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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 283

    Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold chronograph wristwatch

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 1579, MOVEMENT NO. 868'857, CASE NO. 693'217, MANUFACTURED IN 1956

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    Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold chronograph wristwatch
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, ref. 1579, movement no. 868'857, case no. 693'217, manufactured in 1956
    Cal. 13''' nickel-finished lever movement stamped with the Geneva seal, 23 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, the silvered matte dial with applied gold square-shaped and Arabic numerals, outer five minute divisions and tachymetre scales, two subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 30 minutes registers, in large circular case with downturned angular or "spider" lugs, snap on back with engraved presentation inscription, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with pulsometer scale in 1956 and its subsequent sale on 11 May 1957. To the best of our knowledge, it has never been offered in public before.

    Production of reference 1579 was launched in 1943. The large case and 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.