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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 263

    Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and "spider" lugs

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 1578, MOVEMENT NO. 702’449, CASE NO. 676’151, MANUFACTURED IN 1953

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    Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and "spider" lugs
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 1578, movement no. 702’449, case no. 676’151, manufactured in 1953
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 27 SC, 18 jewels
    DIAL: silvered, applied pink gold daggers and Arabic numerals, sweep centre seconds
    CASE: 18K pink gold, snap on back, "spider" lugs, 35 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 raised gold indexes in 1953 and its subsequent sale on 12 October 1953


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    The present reference 1578 has never been offered in public before and is a rare pink gold representative of ref. 1578.

    Reference 1578
    Reference 1578 was in production approximately from 1943 to 1965, available in yellow and pink gold and with either subsidiary seconds or sweep centre seconds. It is distinguished by its "spider" lugs similar to chronograph reference 1579 and time only reference 2482.

    For a yellow gold reference 1578 see lot 256 in this auction.

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