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Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Oct 31, 1998

LOT 383

Patek Philippe & Cie, Geneve, No. 727665, case No. 517032, Ref. 2494, circa 1957, presented by Marschal Tito, to General Dor, attache militaire to Rene Coty, President of the French Republic. Fine, 18K pink gold gentleman' s wristwatch.

C. massive, polished, dedicated back. D. matt silver . with painted indexes and applied pink gold Arabic numerals + auxiliary seconds dial. "Baton " pink gold hands. M. 12"'-400 rhodium plated, "fausses cotes " decoration, 18 jewels, lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance adjusted for heat, cold isochronism and 5 positions, antishock system, Breguet balance-spring, micrometer regulator. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 33 mm.

CHF 4,000 - 4,500

Sold: CHF 8,050


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

Tito, also called Marschal Tito, originally Josip Broz (1892-1980). Yugoslav statesman, horn near Klaujec. He served with the Austro-Hungarian army in worlcl War I, was taken prisoner by the Russians and became a communist. He was imprisoned for conspiring against the regime in Yugoslavia in 1928-1929 and became Secreta ry of the Communist Party in 1937. In World War II he organized partisan forces against the Axis conquerors in 194] and afterwards, became the country's first communist Prime Minister in 1945, and President from 1953 to 1980. He broke with Stalin and the Cominform (Communist Information Bureau) iu 1948 to develop Yugoslavia's independent style of communism (or Titoism) and played a leading role in the association of non-aligned countries.