can be set by a single lever. 







This marvel is now part of the Breguet Museum. Which is a very good thing. 

Thanks to my contact at Breguet who sent me these pictures and informations. 

Best,

Nicolas

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Agreed. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : March 3rd, 2020-18:13

+1! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : March 3rd, 2020-09:24

Outstanding watch, love it.

 
 By: VMM : March 3rd, 2020-09:30
I really like the dial layout. Looking great for a eighty years old grandpa. Vte

Unbelievable...

 
 By: MTR : March 3rd, 2020-09:48
that this watch has been manufactured in 1929!!! It is so timeless. You could easily wear it today. Best Thomas

A testament to Breguet's everlasting aesthetic.

 
 By: vitalsigns : March 3rd, 2020-09:52
The watch could have been made and marketed even today, and would be easily identifiable as a Breguet. And going backwards, we see that virtually all modern day Breguets could have come from decades ago as well. Breguet is one of the very best at maintain... 

Fully agree! [nt]

 
 By: vitalsigns : March 3rd, 2020-10:52

My God, what a beautiful watch!

 
 By: Chromatic Fugue : March 3rd, 2020-10:43
My only disappointment on reading your post was to discover that it's not in current production!

Perhaps you can prevail on your contact at Breguet...

 
 By: Chromatic Fugue : March 3rd, 2020-11:26
Or at least steer him to this thread!

She's looking. :) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : March 3rd, 2020-11:27

Thank you for sharing.

 
 By: Wojo : March 3rd, 2020-11:26
What an absolutely beautiful piece. The very epitome of class. As others have said, it belongs in every decade since it was designed until now. I wish they would release it again. Thank you, Wojo

Amazing piece

 
 By: Jaccard : March 3rd, 2020-11:57
Visionary design. Do you have any information as to why it took so long from manufacture to actual purchase? Thank you for posting this superb watch.

🤣..

 
 By: Jaccard : March 4th, 2020-11:23
.. very good 🤣🤣

;) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : March 4th, 2020-13:44

Wonderful item [nt]

 
 By: descartes1 : March 3rd, 2020-12:15

Thanks for sharing this beauty mon ami

 
 By: renerod : March 3rd, 2020-18:16
Would love to see some wrist shots, please! Best. René

An absolutely magnificent watch...

 
 By: oliver.mellors : March 4th, 2020-15:42
...but not the first perpetual calendar wristwatch. That honor belongs to Patek #97975, originally made as a ladies' pendant watch that went unsold, and was re-cased in 1925 as a wristwatch and sold in 1927.