• Lot 300

    Patek Philippe. A rare and unusual stainless steel openface keyless lever watch with black dial

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CIE., GENÈVE, RETAILED BY CASA MASSON, REF. 651, MOVEMENT NO. 870'603, CASE NO. 620'983, MANUFACTURED IN 1939

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    Patek Philippe. A rare and unusual stainless steel openface keyless lever watch with black dial
    Signed Patek Philippe & Cie., Genève, retailed by Casa Masson, ref. 651, movement no. 870'603, case no. 620'983, manufactured in 1939
    Cal. 17''' nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, swan neck regulator, black dial, applied stainless steel baton and Arabic numerals, outer silvered railway minute divisions, sunk subsidiary seconds, plain circular case, snap on back, case and movement signed by maker, dial signed by maker and retailer
    45.5 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with black dial and applied steel hour markers in 1939 and its subsequent sale on 21 February 1942.

    To the best of our knowledge, this watch has never been offered at auction before and is furthermore the only example of a reference 651 with black dial to appear in public to date. Preserved in very good overall condition, its rarity is enhanced by the rare retailer signature Casa Masson, one of Patek Philippe's agents in Brazil.