De Bethune was founded in 2002 by Denis Flageollet and their first watch was the DB1. The presently offered watch is No. 26 of this production, as indicated by the case back. The watch is beautifully finished from the dial, to the distinct case with bullet lugs. The movement for this watch comes from the group Techniques Horlogères Appliqueés (THA). Made up of three of the most well-known independent watchmakers today - François-Paul Journe, Vianney Halter, and Flageollet - Flageollet bought the rights to the group so that he could use the movement in his watches. The monopusher chronograph is sleek and technical, two adjectives that have continued to define De Bethune as a company. This is a great opportunity to own one of their earliest watches. Post Lot Text
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The case is in very good condition with light signs of wear. All four lugs and the crown have developed a light patina that make the case in those spots appear yellow gold. The hallmarks are crisp to the case back and the watch is numbered 'No. 26.' The dial and hands are in excellent condition and appear to be original. The hand in the 9 o'clock sub-register has developed a light patina at its base. The chronograph is working at the time of cataloguing.
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