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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 316

    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and unique 18K gold hunter case keyless lever watch with enamel miniature “bateau commercial” by J-L Péter, the back with engraved nautical symbols, original certificate and box, made to special order

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 865/224, MOVEMENT NO. 1'940'117, CASE NO. 2'831’091, MANUFACTURED IN 2001

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    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and unique 18K gold hunter case keyless lever watch with enamel miniature “bateau commercial” by J-L Péter, the back with engraved nautical symbols, original certificate and box, made to special order
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 865/224, movement no. 1'940'117, case no. 2'831’091, manufactured in 2001
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 1-17/140, stamped with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels, cam wheel regulator
    DIAL: white lacquered dial, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds
    CASE: 18K gold, painted polychrome enamel miniature depicting a sailing commercial vessel at night signed J-L Péter 2003 to the cover, hinged back chased and engraved with nautical symbols, 47.7 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, product literature, leather pouch, original presentation box and outer packaging. Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirms production of the present watch with painting on enamel “bateau commercial” (commercial vessel) and engravings on the back cover in 2001 and its subsequent sale on 15 December 2003.


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    Around 2000, the owner of the present watch, founder of an important shipping company, approached Patek Philippe in Geneva with a very special request: he asked for a hunter case dress watch depicting the painting of one of his vessels to the front and engraved nautical symbols on the reverse. After some correspondence Mr. Philippe Stern granted the request, the image of the vessel was sent to the manufacture and production started.

    The enamel miniature of the “bateau commercial”, after a painting by Diedrich A. Kniffka, was commissioned to one of the firm’s longstanding and talented enamellists, J.L. Péter, who signed and dated the work once finished in 2003. An especially decorated back cover chased with nautical symbols completed the watch and it was collected by the proud new owner at Patek Philippe’s German retailer G.D. Wempe on 31 August 2003.

    This superb and extremely rare example of a Patek Philippe’s dress watch made to special order, embellished with an enamel miniature painting, a small work of art in its own rights, is now consigned for auction by his wife.

    In like new condition, of private provenance and fresh to the market, this reference 865/224 must be considered a highlight for the collectors of unique timepieces and nautical memorabilias alike.

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    THE PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTOR