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Patek Philippe. A superb, fine and extremely rare 18K gold massive hunter case two-train minute repeating keyless lever clock watch with grande and petite sonnerie and Bulletin d'Observatoire
Patek Philippe. A superb, fine and extremely rare 18K gold massive hunter case two-train minute repeating keyless lever clock watch with grande and petite sonnerie and Bulletin d'Observatoire

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 174'493, CASE NO. 400'928, MOVEMENT MANUFACTURED IN 1915, ENCASED AND SOLD IN 1964

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Patek Philippe. A superb, fine and extremely rare 18K gold massive hunter case two-train minute repeating keyless lever clock watch with grande and petite sonnerie and Bulletin d'Observatoire
Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, movement no. 174'493, case no. 400'928, movement manufactured in 1915, encased and sold in 1964
Cal. 19''' nickel-finished two-train lever movement, 35 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, swan neck regulator, repeating and en passant striking with two polished steel hammers onto two steel gongs, gold cuvette, the silvered matte dial with applied gold Breguet numerals, blued steel spade hands, subsidiary seconds, in massive circular plain case with five-bar hinges, Petite/Grande Sonnerie and Silence/Sonnerie levers underneath the bezel, repeating mechanism released through a slide in the band, tandem winding through the crown, case, cuvette, dial and movement signed
56 mm. diam.

Lot Essay

Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extrait des Registres confirming manufacture of the present watch in 1915 and its subsequent sale on 23 November 1964, two copies of Bulletins de Dépot and two copies of timing sheets from the Geneva Observatory. It is furthermore delivered with a Patek Philippe wooden presentation box.

Clock watches by Patek Philippe are extremely rare. The present watch is particularly unusual as Patek Philippe is known to have reserved the "Grande and Petite Sonnerie" mechanism exclusively for their ultra complicated timepieces; to the best of our knowledge, less than 10 of such "plain" grande and petite sonnerie clock watches are known to date.

An additional and attractive feature of this watch is certainly that it had been presented at the Geneva timing contest in 1920. The renowned precision adjuster, Mr. J. Golay-Audemars, was in charge of the preparations and adjustments. Consequently, the watch obtained the second price with 791 points in its class and the fifth rank among the 43 classed timepieces.

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