Important Collector's Wristwatches, P...

New York, Dec 01, 2004

LOT 334

Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, No. 868982, case No. 2603339, Ref. 1436 first generation Retailed by H. Sena Ltd. Singapore, sold on May 8th 1961. Extremely rare and fine, 18K yellow gold gentleman's wristwatch with square button split-seconds chronograph, register, tachometer and an 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle. Accompanied by the original box and Certificate of Origin.

USD 180,000 - 220,000

EUR 140,000 - 170,000

Sold: USD 242,750

C. Three-body, solid, polished, concave lugs. D. Matte silver with applied yellow gold Arabic numerals and baton indexes, subsidiary seconds and 30 minutes register, outer tachometer graduation. Yellow gold ?dauphine? hands. M. Cal. 13 '''CCR, rhodium plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 25 jewels, straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance-spring, micrometer regulator. The start, stop and return to zero function of the split-seconds hand is activated by means of the winding-crown.Dial, case and movement signed.Diam. 33 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 3


Dial: 3 - 01


The present watch was sold by Christie?s London in 1991. 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.