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.