When it comes to rare vintage watches, the big names usually jump to mind – Rolex, Patek, Vacheron, Audemars Piguet and so on. Yet, there are other less visible alternatives with amazing pedigrees and a rarity that is hard to match. We are talking about wristwatches made on special order with a Chronometer-grade movement – something specifically offered by Breguet and L. Leroy & Cie, which at the time were both based in France. The auctions already single out the vintage pieces from Breguet, going for multiples over estimates, as recently seen at Christie’s here. L. Leroy & Cie (founded at the end of the 18th Century) still remains a favorite of insiders; these watches are changing hands among seasoned collectors, and rarely leave those closed circles. So I was pretty excited to see this piece from 1954, fitted with an outstanding movement that was highly rated by the Besançon Observatory (the grading sheet is provided with the watch). The engine inside this watch is a Peseux 260, and it looks like it’s in absolutely immaculate condition.