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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 92

    Patek Philippe. A fine, large and rare 18K pink gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, 24 hours indication, additional case back, setting pin, sales tag, original certificate and box


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    Patek Philippe. A fine, large and rare 18K pink gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, 24 hours indication, additional case back, setting pin, sales tag, original certificate and box
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 5970, movement no. 3'048’262, case no. 4'365’912, manufactured in 2006
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. CH 27-70 Q, stamped with the Geneva seal, 24 jewels
    DIAL: silvered matte, applied pink gold baton numerals, railway minute divisions combined with five minutes Arabic divisions, outer tachymetre scale, two windows for day and month in English, three subsidiary dials for constant seconds combined with 24 hours indication, 30 minutes register combined with leap year indication, date combined with aperture for moon phases
    CASE: 18K pink gold, downturned lugs, glazed display screw back, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, 40 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    CLASP: 18K pink gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin stamped by Patek Philippe’s Salons de Genève and dated 27 April 2007, second solid case back, original sales tag, pink gold and wooden setting pin, product literature, leather pouch, wooden presentation box and outer packaging. The Extract from the Archives confirms the production of the present watch with silvery grey dial, rose gold indexes in 2006 and its subsequent sale on 27 April 2007

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    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of an Important Asian Private Collector
    The following four lots, 92 - 95, represent the complete set of Patek Philippe’s ref. 5970 chronograph wristwatches, avaible in all three gold colours and in platinum.

    All four watches are sold with the original Patek Philippe certificates, second case backs and presentation boxes, the rarity of these fine timepieces further enhanced by their excellent overall condition.

    Reference 5970
    An instant classic by definition, reference 5970 is the successor of reference 3970 (see lots 141, 142 and 284 in this auction). In production from 2004 to 2010, it was replaced by reference 5270 (see lot 288 in this auction). The third (out of five, at present) member of the Patek Philippe perpetual chronograph wristwatch family, one of the most revered lineages among the company's historical and contemporary production, the model is a mesmerizing "trait d'union" between modern watchmaking and historical heritage. The dial is obviously inspired by the firm’s 1940s production, with the distinctive railway minute divisions combined with Arabic five minute divisions, and the outer tachymetre scale.

    The case design is more modern, with a generous 40 mm. diameter and sculpted lugs, the more than worthy successors of the iconic fluted lugs of previous reference 3970, and of course incepted with the even earlier reference 2499. The movement is based on a Lemania ébauche, heavily modified and finished by Patek Philippe. This reference is the last perpetual chronograph by Patek Philippe powered by a Lemania ébauche: the historical partnership between the companies ended in 2010, with reference 5270 sporting the new "in-house" calibre.