Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Hong Kong, Oct 27, 2018

LOT 340


HKD 120,000 - 180,000

CHF 14,700 - 22,000 / USD 15,000 - 22,500

Sold: HKD 200,000

18K yellow gold, open-face, keyless-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, hinged case-back, and two horological complications: Dead independent seconds (exterior graduation with central hand; activated by the rectangular push-piece located on the case-band, at 10:15); safety bolt locking the dead seconds' functions (slide at 9:40), Two mounting barrels in series with unidirectional-winding and "free" mainspring Case-back engraved in taille-douce with the cypher "Dr V S".

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Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Patek Philippe

Year circa 1877

Movement No. 27 226

Case No. 27 226

Caliber 20'' gilded brass, with two going barrels (the one of the dead seconds mechanism with slipping mainspring, so-called free spring), double-train of wheels, straight-line equilibrated lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance with gold poising screws and blu

Dimensions Ø 53 mm.

Signature dial, case and movement


Patek Philippe dead independent seconds with two mounting barrels in series with unidirectional-winding and "free spring" This watch is fitted with the new system with two mounting barrels in series with unidirectional-winding and "free" mainspring, which give will the Swiss invention paten.. 1 017, delivered to Patek Philippe, Geneva, on May 23, 1889, for a "Montre à secondes indépendantes à deux barillets se remontant ensemble par le même mécanisme de remontoir au pendant, et à deux corps de rouage dont le rouage des secondes est planté dans le même pont et au-dessus de celui de la montre.". In fact, this invention was already presented by Jean-Adrien Philippe (1815-1894), during the Universal Exhibition of Paris in 1867. This invention dates back to 1866. The Genevan manufacture will market watches of this type until 1913. As with its mechanism of winding and time-setting at the pendant, nearly a quarter of a century of reflections and improvements lead to the final version; that finally patented in 1889. Very few of them were made; this watch is one of the first 10 or 15 produced according to this design. The watch No. 27 115, who seems to be the oldest made fitted with this new system (hunting case and a diablotine) - formerly belonged to the collection of Noë Blanc (born in 1938), American actor and voice actor, son of Melvin Jerome "Mel'' Blanc (1908-1989), American actor and voice actor (1927-1989) - now kept in the Patek Philippe Museum, Geneva (Inv. P-730), was sold during our thematic auction "The Art of Patek Philippe", Antiquorum, Geneva, April 9, 1989, lot 135, for the amount of CHF 77 000.