The present watch, a single button chronograph is extremely oversized with a diameter measuring 41.5mm, and is fitted with a massive crown – two important qualities for a pilot’s watch to possess. One can assume the size of the crown and pusher was made so pilots could engage the chronograph function with ease while wearing gloves in cold climates at 20,000 feet in the air. The silver printed scales are clearly visible against the black dial, providing stunning contrast and giving pilots the ability to quickly and easily read it. Watches such as the present one are not easily found in today’s market, making it a true find for the pilot’s watch enthusiast.
Brothers Charles and Hyppolite Robert founded H. & C. Robert in 1858, ultimately becoming Minerva in 1887. The brand achieved worldwide recognition for their exceptional military chronograph wristwatches. After the death of the brothers, the company passed into the hands of another family, the Freys, who ran it from 1935 until 2000.