Important Collector's Wristwatches, P...

New York, Dec 01, 2004

LOT 336

Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, No. 868241, case No. 674153, Ref. 1518, 1st series. Completed in 1951, sold on August 2, 1955. Production of this reference started in 1941. Extremely fine and very rare, astronomic, 18K pink gold gentleman's wristwatch with perpetual calendar, moon phases, square button chronograph, register, tachometer and an 18K pink gold Patek Philippe buckle. Accompanied by the Extract from the Archives. Recently serviced by Patek Philippe.

USD 300,000 - 400,000

EUR 240,000 - 330,000

Sold: USD 402,250

C. Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, concave bezel and lugs. D. Matte silver with vertical applied pink gold Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds and 30-minute register dials, graduation for the days of the month, outer tachometer graduation, concentric, the 1/5th seconds scale, apertures for the days of the week, the months and the moon phases. Pink gold "feuille" hands. M. Cal. 13''', rhodium plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 23 jewels, straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance adjusted to eight positions, blued steel Breguet balance-spring, ?swan-neck? micrometer regulator.Dial, case and movement signed.Diam. 35 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2

Very good

Dial: 2 - 01


Produced in 281 examples from 1941 to 1954, in yellow and pink gold, only four examples known to date in stainless steel.- First series with applied gold Arabic numerals from 1941 to 1954.- Second series presented at the Basel Fair in 1942 with enameled hour indexes, the 12 in applied gold Arabic numerals.- Third series with applied gold indexes, the 12 in applied gold Arabic numerals.- Fourth series with applied gold "bâton" indexes. Similar watches are published in "Patek Philippe Wristwatches", 1998, by Martin Huber and Alan Banbery, p. 303 and in "Collecting Patek Philippe Watches" by M. and O. Patrizzi, Guido Mondani Editore, Genova, 2000, pp. 21, 47, 292, 293, 294, and 295.