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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 256

    Patek Philippe. A fine and attractive 18K gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and "spider" lugs


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    Patek Philippe. A fine and attractive 18K gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and "spider" lugs
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 1578, movement no. 864’570, case no. 636’938, manufactured in 1944
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 12’’’120 SC, 18 jewels
    DIAL: silvered, applied gold Arabic and baton numerals, sweep center seconds
    CASE: 18K gold, snap on back, "spider" lugs, 35 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    BUCKLE: 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the manufacture of the present watch with silvered dial and raised hour markers in gold in 1944 and its subsequent sale on 25 August 1945. Further deliverd with Patek Philippe Authorized Service Centre tag

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    Recently overhauled in the workshops of Patek Philippe the present watch is preserved in very good overall condition.

    Reference 1578
    Reference 1578 was in production approximately from 1943 to 1965, available in yellow and pink gold and with either subsidiary seconds or sweep centre seconds. It is distinguished by its "spider" lugs similar to chronograph reference 1579 and time only reference 2482.

    For a reference 1578 in pink gold see lot 263 in this auction.

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