One of the must-haves for collectors in the past 12 months has been the glossy gilt chronograph and this Minerva is exactly that. It's easy to see why collectors have been going crazy for this style of watch as the black glossy dial and shiny gilt printing is just a joy to look at.
Housed in a 35.5mm stainless steel case, this Minerva features thick syringe hands filled with lume that has aged to a very pleasing orange patina and similarly aged dot markers. 1965The dial reflects any light source, especially in the subdials where you get constant lines of light showing off its glossy face. Interestingly, towards the middle of the dial and surrounding the dot hour markers, the dial has speckled and gone golden tropical. Only visible in certain lights, this adds more depth to the already beautiful dial.
Flip the watch over, this Minerva houses an extremely rare Valjoux 71 movement. It is estimated that only a few thousand of these movements were made, making it much more sought after than its famous Valjoux 72 brother.