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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 49

    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with phases of the moon


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    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with phases of the moon
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, retailed by Gübelin, ref. 1518, movement no. 868'102, case no. 674'128, manufactured in 1951
    Cal. 13''' nickel-finished lever movement, 23 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, swan neck regulator, the silvered matte dial with applied gold Arabic numerals, outer railway five minute divisions and tachymetre scale, three subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds, 30 minutes register and date combined with phases of the moon, in circular case with extended downturned lugs, snap on back, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle, case and movement signed by maker, dial signed by maker and retailer
    35 mm. diam.

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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with raised gold hour markers in 1951 and its subsequent sale on 6 May 1953.

    This watch must be considered as one of the most attractive gold reference 1518 models ever offered in public. Last sold at auction over a decade ago, it reveals the best of all ingredients this landmark model can possibly offer to any connoisseur collector.

    The dial shows an incredibly charismatic warm, champagne to light cognac-coloured patina which has formed naturally over the years, most probably due to various atmospheric influences and sunlight. The case impresses any beholder with its sharp angles and, in a most remarkable manner, with its full bodied lugs. This effect is the logical consequence of two reasons: The watch has not seen much wear and most importantly, was never exposed to careless polishing. The hallmarks are, of course, preserved as any demanding collector would require.

    The valuable and prestigious retailer signature Gübelin in the semi-circle underneath the moon aperture renders the dial an unprecedented richness and balance.

    The combination of the incredibly attractive, naturally aged dial, the retailer signature, exquisite provenance and stunningly original and well preserved condition render this watch particularly appealing to the demanding collector.

    Reference 1518 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, first edition p. 231 pl. 386, second edition p. 303 pl. 459 and in Armbanduhren - 100 Jahre Entwicklungsgeschichte by Kahlert, Mühe, Brunner, second edition p. 127.


    Christie's New York, 29 October 1996, lot 277.

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