• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

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    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 45

    Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 565, MOVEMENT NO. 925'358, CASE NO. 629'574, MANUFACTURED IN 1944

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 565, movement no. 925'358, case no. 629'574, manufactured in 1944
    Cal. 12'''120 nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, swan neck regulator, metal dust cap, two-tone silvered dial, applied steel baton and Arabic numerals, engine-turned subsidiary seconds, outer railway minute divisions, circular water-resistant-type case, screw back, case, dial and movement signed
    35 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with applied steel hour markers in 1944 and its subsequent sale on 12 August 1944

    The present watch is amongst the most beautiful and best preserved examples of the successful and sought after reference 565 to appear in public in recent years. Its dial, finished in a most charismatic two-tone colour scheme, combined with the very technical yet smooth case proportions add up to a perfect look. It is impressive how the sharp edges have survived in such crisp condition over nearly 60 years of existence.

    Fresh to the market, it is furthermore believed to be one of only four examples of reference 565 featuring this two-tone dial layout to appear in public to date. The four dials however all show subtle differences, hence rendering each watch unique in a way.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.