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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 226

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and extremely rare stainless steel openface keyless lever chronograph watch with Breguet numerals and vertically positioned registers

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENÈVE, REF. 687, MOVEMENT NO. 863'074, CASE NO. 623'718, MANUFACTURED IN 1942

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and extremely rare stainless steel openface keyless lever chronograph watch with Breguet numerals and vertically positioned registers
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, Ref. 687, movement no. 863'074, case no. 623'718, manufactured in 1942
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 13-130, 23 jewels
    DIAL: silvered, applied steel Breguet numerals, outer Arabic five minute divisions and tachymeter scale, two vertically positioned subsidiary dials for 30 minute register and constant seconds
    CASE: stainless steel, snap on back, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, 45.5 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial and raised steel Breguet numerals in 1942 and its subsequent sale on 16th June 1948.


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    This extremely rare and attractive Patek Philippe watch, the only example of a reference 687 in steel and with Breguet numerals confirmed by the Extract to appear in public to date, combines some highly sought after features. The rare stainless steel case, the classic tachometer dial with highly desirable Breguet numerals further enhanced by vertically set subsidiary dials and the excellent overall condition.
    Launched in the late 1930s, reference 687 was made in an extremely small series only, comprising 12 examples in yellow gold and 12 examples in steel. So far only two examples in steel have appeared at auction, the present watch, the only one with Breguet numerals and another with movement and case numbers 862’448/621452, made in 1940.
    The reference 687 pocket chronograph shares much more in common than might be imagined with the exceptional and enormously desirable wristwatches of the same period such as the reference 130 and 1463. In fact the movement, caliber 13’’’130 with 23 jewels is exactly the same as that used in both those wristwatch references. The present watch would therefore make a complementary and magnificent pairing for the fortunate owner of either a steel 130 or 1463 with Breguet dial.
    The other known example of the steel reference 687 is prominently illustrated and described in Patek Philippe Steel Watches by John Goldberger, 2010, p. 26-27.

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    Property from an Important Private Swiss Collector