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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 277

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and unique 18K gold and enamel openface minute repeating keyless lever watch

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., SWITZERLAND, MADE FOR MORTON D. STONE, RICHMOND, VA., 1918, RETAILED BY JAHNKE BROS., RICHMOND, VA., MOVEMENT NO. 174'772, CASE NO. 403'675, MANUFACTURED IN 1917

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and unique 18K gold and enamel openface minute repeating keyless lever watch
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Switzerland, made for Morton D. Stone, Richmond, Va., 1918, retailed by Jahnke Bros., Richmond, Va., movement no. 174'772, case no. 403'675, manufactured in 1917
    Cal. 17''' nickel-finished lever movement, 29 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, wolf's tooth winding, minute repeating on two polished steel hammers, the gold cuvette with engraved inscription No. 174772 made for Morton D. Stone, Richmond, Va., 1918, by Patek Philippe & Co., Geneva, Switzerland, the gold dial with the engraved American eagle to the centre, the white enamel chapter ring with inscription Morton D Stone for the numerals, blued steel moon-style hands, subsidiary seconds, in circular case with white champlevé enamel floral decorated bezel, rim and pendant, inlaid red, white and blue initials MDS to the hinged back, repeating slide in the band, case, cuvette and dial signed by maker, movement signed by maker and retailer
    47 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with dial with chased gilded centre, hour markers in capital letters on white enamel, small second hand, the case with white enamel and chased work on the bezel and on the bottom of the pendant, "MDS" enamelled monogram in three colours to the case in 1917 and its subsequent sale on 31 January 1918.

    The particularities of this watch, a unique piece made to special order for Mr. Morton D. Stone, are doubtlessly its unusual dial, featuring the client's name instead of the numerals on white enamel cartouches and the personalized case, both confirmed by the Extract. Such entirely custom-made watches signed Patek Philippe are exceedingly rare as often such parts, especially the dials, were added by the local retailer.