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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 187

    Patek Philippe. A fine, rare and early 18K gold hunter case perpetual calendar keyless lever watch with moon phases

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENÈVE, NO. 27’380, MANUFACTURED IN 1868

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    Patek Philippe. A fine, rare and early 18K gold hunter case perpetual calendar keyless lever watch with moon phases
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, No. 27’380, manufactured in 1868
    Cal. 19’’’ mechanical fully jewelled lever movement, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, four subsidiary dials for moon phase, day and constant seconds, date and month, circular engine-turned case, ribbed band, case and cuvette signed and numbered, movement numbered underneath the dial
    52.5 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with triple perpetual calendar, moon phases, enamel dial, engine-turned back and chased case band in 1868 and its subsequent sale on 12 July 1878.

    This watch is amongst the earliest perpetual calendar watches made by Patek Philippe, still featuring the moon phases displayed through a half moon-shaped aperture as opposed to an individual subsidiary dial. Made in 1868, it is furthermore one of the complicated watches manufactured before Antoine de Patek's death in 1877.

    Adrien Philippe's perpetual calendar mechanism was patented in 1889 but was already in use before, such watches however often featured experimental systems which were improved over the years.