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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 169

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

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 1579, MOVEMENT NO. 867'976, CASE NO. 660’213, MANUFACTURED IN 1950

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    Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold chronograph wristwatch
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 1579, movement no. 867'976, case no. 660’213, manufactured in 1950
    Cal. 13-130 mechanical movement, 23 jewels, silvered dial, applied gold square and Arabic numerals, railway fifth of a second combined with Arabic five minutes divisions, outer tachymetre scale graduated to 600 units per hour, two sunken subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register, circular case, spider lugs, snap on back, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with raised gold indexes in 1950 and its subsequent sale on 7 June 1951.
    This second series model of the very rare reference 1579 “spider lugs” chronograph is a mellow and unmolested example. The gold of the 36 mm case has deepened to a rich even tone having had only minimal polishing over the past 65 years. Probably cleaned many years ago, the classic second series dial with hard enamel “chemin de fer” scales, applied gold numerals and square indexes has aged naturally giving individual character to the piece. As with most Patek Philippe chronographs of the period, it is fitted with the famous caliber 13’’’130 movement finished to the highest standard.
    According to research, less than 480 examples of the reference 1579 were produced and perhaps less than 180 are known to survive today. The cases were all made by Wenger, one of the very best case makers in Geneva at the time. Dating from 1950, the present watch is an early example of the second series dial type which only appeared in the Patek Philippe catalogue that same year.

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    PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT ITALIAN COLLECTOR