Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 08, 2020

LOT 313


CHF 25,000 - 35,000

HKD 200,000 - 280,000 / USD 25,000 - 35,000

Sold: CHF 37,500

Extremely fine and rare, large and heavy, minute-repeating, 18K yellow gold, hunting-cased pocket watch.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Patek Philippe

Year Sold on May 1911

Movement No. 156929

Case No. 265286

Caliber 19’’’

Dimensions 55 mm

Signature Dial, case and movement

Accessories Original Patek Philippe mahogany fitted box, copy of the original Certificate of Origin and spare mainspring, Patek Philippe coin


This watch is a very good, large and heavy example of a Patek Philippe minute repeater. The dial is particularly beautiful with Breguet numerals, the case is extremely clean and crisp due to its protection by the original box.
What is a Minute Repeater? A minute repeating watch tells the time both visually and audibly. A slide on the side of the case, usually near the
9, will activate two hammers in the movement. These hammers strike two gongs curled within the case.First one hammer strikes a gong of lower tonality; it counts out the hours.
Then both hammers strike both gongs alternately to count out the quarter hours after that hour, and then the second hammer alone striking a gong of higher tonality counts out the minutes after that quarter hour. The repeating mechanism was developed by Daniel Quare. In 1687, he patented a mechanism that sounded the hours and the quarter hours. Early repeaters used bells. At the end of the 18th century, two bent-wire gongs became the more popular mechanism. In 1892, the first minute repeater wristwatch was produced by Omega, a model with a round-shaped case.