• Important Watches  auction at Christies

    Sale 2212

    Important Watches

    15 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 160

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

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENEVE, RETAILED BY JACQUES & MARCUS, NEW YORK, NO. 75706, MANUFACTURED IN 1887

    Price Realised  

    PATEK PHILIPPE. AN EARLY 18K PINK GOLD HUNTER CASED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH AMERICAN CASE
    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENEVE, RETAILED BY JACQUES & MARCUS, NEW YORK, NO. 75706, MANUFACTURED IN 1887
    Cal. 14 nickel-finished lever movement, bi-metallic compensation balance, wolf's tooth winding, gold hinged cuvette, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, circular case, monogrammed front and back covers, case, dial and movement signed by retailer, movement signed by maker
    39mm diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1887 and its subsequent sale on August 8th of the following year. The extract further confirms the movement was sold without a case.

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

    The firm Jaques & Marcus, located at 857 Broadway in New York, USA, became Marcus & Co. when the second Marcus son joined his father and elder brother in the business. Renowned jewelers in the Art Nouveau style and retailers of Patek Philippe, Marcus & Co. later maintained another location on the corner of 45th Street and Fifth Avenue. In 1962 Marcus & Co. merged with Black, Starr & Frost. The new firm was subsequently purchased by Kay Jewelers, and then Sterling Inc.