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    Sale 1357

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    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 286

    Patek Philippe. A fine 18K gold automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, retrograde date, leap year indicator, moon phases and original certificate

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 5050, MOVEMENT NO. 1'957'106, CASE NO. 2'947'192, MANUFACTURED IN 1994

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    Patek Philippe. A fine 18K gold automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, retrograde date, leap year indicator, moon phases and original certificate
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, ref. 5050, movement no. 1'957'106, case no. 2'947'192, manufactured in 1994
    Cal. 315/136 nickel-finished lever movement stamped with the Geneva seal, 31 jewels, Gyromax balance, free sprung regulator, gold rotor, silvered matte dial, applied gold baton numerals, arched retrograde calendar ring with Arabic numerals and central date hand, three windows for leap year indicator, day and month, aperture for moon phase, circular water-resistant-type case with glazed display screw back, 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    35 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin confirming the sale of the present watch on 12 April 1994 and solid 18K gold screw back numbered 2'947'192.

    Reference 5050, Patek Philippe's first perpetual calendar wristwatch featuring a retrograde date made in series, was introduced at the Basel Fair in 1993, cased in yellow gold only. As of 1995, it was also available in pink gold, white gold and platinum but still exclusively with the silvered dial, applied Roman numerals, an aperture for the phases of the moon, the very first examples with outer railway minute divisions. Following substantial demand from clients, Patek Philippe introduced a second version featuring applied baton indexes, a modified moonphase display now in the form of a circular subsidiary dial and the addition of the designation "Automatic".

    Reference 5050 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 296.