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Bulgari Tubogas "Serpenti" 18K Tri-color Gold Automatic Wristwatch

Created circa 1970, this Bulgari Tubogas Serpenti wristwatch with an automatic movement is composed of 18K tri-color gold. It is designed as a stylized snake with a flexible, coiled body of rose and white gold tubogas links terminating in a cushion-shaped yellow gold head, the dial with baton hour indicators, enclosing an automatic Swiss movement. Winding comfortably around the wrist, this unusual Bulgari watch with its superior automatic movement is a beautiful and wearable Serpenti jewel expressing streamlined 1970s chic and artistic abstraction.

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Item #: W-21053
Artist: Bulgari Rome
Country: Italy and Switzerland
Circa: 1970
Dimensions: 2.00" width
Materials: 18K Tri-color Gold
Signed: BVLGARI SWISS AUTOMATIC 2674, Swiss assay mark (watch case), Italian assay mark (bracelet)

The Bulgari Serpenti bracelet watch design was conceived in the 1940s, with a view to the symbol's power in Bulgari's ancient Roman artistic heritage. The highly flexible coils are created without solder - highly skilled specialists interlock two gold strips with raised edges into one continuous, highly flexible piece that effortlessly regains its shape. Elizabeth Taylor was a Bulgari patron who favored the Serpenti watch. A Serpenti with a "real, self-winding, or "automatic" movement is a rare find.