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 :-(
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.
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.