Do you know why this Mercator is so rare?

Do you know why this Mercator is so rare?

(scan courtesy of Teetan)

Not only it is limited to just 20 pieces but it is also in rose gold (extremely few Mercators were made in RG, they were mainly in yellow gold and platinum). The main rarity is the dial! Mercators existed with an engraved dial representing either the Americas or Africa/Asia/Europe, special pieces were made upon request from specific markets representing a specific map or location, the dials of these watches were in polychrome enamel. For this watch made specially for Thailand (I belive a unique piece with enamel dial was offered to the Thai king) the dial is engraved! To the best of my knowledge this is the only model made for a spacific market with an engraved dial!

A platinum model was also available (20 pieces) with the same dial

Do you know why this Mercator is so rare?

A gorgeous watch which brings back great memories of my vacations
06/13/2008 - 16:29


very nice... I like the RG case and the light mocca dial -
06/13/2008 - 17:19

they match up very well together. I only wish Mercator was a bit larger - it would be on top of my VC hunt list for sure

PG is unique, you should say Alex!
06/13/2008 - 19:13

it's a true beauty, even if I prefer Mercator with polycloisonné enamel dial...

Did VC also make a Mercator with such a dial (enamel) for Thailand?

tsk tsk Patrice the answer is already in my post :-) BTW PG was also
06/14/2008 - 00:43

used as far as I know in a special model for Hong Kong as well as for Italy.

Désolé mon cher!
06/14/2008 - 17:00

When reading too quickly...

But you have to read carefully nonetheless to get the answer!

Thank you, Alex for ... the initial answer

Because it is yours ?!!!
06/13/2008 - 20:54

Lol !

In my dreams :-) (nt)
06/14/2008 - 00:43


Your dreams can become realty Alex :-) ....
06/14/2008 - 20:24

Lot 388 and lot 389 at the Antiquorum's sale of June 18th

Since I saw the end price of the Malte Chrono Excellence Platine in the last sale, I begin to follow sales to see if I could not find my happiness in my budget LoooL

Thank you for your explanations about this Mercator Alex!

Alex, may I know the map on the dial shows map in which era?
06/15/2008 - 18:39

It appears to me the map shows Straits Settlement era (Penang, Malacca and Singapore) but Penang is missing.



It should date from circa 1537-1569 since its at that time that
06/15/2008 - 20:27

Mercator drew his maps, but I do not know if this map was specifically drawn by Mercator or if it is just inspired the VC designers.