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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 74

    Patek Philippe. A very fine, elegant and possibly unique 18K gold, enamel and diamond-set openface keyless lever pendant watch with matching brooch and original box

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CIE., GENÈVE, MOVEMENT NO. 104'492, CASE NO. 216'490, MANUFACTURED IN 1895

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine, elegant and possibly unique 18K gold, enamel and diamond-set openface keyless lever pendant watch with matching brooch and original box
    Signed Patek Philippe & Cie., Genève, movement no. 104'492, case no. 216'490, manufactured in 1895
    Cal. 10''' nickel-finished jewelled lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, wolf's tooth winding, gold cuvette centred by engraved initials CM, white enamel dial, Arabic numerals, gold Louis XV hands, circular engraved vermicelle decorated case, translucent royal blue enamel back with two polychrome enamel painted carnations to the upper and gilt bumble bees to the lower half, separated by a row of rose-cut diamonds, matching 18K gold, translucent royal blue and rose-cut diamond-set petal-form brooch, case, cuvette, dial and movement signed
    27 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with enamel dial, Breguet numerals and case ornamented with painting on blue enamel and rose-cut diamonds in 1895 and its subsequent sale on 7 September 1896. Furthermore delivered with the original fitted Patek Philippe brown leather presentation box, the cover with imprinted gilt initials C.M., and spare crystal numbered 216'490.

    Distinctive enamel and diamond decorations such as shown on the present watch were often made to special order by their first owner and are therefore most likely unique pieces. The engraved initials "C.M." on the cuvette of the watch and the presentation box furthermore underline this thesis.

    Property of the same family since the early 20th century, the present watch has never been offered in public before.