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    Sale 2627

    Important Watches

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 3422

    PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 898

    GOLD HUNTER CASE KEYLESS LEVER POCKET WATCH WITH MATCHING CHAIN, RETAILED BY GÜBELIN, LIMITED EDITION OF 100 EXAMPLES MADE TO COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SWISS FEDERAL TARGET SHOOTING FESTIVAL IN LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND

    NO. 5, MOVEMENT 932'749, CASE 544'094, MANUFACTURED IN 1979

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    PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 898

    GOLD HUNTER CASE KEYLESS LEVER POCKET WATCH WITH MATCHING CHAIN, RETAILED BY GÜBELIN, LIMITED EDITION OF 100 EXAMPLES MADE TO COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SWISS FEDERAL TARGET SHOOTING FESTIVAL IN LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
    NO. 5, MOVEMENT 932'749, CASE 544'094, MANUFACTURED IN 1979

    Calibre 17-170, Geneva Seal hallmarked, 18 jewels, screw balance, under snap-on cuvette, gloss porcelain-white dial signed Gübelin, five-part case in 18k gold, the front dustcover engraved with "Wilhelm Tell" holding a crossbow in high relief, signed Hans Erni 78, hinged snap-on case back engraved with an apple split by an arrow against the Swiss Cross, surrounded by the inscription 50. Eidgenössisches Schützenfest 1979 Luzern all in high relief, case and movement signed by the maker, dial signed by maker and retailer
    Diameter: 48 mm., length of chain: 400 mm.


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    US$4,000-6,000
    EUR3,000-4,600

    Accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives.

    A similar watch, movement no. 932'892, is described and illustrated in Patek Philippe Pocket Watches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, p. 166, pl. 125 a, b.

    The relief decoration on the covers of the present watch was made by Hans Erni (born in Lucerne on 21 February 1909), an important Swiss painter and sculptor. He is known in particular for illustrating postage stamps and lithographs for the Swiss Red Cross, the Olympic Committee and others. The Hans Erni House in the Lucerne Transportation Museum contains a large collection of his work.

    Wilhelm or William Tell, the legendary Swiss patriot, was according to legend a native of Uri. Gessler, the canton's Austrian bailiff, decreed that Swiss citizens must remove their hats before his hat, which he had posted on a stake in the canton's largest town. Tell refused and as punishment was ordered to shoot an apple with his crossbow off his small son's head. Although he succeeded, he was held prisoner by Gessler when he revealed that had he failed, he planned to kill Gessler with an arrow he had hidden. Tell escaped and eventually shot Gessler from ambush at Kussnacht, Lucerne, thus setting off the revolt that ousted the bailiff on 1 January 1308. While there is no valid proof of Tell's existence, the legend represents a distorted account of events that resulted (in 1291) in the formation of the "Everlasting League" between the cantons of Schwyz, Uri, and Unterwalden. Schiller's popular drama "Wilhelm Tell" is based on the legend; Rossini's opera "William Tell" is based on Schiller's drama.

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