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18ct yellow gold Piaget Beta 21 reference 1401/1 wristwatch with lapis lazuli dial. Made 1972

18ct yellow gold Piaget Beta 21 reference 1401/1 wristwatch with lapis lazuli dial. Made 1972

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Information

  • Brand: Piaget
  • Year: 1970
  • Model: BETA 21
  • Reference: 1401
  • Calibre: B 21
  • Movement: Quartz
  • Material: 18ct yellow gold
  • Features/complications: Cushion shaped case
  • Dial: Lapis lazuli dial with baton hour and minute hands
  • Case dimensions: 33 x 40mm
  • Bracelet/strap: Leather strap 
  • Accessories: N/A
  • SKU: 3049

Essay

    The Beta-21 was created in 1969 and it was agreed by the 20 Swiss houses to produce 6,000 of these movements. Later that year, a few hundred of the Beta-21 watches were released at Basel, setting a new record at the Fair. The Beta-21 movement was accurate to 5 seconds per month, which was far superior to any automatic and manual-winding watch at the time. The design for the Beta-21 watches were also very characteristic of the era --they were generally thick, angular, and even chunky (partly out of necessity as the first generation of quartz movements were comparatively large.)