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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 227

    Patek Philippe. A fine and extremely rare stainless steel wristwatch with Breguet numerals, luminous accents and luminous hands


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    Patek Philippe. A fine and extremely rare stainless steel wristwatch with Breguet numerals, luminous accents and luminous hands
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, Ref. 565, movement no. 927'265, case no. 635'294, manufactured in 1945
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 12'''-120, nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, micrometer regulator, metal dust cap
    DIAL: silvered dial, applied steel Breguet numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer railway minute divisions, engine-turned subsidiary seconds
    CASE: stainless steel, water-resistant type, screw-down back, 35 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement
    BUCKLE: stainless steel Patek Philippe buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial and raised steel Breguet numerals with luminous dots in 1945 and its subsequent sale on 10 January 1947.

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    This watch is an exceedingly rare example of a reference 565 in stainless steel, featuring a silvered dial with the much sought after Breguet numerals and luminous dots, all confirmed by the Extract from the Archives. According to our research, only nine other examples of this model in steel with such a dial have been offered in public to date. Fresh to the market, the overall appeal of the present watch is furthermore enhanced by its very good, original overall condition.
    The present watch is illustrated in: Patek Philippe Steel Watches, John Goldberger, 2010, p. 184-185.
    Reference 565, the first large water-resistant watch featuring a two-piece case with screw back and dust cover, was available with either subsidiary or sweep centre seconds. The timelessly modern design of reference 565 served as inspiration for the creation of the 2006 stainless steel inaugural reference 5565.

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    Many of the watches offered for sale in this catalogue are pictured with straps made of endangered or protected animal materials such as alligator or crocodile. These lots are marked with the symbol ~ in the catalogue. These endangered species straps are shown for display purposes only and are not for sale. Christie’s will remove and retain the strap prior to shipment from the sale site. At some sale sites, Christie’s may, at its discretion, make the displayed endangered species strap available to the buyer of the lot free of charge if collected in person from the sale site within 1 year of the date of the sale. Please check with the department for details on a particular lot.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from an Important Private Swiss Collector