Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Oct 27, 2019

LOT 404

PATEK PHILIPPE HISTORICAL WATCH, REF. 1593, SO-CALLED “HOUR GLASS”; 18K PINK GOLD

The watch of Artur Hescket Hall (1896-1970), Brazilian General 18K pink gold, manual-winding, vertical rectangular-shaped with concave sides, gentleman’s wristwatch, with snap-on case-back, flared pillar-shaped lugs, faceted crystal-glass, silver dial with subsidiary seconds at 6. Case-back engraved in taille-douce (fine cut) with the mention “Os oficiais de S. Paulo / e Mato Grosso ao seu / grande Chefe Gen. / Hescket Hall / S. P. 20-VII-57” (The officers of São Paulo and Mato Grosso to his Great Chief General Hescket Hall, São Paulo, July 20, 1957).

Brand Patek Philippe, Geneva

Reference 1593

Year Circa 1955

Movement No. 976 595

Calibre  9-90, adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, Geneva Quality Hall Mark.

Case No. 690 420

Bracelet Black leather strap, gilded metal buckle

Dimensions 42 x 25.8 mm.

Signature Dial, case and movement

Accessories Extract from the Archives

HKD 130,000 - 170,000

CHF 16,450 - 21,950 / USD 16,550 - 22,100

Sold: HKD 162,500


Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3**

Good

Repair required, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-50-01

Good

Refreshed

HANDS Original


Notes

The Extract from the Archives, dated September 19, 2019, mentioned that this watch was sold on November 8, 1956.
Patek Philippe, Reference 1593
This reference is launched in 1944 and remained in production until the late-1960’s.
This rectangular-shaped watch is fitted with the Cal. 9-90.
The majority in yellow gold, more rarely in rose gold and even more rarely in platinum. 
Around 1 000 examples were produced; some with integrated bracelet. 
The watch is so-called “Hour Glass” by collectors.
The lady version bears the Ref. 2261 (made between 1948 and the mid-1950’s).
Bibliography
• Huber, Martin, & Banbery, Alan, Patek Philippe Wristwatches, 1998, pp. 128, ill. 177 (colour photo) and 141, ill 204 (colour photo with an example of cloisonné dial).
• Patrizzi, 2010, vol. II, p. 136 (No. 575, similar watch in 18K rose gold). 
Hall, Artur Hescket (1896-1970), Brazilian General
 Artur Hescket Hall was born in Rio de Janeiro on July 20, 1894.
 Promoted to Second-Lieutenant in January 1917, he became Captain in October 1927 and Major in October 1934, then Lieutenant-Colonel in December 1938 and Colonel in December 1941.
 From 1943 to 1946, he commanded the 15th Independent Cavalry Regiment. He was promoted to Brigadier-General in June 1946. Transferred to Rio Grande do Sul, he assumed command of the 1st Cavalry Division, based in Santiago, in March 1947, where he remained until March 1949. He was Military-adviser to the Brazilian delegation to the United Nations in New York from January 1953 to March 1955.
 During his military career, he attended the Infantry and Cavalry, he was appointed head of the Army’s Directorate General of Military Materiel and then promoted to General of the Brazilian Army from 1956 to 1958.
 He then took command of the Escola Superior de Guerra (ESG) and took charge of the Armed Forces General Staff (EMFA) for only two months. He was then reappointed Military-adviser to the Brazilian delegation to the United Nations, a position he held until the following July.
 He then served as a Military-attaché at the Brazilian Embassy in Paraguay.
 He died on 25 January 1970. He entered the Porto Alegre War School in 1911.