With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of this jumping hour watch in 1928 and its subsequent sale on 6 August 1947. Furthermore delivered with a Patek Philippe wooden presentation box.
Patek Philippe made only an exceedingly small number of jump hour watches, both pocket watches and wristwatches, often to special order. To date, the only jump hour model produced in series is reference 3969, the commemorative tonneau-shaped wristwatch made for the firm's 150th anniversary in 1989 (see lots 284 and 412 in this auction).
The first jump hour pocket watches appeared in the early 19th century but became particularly fashionable during the Art Deco period. Their simplicist layout harmonized perfectly with the purely decorative Art Deco style, seen as elegant, functional, and ultra modern.
During the "Roaring Twenties", pocket and wristwatches fitted with this unusual display were made by the most eminent makers, notably Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Cartier.