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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 89

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


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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and extremely rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar keyless lever watch with moon phases
    Signed Patek, Philippe & Co., Geneva, No. 198'218, movement no. 198'218, case no. 415'407, manufactured in 1928
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 18’’’, 31 jewels, minute repeating with two hammers on two gongs
    DIAL: white enamel, Breguet numerals, outer minute track, four subsidiary dials for days of the week, date, months concentric with subsidiary seconds and phases of the moon aperture,
    CASE: 18K gold, hidden hinges, hinged gold cuvette, 50 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, cuvette, dial, movement
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch with 18’’’ movement, minute repeater, perpetual calendar, moon phases, enamel dial with Breguet numerals in 1928 and its subsequent sale on 30 March 1936. Further delivered with an associated and later Patek Philippe presentation box.

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    The present watch represents the state of the art in watch manufacturing from the heydays of complicated and ultra complicated timepieces. Uniting two of the main complications established at that time, being the perpetual calendar for the astronomical functions and the distinct minute repeating for the acoustic pleasure, it is furthermore enhanced by one of the best degree movements available at Patek Philippe and a high quality case.

    The dial consists of seven parts and features the most desirable Breguet numerals and hands, the case is very high grade with a hidden hinge, becoming almost invisible following the curve of the case when the cover is closed. Naturally the movement incorporates all the characteristics the collector expects to find in a complicated timepiece made by Patek Philippe: wolf’s tooth winding wheels, calibrated escapement, swan-neck micrometer regulator, furthermore adjusted to five positions including heat, cold and isochronism.

    Patek Philippe’s earliest known minute repeating perpetual calendar watch was made in 1874, no. 47’572. To date, only some 85 watches with these complications are known from the market or from publications, out of which around 60 were made before WW2, rendering them exceedingly rare.

    A similar watch, no. 197’875, is illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches, Volume I, p. 383.