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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 241

    Patek Philippe. A fine and unusual 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with champagne "soleil" dial

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 1579, MOVEMENT NO. 867'403, CASE NO. 651'848, MANUFACTURED IN 1948

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    Patek Philippe. A fine and unusual 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with champagne "soleil" dial
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, ref. 1579, movement no. 867'403, case no. 651'848, manufactured in 1948
    Cal. 13''' nickel-finished lever movement, 23 jewels, micrometer regulator, the brushed champagne dial with baton and applied gold Arabic numerals, outer five minute divisions and tachymetre scale, two subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 30 minutes registers, in large circular case with downturned angular or "spider" lugs, snap on back, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with raised gold hour markers and tachometer scale in 1948 and its subsequent sale on 8 April 1949.

    This watch is distinguished by its unusual and attractive "soleil" finish dial, more commonly found on watches made in the 1960s.

    Production of reference 1579 was launched in 1943. The large case and unusual lugs, also called spider lugs because of their resemblance to a spider's legs, make it easily distinguishable from other Patek Philippe chronograph wristwatches of the era.