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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 126

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold chronograph wristwatch

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 533, MOVEMENT NO. 863'599, CASE NO. 628’792, MANUFACTURED IN 1945

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold chronograph wristwatch
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 533, movement no. 863'599, case no. 628’792, manufactured in 1945
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 13’’’, 23 jewels
    DIAL: silvered matte, applied pink gold Roman and dot numerals, double outer fifths of a second divisions and tachymetre scale, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register
    CASE: 18K pink gold, flat bezel, snap on back, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, 33 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe letter dated 15 November 1985 confirming the sale of the present watch on 15 January 1946 to A. Turler & Co., one of the firm's retailers in Zurich, copy of Patek Philippe service invoice dated 3 August 1990 confirming the overhaul of the movement and the change of the dial. Further delivered with the Extract from the Archives stating that the watch was manufactured with silvered dial, raised gold indexes and tachometer scale in 1945 and its subsequent sale on 15 January 1946


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    This reference 533 was purchased by its actual owner in 1989. During an overhaul in the workshops of Patek Philippe in 1990 the present dial was mounted, distinguished by the rare layout without the railway minute divisions normally found on this type of dial.

    The watch is furthermore preserved in very good overall condition.

    Reference 533
    Reference 533 was introduced into the market in 1937 and is distinguished by the elegant look of its Calatrava case with the typical flat bezel. It was predominantly made in pink and yellow gold.

    The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches, Vol. II, pp. 265 & 266.

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