Watches of Knightsbridge, January 28 2017
Sold for £13,750
At its “Start, Stop, Reset” auction in 2016, Phillips sold a 1940 Cyma for CHF15,000, around double the amount it might previously have been expected to make. That has helped set a precedent and propelled the “right” Cymas into a new realm, as seen by this recent sale.
If anything, the WoK watch was more desirable than the all black-dialled Phillips offering because it featured a two tone dial complemented by central telemetric and pulsation scales and ivory patinated chronograph subdials.
The movement was a worthy and reliable Valjoux hand-wound effort and, at 38mm diameter, the watch fits right in with the current zeitgeist.
In summary: A great looking, military-style 1940s chronograph which has been allowed to mellow without restoration, and now begs to be worn.