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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 179

    Patek Philippe, made for Tiffany & Co. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with Breguet numerals and original box


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    Patek Philippe, made for Tiffany & Co. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with Breguet numerals and original box
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, retailed by Tiffany & Co., ref. 1436, movement no. 868'326, case no. 676'624, manufactured in 1952
    Cal. 13''' nickel-finished lever movement, 25 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, swan neck regulator, silvered matte dial, applied gold Breguet numerals, outer railway five minute divisions and tachymetre scale, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register, circular case, snap on back engraved R.D.W. 1957, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle, case and movement signed by maker, dial signed by maker and retailer
    33 mm. diam.

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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1952 and its subsequent sale on 30 November 1955. Furthermore delivered with original fitted brown presentation box.

    This watch is a highly exclusive and attractive example of the celebrated reference 1436, featuring a charismatic dial with the much sought-after Breguet numerals, combined with the Tiffany & Co. signature. In fact, research confirms that in over 30 years of international watch auctions no other example of this model has been mentioned or offered with such dial combination.

    The case, only scarcely polished, retains the original proportions to a very good extent and shows beautifully the Swiss gold marks. Its overall appearance, condition and the retailer's signature certainly justify denominating this watch a connoisseur's choice for the discerning collectors of fine timepieces.

    Reference 1436
    Since its introduction to the market in 1938, reference 1436 remained the best known split seconds chronograph model produced by Patek Philippe. It was predominantly cased in either yellow or pink gold - no examples are known to date in white gold or platinum. The elegant reference 1436 and its high quality and complex movement certainly marked a peak in the evolution of technical wristwatches - an area in which Patek Philippe has been foremost for generations.

    During over 30 years of production, reference 1436 saw a fascinating development both technically and aesthetically. Numerous dial designs have been given to this model. Until production of reference 1436 was discontinued in the early 1970s, it has seen two different constructions in regard to how the chronograph seconds hand would be split. The present watch is from the first generation of this model, made until the early 1950s, where the crown would serve as a button to split and reunite the two seconds hand. The second generation was fitted with a co-axial push button within the crown for the split seconds function.

    The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 273, pl. 422 (first generation) and p. 274, pl. 423 (second generation).