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Gérald Genta Watches

Swiss, 1931-2011

It’s safe to say that Gérald Genta radically changed contemporary watchmaking. As a designer and engineer, he transformed both the overall appearance of timepieces and how they function. He’s also one of the few watchmakers whose creations for brands other than his own earned him worldwide acclaim.

Born in Geneva, the capital of the Swiss watch industry, Gérald Charles Genta was hired by watch manufacturer Universal Genève at the age of 20 after finishing his training as a jewelry goldsmith. That his career would be in horology was pretty much set in stone when at 23 years old he was assigned to create a timepiece for Scandinavian Airline Systems (SAS) to celebrate its inaugural flight from Copenhagen to Los Angeles via the North Pole. The first models of the watch, named the Polerouter, were given to the cabin crew upon landing at Los Angeles International Airport.

In the late 1950s and early ’60s, Genta worked for Omega on its line of Constellation watches, which further cemented his position as a star designer. In 1958, his relationship with Patek Philippe began with the Golden Ellipse, whose oval case was a stylish departure from the house’s more serious, round Calatrava.

Genta created his most iconic designs in the 1970s — a difficult time for the Swiss watch industry, when Japanese battery-powered quartz timepieces challenged the primacy of traditional mechanical models.

The octagonal case for the Royal Oak, introduced by Audemars Piguet in 1972 and perhaps Genta’s best-known creation, was based on vintage diving helmets that attached to the rest of the suit with screws. Genta had a thing for screws, and the Royal Oak had eight of them arranged in a symmetrical pattern on the bezel. The design marked the first time stainless steel was used for a luxury sports watch, kicking off the now ubiquitous trend for sports-chic stainless-steel timepieces with steel integrated bracelets — metal watch bands designed to fit seamlessly, in terms of both aesthetics and function, with the case.

In addition to devising the Royal Oak and the Nautilus during this period, Genta famously redesigned IWC’s Ingenieur in 1976, adding five screws to the bezel in an asymmetrical pattern.

In 1977, he created the Bvlgari Bvlgari, based on a Roman coin, and later, an updated version of the Pasha de Cartier, originally designed in 1931 by Louis Cartier as a one-off for the pasha of Marrakech. Genta reconceived the piece as a luxury sports watch with a round case that distinguished it from other Cartier watches, like the Tank and the Baignoire.

He and his wife, Evelyne Genta, formed their own firm in 1969, producing haute timepieces for private clients, who included royalty, like Great Britain’s Queen Mother and the sultans of Brunei and Oman, in addition to business magnates, sports figures and entertainers.

“It was an unusual brand, doing mostly prototypes,” recounted Evelyne. “His passion was creating a new watch every day. He expressed himself as he wanted.”

Even after Bvlgari acquired Genta’s firm, in 2000, he continued making watches under the name Gérald Charles. However, despite his enviably long run and the indelible mark he made on every facet of watchmaking, Genta will always be best remembered for popularizing the steel sports watch.

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Creator: Gérald Genta
Gerald Genta Retro Sport Classic Watch RSP X 10
By Gérald Genta
Located in Dallas, TX
Gerald Genta Retro Sport Classic Watch RSP X 10 - Automatic winding, Jump-Hour. Stainless steel ( 42 mm ). Black dial. Rubber strap with Signed Gerald Genta Tang buckle. Pre-owned w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Gérald Genta Watches

Gerald Genta Retro Classic Yellow Gold Diamond Set G.3614
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A 33.5 mm yellow gold Retro Classic by Gerald Genta, featuring a guilloche mother of pearl dial with a retrograde minute display and hour display at 6 o'clock. The diamond-set bezel ...
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Late 20th Century Gérald Genta Watches

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Gerald Genta Octa Perpetual Calendar Watch OQM.Y.60.515.CN.BD
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The Gerald Genta Octa Perpetual Calendar Watch, reference number OQM.Y.60.515.CN.BD, features bold pops of color and a contemporary sense of style. Incredibly eye-catching, this wat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Gérald Genta Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Gerald Genta "Monte Carlo Time" Wristwatch
By Gérald Genta
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Gerald Genta "Monte Carlo Time" crafted in stainless steel with gold plating. This timepiece features a self-winding movement with indications for the Hours, Minutes, Day, Date and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Gérald Genta Watches

Gerald Genta Octo Tourbillon Sunray Watch OTR.Y.20.945.CN.BD
By Gérald Genta
Located in Southampton, PA
The Gerald Genta Octo Tourbillon Sunray Watch, reference number OTR.Y.20.945.CN.BD, features an opulent design that was no doubt inspired by the iconic Art Deco design movement. On ...
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Gerald Genta Custom Watch with Exquisite 5 Carat Pink Diamond and 18K Gold Bezel
By Gérald Genta
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
This custom designed Gérald Genta watch was created for the President of Gabon, Omar Bongo. The stunning watch features over 5 carats of pink diamonds - 28 vivid and fancy pink diamo...
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Gerald Genta Retro Classic Ref. G.3624 Jump Hour in Stainless Steel
By Gérald Genta
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Gerald Genta Retro Classic Jump Hour in stainless steel. Quartz. 27 mm case size. With box and booklets. Ref G.3624. Circa 1990's. Fine Pre-owned Gerald Genta Watch. Certified preo...
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1990s Gérald Genta Watches

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Gerald Genta Mickey Mouse Quartz Watch Red Leather Strap
By Gérald Genta
Located in Antwerp, BE
Gerald Genta Mickey Mouse Quartz Watch Red Leather Strap Very rare and exclusive collectors watch ! Movement: Quartz Functions: Hours, Minutes Case: Stainless steel and 18kt yel...
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Gerald Genta Retro "Fantasy" G3622
By Gérald Genta
Located in Surfside, FL
Collectible and fun Gerald Genta Retro "Fantasy" Mickey Mouse in stainless steel with mother of pearl dial. Created by Gerald Genta, famous watch designer. Quartz. 28 mm case size. W...
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Early 2000s Gérald Genta Watches

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Stainless Steel

Gerald Genta Retro Sport Jumping Hour
By Gérald Genta
Located in Antwerp, BE
Gerald Genta Retro Sport Jumping Hour Reference number: RSP.X.10 Movement: automatic Functions: jumping hour Case: stainless steel, bezel set with diamonds, diameter: 41 mm, heig...
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Early 2000s Artist Gérald Genta Watches

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Diamond, Stainless Steel

Gerald Genta Classic ssp.l.10
By Gérald Genta
Located in Surfside, FL
Gerald Genta Sport in stainless steel with Mother of Pearl dial on white rubber strap. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. Box, booklets and papers. 39.5 mm case size. Ref ssp.l.10. Circ...
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2010s Gérald Genta Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Gerald Genta Retro Classic Watch G.3339.7
By Gérald Genta
Located in Dallas, TX
Gerald Genta Retro Classic Watch G.3339.7 - Quartz. Stainless steel ( 34 mm ) with facetted crystal. Light green waffle style dial with a red sweeps hand. Green Gerald Genta strap wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Gérald Genta Watches

Gerald Genta Royama G20567 Women's Watch in 18kt Yellow Gold
By Gérald Genta
Located in New York, NY
Gerald Genta Royama G20567 Women's Watch in 18kt Yellow Gold
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1990s Gérald Genta Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Gérald Genta Lady 18K Yellow Gold 23mm
By Gérald Genta
Located in North Miami Beach, FL
Gérald Genta 18K Yellow Gold Ladies Watch On Gold Bracelet. Black Dial, Swiss Quartz Movement. Excellent Condition.
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2010s Gérald Genta Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Gerald Genta Royama G2069 7 Women's Watch in 18kt 3 Tone Gold
By Gérald Genta
Located in New York, NY
Gerald Genta Royama G2069 7 Women's Watch in 18kt 3 Tone Gold
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Early 2000s Gérald Genta Watches

Materials

Gold

Gerald Genta Yellow Gold and Pearl Dial Mickey Mouse Wristwatch
By Gérald Genta
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 2000 Gerald Genta Mickey Mouse Wrist Watch, 30 MM 18K Yellow Gold 2 piece water resistant case. Quartz Movement, mother of Pearl Dial with black Roman numerals and an Enamel Mi...
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Early 2000s Gérald Genta Watches

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