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Grieb & Benzinger Blue Wave Skeletonized Chronograph

Grieb & Benzinger recently restored a rare 1925 Minerva column-wheel chronograph movement, turning it into a unique, one-of-a-kind masterpiece, called the Blue Wave.

This vintage Minerva movement has gone through many hours of restoration, hand skeletonization, hand engraving and guilloché. It also features Benzinger’s signature blue platinum coated baseplate.

The base plate was first hand-skeletonized to its barest minimum in characteristic wave style and the case back hand-guilloché. All 34 steel screws were polished by hand and classically tempered a cornflower blue over an open flame. Today, steel screws are generally blued by use of galvanic coating. These hand-finished screws are not only a feast for the eyes; it comes as no surprise that they are a standard of quality at Grieb & Benzinger.

In its heyday, Minerva was one of the finest and best chronograph makers in the world. Chronographs had already been in existence since around 1800, however Minerva was one of the first chronograph makers to incorporate a minute counter. Minerva named its company after the Roman goddess Minerva. Traces of this Roman deity can be found again and again in fine watchmaking–even A. Lange & Söhne has immortalized various depictions of the goddess as a motif or symbol on its most exclusive pocket watch cases.

Retail $122,000

Source: Grieb & Benzinger

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Written by kevin

October 11, 2010 at 1:35 pm

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