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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 139

    Patek Philippe. A rare and attractive 18K gold bracelet watch with "gold chip" decoration and box


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    Patek Philippe. A rare and attractive 18K gold bracelet watch with "gold chip" decoration and box
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, ref. 4120/1, movement no. 1'246'462, case no. 2'704'115, manufactured in 1972
    Cal. 13.5-320 circular nickel-finished lever movement stamped with the Geneva seal, 20 jewels, Gyromax balance, free sprung regulator, blue matte dial, in rectangular case with snap on back, finely chased and engraved bezel and sides, set within the articulated 18K gold bracelet consisting of eight similarly decorated square links, centred by blue matte panels adorned with varying "gold chip" motifs, 18K white gold clasp stamped Patek Philippe Genève, case, dial and movement signed
    20 mm. wide & 180 mm. overall length

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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with yellow gold bracelet in 1972 and its subsequent sale on 6 August 1974. Furthermore delivered with black leather presentation box stamped Patek Philippe Genève and Gobbi.

    This watch is thought to be one of only four examples of reference 4120/1 to appear in public to date.

    The so-called "gold chip" motifs on the bracelet panels of this watch are consisting of fine chips, produced when chasing gold while decorating a case for instance. The chips are then sprinkled out in the desired shape and fixated onto the surface. These hand-made symbols vary from one watch to another and consequently, each of these reference 4120/1 models is unique.

    Reference 4120/1, an epitome of 1970s design, was in production during a short period in the early 1970s and made in exceedingly small numbers.


    Prominently illustrated and described in Die schönsten Armbanduhren vergangener Jahrzehnte by Giampiero Negretti/Franco Nencini, p. 326.