• Lot 81

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

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, RETAILED BY GÜBELIN, REF. 1579, MOVEMENT NO. 867'142, CASE NO. 645'002, MANUFACTURED IN 1947

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    Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold chronograph wristwatch
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, retailed by Gübelin, ref. 1579, movement no. 867'142, case no. 645'002, manufactured in 1947
    Cal. 13''' nickel-finished lever movement, 23 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, silvered matte dial, applied gold square-shaped and Arabic numerals, outer five minute divisions and tachymetre scale, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register, large circular case with downturned angular or "spider" lugs, snap on back, case signed by maker and retailer, dial and movement signed by maker
    36 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of this watch with a silvered dial, raised hour markers in yellow gold and tachymetre scale in 1947 and its subsequent sale on 23 December 1947.

    Purchased by the father of the present owner in 1947, the watch stands out by its very good overall condition and the retailer's signature.

    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.

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    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN