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A sweet candy from not such a distant past: Minerva Chronograph Cal 13.20 from year 2000.

 
 By: amanico : October 22nd, 2022-10:54
Two characteristics which are worth some interest: One is visible, the salmon dial, the other is harder to guess: Its aluminum case ( 41 mm ). 






Enjoy,

Nicolas

Great find Nico! Such an amazing one there!

 
 By: jlc.thomsen : October 22nd, 2022-11:05

Thanks for looking, my friend.

 
 By: amanico : October 22nd, 2022-14:54

nice find and watch

 
 By: penfriend : October 22nd, 2022-11:32
but I must say that I lost track of their production in those late nineties - no real categories / product lines, many limited editions, hard to oversee and also to find out whether it is a clean watch. like many companies with bad finance and turnover they just released products without general strategy, looking for the quick revenue :-(

I totally hear you, but at least there were some treasures, such as this one.

 
 By: amanico : October 22nd, 2022-14:55

indeed, there are many treasures

 
 By: penfriend : October 22nd, 2022-15:14
but so difficult to evaluate

True, true!

 
 By: amanico : October 22nd, 2022-15:16

Are these as well finished as the Mont Blanc versions?

 
 By: andrea~ : October 22nd, 2022-11:58

No

 
 By: penfriend : October 22nd, 2022-12:50
in 2000 Minerva was purchased by Emilio Gnutti and he revived the old collections over six years until Richmond purchased Minerva to integrate it with Montblanc. The high-end pieces from 2004 onwards are on a comparable level as they were developed under the responsibility of Demetrio Cabiddu who further raised standards with the financial means of Montblanc where he stayed until 2014.

Oh, thank you for the information!

 
 By: andrea~ : October 22nd, 2022-13:01

+1. Montblanc did an awesome job with Minerva movements. They enhanced the finishings of these movements in an incomparable way.

 
 By: amanico : October 22nd, 2022-14:56

A helpfully post. Thank you. (Unfortunately, and I speak from experience, Richemont [sic] in the UK don't have a good reputation for servicing or customer care,)

 
 By: kjkt3 : October 23rd, 2022-10:35

I agree - it does not always happen the way it should be

 
 By: penfriend : October 23rd, 2022-14:19
although I have that experience with every brand except Rolex I must admit...

That dial is sublime — love the salmon color offset by the blue.

 
 By: orahu : October 22nd, 2022-15:45

Agreed!

 
 By: amanico : October 22nd, 2022-16:01

Never saw this one before.

 
 By: Watchonthewrists : October 23rd, 2022-11:10
Thanks for sharing my friend. Looks amazing

I discovered this one three or four years ago, too.

 
 By: amanico : October 23rd, 2022-13:40

It's a nice looking watch but the degradation of the dial makes it looking a lot older

 
 By: loujo : December 3rd, 2022-22:15
I have quite a few watches from late 90s and early 2000s, and all would still be able to pass as new with a polish of the case.  Is it just the case of this particular watch, or an indication of Minerva's quality in general during that era? 

You mean the dots on the dial? There are a lot of factors, such as the water resistance, the corrosion among other things. The quality during the Gnutti years was lower than the quality nowadays, also.

 
 By: amanico : December 3rd, 2022-22:34
When you look at a T-Patek 5070, the hands get some oxidysation quite quickly, too.

Best,

Nicolas