The ownership of this watch was contested in November 2015 and as a result was withdrawn from the sale and subsequently the object of a legal title dispute. This dispute was resolved in late December 2016. The original consignor possesses all rights to offer the watch at auction this May. Christie’s is looking forward to presenting this unique timepiece once again to the world of watch collectors in a month’s time. “It is without doubt one of the most captivating and important horological discoveries in recent years. The watch unites exceptional rarity, stunning looks, the excitement of being a previously unknown iteration of the landmark reference 2497, and to be of distinguished provenances. Furthermore, it is the one and only known example of this reference to bear a type of military-style black dial with luminous Arabic numerals and luminous Alpha hands, all absolutely unrestored and in original superb condition,” commented Thomas Perazzi, Head of Christie&

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