A uncommon Mido watch, commissioned and owned by legendary automotive maker Ettore Bugatti, is up for public sale in France subsequent month.
The Italian-born French car designer and producer, who constructed Bugatti within the early 20th century, commissioned a lot of watches from Swiss watchmaker Mido throughout his profession, lots of them as presents or prizes for racing drivers of the time.
The piece on sale on April 16 at a specialist public sale for classic watches and cars is described as Mr Bugatti’s private watch.
It has a pre-sale estimate of €80,000 to €120,000, however worldwide curiosity within the public sale might push the worth greater.
Collectors can register their curiosity and place bids on-line at www.stanislasmachoir.com.
The watch, which is designed to seem like the radiator of Bugatti vehicles of the period, was ordered from Mido a while between 1926 and 1932.
All of the Mido Bugatti watches had been initially on leather-based straps besides Mr Bugatti’s private piece, which is on a yellow gold bracelet.
Its gold case, housing a manually wound motion, weighs 27.2 grams and measures 22.5mm by 34mm.
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