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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 45

    Patek Philippe. A very attractive and possibly unique stainless steel wristwatch with indirect sweep centre seconds and three-tone silvered "roulette" dial

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENÈVE, CALATRAVA MODEL, REF. 96, MOVEMENT NO. 827'231, CASE NO. 613'272, MANUFACTURED IN 1936

    Price Realised  

    Patek Philippe. A very attractive and possibly unique stainless steel wristwatch with indirect sweep centre seconds and three-tone silvered "roulette" dial
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, Calatrava model, ref. 96, movement no. 827'231, case no. 613'272, manufactured in 1936
    Cal. 12'''120 SC nickel-finished lever movement, 20 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, gold wheels, the three-tone silvered sector dial with black hard enamel Arabic numerals to the inner chapter ring, bordered by outer five minute divisions, blued steel feuille hands, indirect sweep centre seconds, in circular case with flat bezel, snap on back, downturned lugs, stainless steel Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    31 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming manufacture of the present watch with silvered dial and enamel hour markers in 1936 and its subsequent sale on 2 September 1937.

    This watch has never been offered at auction before and is thought to be the only example of a reference 96 with such a "roulette" dial to appear in public to date. A particularly attractive example of reference 96, it combines several highly desirable features such as the stainless steel case, the three-tone silvered dial with the superb 1930 design and the celebrated calibre 12'''SC with indirect centre seconds. This ébauche was the result of Louis Cottier's and Patek Philippe's collaboration, where the centre seconds mechanism was ingeniously added to the existing 12'''120 "subsidiary seconds" movement.

    Never out of fashion, the finest examples of reference 96 reveal to the best extent how architectural and timeless design remains modern even three quarter of a century after its creation. In such wonderful and original condition, the present watch is one of the worthiest specimens of this landmark model.

    Production of the famous Calatrava model with reference 96 was launched in 1932. In 1972 it was replaced by reference 3796.

    For another example of a reference 96 in stainless steel see Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 183.