• Important Watches  auction at Christies

    Sale 2212

    Important Watches

    15 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 158

    PATEK PHILIPPE. AN EARLY 18K PINK GOLD HUNTER CASED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENEVE, NO. 63864, MANUFACTURED IN 1881

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    PATEK PHILIPPE. AN EARLY 18K PINK GOLD HUNTER CASED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH
    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENEVE, NO. 63864, MANUFACTURED IN 1881
    Cal. 15 nickel-finished lever movement, bi-metallic compensation balance, wolf's tooth winding, gold hinged cuvette, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, outer five minute divisions, subsidiary seconds, circular case, monogrammed front, the back with engraved lion and inscribed Orna Verum, case, dial and movement signed
    40mm diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1881 and its subsequent sale November 16th of the same year.

    To the best of our knowledge the present watch has never before been offered in public.

    Orna Verum, Latin for "Honor the Truth", was the motto of the famous British navigator, sealer and Antarctic explorer James Weddell and can be found inscribed to the outer case together with the Weddell family crest.

    Weddell, who passed away in 1834, is the man who the Weddell seal, the Weddell Sea and the Weddell Islands in the Falklands are named after.