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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 258

    Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold wristwatch with scrolled lugs


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    Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold wristwatch with scrolled lugs
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, retailed by Tiffany & Co., Ref. 1491, movement no. 963'475, case no. 653'286, manufactured in 1948
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 12'''400, stamped HOX, 18 jewels
    DIAL: silvered, black Arabic and applied gold baton numerals to 3, 9 and 12 o'clock, subsidiary seconds
    CASE: 18K gold, scrolled lugs, snap on back, 34 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement signed by maker, dial further signed by retailer
    BUCKLE: 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with raised gold indexes in 1948 and its subsequent sale on 10 May 1949

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    This reference 1491 has never been offered at auction before and impresses by its very good overall condition and the highly attractive Tiffany & Co. dial. As to be expected in this particular instance its regulator bridge bears the stamp "HOX", a mark used by Patek Philippe during the 1940s and 1950s to identify watches made for the American market.

    Reference 1491
    Launched in 1940 the model is a perfect example of Patek Philippe's continuous search for new and avant-garde innovations, whether in the movement of their watches, or, as in this instance, in the design. The unusual lugs of this model are looking towards a new era of watchmaking design that fully dawned from the sixties on with unusual case shapes, stepped bezels and fancy lugs.

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