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Important Collectors' Wristwatches, P...

Hong Kong, Jun 27, 2009

LOT 79

Ref. 5396R, Tiffany Patek Philippe, Genève, ?Calatrava?, movement No. 3637954, case No. 4440230, Ref. 5396R. Sold to Tiffany & Co in 2007. Very fine and rare, center seconds, self-winding, 18K pink gold wristwatch with annual calendar, moon phases, 24 hour and an 18K pink gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp. Accompanied by a fitted box, push pin, Certificate of Origin and booklet.

C. Three-body, solid, polished, wide bezel, concave lugs, transparent snap-on case back, sapphire crystals. D. Two-tone silver with blue-painted sector divisions, subsidiary dial for the 24 hours, apertures for the date, the days of the week, the months and the moon phases, outer minute track with Arabic numerals. Blued steel feuille hands. M. Cal. 324/303, stamped with the Seal of Geneva quality mark, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 34 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, Gyromax balance adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring, 21K gold rotor. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 38 mm. Thickness 11 mm.

HKD 210,000 - 280,000

USD 30,000 - 40,000 / EUR 21,000 - 28,000

Sold: HKD 240,000


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 1

As new

Movement: 1

As new

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


Notes

Production of the Ref. 5396R started in 2006. Ref. 5396 draws its case design from Ref. 96, the "Calatrava", and its dial inspiration from a historic 1930s model. It features a new layout of the Annual Calendar displays. The annual calendar system has long been a successful complication for the firm. On March 1, 1996, Patek Philippe obtained Swiss Patent No. 685585 G for a new date mechanism: an annual calendar for a wristwatch with automatic winding. This mechanism is programmed to take into account the varying lengths of each month from March 1 to the following February. Initially implemented in Ref. 5035?s calibre 315/198, it was the first automatic wristwatch in which the date had to be adjusted only once a year. The new calibre 324/303 was redesigned to eliminate several levers; it features unidirectional winding and Patek Philippe?s time-tested ?Gyromax? balance.