1940's Minerva Vintage Mens 13-20 Chronograph Watch with Special Lugs - 18K Rose Gold


Item No. 7171SH

Today's offering showcases this rare and beautiful chronograph Minerva chronograph. Our photographs couldn't begin to do it justice!

Like the best smaller watch manufacturers, Minerva was a specialist, focusing on creating chronographs of superior quality. As one of the very few true "manufacturers", the company designed and crafted all critical parts in their own watchmaking workshop. As a result of this unwavering commitment to quality, Minerva was selected as the official timer for the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Although Minerva produced some wonderful timepieces during this period, even the most devoted collector will often have difficulty finding a nice original one.

This classic watch Minerva 13-20 powered chronograph was originally crafted, assembled and decorated by the hands of a Minerva watchmaker at the company's workshop in Villeret, Switzerland.

From the elegant case with dramatic faceted lugs to the classic untouched original dial and very fine 'in-house' made Minerva chronograph movement, every piece about this special watch showcases the kind of quality one would expect from this fine Swiss watchmaker.

We were fortunate to acquire it in such well-preserved condition. Except for the vintage replacement crown, it is all original down to the dial and all the hands. Its 18K rose gold case is just short of mint and retains strong lines and clear stamping. Its untouched silver dial shows only mild aging. And its high-grade, Minerva movement is very clean and running strong and true.

One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it.

For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a full one-year warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to the watch's performance.

  • Manufacturer: Minerva
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Year built: c. 1940's
  • Model: Caliber 13-20 Chronograph
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Chronograph, Subsidiary Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 18K rose gold
  • Case markings (inside): 18K, Minerva Watch Co., Swiss
  • Case condition: Just short of mint with light wear. Retains strong lines and stamping
  • Dial: Signed Minerva, rose gold applied dot indices and Arabic painted numerals, 1/5 second markings, auxiliary dials for the seconds and 30-minute register, original and untouched
  • Dimensions: 34mm wide (excluding crown and pushers), 40mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Hands: Original, 18K rose gold, "feuilles"
  • Movement type: Minerva 13-20, signed Minerva, well-made, frosted gilt, manually wound, column wheel chronograph
  • Movement markings: Minerva, Seventeen Jewels, Swiss
  • Jewels: 17 rubies
  • Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
  • Crystal: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized watch system. It is running strong and true. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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