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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 218

    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine, large and rare 18K pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and bracelet, the ruby-set enamel dial with the portrait of King Ibn Saud

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 2481, MOVEMENT NO. 706'359, CASE NO. 2'600'012, MANUFACTURED IN 1956

    Price Realised  

    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine, large and rare 18K pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and bracelet, the ruby-set enamel dial with the portrait of King Ibn Saud
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, ref. 2481, movement no. 706'359, case no. 2'600'012, manufactured in 1956
    Cal. 27 SC nickel-finished lever movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels, the ivory-coloured enamel dial with the polychrome portrait of King Saud bin Abdul Aziz, applied gold-mounted ruby-set numerals, gold dauphine hands, sweep centre seconds, in circular case with concave bezel, snap on back, downturned fluted lugs, 18K pink gold Patek Philippe and Gay Frères bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    37 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming manufacture of the present watch with enamel dial, painted portrait of the King of Saudi Arabia, ruby hour markers and pink gold bracelet in 1956 and its subsequent sale on 5 December 1957.

    This watch has never been offered at auction before and impresses by its excellent, like new condition. It is furthermore believed to be one of only 20 examples of this reference to appear in public to date.

    Reference 2481 was introduced into the market in 1950 and was one of the largest wristwatches ever made by Patek Philippe. The model was available with the standard silvered dial but was also with a cloisonné enamel version, depicting portraits of famous personalities, landscapes or continents, often made to special order.
    Different examples of such dials are illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, pp. 205-209 & 211.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that lots 217 and 218 feature the portrait of King Saud bin Abdul Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia from 1953 to 1964. He succeeded his father King Abd al-Aziz ibn Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia and the country's first king.
    Veuillez noter que les lots 217 et 218 montrent le portrait du Roi Saud bin Abdul Aziz, Roi de l'Arabie Saoudite de 1953 a 1964. Il succedait a son pere Roi Abd al-Aziz ibn Saud, le fondateur de l'Arabie Saoudite et le premier roi du pays.