• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

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    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 39

    Patek Philippe. A fine and unusual 18K two-colour gold openface keyless lever dress watch with two-tone dial

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CIE., GENÈVE, REF. 622, MOVEMENT NO. 826'038, CASE NO. 614'401, MANUFACTURED IN 1930

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    Patek Philippe. A fine and unusual 18K two-colour gold openface keyless lever dress watch with two-tone dial
    Signed Patek Philippe & Cie., Genève, ref. 622, movement no. 826'038, case no. 614'401, manufactured in 1930
    Cal. 17''' nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, silvered matte dial, applied gold dot and baton on mirrored gold chapter ring, outer black hard enamel minute divisions, yellow gold plain circular case, enlarged bezel, pink gold band, pendant and crown, yellow gold snap on back with pink gold rim, case, dial and movement signed
    43 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming manufacture of the present watch in 18K rose and yellow gold and with gold hour markers in 1930 and its subsequent sale on 29 May 1937.

    Reference 622 is distinguished by its geometrical yet modernist case design, typical for the Art Deco period, and its so-called "target" dial, resembling the targets used in shooting sports.

    In production only during a very short period in the mid 1930s, it was made in an exceedingly small series, the majority cased in yellow gold.

    The present watch is believed to be the first and so fare only example of reference 622 in yellow and pink gold known to exist to date. It was most probably originally sold to France, a theory underlined by the French assay marks on the bow and the designation "FAB. SUISSE" on the dial, used for watches destined to the French market.