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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 49

    Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K pink gold chronograph wristwatch with pulsometre scale


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    Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K pink gold chronograph wristwatch with pulsometre scale
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 1579, movement no. 868’484, case no. 674’438, manufactured in 1952
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 13’’’130, 23 jewels
    DIAL: silvered with applied gold square and Arabic numerals, minute and second divisions, outer pulometre scale graduated to 200 units, two sunk subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register
    CASE: 18K pink gold, snap on back, spider lugs, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, 36 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    BUCKLE: 18K pink gold Patek Philippe buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the manufacture of the present watch with applied gold indexes and pulsometer scale in 1952 and its subsequent sale on 20 October 1953. Furthermore delivered with the photocopy of Patek Philippe France invoice for the servicing of the watch, dated 22 January 2014, and a later Patek Philippe wooden presentation box

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    The chronograph wristwatch offered here for sale is a very appealing example of Patek Philippe's celebrated “spider lugs” reference 1579, distinguished the combination of two rare features, the pink gold case and the pulsation dial, confirmed by the Extract from the Archives. It is in fact believed to be the only second reference 1579 in pink gold with pulsometre scale known to exist to date – the other example sold in this saleroom in November 2014, lot 58.

    Overhauled in the workshops of Patek Philippe in 2014, the watch is furthermore preserved in very good overall condition.

    Reference 1579
    Reference 1579 was launched at the Basel fair in 1943 and remained in Patek Philippe catalogues until 1964. The three-piece cases were made by Wenger, the dials were provided by the renowned Stern Frères, the movements based on the Valjoux 13''' ébauche, renamed by Patek Philippe calibre 13-130 after having been finished to highest standards in the firm’s workshops.

    Reference 1579 was made in two series:

    -1st series from 1943 to 1949: Arabic and baton numerals, baton or feuille hands
    -2nd series from 1950 to 1964: Arabic and square numerals, feuille hands, such as the present watch

    Reference 1579 is described and illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, pp. 267-268.

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