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    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 217

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar keyless lever watch with moon phases and box

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 699/2, MOVEMENT NO. 198'375, CASE NO. 699'654, MOVEMENT MANUFACTURED IN 1930, ENCASED IN 1957 AND SOLD IN 1960

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar keyless lever watch with moon phases and box
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 699/2, movement no. 198'375, case no. 699'654, movement manufactured in 1930, encased in 1957 and sold in 1960
    Cal. 17''' nickel-finished lever movement, 29 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, swan neck regulator, wolf's tooth winding, minute repeating on two hammers onto two gongs, silvered matte dial, applied gold baton numerals, gold dauphine hands, aperture for combined month, date and day indication, subsidiary dial for phases of the moon combined with constant seconds, circular plain case, snap on back, repeating slide in the band, case, dial and movement signed
    50 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the movement of the present watch in 1930. It was completed in 1955, encased in 1957 and sold on 6 May 1960. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe original fitted red presentation box.

    Reference 699/2 can be regarded as the directed predecessor of the celebrated reference 844. It is certainly one of the greatest post war designs for complicated pocket watches, fascinating by its complex calendar and repeating mechanisms and captivating also by its wearable size.

    To date, only five examples of this model have been offered publicly, three of them in this saleroom:

    The present watch, movement no. 198'375, case no. 699'654; movement no. 193'374, case no. 699'653: sold on 16 May 2005, lot 43; movement no. 198'372, case no. 699'652: sold on 16 November 2004, lot 306.

    A variation of reference 699 was fitted with a two train movement and the minute repeating released through a button in the crown. Only two examples of this model, bearing reference 699/3, are known to exist to date.