• Lot 294

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold openface keyless lever watch with ruby-set enamel dial with the portrait of King Saud bin Abdul Aziz

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENEVE, REF. 600/1, MOVEMENT NO. 931'362, CASE NO. 694'675, MANUFACTURED IN 1956

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold openface keyless lever watch with ruby-set enamel dial with the portrait of King Saud bin Abdul Aziz
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Geneve, ref. 600/1, movement no. 931'362, case no. 694'675, manufactured in 1956
    Cal. 17'''170 nickel-finished lever movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, ivory-coloured enamel dial with the polychrome portrait of King Saud bin Abdul Aziz, applied ruby numerals, subsidiary seconds, plain circular case, snap on back, case and movement signed
    45 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with enamel dial, painted portrait of the King of Saudi Arabia and ruby hour markers in 1956 and its subsequent sale on 31 October 1956.

    To the best of our knowledge this watch is one of less than 20 examples of this model to appear in public to date.

    Reference 600 was launched in 1957 and made in different versions:

    - ref. 600 with standard metal dial
    - ref. 600/1, the present reference, with enamel dial

    Pre-Lot Text

    The following two lots, 294 and 295, are believed to be from a small series of both dress and wristwatches, made as of 1953 to special order for the household of King Saud bin Abdul Aziz. The watches were all fitted with ivory-coloured enamel dials with ruby-set numerals and bearing the King's portrait and given as gifts to dignitaries or friends of his Majesty. The enamel miniature portraits are hand-painted by different artists and are therefore all different.

    Saud bin Abdul Aziz was the son of the founder of Saudi Arabia and the country's first King, Abdul Aziz Al Saud (1876-1953), also known as King Ibn Saud. Saud bin Abdul Aziz succeeded his father as King of Saudi Arabia from 1953 to 1964.