• Important Watches  auction at Christies

    Sale 2212

    Important Watches

    15 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 168

    PATEK PHILIPPE. A RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD, ENAMEL AND DIAMOND-SET OPENFACE KEYLESS LEVER PAIR CASE PENDANT WATCH

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CIE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 105156, CASE NO. 221402, MANUFACTURED IN 1895

    Price Realised  

    PATEK PHILIPPE. A RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD, ENAMEL AND DIAMOND-SET OPENFACE KEYLESS LEVER PAIR CASE PENDANT WATCH
    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CIE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 105156, CASE NO. 221402, MANUFACTURED IN 1895
    Cal. 12 nickel-finished lever movement, bi-metallic compensation balance, wolf's tooth winding, white enamel dial, pierced gold hands, blue Arabic numerals, the outer case chased and engraved with scroll and foliate motif, blue guilloché enamel back, centered by a rose-cut diamond, inner plain glazed protection case, dial and movement signed, outer case numbered
    31mm diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1895 and its subsequent sale on April 8, 1900. The extract further confirms the inner calotte, or inner protection case and also that the watch left the factory with dark blue enamel, a star in rose cut diamonds; engraved case back and bezel.

    Pair cased watches manufactured by Patek Philippe are exceedlingly rare and according to reseach only 30 such examples are known. They usually bear miniature enamel decorative mythological scenes with outer chased cases. Pair cased watches such as the present example with decorative enamel and diamonds are extremly rare.

    Pair-case watches are illustrated in Patek Philippe Pocket Watches by M. Huber & A. Banbery, 1982, pages 126 and 128