Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Mar 27, 2011

LOT 543

Patek Philippe Minute-Repeating "Savonnette type" Patek Philippe, Genève, No. 861355, case No. 687686, Ref. 2524/1, retailed by Gübelin Lucerne. Made in 1954, sold on October 25th, 1957. Important and very rare minute-repeating, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with subsidiary seconds dial. Accompanied by the Extract from the Archives.

CHF 300,000 - 400,000

USD 300,000 - 400,000 / EUR 230,000 - 310,000

Sold: CHF 374,500

C. Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, the back with engraved inscription, inclined bezel, concave lugs. D. Brushed silver with applied yellow gold faceted baton indexes, engraved outer dot minute divisions, subsidiary seconds. Yellow gold dauphine hands. M. 12''' RM, savonnette type, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 29 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, self-compensating Breguet balance-spring, swan-neck micrometer regulator, repeating on gongs activated by a slide on the band. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 33.5 mm. Thickness 10.5 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original


Production of this reference started in 1955. Engraved on the back: "To N.B. C. from L.P. C. - L'amour toujours - Dec. 25, 1957". Minute-repeating wristwatch movements were originally made for two types of case. The first, the savonnette type, features subsidiary seconds at 6 o?clock, and the repeat slide is activated in a clockwise direction. The second, the Lépine type, has no subsidiary seconds and the repeat slide is activated in an anti-clockwise direction.
What is a Minute Repeater? A minute repeating watch tells the time both visually and audibly. A slide on the side of the case, usually near the 9, will activate two hammers in the movement. These hammers strike two gongs curled within the case. First one hammer strikes a gong of lower tonality; it will count out the hours, then both hammers strike both gongs alternatively to count out the quarter hours after that hour, and then the second hammer alone striking a gong of higher tonality will count out the minutes after that quarter hour. The repeating mechanism was developed by Daniel Quare. In 1687, he had patented a mechanism that sounded the hours and the quarter hours. The early repeaters used bells. At the end of the 18th century, two bent-wire gongs became the more popular mechanism. In 1892, the first minute repeater wristwatch was produced by Omega, a model with a round-shaped case.