Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and rare large platinum chronograph wristwatch with register and tachometer
Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and rare large platinum chronograph wristwatch with register and tachometer

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENÈVE, MOVEMENT NO. 867'005, CASE NO. 645'566, REF. 1579, MANUFACTURED IN 1946

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Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and rare large platinum chronograph wristwatch with register and tachometer
Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, movement no. 867'005, case no. 645'566, ref. 1579, manufactured in 1946
Cal. 13''', with nickel-finished lever movement, 23 jewels, monometallic compensation balance, the silvered matt dial with black enamelled baton numerals, applied white gold Arabic numerals to 6 and 12, white gold spade hands, outer tachometer scale, two subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 30 minutes register, in large circular case with downturned angular or "spider" lugs, snap on back, together with an 18K white gold Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
36 mm. diam.

Lot Essay

Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with the actual dial in 1946 and its subsequent sale on 28 September 1948.

Throughout the 20th century chronograph wristwatches saw increasing popularity as a reaction to the need of functionalism dictated by modern society. Over the years, chronographs became more and more symbols of success for businessman, industrialists and sportsmen. Since the early 1930's when Patek Philippe took on regular production of wristwatch chronographs, the majority of such models were cased in gold. Whereas yellow gold was the distinguished standard for such models, pink gold was often reserved for the South American market. Examples in stainless steel and white gold are exceedingly rare, platinum, the heaviest and most precious of all metals, was only used to case a handful precision chronograph movements.

The present watch is a reference 1579, a model which was introduced in 1943 and of which only 3 examples in platinum are known today. Interestingly, all pieces from this small series bear consecutive case numbers (645'564 to 645'566), of which this watch is the last one. The present chronograph was last time offered publicly in 1989 but none of the other two have not been on the market since 1998. Reference 1579 takes a unique position in the production of chronographs at Patek Philippe, as it is not only one of the largest models with a diameter of 36mm but also the only one with facetted lugs. The present watch's extremely original condition combined with its smooth, elegant and yet masculine look renders it a fantastic core piece for any collection.
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