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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 179

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold rectangular curved wristwatch with "explosion" numerals


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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold rectangular curved wristwatch with "explosion" numerals
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Geneve, movement no. 188'357, case no. 284'474, manufactured in 1918
    Cal. 10''' circular gilt-finished fully jewelled lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, wolf's tooth winding, the silvered matte dial with large black Arabic "explosion" numerals, blued steel spade hands, in oversized rectangular case with curved hinged back, straight wire lugs, case, dial and movement signed
    26 mm. wide & 43 mm. overall length

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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial and dauphine hour markers in 1918 and its subsequent sale on 16 May 1919. To the best of our knowledge it has never been offered in public before.

    This watch is part of a small series of oversized rectangular wristwatches made by Patek Philippe in the late 1910s and early 1920s. Often made for the celebrated Brazilian retailer Gondolo & Labouriau, some examples were also released in other parts of the world.

    The present watch is one of the most outstanding designs in the history of wristwatches. Very much to the surprise of even trained eyes, the unique look thanks to the stretched "tumbling" numerals is not an invention of recent years but dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. It seems logical that such a strong look is again inspiring many manufacturers for actual production.

    A similar watch is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 106, pl. 117.