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Jan 14, 2021,11:00 AM

Thanks to the kindness of another member, I have received more information! I will be documenting this particular watch on my blog, as I have also done for some other oddballs in my collection (the Büren Calibre 82 and Junghans Mega 1) for others to learn as well.

First, it appears that this watch is much more rare than I anticipated. Perhaps only a few dozen were made by CvdK before he retired in 2009. The prototype appeared at BASEL 95 but did not go on sale until the next year, switching from a 2892 to a 2824 in the mean time. The originals had "hinged" strap attachment that caused issues (rattling I guess) and conventional lugs were adopted. CvdK appears to have some issues sourcing cases as well, so some examples have straight lugs instead of my scrolled/screwed lugs.

Technically this is a "Mk II" model, with the MK I being a smaller ladies model and the Mk III being a 7750 chronograph. According to one document, just 3 Mk I, 10-12 Mk II, and and 15 Mk III Satellite du Monde watches were produced, all around 2000. Mine is number 39, so it is perhaps a later example in this very small series!

At some point, CvdK offered highly decorated movements with guilloche by Jochen Benzinger as an extra-cost option. My watch has one such movement, and it is indeed elaborately decorated! I love his work, and this is an unexpected bonus! And the rotor features the old Klaauw logo not the new "sun".

Shortly before he retired, CvdK again offered this model. It was now known as the CK4 and included a date above 6:00 on the dial. They may have been produced in greater numbers, since I see a few more of these around the Internet. Or it could be that people just took more photos in 2008!

I was also provided with a copy of the (one page) manual. The "quick set" of the moon indication is quite complex and I never would have guessed how to do it, as it requires a "gentle tap" on the case! I will document this on my blog once I figure it out... But it does include the tidbit that the moon indicator makes one rotation around the dial every 24.84210526 hours, compared to the obvious 24 hours for the sun. I suppose this would technically be a synodic calendar?

Thanks again everyone!

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Just in: Christian van der Klaauw Satellite du Monde

 By: Grail-Watch : January 13th, 2021-11:01
I just opened a FedEx box from Bonhams auction house containing this lovely watch. Its my first AHCI piece. I am a sucker for a world timer! It was the first Klaauw complication back in 1996 though this one is from a later reissue series. The case is incr...  

Thank you! Love Klaauw’s work!

 By: Grail-Watch : January 13th, 2021-11:41

The second model of the 'Satellite du Monde'

 By: Geo : January 13th, 2021-11:37
Fantastic watch by such a great watch maker. His ideas were absolutely amazing. George

Second series then?

 By: Grail-Watch : January 13th, 2021-11:42
I know early ones had hinged lugs and many photos show a plate over the sun/moon track. I wasn’t aware of the order of creation.

The first model was slightly larger and had a date, different caliber and another dial.

 By: Geo : January 13th, 2021-12:12
Your version looks much better I think. ...  

Thank you!

 By: Grail-Watch : January 13th, 2021-13:15
I found that same image in Europa Star's archives but yours is a better image. There are also later models that look quite different. Here's a look at a later model. This scroll lug case appears around 2000 from the looks of it. I wish there was paperwork...  

Yes, but these later models are made by the new owners

 By: Geo : January 13th, 2021-23:18
of the Christiaan van der Klaauw brand. Yours and the other one we discussed are pure Christiaan's own creations. I am not saying anything negative about the new ones, I think the brand does extremely well, when it comes to new models. George

Huge Congrats, great catch .

 By: Watchonthewrist : January 13th, 2021-12:26
CvdK is where my independent journey started 18 years ago . I have met him many times (also the previous owners) and i am a fan of the brand . If there is anything you want to know or need help just let me know 🤗. My CvdKs says hi ...  

I wish I could find the manual!

 By: Grail-Watch : January 13th, 2021-13:17
I have no idea how to set the moon correctly. I do see that if I advance the time (a lot!) the moon changes position relative to the sun. Is there supposed to be a quickset in position 1? If you're in the USA, is there a watchmaker who knows these watches... 

Its beautiful my friend , better contact them by mail and ask for a manual.

 By: Watchonthewrist : January 14th, 2021-12:19
Also a service isn’t a problem , you can easily sent the watch straight to them and they will take good care of it

Congratulations! Where is the official..

 By: Ronald Held : January 13th, 2021-12:29
Service site in the US?

I don't know

 By: Grail-Watch : January 13th, 2021-13:17
If there is an official service center. I would love to know! I have used Universal in Michigan before but as I said I felt that RGM might be a better choice for an AHCI model...

I got curious about this point, as I understand having a service center handy might be an obvious concern. As far as I can see, the official CvdK site doesn't mention any service centers...

 By: FabR : January 13th, 2021-16:56
However, you might be very lucky since their only authorized dealer in all of North America seems quite close to you, in Perrysburg: If you give them a call or even drop by, I would guess (without knowing them) that they'll be happy to assist you, as the... 

Funny thing about that dealer

 By: Grail-Watch : January 14th, 2021-09:13
That's not a watch dealer, it's a men's clothing company and not very impressive. They don't list Klaauw on their site even. I am not too hopeful about them but perhaps will drive out there at some point once the pandemic is under control.

RGM is relatively close to me, so..

 By: Ronald Held : January 14th, 2021-11:07
I would try them.

World Timer

 By: artp1085 : January 13th, 2021-12:50
Most beautiful world timer I have ever seen. Good luck


 By: Grail-Watch : January 13th, 2021-13:18

Have you visited their website for a manual and service?

 By: mpg13 : January 13th, 2021-14:52
I tried to post a link but it doesn't seem to work. They have PDF manuals on the website.

Yes they have manuals

 By: Grail-Watch : January 13th, 2021-16:14
But not for this watch. I’m going to email them and ask.

Lovely watch!

 By: sham1 : January 13th, 2021-15:18
I follow many auctions but did not add Bonhams to my list or else we would have been bidding against each other! I shall add this watch to my hit list for the future. Well done on your superb acquisition!

I’m glad you didn’t bid against me

 By: Grail-Watch : January 13th, 2021-16:13
I picked it up at the minimum bid!

Well done once again!

 By: sham1 : January 13th, 2021-20:31
What is the diameter of the watch?

39-40 mm

 By: Grail-Watch : January 14th, 2021-09:15
This is around 40 mm according to my ruler. It's quite thick at about 10 mm, and the rounded edges make it sit quite high. Not quite as bulky as my Montblanc Rieussec but still it's a pretty big and heavy watch.

10mm is perfectly balanced

 By: sham1 : January 14th, 2021-17:47
for a 40mm watch. But the weight is less good even though I know many purists like their watches to have some heft. I like mine super light!

Auction fun

 By: Weems@8 : January 13th, 2021-16:23
You got your CvdK. For manuals it is maybe a good idea to call CvdK himself. For my Longines set i call the designer of my watch. After a few days the missing booklet arrive at my doormat. Have a chat with the designer of my watch was short, but special t... 

I will call CvdK soon!

 By: Grail-Watch : January 14th, 2021-09:16

Absolutely stunning

 By: Passionata_george : January 14th, 2021-01:08

Thank you my friend!

 By: Grail-Watch : January 14th, 2021-09:16
There is nothing like a funky independent to spice things up!

A very cool watch and love the little center dial.

 By: Blansky : January 14th, 2021-05:56
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Gorgeous piece.

 By: Cozmopak : January 14th, 2021-10:21


 By: darmatgre-1 : January 14th, 2021-10:47
I really like the model you selected, more than the original one with the date. Amazing watch and cool complication. RGM is probably a good choice to service it, as they can generally handle anything. Look forward to seeing more scans of this one. Darren

More information

 By: Grail-Watch : January 14th, 2021-11:00
Thanks to the kindness of another member, I have received more information! I will be documenting this particular watch on my blog, as I have also done for some other oddballs in my collection (the Büren Calibre 82 and Junghans Mega 1) for others to learn...  

Alas, it needs service.

 By: Grail-Watch : January 19th, 2021-17:51
I have been in contact with the company in the Netherlands and plan to send it to them instead of RGM as originally planned. It seems that the lunar calendar in module is more complex and troublesome than I expected, so I think it’s best to trust it to th...