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Patek Philippe.  A Fine and Rare 18k Gold Split-Seconds Openface Keyless Lever Watch With Unusual Dial
PROPERTY OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY
Patek Philippe. A Fine and Rare 18k Gold Split-Seconds Openface Keyless Lever Watch With Unusual Dial

PATEK PHILIPPE MADE FOR TIFFANY & CO., GENEVA, MOVEMENT AND CASE NO. 48'005, MANUFACTURED IN 1878

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Patek Philippe. A Fine and Rare 18k Gold Split-Seconds Openface Keyless Lever Watch With Unusual Dial
Patek Philippe Made for Tiffany & Co., Geneva, Movement and Case No. 48'005, Manufactured in 1878
Mechanical nickel-finished jewelled lever movement, bi-metallic compensation balance, gold cuvette, white enamel dial two eccentric subsidiary dials for constant seconds with Arabic numerals and hour/minute indication with Roman numerals, blued spade hands, outer calibrated red Arabic fifth seconds ring, engine-turned case, chronograph operated through the crown and a button in the band, coin-edged band, hinged back, case, dial and movement signed by retailer and numbered
53mm diam.

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With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch as a movement only in 1878 and its subsequent sale on November 12th of the same year.

At present only about 160 pocket watches with split chronograph seconds function have made it back to the market or can be found in various publications. Half of those watches display registers. The prestigious Geneva maker made about 900 such movements. It was actually the American market, which first demanded the split-seconds feature. This feature was mainly used for industrial (railways) or sports (horse racing) purposes. Some of the split second chronograph watches even have a repeating device, especially those made for either Tiffany, Bayley Banks & Biddle, Spaulding or Shreve.

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