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    Sale 1357

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    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 270

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold rectangular wristwatch with flared sides and pink dial

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 2442, MOVEMENT NO. 974'227, CASE NO. 666'858, MANUFACTURED IN 1951

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold rectangular wristwatch with flared sides and pink dial
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 2442, movement no. 974'227, case no. 666'858, manufactured in 1951
    Cal. 9'''90 rectangular-shaped nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, pink gold dial, applied pink gold dagger and Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds, rectangular-shaped case with flared curved sides, snap on back, case, dial and movement signed
    27 mm. wide & 43 mm. overall length


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with raised gold hour markers in 1951 and its subsequent sale on 12 June 1953.

    Reference 2442, introduced in 1948, impresses exactly 60 years after its introduction as much as it must have been a sensation when first presented. Its generous case proportions and fluid lines lend it a seductive presence hardly ever achieved by any other rectangular wristwatch.

    Mainly cased in yellow gold, so far less than 20 examples of reference 2442 cases in pink gold have appeared in public. The present watch however is part of an exceedingly small series of pink gold references 2442 with pink dial to be offered at auction. Its rarity is enhanced by the rare combination of a pink gold case and the tone-in-tone pink dial, beautifully accentuating the appeal of this charismatic timepiece.

    The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 136, pl. 193.

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