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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 403

    Patek Philippe. A very rare and unusual 18K gold openface keyless lever chronograph watch with repousse case


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    Patek Philippe. A very rare and unusual 18K gold openface keyless lever chronograph watch with repousse case
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Geneva, made for W.A. Marean, movement no. 80'853, case no. 223'643, manufactured in 1890
    Cal. 16''' nickel-finished jewelled lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, wolf's tooth winding, gold cuvette, the silver gilt chased dial with blue Roman numerals on white enamel cartouches, outer Arabic five minute divisions on white enamel chapter ring, raised scroll and foliage decorated centre, pink gold Louis XV hands, the circular case with finely chased and engraved scroll and floral decorated bezel and band, the back centred by a chased and embossed scene depicting Hercules and Omphale in high relief, chronograph button in the band, case and cuvette signed by maker, movement signed by maker and retailer
    45 mm. diam.

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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1890 and its subsequent sale on 17 November 1890. According to the Extract it was sold with a half-hunter case and silver case. The workbooks however record a "rhabillage" or "repair/servicing" to the case in 1899 without stating any details; it can therefore safely be assumed that this intervention refers to the exchange of the case against the present one as well as the dial which had to match the renaissance style of the case.

    To the best of our knowledge, this watch is the first and so far only example of such an unusual combination of a repoussé case with chronograph function known to appear in public to date.

    Such Renaissance style cases were often designed by Georges Hantz, director of the Decorative Arts Museum in Geneva and renowned for his chased and engraved watch cases and moulds for embossing cases and stamping coins or medals.