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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 204

    Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating keyless lever split seconds chronograph watch with 30 minutes register

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CIE., GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, MOVEMENT NO. 197'653, CASE NO. 408'142, MANUFACTURED IN 1921

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    Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating keyless lever split seconds chronograph watch with 30 minutes register
    Signed Patek Philippe & Cie., Geneva, Switzerland, movement no. 197'653, case no. 408'142, manufactured in 1921
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 17''', 40 jewels, minute repeating on two polished steel hammers
    DIAL: white enamel dial, Breguet numerals, two subsidiary dials indicating 30 minutes register and constant seconds
    CASE: 18K gold, hinged gold cuvette with engraved inscription M.B. Glaflin from F.W.W. December 1, 1923, hidden hinges, repeating and chronograph locking slides in the band, split seconds chronograph buttons in the band and in the crown, 48 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, cuvette, dial and movement signed
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1921 and its subsequent sale on 18 December 1923


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    The present watch represents the state of the art in watch manufacturing from the heydays of complicated and ultra complicated timepieces. Uniting two main complications established at that time, the split second chronograph for timing purposes and the distinct minute repeating for the acoustic pleasure, it is furthermore enhanced by the superior quality case with hidden hinges, the highly jewelled movement and its excellent overall condition.

    Patek Philippe launched the production of minute repeating split seconds chronograph in the late 1870s. The combination of these two complications became one of the firm’s specialities, a large number of the production was sold to the North American market.

    Patek Philippe's 1902 Patent for a split seconds chronograph feature is published in Patek Philippe Pocket Watches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, first edition, page 58, fig. 51.



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