• Important Watches auction at Christies

    Sale 2735

    Important Watches

    2 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2821

    PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 5079J

    EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH BLACK DIAL AND GOLD BREGUET NUMERALS, LIMITED EDITION MADE FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF GEORGE PRAGNELL LTD.

    MOVEMENT 1904153, CASE 4261706, MANUFACTURED IN 2004

    Price Realised  

    PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 5079J

    EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH BLACK DIAL AND GOLD BREGUET NUMERALS, LIMITED EDITION MADE FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF GEORGE PRAGNELL LTD.
    MOVEMENT 1904153, CASE 4261706, MANUFACTURED IN 2004

    Calibre R 27 PS, Geneva Seal hallmarked, 39 jewels, Gyromax balance, free sprung regulator, 22k gold minirotor, repeating on two gongs via hammers, black matte dial, gold Breguet numerals, small seconds, three-part case in 18k gold, snap on case back engraved commemorative inscription 50 Golden Years 1954 George Pragnell 2004, repeating slide in the band, 18k gold PPCo buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    Diameter: 42 mm.


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    US$250,000-300,000
    EUR180,000-210,000

    With Patek Philippe presentation box, Certificate of Origin, product literature and spare transparent case back.

    In 2004 the firm of Patek Philippe manufactured a very special series of 5 limited edition wristwatches to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their relationship with George Pragnell ltd, one of the largest retailers of luxury watches in the United Kingdom based outside of London in Stratford upon Avon .

    The present lot, one of these five extremely rare examples is fitted with the sought after black dial, Breguet numerals and "Cathedral" repeating mechanism, consisting of a high-tone and a low-tone gong translating into a much richer and fuller sound, resembling the chime of the bells of a cathedral.

    Reference 5079 was introduced to the market in 2001 with the standard version being fitted with a white enamel dial (See lot 2654) and black numerals. The reference is fitted with the ingenious calibre R 27 PS that impresses not only by its remarkable number of 342 parts but also by Patek Philippe's mastery watch making by combining a micro-rotor and a minute repeating mechanism.

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