Hublot “Oceanographic 4000” for Only Watch Hublot, Genève, “Oceanographic 4000 – First in Series”. Unconventional and unique, large, self-winding, center seconds, water-resistant to 4000 metres, carbon fiber and titanium diver’s wristwatch with date and a Hublot black PVD titanium ardillon buckle. Accompanied by fitted box and Certificate.
Case: “King Power”, matte carbon fiber, composite resin and titanium, rotating bezel for the decompression times with 6 black PVD titanium H-shaped screws, hooded lugs, black PVD titanium screw-down crown with hinged guard, sapphire crystal.
Dial: Matte black, red indexes with white luminous centers, outer minutes/seconds divisions aperture for the date. Red and white luminous baton hands.
Movement: Cal. HUB1401, satin-finished, beveled and polished, black PVD screws, 23 jewels, barrel with reinforced spring, straight line lever escapement with Glucydur balance with flat balance spring, shock absorber. Dial, case and movement signed. Diameter 48 mm.
Estimated Price: €30,000 – 40,000
Realised Price: €33,000
Hublot is a Swiss enterprise creating luxury watches and founded in 1980 by Carlo Crocco. The company currently operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of France’s LVMH.
A scion of the Italian Binda Group dynasty, best known for making Breil watches, Carlo Crocco left the company in 1976 to strike out on his own and create a new watch company. Moving to Switzerland he formed MDM Geneve and set about designing a watch that he named the Hublot after the French word for “porthole”. The watch that he created featured the first natural rubber strap in the history of watchmaking. It took 3 years of research to create the strap. Despite failing to attract a single potential customer on the first day of its debut at the 1980 Basel Watch Fair, the watch quickly proved to be a commercial success with sales in exces of $2m in its first year.