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    Sale 2041

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    12 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 283

    PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE AND EARLY GILT BRASS SOLAR TABLE CLOCK

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 872834, CASE NO. 152., REF. 711, MANUFACTURED IN 1953

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    PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE AND EARLY GILT BRASS SOLAR TABLE CLOCK
    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 872834, CASE NO. 152., REF. 711, MANUFACTURED IN 1953
    Cal. 17-250 circular gilt-finished lever movement powered through a photo electric cell, 29 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, silvered matte dial, engraved baton numerals on raised gilt chapter ring, cylindrical case, finely hand-engraved sinusoides decoration, solar panel set into the domed revolving top, three fluted feet, case and movement numbered, dial signed
    220mm height


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present clock in 1953 and its subsequent sale on September 25th, 1959. The clock was serviced by Patek Philippe in 2007 and is accompanied by a copy of the receipt.

    To the best of our knowledge the present clock has never before been offered in public.

    Always at the forefront of horological innovation, Patek Philippe opened its Electronic Division in 1948. Exploring photoelectric, electronic and nuclear timekeeping this department produced the groundbreaking solar clock, the first of its kind.

    Featured in Life magazine in 1955 the Patek Philippe solar clock went on a celebrated tour throughout the United States and was eventually retailed in America by Tiffany & Co beginning in 1957.

    For a further discussion of photoelectric clocks and Patek Philippe's Electronics Division see Patek Philippe in America by John Reardon p. 162.

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