1930s Berthoud Universal-385 Chronograph Silver dial Very Rare 18K Yellow Gold

Manufacturer Berthoud
Model Chronograph
Year of Manufacture 1930s
Reference no. 5173
Product no. A-5624
This is a description of a rare Universal Cal.385 chronograph watch manufactured in the mid-1930s by "BERTHOUD," a joint venture company of Universal. It is an exceptionally rare 18k yellow gold model with a steel back case, which is uncommon for Berthoud, making it a rare piece with a dust-proof 18k yellow gold case. The watch exhibits attention to detail and a sense of weightiness unique to rare 18k solid gold models, featuring a distinctive serial number engraved on both the outer and inner (metal) covers, a detail not found in regular models. The silver dial, illuminated with luminous paint, showcases a distinctive feature with a blue steel diamond-shaped hand commonly associated with Universal. This watch is a remarkable rarity, almost synonymous with Universal, as it houses the Universal Genève Cal.385.
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Item details

Serial no. 619,***
Caliber UG-385
Movement no. ---
Movement type Automatic
Material 18K Yellow Gold
Case size 35.5mm
Case type Snap back Non-Water-resistant
Dial Original
Type of Indices Luminous
Belt Non-original (lug width: 18mm) / Vintage design Calfskin Strap C-135-Olive
Evaluation case 92%
Evaluation dial 91%
Evaluation mov 92%
Condition 4.5
Rarity 4.5

Other details

Case: There are some minor scratches and age-related changes, but the original shaping and hallmarks on the back of the lugs are still firmly in place.

Dial: The dial has a tasteful look with some age-related changes, but the prints are still firmly in place.

Movement: The winding and chrono functions are good, and the accuracy is around 30 seconds per day.