Perseo is an Italian watch company with rich tradition of making exceptional mechanical timepieces. The history of Perseo watches dates back a long time. The company rose to fame when it started the supply of pocket watches for the Italian State Railways (Ferrovie dello Stato) back in 1927.
The Perseo watch company was established by Alfredo Degli Esposti and the brand rose into fame during the fascist reign in Italy, where the brands with foreign names were banned. The brand was selected as the supplier of timepieces to Italian State Railways.
The historical connection between Perseo watches and the Italian State Railways still goes on as the watch supply has been virtually uninterrupted to this day. Tens of thousands of watches have been supplied to the Italian Railways since 1927.
In the 1960s, the Perseo brand was bought by Swiss watchmaking house Cortébert, and the distribution of the watches was entrusted to the Fernus family, who are still the official distributor of Perseo through their company in Italy.
Throughout its history, Perseo has supplied watches to the Italian Football Federation (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio, or FIGC), as well as to Milan public transport company (ATM) and the tramway company in Alexandria, Egypt. At present, it is also the watch supplier of the Turinese Transport Group (Gruppo Torinese Trasporti, or GTT) in the Piedmont region.
Perseo continues to produce wrist and pocket Swiss Made precision mechanical watches, products made according to the principles of classical beauty and elegance, while at the same time keeping the prices competitive.
To understand better on Perseo vast collection of timepieces we can categorise their products as follows:-
- Pocket Watches – Mechanical, Swiss made
- Pocket Watches – Quartz, Swiss made
- Wrist watches – Mechanical, Swiss made
- Wrist watches – Quartz, Swiss made
- Wrist watches – Mechanical, Swiss/Japanese movement, Made in Italy
- Wrist watches – Quartz, Swiss/Japanese movement, Made in Italy
Perseo Wrist-Watch Collection (Manual/Automatic)
Perseo wrist-watch collection focuses on a consolidated tradition and innovation process that made its designs unique and inimitable. The collection consists of mechanical watches with manual winding and automatic, the straps are carefully processed and manufactured in Italy with the most prestigious leathers ranging from veal to the luxurious alligator of Louisiana, the bracelets are stainless steel and they provide maximum resistance.
Each Perseo watch features genuine Swiss made movements to guarantee the prestige, precision and elegance that every customer deserves. Each watch is made by using the most refined and innovative technologies.
Most of the watches are made of stainless steel, while the cases – gold, rose gold and black-plated – are manufactured with the innovative PVD technology (Physical Vapour Deposit), in which the watch case absorbs the colour directly thanks to the most up-to-date chemical process.
Perseo Railking Collection
Railking is a flagship collection which traces to its origins to the brand’s association with Italian State Railways since 1927. The solid stainless steel case measuring 40 mm in diameter houses the Swiss made ETA 2824 automatic movement.
The highly legible dial features big Arabic numerals and a date indication at 6’o clock. Available in several versions, these exceptional timepieces are highly reliable and offer water resistance up to 200 meters. Swiss made.
Perseo Railking Chrono (Ref.13339)
The Railking chrono timepieces are equipped with the ETA 7750 movement. These timepieces boast solid 42mm stainless steel case, two chronograph pushers at 2o’clock and 4’o clock and crown at 3’ clock. The highly legible dial has big Arabic numerals, chronograph counter at 12’a clock and 6’o clock along with a date indicator.
The case is fitted with a sapphire crystal glass and has a water resistance up to 200 meters. This model is supplied with alligator leather strap. Swiss made.
Perseo Grande settebello
Grande settebello collection offers exceptional mechanical watches with classical looks. The Grande settebello Arlecchino (Ref. 11336) timepiece comes in a solid 40 mm round stainless steel case and houses the Swiss made ETA 2824 movement. The beautifully designed dial features well propositioned hour, minute and central hands and a date window is positioned at 6’o clock.
|Grande settebello Arlecchino (Ref. 11336)|
Another model from this collection is Ref. 740333 Grande settebello which houses a Swiss UT 6376 movement. Design aesthetics of this model is same as the model featured above except that the Ref. 740333 has a small seconds dial at 6’o clock and no date indication.
|Ref. 740333 Grande settebello|
Perseo Ambiance Collection
The Ambiance (Ref. 40605/40605B) comes in a 38 mm stainless steel or rose gold plated stainless steel case. It houses ETA 2824 movement and boasts a date indication at 3’o clock. Supplied with an alligator leather strap or stainless steel bracelet.
|Ambiance Ref. 40605B|
Excellence (Ref. 80040) is a classic looking timepiece which comes in a 38 mm stainless steel case and houses ETA 2824 movement. Its simple dial boasts a date indication at 3’o clock. Supplied with an alligator leather strap.
Perseo Tramontana automatic
This stainless steel watch (Ref. 931) comes in a 40 mm stainless steel case with a thickness of 10 mm. It is powered with ETA 2824 automatic movement. The dial features thin blued hands including the central seconds, roman numerals and and date indication at 3’o clock. Other features include Sapphire crystal glass and alligator leather strap.
|Perseo Tramontana automatic|
This stainless steel watch (Ref. 931 G) comes in a 40 mm stainless steel case with a thickness of 10 mm. It is powered with ETA 2824 automatic movement. The dial boasts thin blued hands including the central seconds, roman numerals and visible open heart at 12’o clock. No date indication . Other features include Sapphire crystal glass and alligator leather strap.
Perseo Buccaneer Collection
The Buccanner collection offers exceptional automatic timepieces in stainless steel. The case measures 44 mm in diameter and thickness is 12mm. Available in several versions depending upon the movement used. The Buccanner Ref. 11335 model is equipped with ETA 2824 and features date at 3’o clock and central seconds.
|Perseo Buccaneer Collection (Re. 11335)|
The Buccanner Ref. 13335 houses Valjoux 7750 movement and available with tachymeter functions, chronograph counters and date at 6’o clock. Ref. 13335 is also available without tachymeter scale.
|Perseo Buccaneer Collection (Re. 13335)|
The Ref. 11337 RDM model houses the SOPROD 9035 calibre and displays date at 3’o clock, second time zone at 12’o clock, power reserve at 6’o clock and central seconds.
The Ref.16335 RDM is powered with ETA 6498 featuring small seconds at 6’o clock and power reserve at 11 o’ clock.
Perseo Sideral Collection
The sidereal automatic timepiece in stainless steel is designed for smaller wrists. It measures 36 mm in diameters and thickness is 8mm or 9.5mm. It houses either ETA 2824 or ETA 2804 and displays date at 3’ clock. Swiss made.
Highlighted with its vintage looks, this model pays tribute to the historic regulator timepieces. Equipped with a legendary Peseux 7040-11½ calibre, the Regulateur is an exceptional complication watch. This timepiece comes in a 38 mm cushion shaped stainless steel case and is available in different dial versions. Swiss made.
Perseo Diver Professional Automatic
Perseo also produces diving watches (Ref.6036). The solid stainless steel case measuring 40 mm diameter and 12 mm thickness offers a water resistance up to 200 meters. It houses an ETA 2824 movement with a date at 3’o clock. The timepiece features unidirectional bezel for measuring the diving time and is supplied with a stainless steel bracelet. Swiss made.
Diving timepieces are also available in quartz versions under trestelle line.
Perseo Day date
The Day Date model (Ref. 6207 DD) comes in a 44mm stainless steel case with a thickness of 11mm.It is equipped with ETA 2834, and indicates day at 12’o clock and date at 3’o clock. Dial boasts Arabic numerals, big hour and minute hands, central seconds hand and available with a 24 hour option. These timepieces are supplied with leather strap.
Perseo El Alamein
Equipped with Swiss made ETA 6497 mechanical movement, this timepiece comes in a 46 mm round stainless steel case. The highly legible dial boasts big Arabic numerals and big hour and minute hands. A small seconds indicator is positioned at 6’o clock. The El Alamein (Ref.16334) is produced in a limited edition of 1000 pieces. Swiss made.
Perseo Flying Dutchman
Flying Dutchman (Ref 1339 cc) is a chronograph timepiece equipped with Valijoux 7750 movement. It comes in a round 39mm stainless steel case and the dial boasts Arabic numerals, date indication at 3’o lock, chronograph counters at 12 o’ clock and 6o’o clock and a small seconds counter at 9’o clock. Two pushers located respectively at 2o’ clock and 4’o clock look after the chronograph functions. This sporty Swiss made chronograph is supplied with an alligator leather strap.Swiss made.
Perseo Ref. 6425
The Ref. 6425 is an exceptional mechanical watch which comes in 35 mm stainless steel or gold case with a thickness of 9mm. Designed for the purists, this mechanical timepiece houses 17 jewels Peseux 7040 Incabloc manual winding movement, a historical and now extremely rare calibre. This classic mechanical timepiece boasts a clean and pure dial with the petal type indexes. A discreet small seconds dial is positioned just above 6’o clock. Swiss made.
|Perseo Ref. 6425|
Perseo Squadriglia Serenissima
Squadriglia Serenissima (Ref. 13338is) is an automatic chronograph designed for pilots. It comes in a 42 mm stainless steel case. The legible black dial features date indication at 3’o clock and three chronograph counters. Equipped Valjoux 7750-13” movement and the chronograph functions can be activated with pushers at 2’o clock and 4’o clock respectively. Swiss made.
Wrist Watches – Quartz Collection
Perseo also produces Quartz powered wristwatches. Available in number of versions these timepieces are equipped with reliable quartz movements made in Switzerland.
Featured Model: Ref. 8085
Diameter: 42.5mm/Thickness: 12mm
Case: Stainless steel or gold plated
Movement: ETA Swiss Quartz G10.211
Water Resistance: 5 atm
Functions: chronograph, date at 4’o clock, pushers at 2 and 4
strap made in Italy
Also available from quartz collection are Ref. 8086 (42mm, steel or rose gold plated case, argente or noir dials, Ronda quartz movement, leather strap, date at 3’o clock), Ref 6684U/6684 UB (38 mm, stainless steel case, steel bracelet or bicolour bracelt, Roman numerals), Ref. 6685D/6685DB (30mm, stainless steel case, Ronda quartz movement , bracelet/bi colour bracelet, date at 3’o clock, Roman numerals) and Ref. 2792 (steel/gold plated case, 38mm, Ronda quartz movement, leather strap and roman numerals).
Wrist Watches – Trestelle Collection
Trestelle Watch collection offers automatic, mechanical and quartz wrist watches made in Italy. They house Swiss or Japanese movements and available in date, chronograph versions.Information on some models are enumerated below:-
Trestelle (6684A Bianco/6684A Nero)
Stainless steel/Diameter: 38mm/Thickness: 11mm
Movement: Calibre 8215 Miyota Automatic
Made In Italy
Roman numerals/Date at 3’o clock
Trestelle 6696 Bianco/Nero
Diameter: 43 mm/Thickness: 12mm
Case: Stainless steel
Movement: Ronda quartz chronograph/Date at 4
Supplied with stainless steel bracelet
Perseo Pocket watches
Maison Perseo has always offered its prestigious pocket watches knowing the value and prestige that they represent. These timepieces cannot be mentioned without talking about the close combination that they had with the State Railways, a relationship that does not stop even today, after a long series of deliveries from 1927. Perseus pocket watches are available in chrome or gold plated, strictly manual winding.
The cases of pocket watches are manufactured with the most traditional metalworking technologies to give them solidity and elegance.In this modern era no other brand can offer large number of pocket watch models other than Perseo.
Specifications of Some Pocket Watch Models
- FS LIBERTY -54mm, Metal Case, ETA 6497
- ATM MILANO -48mm, Metal Case, ETA 6497
- TRENO PIONEER – 49mm, Metal Case, ETA 6498
- AGRICOLO – 53mm, metal case, ETA 6497, Lepine
- FASE LUNA – 42mm, metal case, Valjoux 7750, Lepine Chrono
- TURCO LEPINE – 50mm, Metal case, ETA 6497
- PIOMBO 100 ANNI – Metal case, 51mm, ETA 6497, limited edition of 1000 pieces
- JUNIOR – 53mm, metal case, ETA 6497, Lepine
- TRENO VERITABLE – Metal case, 40mm, ETA 2801
- PESCATORE – Metal case, 48mm, ETA 6498
- CAVALLI IN CORSA – Metal case, 48mm, ETA 6498
- CACCIATORE – Metal case, 48mm, ETA 6498
- CONTADINO – Metal case, 48mm, ETA 6498
- LOCOMOTIVA TURCA- Metal case, 48mm, ETA 6498
- CARAVELLA – Metal case, 49mm, ETA 6498
- SCUDO – 49 mm, metal case, ETA 6498
- 17110 – 50mm, metal or rose gold plated, ETA 6498
- GRAN DATARIO -47mm, gold plated case, Valjoux 7760
- 11501 -41.5mm, metal case, ETA 2801
Note: The technical info and images for this article are provided by Sincrono, UK based distributor of Perseo Watches and other fine timepiece brands. Please visit their website https://www.sincrono.co.uk/index.html to discover more Perseo watch models.
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