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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 432

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with pink dial


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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with pink dial
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Geneve, ref. 1436, movement no. 862'536, case no. 624'970, manufactured in 1940
    Cal. 13''' nickel-finished lever movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 25 jewels, micrometer regulator, the pink dial with applied pink gold baton and Roman numerals, pink gold feuille hands, outer railway five minute divisions and tachymetre scale, two subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 30 minutes register, in circular case with extended downturned lugs, snap on back, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, 18K pink gold Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    33 mm. diam.

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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with pink dial and tachometre scale in 1940 and its subsequent sale on 13 April 1942.

    Purchased by the father of the present owner in 1940, the watch has remained in the family ever since and has never been offered in public before. The pink gold reference 1436 is one of the rarest gems in the universe of complicated wristwatches. In fact, research reveals that in over 30 years of international auctions, not even 10 pink gold split second chronographs by Patek Philippe have been offered. Even more noteworthy is the rose-coloured dial which is fully confirmed by the Extract of the Archives.

    Preserved in excellent, unmolested original condition and fresh to the market, the present watch combines all elements the demanding collector would seek. The dial, never restored and not hiding its nearly 70 years of age, has become with time a work of art in its own right and revealing the best possible ageing. The case, only scarcely polished, not only retains the original proportions to an excellent extent but also shows beautifully the Swiss gold mark but furthermore the local import mark of the country of its delivery. Its overall appearance, condition and freshness to the market certainly justify denominating this watch a spectacular discovery for the discerning collectors of fine timepieces.

    Reference 1436
    Since its introduction to the market in 1938, reference 1436 remained the best known split seconds chronograph model produced by Patek Philippe. It was predominantly cased in either yellow or pink gold - no examples are known to date in white gold or platinum. The elegant reference 1436 and its high quality and complex movement certainly marked a peak in the evolution of technical wristwatches - an area in which Patek Philippe has been foremost for generations.

    During over 30 years of production, reference 1436 saw a fascinating development both technically and aesthetically. Numerous dial designs have been given to this model. Until production of reference 1436 was discontinued in the early 1970s, it has seen two different constructions in regard to how the chronograph seconds hand would be split. On the first generation of this model such as the present watch, made until the late 1940s, the crown would serve as a button to split and reunite the two seconds hand. The second generation was fitted with a co-axial push button within the crown for the split seconds function.

    The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 273, pl. 422 (first generation) and p. 274, pl. 423 (second generation).

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