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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 45

    Patek Philippe. A rare 18K white gold rectangular horizontal driver's wristwatch with faceted sapphire crystal


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    Patek Philippe. A rare 18K white gold rectangular horizontal driver's wristwatch with faceted sapphire crystal
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, ref. 139, movement no. 200'509, case no. 611'127, manufactured in 1922
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 8'''
    DIAL: silvered matte, applied white gold and enamelled baton numerals, outer railway minute divisions
    CASE: 18K white gold rectangular horizontal, snap on case back, faceted sapphire crystal, 27.5 mm. width, 15.5 mm. length
    BUCKLE: 18K white gold Patek Philippe buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial, enamelled and white gold raised indexes in 1922 and its subsequent sale on 25 April 1935.

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    The present watch is one of the exceedingly rare examples of the so-called "drivers" reference 139; to the best of our knowledge only five other ref. 139 in white gold cases have appeared in public to date.

    Reference 139
    Reference 139, one of Patek Philippe’s earliest references, was launched in 1933, the “horizontal” pendant to references 137 and 138. It remained in production until around 1936 and was available in yellow and white gold. The name “drivers’ watch” is derived from its horizontal lay-out, allowing to wear it on the side of the wrist for easier reading of the time while driving.

    Reference 139 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 118 & 119, pl. 156 & 165, a similar white gold example in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, p. 212.

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