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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 288

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar keyless lever watch with phases of the moon, original certificate and box

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, RETAILED BY TIFFANY & CO., REF. 844, MOVEMENT NO. 198'438, CASE NO. 314'585, MOVEMENT MANUFACTURED IN 1931, ENCASED IN 1964 AND SOLD IN 1964

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar keyless lever watch with phases of the moon, original certificate and box
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, retailed by Tiffany & Co., ref. 844, movement no. 198'438, case no. 314'585, movement manufactured in 1931, encased in 1964 and sold in 1964
    Cal. 17''' nickel-finished lever movement, 29 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, swan neck regulator, wolf's tooth winding, minute repeating on two polished steel hammers onto two gongs, the silvered matte dial with applied gold baton numerals, gold dauphine hands, aperture for combined month, day and date display, subsidiary dial indicating phases of the moon combined with constant seconds, in massive circular case with stepped bezel, snap on back, repeating slide in the band, case and movement signed by maker, dial signed by maker and retailer
    51 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the movement of the present watch in 1931. It was encased in 1964 and sold on 25 June 1968. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe original fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

    The present watch is one of the greatest post war designs for complicated pocket watches and is not only fascinating through its complex calendar and repeating mechanism but captivates also with its wearable size. Research reveals that this watch is the only example of reference 844 known with the prestigious "Tiffany & Co." retailer signature and probably one of only three watches of this reference still retaining its original certificate.

    A similar watch is illustrated in Patek Philippe by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, p. 228, pl. 211.