• Important Watches, including A auction at Christies

    Sale 1391

    Important Watches, including A Gentleman's Pursuit for Excellence, Part I

    12 November 2012, Geneva

  • Lot 85

    Patek Philippe. A very rare and attractive 18K gold openface World Time keyless lever watch with black dial

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 605, MOVEMENT NO. 931'110, CASE NO. 2'622'959, MOVEMENT MADE IN 1951, COMPLETED AND ENCASED IN 1963

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    Patek Philippe. A very rare and attractive 18K gold openface World Time keyless lever watch with black dial
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 605, movement no. 931'110, case no. 2'622'959, movement made in 1951, completed and encased in 1963
    Cal. 17'''170 HU mechanical movement, 18 jewels, black dial, applied gold baton numerals, pierced stylised gold hands, outer silvered ring with the names of 39 world locations, all centred by a revolving grey and white ring calibrated for the Arabic diurnal and nocturnal 24 hours, circular plain case, milled bezel, snap on back, case, dial and movement signed
    44 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1951 and its subsequent sale on 7 December 1963. The Extract further states that the movement was made in 1951 and completed and encased in 1963.

    This watch is believed to be the only example of a reference 605 HU world-time dress watch fitted with a black dial to have appeared in public to date.

    Even though the Extract from the Archives does not mention the black dial, one can safely conclude that the dial was made for the watch as it bears on the reverse the individual serial number. The only other known world time watch by Patek Philippe with black dial is a wristwatch reference 2523/1 and it very likely that the two watches were originally conceived as a pair.

    Literature:
    For an image of the above mentioned reference 2523/1 with black dial, see Patek Philippe Complicated Wrist Watches by Paolo de Vecchi & Giorgio Gregato, pp. 158 & 159.