Breguet Classique Chronograph 3237 - With folding buckle
Abraham-Louis Breguet is widely regarded as one of the earliest innovators of the horological world with a prominent claim to fame being the inventor of the tourbillon in the 18th century. As one of the oldest names in horology, there isn’t much Breguet hasn’t turned its hand to over the years. From highly complicated timepieces to sporty, rugged tool watches for professional pilots and the French Navy alike. Over its four century-long reign, Breguet has honed the art of timeless watchmaking spanning a plethora of watch styles. At their core, however, they’re a watchmaker that is centred around the preferences of its founder. Exceptionally elegance, deeply traditional, understated refinement, and being nothing short of the benchmark for high-end horology, is perfectly epitomising of Abraham-Louis’ vision.
During the latter quarter of the 20th century, Breguet joined the likes of Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin who began looking back to classic watchmaking styling for their new models. In Breguet’s case, this meant reverting back to its founder’s plans for the brand. With Jacques and Pierre Chaumet at the helm, talented watchmaker (previously of Audemars Piguet for seven years) Daniel Roth joined the team to help define and execute the next chapter of Breguet’s history.
The fruits of their labour came in the form of many compelling, traditional references including the 3237 Chronograph. This chronograph has all the hallmarks of an emblematic Abraham-Louis Breguet creation and can be found in both yellow and white gold. With its mid-sized case, thoroughly traditional styling, and fine finishing, the 3237 is a perennial timepiece truly standing the test of time. Through its honest execution, the 3237 showcases Abraham-Louis’ legacy.
Dating from approximately 1991/1992, this current example of the 3237 A series is an extremely well-preserved execution of the yellow gold reference. Right from the word go, this Breguet undoubtedly embodies Abraham-Louis Breguet’s idea with its mid-size case offering pure decadence and sophistication. Straight, soft lugs protrude from the centre of the case’s coin edge middle body with immense visual delicacy. This quintessential body of the case contributes hugely to the character on offer with the 3237; the start of a reoccurring theme throughout this piece. A smooth, domed, and stepped bezel gradually draws the eye to the dial of this watch that is simply jam-packed with coherent, captivating details and finishes.
It starts with a 60-minute track and narrow Roman numerals sitting on a brushed silver chapter ring. When combined with the centralised guilloché Clous de Paris pattern, it creates an almost matching colour Tuxedo dial like appearance. This concept is something that is repeated throughout the two sub-registers with an alternative, vertically configured guilloché surrounded by brushed contours. As if the dial couldn’t be any more alluring, the 3237 is fitted with thermally blued Breguet hands and a long matching chronograph hand. Completing the dial is the classically signed Breguet signature at 12 o’clock balanced with the watch’s individual number ‘No XXXX’ at six o’clock. Both additions are framed to match the curvature of the dial with a brushed finish inherited from the chapter ring. There are zero points of contention throughout this dial design, something which is a testament to the work of Chaumet and Roth who undoubtedly has conscientiously translated Abraham-Louis Breguet’s original vision.
The end result is a thoroughly intelligent piece of watch design and a watch that is remarkably whimsical in its coherence.
Powering this traditional Breguet is the Lemania 2310. Iconic in its own right, this manual wind chronograph movement comes with 21 jewels, a self-compensating Breguet spring, a swan-neck regulator and is adjusted to 5 positions. Enjoy the bevels and finishing in all its beauty through the sapphire display case back fitted to this Breguet Classique Chronograph 3237.
How It Wears
Measuring just 36mm in width, the Breguet 3237 is beautifully compact in its wrist presence. The harmonious relationship between its case and dial counteracted with its straight lug design ensure every desirable feature is emphasised. On the wrist, the piece is incredibly slender providing an exceptionally luxurious aesthetic. Although chronographs are typically more of a sporty complication, the 3237 Breguet is a stunning example of a refined, dress chronograph meaning it’s very versatile for smart to smart/casual occasions. Its case width also ensures that a wide range of wrist sizes can enjoy this piece of art with ease.
This Breguet Classique Chronograph 3237 in Yellow Gold is complete with its original box and is available in mint, unpolished condition. The watch is fitted with a Mr Watchley Saffiano green leather watch strap and is also sold with its original, rare yellow gold folding Breguet buckle.
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Calibre Lamania 2310
|Size (Case)||36 mm|
|Material (Case)||Yellow gold|
Mr Watchley Saffiano Green
|Year||1991 - 1992|