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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 182

    Patek Philippe. A rare and unusual 18K pink gold openface keyless cylinder pendant watch with box


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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    Patek Philippe. A rare and unusual 18K pink gold openface keyless cylinder pendant watch with box
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, no. 71’841, manufactured in 1884
    Cal. 12''' mechanical cylinder movement, gold cuvette, gilt chased dial, blue Roman numerals on white enamel cartouches, outer Arabic five minute divisions on white enamel chapter ring, raised scroll and foliage decorated centre, circular case, finely chased and engraved scroll and floral decorated bezel and band, back centred by a chased and embossed scene depicting St. George and the Dragon and inscription S. Georgius Equitum Patronus in high relief, inside with inscription In Tempestate Securitas and a ship in full sail with the sleeping Christ and two apostles, case and cuvette signed, movement signed underneath the dial
    32 mm. diam.

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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with gilt decorated dial with numerals on enamelled cartouches and St. George and the Dragon on the case back in 1884 and its subsequent sale on 9 November 1885. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe period presentation box.

    To the best of our knowledge this watch has never been offered at auction before. It is furthermore preserved in very crisp original overall condition.

    St. George, patron of England and legendary slayer of the Dragon, was an early Christian who was martyred under the rule of the Roman Emperor Diocletian in A. D. 303. The banner of St. George, the red cross of a martyr on a white background, was adopted for the uniform of English soldiers possibly in the reign of Richard the First, and later became the flag of England and the White Ensign of the Royal Navy. The back of the present watch depicts the St. George talisman, showing St. George on horseback, thrusting his lance at a dragon and the inscription "S. GEORGIUS EQUITUM PATRONUS" (St. George, protector of knights) on one side. The reverse shows a ship in full sail on a rough sea and Christ asleep on the deck with two terrified apostles, a wind blows through a small cloud into the sail and the inscription "IN TEMPESTATE SECURITAS" (protection in the storm).

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