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    Sale 1357

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    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 289

    Patek Philippe. A lady's fine, rare and early platinum and diamond-set tonneau-shaped hinged wristwatch with Breguet numerals and bracelet

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, MOVEMENT NO. 807'815, CASE NO. 605'555, MANUFACTURED IN 1924

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    Patek Philippe. A lady's fine, rare and early platinum and diamond-set tonneau-shaped hinged wristwatch with Breguet numerals and bracelet
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Geneva, Switzerland, movement no. 807'815, case no. 605'555, manufactured in 1924
    Cal. 8''' nickel-finished jewelled lever movement, silvered dial, applied platinum Breguet numerals, outer railway minute divisions, tonneau-shaped case, diamond-set bezel, finely engraved foliage decorated band, hinged back, platinum mesh bracelet, buckle stamped GF for Gay Frères, case, dial and movement signed
    19 mm. wide & 26 mm. overall length


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial, platinum Breguet numerals, bezel set with 0.41 ct of diamonds and platinum bracelet in 1924 and its subsequent sale on 14 July 1941. It has never been offered in public before.

    It is exceedingly rare to find a wristwatch dating from the 1920s in such outstanding and original overall condition. The case does not show any signs of overpolishing, the finely engraved scroll decoration to the band, typical for the period, is crisp. The engraved signature on the outside of the case back is clearly visible. The dial, featuring the attractive and much sought-after Breguet numerals, is free of any cosmetic enhancements. Especially noteworthy also is the presence of the original platinum bracelet, made by Gay Frères. Located in Geneva, the firm specialized in manufacturing high quality bracelets for Switzerland's most prestigious watch companies.