Vintage PATEK PHILIPPE “Naviquartz II” Serie E1200, Ref. 1208, electronic marine chronometer, made circa 1980s. Powered by quartz movement Cal. 33” / 33QZ, in-house calibre made of a solid circuit construction. The clock itself was noted by Patek – in its catalog – as an “electronic marine chronometer with quartz time base” featuring a “jumping seconds-hand.”
Upon its release, and for much of the 1970s, the Naviquartz was made to be put on boats, as a back-up navigational system – at least that was the original conceit. Despite the name, this never really became a navigation device, but instead a really nice novelty. By the 1980s, the marketing changed course from a navigation device to an office desk piece, so the tagline became, “From Boat, to Office.”
The Naviquartz was the culmination of Patek’s quartz clockmaking effort, especially in light of the quartz revolution. It was developed at the same time as Beta 21 movement, which was the first movement produced by C.E.H., a consortium of 20 Swiss watch brands, including Patek Philippe. The Naviquartz was therefore regarded as the bellwether of cutting-edge electronic timekeeping technology upon its release.
C. Cast and painted metal with gilt bezel, battery compartments with screw-down covers, folding stand. D. Champagne with radial Roman numerals, outer minutes and seconds divisions. Black painted Breguet hands. M. Electronic, battery operated quartz standardization. Dial, case and movement signed. DIM. 23 x 17 cm.
Dimensions : 23 x 17 cm, shipping weight is 5 kg.