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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 303

    Patek Philippe. A fine 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with unusual dial

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 1579, MOVEMENT NO. 867'026, CASE NO. 644'994, MANUFACTURED IN 1946

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    Patek Philippe. A fine 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with unusual dial
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 1579, movement no. 867'026, case no. 644'994, manufactured in 1946
    Cal. 13''' nickel-finished lever movement, 23 jewels, micrometer regulator, silvered matte dial, black hard enamel baton and applied gold 6 and 12 Arabic numerals, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes registers, large circular case, downturned angular or "spider" lugs, snap on back, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1946 and its subsequent sale on 21 October 1947.

    The particularity of this watch is the lack of any outer scientific scale, such as tachymetre, telemetre or pulsometre as commonly found on such a chronograph. The type of dial not being mentioned on the Extract from the Archives and the absence of any apparent traces of removal of such scale lead to the assumption that it might have been made as is, possibly upon special request of its first owner.

    Never offered in public before, this watch was purchased by the father of the present owner and has remained in the family ever since.

    Production of reference 1579 was launched in 1943. The large case and the unusual lugs, also called spider lugs because of their resemblance to a spider's legs, make it easily distinguishable from other Patek Philippe chronograph wristwatches of the era.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY