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    Sale 1992

    Important Watches

    24 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 263

    PATEK PHILIPPE. A RARE PLATINUM AND DIAMOND RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, MOVEMENT NO. 977243, CASE NO. 2602961, REF. 1593, MANUFACTURED IN 1958

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    PATEK PHILIPPE. A RARE PLATINUM AND DIAMOND RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET
    Signed Patek Philippe, Movement No. 977243, Case No. 2602961, Ref. 1593, manufactured in 1958
    Cal. 9-90 nickel-finished lever movement stamped twice with the seal of Geneva, 18 jewels, gyromax balance, precision regulator, adjusted to heat, cold and 5 positions, silvered matte dial with applied diamond-set numerals, subsidiary seconds, rectangular case with concave flared sides, case, dial and movement signed, with a platinum Patek Philippe bracelet and clasp, further stamped GF (Gay Frères)
    41mm length


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    Accompanied by an Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives confirming the date of manufacture as 1958 and its subsequent sale on August 12th of the following year. The extract further confirms that the watch left the factory with diamond indexes and the platinum bracelet.

    According to our research the present watch has never before appeared at auction.

    Patek Philippe produced the reference 1593 from circa 1944 to 1967. The elegant look of the case stands as a milestone in the history of wristwatch design. The caliber 9-90 was used by the firm from the 1930s until the late 1960s and is included in many of their finest rectangular wristwatches. Patek Philippe made this model in yellow, white and pink gold, with the platinum version with diamond dial amongst the rarest. The addition of the bracelet makes this a true collector's find.

    For a similar example see Huber & Banbery, Patek Philippe Wristwatches, Volume 2, Second Edition, pp. 128 & 129.