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    Sale 1369

    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 139

    Patek Philippe. An unusual 18K gold openface keyless lever dress watch with two-tone silvered dial

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CIE., GENÈVE, RETAILED BY BEYER, ZURICH, REF. 645, MOVEMENT NO. 880'066, CASE NO. 504'593, MANUFACTURED IN 1937

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    Patek Philippe. An unusual 18K gold openface keyless lever dress watch with two-tone silvered dial
    Signed Patek Philippe & Cie., Genève, retailed by Beyer, Zurich, ref. 645, movement no. 880'066, case no. 504'593, manufactured in 1937
    Cal. 17''' nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, swan neck regulator, two-tone silvered dial, applied gold Arabic and baton numerals on polished chapter ring, outer anthracite-coloured railway five minute divisions, anthracite-coloured subsidiary seconds, plain circular case, stepped bezel, fluted pendant, later bow, snap on back, case and movement signed by maker, dial signed by maker and retailer
    45 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial and raised gold hour markers in 1937 and its subsequent sale on 14 February 1938.

    Launched in 1937, year of manufacture of this watch, reference 645 was in production during a very short period of time.

    Until to date only known from archival images, the present watch is believed to be the first example of this reference to appear in public, the rarity enhanced by the retailer's signature Beyer Zurich.