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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 86

    Patek Philippe. A fine, large and rare 18K pink gold openface keyless lever watch

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CIE, GENÈVE, CHRONOMETRO GONDOLO, FABRICADO EXPRESSAMENTE PARA GONDOLO & LABOURIAU, RELOJOEIROS, RIO DE JANEIRO, MOVEMENT NO. 149’070, CASE NO. 253'425, MANUFACTURED IN 1908

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    Patek Philippe. A fine, large and rare 18K pink gold openface keyless lever watch
    Signed Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, Chronometro Gondolo, Fabricado expressamente para Gondolo & Labouriau, Relojoeiros, Rio de Janeiro, movement no. 149’070, case no. 253'425, manufactured in 1908
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 20''', jewelled, moustache lever, cam wheel regulator, gold wheels, wolf's tooth winding
    DIAL: white enamel, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds
    CASE: 18K pink gold, engine-turned back, hinged gold cuvette, 51 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement signed by maker, cuvette signed by maker and retailer
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming manufacture of the present watch with enamel dial, Roman numerals, black minute figures, smooth bezel and guilloché case back in 1908 and its subsequent sale on 18 August 1908


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    On 12 November 1872, Patek Philippe sold its first watch to the Rio de Janiero based retailer Gondolo & Labouriau. Until 1927, when the relationship ended, approximately one third of Patek Philippe’s entire production was sold through this Brazilian retailer. Thousands of watches were made that are now known as Gondolo watches and wristwatches and they represent some of the most coveted Patek Philippe watches ever made. The reasons are simple: the quality of these timepieces is impressive in their unique technical requirements and is the way they were originally sold to exclusive member’s of the ultimate watch collecting club, the Gondolo Gang. Four basic requirements were requested by Gondolo & Labouriau to distinguish the watches made for them from the watches made for Patek Philippe’s regular production. First, the watches needed to be made with gilded brass plates and feature the elegant S-shaped fourth wheel patented by Patek Philippe on 13 January 1893. The S-shaped minute train bridge is now considered one the company’s hallmark designs. Secondly, a Swiss moustache lever escapement with bimetallic compensation balance was needed on each of the watches to meet high precision standards. Thirdly, the fourth, intermediate, and minute wheels of the watch were made in 9k rose gold. Lastly, a square socket was necessary in each of the mainspring barrels.

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