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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 44

    Patek Philippe. A fine platinum rectangular-shaped curved wristwatch with American case

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENÈVE, REF. 425, MOVEMENT NO. 834'523, CASE NO. 219'441, MANUFACTURED IN 1941

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    Patek Philippe. A fine platinum rectangular-shaped curved wristwatch with American case
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, ref. 425, movement no. 834'523, case no. 219'441, manufactured in 1941
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 9'''90, stamped twice with the Geneva seal and PXP, 18 jewels
    DIAL: silvered matte, applied platinum baton numerals, outer railway minute divisions, subsidiary seconds
    CASE: American made platinum, rectangular-shaped curved case, curved snap on engraved back , 20.5 mm. width, 34 mm length
    BUCKLE: stainless steel Patek Philippe buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial, platinum lapped indexes in 1941 and its subsequent sale on 20 June 1942. The Extract furthermore confirms that the case is not mentioned in the firms' archives


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    The present watch is a beautiful example of reference 425 made for the American market. In fact, it bears a typical American "PPCo." case without any Swiss hallmarks, added by the Patek Philippe's retailer in the USA to which movement and dial were supplied.

    The movement bears the stamp "PXP", a mark used by Patek Philippe during the 1940s and 1950s to identify watches made for the American market.

    Reference 425
    Reference 425 was launched in 1934 and remained in production until 1960 when it was replaced by the slightly larger reference 2461. Together with the legendary Calatrava reference 96 it was one of Patek Philippe's most popular wristwatches, its typical Art Deco architectural design serving as inspiration for the firm's other rectangular models of the time. It was fitted with the celebrated rectangular-shaped calibre 9-90, the finest non-circular movement of the period.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    LOTS 44 & 45: THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN