• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1369

    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 141

    Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and large stainless steel wristwatch

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, CALATRAVA MODEL, RETAILED BY HAUSMANN & CO., REF. 570, MOVEMENT NO. 728'344, CASE NO. 647'668, MANUFACTURED IN 1958

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and large stainless steel wristwatch
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, Calatrava model, retailed by Hausmann & Co., ref. 570, movement no. 728'344, case no. 647'668, manufactured in 1958
    Cal. 12-400 nickel-finished lever movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels, swan neck regulator, silvered dial, applied baton numerals, engine-turned subsidiary seconds, large circular case, flat bezel, snap on back, stainless steel Patek Philippe buckle, case and movement signed by maker, dial signed by maker and retailer
    36 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with applied hour markers in 1958 and its subsequent sale on 15 January 1960.

    The large Calatrava model reference 570 was introduced into the market in 1938, available with subsidiary or sweep centre seconds and stainless steel, yellow, pink and white gold and platinum cases. The first series was fitted with cal. 12'''120, the second as of 1950 with cal. 12'''400 and the third, launched in 1960, with cal. 27 AM 400.

    The present watch is believed to be one of only two examples of a second series reference 570 in stainless steel to have been offered at auction, interestingly both retailed by Hausmann & Co., Patek Philippe's prestigious retailer in Rome.

    It impresses by its extremely good condition, preserving the immaculate satin-finish and the sharp lines of the case, not showing any signs of overpolishing.

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    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.