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    Sale 1357

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    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 130

    Patek Philippe. A highly rare and unusual stainless steel rectangular curved wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENÈVE, REF. 492, MOVEMENT NO. 831'850, CASE NO. 614'913, MANUFACTURED IN 1937

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    Patek Philippe. A highly rare and unusual stainless steel rectangular curved wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, ref. 492, movement no. 831'850, case no. 614'913, manufactured in 1937
    Cal. 9'''90 nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, two-tone silvered dial, hard enamel Roman and baton numerals, outer railway minute divisions, subsidiary dial, rectangular case, enlarged curved stepped sides, snap on back engraved D. Freidman Minneapolis, 18K white gold Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    44 mm. overall length


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1937 and its subsequent sale on 6 June 1938.

    Reference 492 was in production from 1936 until the late 1940s. It is thought that the present watch is one of only four examples of this reference in stainless steel to have survived to date.

    The modern, yet typical Art Deco style case was designed to fit around the wrist and is also called "Railway" because of its aerodynamic look and the stepped sides. With its impressive overall length of 44 mm., it is thought to be one of Patek Philippe's longest rectangular wristwatches in stainless steel made to date.

    The highly elegant design of reference 492 served as inspiration for the creation of reference 5105, the limited edition in platinum made to commemorate the reopening of Patek Philippe's Salons in Geneva in 2006.

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