Tradición "San Rafael"


Cuervo y Sobrinos revisited the ‘Tradition’ of the 1950s, eager to capture some of its period charm. However, the modern-day Historiador Tradición ‘San Rafael’ is not a replica, but a contemporary reinterpretation of the ‘much-loved classic. It is now offered in three variants, champagne, silver and burgundy dial.

Limited Edition: 188 pieces, individually numbered.

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Following its inception in 1882, Cuervo y Sobrinos enjoyed years of continuous growth. On several occasions it moved to ever-larger premises in order to meet the growing demand for its jewellery and watches.

Each dial is adorned with a ‘frappage’ motif and features dauphine-style hands which emulate those found on the original Tradition of the 1950s. Likewise, the prominent central sweep seconds hand, with its ebullient red tip, references the hand found on the original. A combination of circular and trapezoidal indexes denote the hours.

Ultimately, the company moved to a new boutique on Calle San Rafael, a prestigious boulevard in Havana. This became a must-see destination for the great and the good, attracting various visitors including Caruso, Churchill, Einstein, Gable and Hemingway. This latest addition to the Historiador collection honours this exceptional retail establishment.

Measuring 40mm in diameter, the stainless steel case is optimally sized for a modern-day audience. Consistent with other Historiador models, the lugs feature an ergonomic design, optimising wearer comfort.

The case back is engraved with a depiction of the brand’s former boutique on Calle San Rafael in Havana and the company’s nomenclature in cursive text. In the past, this portrayal of the boutique was used as a seal applied to the brand’s documents.


CYS 5203, base SW 240-1, 13''', automatic, diameter: 29 mm, height: 5.05 mm, 38 hours, 26 jewels, 28800 A/h, finished oscillating weight with engraving
Hours, minutes, central seconds, day and date
Stainless steel, diameter 40 mm, height 10.7 mm, double curved sapphire crystal vintage inspired glass, water resistant to 5 ATM, San Rafael engraved case back
Hours and minutes ‘dauphine’ style, red arrow-shaped seconds hand
Openworked CyS-branded clasp
Honey matte Louisiana alligator
188 pieces, individually numbered
Standard Humidor Box - PE 100

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