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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Geneva, Mar 21, 2020

LOT 293

PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 5131/1, WORLD TIME, CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL DIAL, PROBABLY UNIQUE PIECE, YELLOW GOLD

Very fine and probably unique 18k yellow gold, world time, self- winding wristwatch with indication of 24 times zones, silver colour and polychrome cloisonné enamel dial displaying the European, African and American continent.

Brand Patek Philippe

Model World time

Reference Ref. 5131/1

Year Sold on January 9th 2009

Bracelet Integrated 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet with double deployant clasp (replaced during a Patek Philippe service in 2011)

Numbers 4459728

Caliber 240 HU, no. 3925039

Dimensions 40 mm.

Signature Case, dial and movement

Accessories Extract from the Archives

CHF 120,000 - 180,000

USD 122,000 - 183,000 / HKD 950,000 - 1,425,000

Sold: CHF 150,000


Grading System
Grade:
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Notes

Released at Basel World in 2008 the Patek Philippe World Time with polychrome cloisonné enamel dial Ref. 5131 was promoted as much as a work of art as it was for any technical achievement.
Each dial is hand made by an artisan trained in enamelling and requires both artistic and chemical skills to mix the enamel correctly. Due to the lengthy process, high failure rate and lack of skilled artisans, Patek Philippe announced only a small number of the Ref. 5131 would be available each year.
Similarities can instantly be drawn to the Patek Philippe World Time references of the 1940’s and 1950’s with enamel dials that influenced the Reference 5131 such as the Reference 2523.
Probably made as a special order for a very important client, this watch is the only example of yellow gold 5131 born with a 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet known to the market.