The Tubogas bracelet, comprised of gold or steel bands wrapped around a steel core, symbolizes Bulgari's jewelry design. In the 1940s, Bulgari created a stylized serpent watch by inserting a watch dial into a Tubogas bracelet (a design inspired by industrial woven-metal gas pipes). This exquisitely preserved circa 1970s BVLGARI Tuboga tension bangle bracelet watch is the ideal accessory for any occasion, day or night. It features an oval case measuring 21.5 mm by 17 mm surrounding a black matte-toned dial with Arabic numeral and stick-shaped hour indices for greater contrast.
Reference Number: n/a
Movement: Manual Winding
Condition: Good to very good
Time Period: Late 1970s
Papers: Open Papers
Case Material: 18K yellow gold
Case Diameter: 21.5 mm x 17 mm (21.5 mm x 18 mm including the crown)
Thickness: 6.25 mm
Waterproof: 80 ft. / 25 m./ 2.5 ATM
Bezel Material: Stepped flat oval 18k yellow gold
Dial: Black matte
Dial Numerals: 18K yellow gold applied Arabic numeral at 12 and 6 o'clock and applied yellow gold stick-shaped hour indices
Bracelet Material: 18K yellow gold
Weight: 29.9 dwt - 46.4 gr
Total length: 5 1/2 inches - 140 mm (flexible)
The oval-shaped case is polished and brushed.
18K yellow gold applied baton-shaped hour/minute hands
18K yellow gold pull/push knurled crown
18K yellow gold solid brushed snap-on case back
18K yellow gold integrated, flexible 'Tubogas' link cuff bracelet
The Bulgari Serpenti collection was inspired by the "Tubogas", which has existed in various forms since the 1940s. The Tubogas took years to design, taking cues from gas pipelines and assembled with a metal coil surrounded by interconnecting precious metal bands.
Tubogas translates literally to "gas pipe" and is the descriptive name given to a type of chain formed from a pair of interlocking gold strips wrapped tightly together. This forms a flexible and hollow tubular necklace/bracelet that requires no soldering.
Several models, including this lovely example, were operated with small watch movements by Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, and more.
Elegant and versatile, this BVLGARI Tubogas tension bangle bracelet watch is the perfect accessory for any occasion, day or night. It is a stunning statement piece for your wrist that will complement any outfit.
Case, dial, and movement are all signed.
The hallmarks engraved include BVLGARI, 18k, ITALY, 1L, 36, and a visible hallmark on the left side of the case.
Complete (box, open papers)
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