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Patek Philippe.  An Extremly Rare, Important And Probably Unique 18k Gold, Two Train, Minute Repeating Through The Crown Openface Keyless Lever Perpetual Calendar Watch With Moon Phases
Patek Philippe. An Extremly Rare, Important And Probably Unique 18k Gold, Two Train, Minute Repeating Through The Crown Openface Keyless Lever Perpetual Calendar Watch With Moon Phases

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, RETAILED BY TIFFANY & CO., REF. 699/3, MOVEMENT NO. 137'976, CASE NO. 691'721, MANUFACTURED IN 1907, ENCASED IN 1956

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Patek Philippe. An Extremly Rare, Important And Probably Unique 18k Gold, Two Train, Minute Repeating Through The Crown Openface Keyless Lever Perpetual Calendar Watch With Moon Phases
Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, Retailed by Tiffany & Co., Ref. 699/3, Movement No. 137'976, Case No. 691'721, Manufactured in 1907, Encased in 1956
Cal. 18''' nickel-finished two train lever movement, 33 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, minute repeating on two gongs activated through a button in the crown, silvered matte dial, applied gold baton numerals, black enamel outer minute divisions, triple apertures for day, date and month, subsidiary seconds combined with phases of the moon, plain circular case, snap on back, case, dial and movement signed by maker, dial signed by retailer
50mm diam.

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Lot Essay

With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1907 and cased in 1956 and its subsequent sale on July 19th, 1957. Further accompanied by a Patek Philippe suede pouch.

The present watch is an extremly rare and desirable example of a grand complication manufactured by Patek Philippe. There are only two known examples of the reference 699 with two train winding to the market. The current example is thought to be the only watch known featuring the sought after Tiffany & Co signature.

The straight line perpetual calendar and minute repeating complications are rare to find in any watch. However for a watch to exhibit the rare tandem winding movement containg two-trains, one for the going and calendar work and the other for the repeating mechanism the present watch belongs to the family of Patek Philippe Grand Complications.
Traditionally the repeating train of a watch is activated by having to push a slide in the band. With a trip-repeating watch the repeating is released at will through a button in the crown. The advantage allows the watch to retain the clean lines of the case and permits the owner to activate the repeat train at will a number of times from only one winding.

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