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Geneva, Hotel Noga Hilton, Oct 16, 2005

LOT 105

?The Tiffany Dial ? Ref. 1436? Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, No. 868326, case No. 676624, Ref. 1436. Made for Tiffany & Co., New York, circa 1955. Extremely fine and exceptionally rare, first generation, 18K yellow gold gentleman's wristwatch with co-axial, square button, split-seconds chronograph, 30-minute register, tachymeter, and an 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle. Accompanied by the Extract from the Archives.

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C. Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, concave bezel and lugs, the back with engraved initials and date, start/stop push-button at 2 o'clock, at 4 for return to zero, the winding-crown controls the split-seconds function. D. Brushed silver with applied yellow gold Breguet numerals, subsidiary seconds and 30-minute register dials, outer tachometer graduation, concentric minutes and fifths of seconds scales, Arabic five second numerals. Yellow gold "Feuille" hands. M. Cal. 13-130, rhodium-plated, "fausses-côtes" decoration, 25 jewels, straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance adjusted to 8 positions, blued steel Breguet balance-spring, micrometer regulator. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 33 mm. Thickness 12,5 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-6-01


Slightly oxidized

HANDS Original


Ref 1436 Split-seconds chronograph wristwatches were "the must" of Patek Philippe technology and after 1938 were generally cased with this Reference. The majority are in yellow gold. Rarely, they are in pink gold, and only four stainless steel examples are known, two of which were sold by Antiquorum: - Geneva, April 10, 1994, lot 431. - Geneva, April 23 1995, lot 457.In the mid-1950's some were produced with a coaxial button on the winding-crown for the split-seconds functions (stop and reunite). Production of this reference ceased in 1971. 1st generation: stop and reunite functions of the split-second hand controlled by the winding crown. 2nd generation: stop and reunite functions of the split-second hand controlled by a co-axial button in the winding crown. The Split-Seconds Chronograph was designed to time two events which begin simultaneously but conclude at different times, as well as a single event for which an intermediate timing is necessary, such as horse or car races. Patek Philippe was one of the first to introduce modern split-seconds chronographs,-as early as 1862. (No. 17557, see Antiquorum, October 18, 1992, lot 590.) The split-seconds mechanism employs two central chronograph hands. Both hands are started at the same time. The split-seconds hand can be stopped while the chronograph hand continues to move. The split-seconds hand can be reunited with the chronograph hand in order to time another event. This complication is especially useful during sporting events such as a horse race, a car race or a ski race.