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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 306

    Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold rectangular curved wristwatch with stepped sides and Gay Freres bracelet

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENEVE, REF. 521, MOVEMENT NO. 832'977, CASE NO. 615'456, MANUFACTURED IN 1938

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    Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold rectangular curved wristwatch with stepped sides and Gay Freres bracelet
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Geneve, ref. 521, movement no. 832'977, case no. 615'456, manufactured in 1938
    Cal. 9'''90 rectangular-shaped nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, the silvered matte dial with applied gold baton and hard enamel 3, 6 and 12 numerals, subsidiary seconds, in rectangular case with triple stepped angular sides, curved snap on back with engraved inscription A.C. 17 novembre 1924, 18K gold Gay Frères woven bracelet, the inside clasp with an engraved inscription, case, dial and movement signed
    23 mm. wide & 40 mm. overall length


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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1939 and its subsequent sale on 27 December 1940. It has never been offered in public before.

    Reference 521 was in production from 1937 until the early 1940s. The present watch is thought to be the first example of this reference in yellow gold to appear in public to date. It furthermore impresses by its excellent overall condition and freshness to the market.

    The modern, yet typical Art Deco style case was designed to fit around the wrist and is also called "Railway" because of its aerodynamic look and the stepped sides.

    Although, according to Patek Philippe's archives, the present watch was sold with a leather strap, the gold Gay Frères bracelet can be dated from the same period and was most certainly added upon purchase of the present watch.