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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 11, 2012

LOT 591

PATEK PHILIPPE HALF-HUNTING CASED PENDANT WATCH WITH EARLY ADRIEN PHILIPPE WINDING SYSTEM Patek Philippe & Co, à Genève, ?Invention & Exécution?, No. 20754. Made circa 1860. Fine and very rare, keyless, 18K yellow gold and enamel lady's half-hunting cased pendant watch with Adrien Philippe?s first patented stem-wind and hand.setting mechanism of 1845 without coasting.

C. Four-body, "bassine", the front cover with glazed aperture, radial dark blue Roman numerals, the back cover with a dark blue champleve enamel monogram. Hinged gold cuvette. D. White enamel with radial Roman numerals, outer minute track. Blued steel double spade hands. M. Cal. 10???, matte gilt, 8 jewels, wolf's tooth winding, cylinder escapement, plain three-arm balance, blued steel fl at balance spring, index regulator. Cuvette signed. Diam. 28 mm.

CHF 2,500 - 4,500

USD 2,700 - 4,800 / EUR 2,100 - 3,700

Sold: CHF 2,750

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3-24


Slightly chipped

Movement: 3-8*


Slightly scratched

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


591 - The present watch uses Adrien Philippe?s fi rst winding and hand-setting mechanism, French patent No. 1317 of April 22, 1845. The winding pinion is fi xed to the winding shaft. For winding the crown it must be turned clockwise and cannot be turned back with that typical ratchet noise. To disengage the winding in order to set the hands, the winding crown can be pulled out. Very few watches survive with this early winding mechanism without coasting.