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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 140

    Patek Philippe. A fine 18K white gold limited edition rectangular wristwatch with certificates, medal, sales tag and box, made to commemorate the opening of Patek Philippe’s watchmaking center in Geneva in 1997

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, PAGODA MODEL, REF. 5500G, MOVEMENT NO. 1'859'263, CASE NO. 4'014'712, MANUFACTURED IN 1997

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    Patek Philippe. A fine 18K white gold limited edition rectangular wristwatch with certificates, medal, sales tag and box, made to commemorate the opening of Patek Philippe’s watchmaking center in Geneva in 1997
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, Pagoda model, Ref. 5500G, movement no. 1'859'263, case no. 4'014'712, manufactured in 1997
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 215, stamped with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels
    DIAL: salmon, applied white gold Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds
    CASE: rectangular curved, snap on back engraved Commemoration 1997 Pagoda, 41 mm. length, 29 mm. wide
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement
    BUCKLE: 18K white gold Patek Philippe buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 28th December 1997, Attestation, COSC certificate, commemorative medal, sales tag, Patek Philippe presentation box with outer packaging. Furthermore accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch in 1997 and its subsequent sale on 28 October 1997.


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    This reference 5500 is offered here in the scarcer white gold version. Purchased by the original owner, preserved in excellent overall condition and with all accessories, a further layer of appeal is granted by the prestigious Gübelin Zurich stamp on the Certificate, one of the most prominent and historic Swiss watch retailers.

    Reference 5500
    Launched in 1997 to celebrate the inauguration of Patek Philippe's new watchmaking centre in Geneva, reference 5500 instantaneously fascinates the collector of rare timepieces with the voluptuous shape of tis case. Obviously inspired by landmark reference 2441 - the so-called "Tour Eiffel" - reference 5500 updates that mythical design with more generous dimensions, very elegant thanks to the flared sides while still strong and masculine due to the large and iconic "Tour Eiffel-style" lugs.
    The model was produced in a limited edition of 1100 examples in yellow gold, 500 in pink, 250 in white gold, and 150 in platinum.


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