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Geneva, Nov 14, 2009

LOT 358

Tiffany 1436 Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, retailed by Tiffany & Co., movement No. 869217, case No. 2642015, Ref. 1436. Made in 1969, sold on October 31, 1969. Extremely fine and rare, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with square button, co-axial split-seconds chronograph, 30-minute register, tachometer and an 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle. Accompanied by a fitted box and the Extract from the Archives.

CHF 180,000 - 220,000

USD 180,000 - 220,000 / EUR 120,000 - 150,000

Sold: CHF 216,000

C. Three-body, solid, polished, concave bezel and lugs, start/stop push-button at 2, return to zero at 4, pushing the winding crown controls the split-seconds function. D. Matte silver with applied yellow gold faceted baton indexes, subsidiary seconds and 30-minute register dials, outer tachometer graduation and 1/5th seconds track with 5-minute/seconds Arabic markers. Yellow gold baton hands. M. Cal. 13-130, stamped with the Seal of Geneva Quality Mark, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 25 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to 8 positions, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, micrometer regulator. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 33 mm. Thickness 14 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

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, three of which were sold by Antiquorum: - Geneva, April 10, 1994, lot 431. - Geneva, April 23, 1995, lot 457- Geneva, May 10, 2009, lot 161. 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.