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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 138

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, 24 hours indication, Breguet numerals, Certificate and box


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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, 24 hours indication, Breguet numerals, Certificate and box
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, Ref. 5040J, movement no. 773'525, case no. 2'923'327, manufactured in 1992
    MOVEMENT: automatic, Cal. 240 Q movement stamped with the Geneva seal, 27 jewels
    DIAL: silvered matte dial, applied yellow gold Breguet numerals, Breguet hands, outer minute divisions, two sunken beveled engine-turned subsidiary dials for day in German combined with 24 hours and month in German combined with leap year, one subsidiary dial for date combined with aperture for moon phases
    CASE: tonneau tortue water-resistant-type, glazed snap on back, 35 x 42.5 mm.
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement
    BUCKLE: 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Additional solid case back, a Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin stamped by the Zürich retailer Gübelin and dated 16 January 1993, sales tag, Patek Philippe presentation winding box with outer packaging. Furthermore accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch with an opaline silvered dial, 9 applied yellow gold Breguet numerals, exterior railway minute track in 1992 and its subsequent sale on 25 November 1992.

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    Purchased by the present owner at Gübelin in Zurich in 1993 this reference 5040 is fresh to the market. It is furthermore preserved in very good overall condition.

    Reference 5040
    Reference 5040 was in production from 1992 until around 2007. It was available in all gold colours as well as in platinum and is distinguished by its tonneau tortue case, a style typical of the 1920s and 1930s, but much less common in modern times. Tonneau indicates a "barrel" shape (indeed tonneau means barrel in French) with narrow ends and wide center. Tortue (turtle, in French) describes a case with short lugs and rounded corners, resembling the legs of a turtle protruding from the shell. As this term defines a case detail, rather than a case shape, It is normally used in conjunction of the case shape, one can have tonneau tortue, like the present watch, or also carre tortue, cushion tortue, etc.

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