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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 192

    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and rare 18K pink gold water-resistant perpetual calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, phases of the moon, screw back and luminous hour markers and hands

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 2438/1, MOVEMENT NO. 888'176, CASE NO. 2'619'215, MANUFACTURED IN 1959

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    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and rare 18K pink gold water-resistant perpetual calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, phases of the moon, screw back and luminous hour markers and hands
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, ref. 2438/1, movement no. 888'176, case no. 2'619'215, manufactured in 1959
    Cal. 27 SC Q nickel-finished lever movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, the silvered matte dial with luminous accents to the applied pink gold baton numerals, pink gold luminous dauphine hands, outer Arabic five minute divisions, sweep centre seconds, two windows for day and month, subsidiary dial indicating phases of the moon combined with date, the large circular water-resistant-type case with downturned fluted lugs, screw back, 18K pink gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    37 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1959 and its subsequent sale on 21 March 1964.

    This watch has never been offered at auction before and is only the second example of reference 2438/1 in pink gold featuring luminous hands and markers known to exist. It is furthermore thought to be the only sixth example of this reference in pink gold to appear in public to date.

    Probably one of the most attractive examples of reference 2438/1 to appear at auction in decades, it combines a most sought-after and exceedingly rare pink gold case material with another highly particular feature, the luminous accents to the top of the baton numerals and luminous dauphine hands, most certainly added upon special request of the first owner who bought it at Patek Philippe's flagship store in Geneva in 1964. The watch remained in the original owner's family for nearly 4 decades and it was not until around 2002 when the son of the original gave it its third, the actual owner. It has always and exclusively been overhauled by Patek Philippe's workshops in Geneva; the case shows distinct proportions and well preserved details. The dial's hard enamel signature and scales are still beautifully raised.

    The above elements combined with the very small number of watches produced of the model render this watch an exceedingly rare opportunity for any demanding connoisseur collector.

    Ref. 2438/1
    In 1951, Patek Philippe launched reference 2497 and its water-resistant counterpart, reference 2438/1. A combined total of only 179 examples of these two models were produced, the majority cased in yellow gold. Reference 2438/1 is generally divided into two different series:

    - the first with applied Arabic numerals and dauphine hands
    - the second series, such as the present watch, with applied baton numerals and dauphine hands

    Reference 2438/1 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 284.

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