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Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and heavy 18K gold openface keyless lever deck watch with up and down indicator, Guillaume balance and Bulletin d'Observatoire
Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and heavy 18K gold openface keyless lever deck watch with up and down indicator, Guillaume balance and Bulletin d'Observatoire

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENEVE, SUISSE, NO. 157'462, MOVEMENT NO. 157'462, CASE NO. 413'528, MANUFACTURED IN 1912

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Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and heavy 18K gold openface keyless lever deck watch with up and down indicator, Guillaume balance and Bulletin d'Observatoire
Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Geneve, Suisse, No. 157'462, movement no. 157'462, case no. 413'528, manufactured in 1912
Cal. 21''' nickel-finished Extra Quality fully jewelled lever movement numbered twice, Guillaume balance with gold poising screws, micrometer regulator, wolf's tooth winding, gold cuvette, the silvered dial with Roman numerals, blued steel spade hands, two subsidiary dials indicating up and down recorder and constant seconds, in plain heavy case with hinged back, case, cuvette, dial and movement signed
57 mm. diam.

Lot Essay

Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1912. It obtained a Geneva Observatory rating certificate on 30 October 1914 and was sold on 9 April 1929.

According to the registers of the Geneva Observatory, the present watch participated at the 1914 timing contest where it achieved the mention "Honourable" with a total of 638 points. It had been prepared and adjusted by the precision adjuster J.-H.-A. Audemars.

Deck watches in gold are extremely rare to find, for the simple reason that they had a sheer functional purpose for which the very expensive version of a gold case would be utter luxury.

In the chartroom of a ship the chronometer was the most important instrument, but on deck or in the wheelhouse the smaller hence easy to carry deck watches were used. These pieces were moved all over a ship and were therefore mainly made of less delicate and cheaper metals such as steel, silver or aluminium.

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