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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Oct 27, 2019

LOT 417

PATEK PHILIPPE REF. 2471, TRIPLE-BODIED OVERHANGING CURVED AND FLARED LUGS, SO-CALLED “RAM’S HORNS” OR “BEAR CLAW”; 18K PINK GOLD

18K pink gold, manual-winding, vertical rectangular-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, with snap-on case-back, triple-bodied overhanging curved and flared lugs, “bombé” crystal-glass, silver dial with subsidiary seconds at 6.

Brand Patek Philippe, Geneva

Reference 2471

Year Circa 1951

Movement No. 973 567

Calibre  9-90

Case No. 666 997

Bracelet Black leather strap, gilded metal buckle

Dimensions 38.8 x 24.5 mm.

Signature Dial, case and movement

Accessories Extract from the Archives

HKD 300,000 - 350,000

CHF 38,400 - 43,850 / USD 38,650 - 44,150

Sold: HKD 350,000


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3-8*

Good

Slightly scratched

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-50-01

Good

Refreshed

HANDS Original


Notes

The Extract from the Archives, dated September 20, 2005, mentioned that this watch was sold on December 14, 1951. 

Patek Philippe, Reference 2471 
This reference is launched in 1950.
This rectangular-shaped watch is fitted with the Cal. 9-90.
The majority in yellow gold, more rarely in pink gold.
 Very few examples were produced.
 The watch is so-called “Ram’s Horns” or “Bear Claw” by collectors.
 It’s one of the largest and rarest rectangular models produced by Patek Philippe at this time.
The case of the watch was made by Markowski, one of the finest case makers based in Geneva who specialized in unusually-shaped cases, including the Ref. 2441 (so-called “Eiffel Tower”) and the Ref. 2442 (so-called “Banana”).
 This reference is also produced, in very few examples, with polychrome cloisonné enamel dials, under reference 2471 CD.
Bibliography 
• Huber, Martin, & Banbery, Alan, Patek Philippe Wristwatches, 1998, p. 132, ill. 185 (black & white Archives photo).