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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 249

    Patek Philippe. A very rare and attractive 18K yellow and pink gold wristwatch with hooded lugs and black gloss dial



    Patek Philippe. A very rare and attractive 18K yellow and pink gold wristwatch with hooded lugs and black gloss dial
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co, Genève, ref. 463, movement no. 818’640, case no. 613’219, manufactured in 1929
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 9’’’, 18 jewels
    DIAL: black gloss, applied pink gold Roman and baton numerals, subsidiary seconds
    CASE: 18K gold, stepped bezel, snap on back, 18K pink gold stepped hooded lugs, 27 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    BUCKLE: 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the manufacture of the present watch with silver-plated black dial, raised rose gold hour markers in 1929 and its subsequent sale on 23 July 1942

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    Reference 463 is one of Patek Philippe’s rarest 1940s models, distinguished by the highly unusual, streamlined hooded lugs, certainly amongst the firm's most artistic "modernist" case designs. It was made in a very small series only, underlined by the fact that the present example is the so far first and only example of the model to appear in public.

    It is distinguished by the pink and yellow gold with black gloss dial and pink indexes, all confirmed by the Extract from the Archives, and the furthermore very good overall condition.

    Reference 463
    Reference 463 was in production in 1936 and possibly during one year only, of typical pre-WW2 Art Nouveau style. It was equipped with a 9’’’ LeCoultre ébauche, with subsidiary seconds.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Patek Philippe wristwatches from an Important European Private Collection

    The following 30 lots, 249 - 278, represent an eclectic selection of Patek Philippe’s “time only” wristwatches manufactured between 1929 and 1982, including several references never seen at auction before.

    The collection was compiled by a watch aficionado particularly interested in rare models in excellent condition. Both criteria are perfectly represented in the timepieces offered here for sale, prone to attract keen interest among collectors of exclusive vintage watches.