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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 252

    Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and attractive 18K gold wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial



    Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and attractive 18K gold wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial
    Signed Patek Philippe & Cie., Genève, retailed by Hausmann & Co., Calatrava model, ref. 570, movement no. 829’478, case no. 296’097, manufactured in 1939
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 12’’’120, 18 jewels
    DIAL: two-tone silvered, applied gold Arabic and baton numerals, outer minute divisions, sunken engine-turned subsidiary seconds
    CASE: 18K gold, snap on back, downturned lugs, 35 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, movement and dial signed by maker, dial also signed by retailer
    BUCKLE: 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the manufacture of the present watch with a silver satinated dial and raised yellow gold indexes in 1939 and its subsequent sale on 4 November 1939

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    This “big Calatrava” ref. 570 is a highly attractive "fresh to the market" example of the celebrated model, distinguished by the charismatic two-tone silvered “Explorer-style” dial with the Arabic 3, 9 and 12 numerals, the retailer signature Hausmann & Cie. and the generally excellent overall condition. In its nearly 80 years of existence the dial has been very gently cleaned, the hard enamel signatures and scales are however still beautifully raised. The case has preserved full proportions, immaculate satin finish and a crisp hallmark to the sides.

    Made in 1939, the present watch is from the early series of the iconic model and believed to part of a mere handful of references 570 with such dial configuration to have appeared in public to date. A striking watch of timeless design, as modern now as it was at the time of its sale.

    Reference 570
    The large Calatrava model reference 570 was introduced to the market in 1938, featuring either subsidiary or sweep centre seconds, the latter with calibre 12 SC or 27 SC. It was made in stainless steel, stainless steel and gold, yellow, pink gold, white gold and platinum.

    Other examples of reference 570 are described and illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, pp. 331-335.

    Hausmann & Cie.
    Hausmann & Cie. was founded in Rome in 1794 by Ernst Hausmann, a young German clockmaker and his friend and partner Hermann Frielingsdorf. The firm is still residing in the same premises in Rome's historical centre and represents the world's most prestigious watch and clock manufacturers.

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