Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with pink dial
Prospective purchasers are advised that several co… Read more A GENTLEMAN'S PURSUIT FOR EXCELLENCE, PART III When one becomes active as collector in a field which is new then logically literature is not available, museums do not exists and international auction houses do not yet offer this type of object in their auction. So, an "ice breaker" has the advantage of being first to what may become later a world-wide market with a huge audience. However, there are disadvantages too: all is down to one's personal research, study at home, instinct and, in many instances, vision and courage. And given the lacking scholarship, errors may occur too, hopefully not too often though. When a collector enters a well-established collecting field, he has the advantage that scholarship is at an advanced level, market prices are established, information is more easily available, and one can benefit from all the knowledge which has been built during several decades. The disadvantages are that there is international and often fierce competition for the best objects, and the true trophies become rarer and rarer. As a consequence, prices for the best quality masterpieces may be rising constantly due to the increasing demand of new collectors. The collector of the present collection, "A Gentleman's pursuit of Excellence" belongs to the latter group, having discovered his passion for rare vintage watches only after the millennium. From the very first day his main selecting criteria was that only vintage complicated wristwatches and pocket watches by Patek Philippe should qualify for the collection. The focus should lie on the firm's greatest classics, ranging from the 1930's to 1980's production. The pocket watches should feature functions which do not per se exist in wristwatches of this very period in order to be complementary. Most importantly, originality and condition were never to be compromised and only the best preserved examples were ever considered for this collection. Ideally, watches which meet all of the above requirements should also retain original boxes and certificates and a particular attention was paid to rare dial versions. The following typologies and functions are represented: chronographs, including single-button and split-seconds, perpetual calendars, perpetual calendars with chronographs, minute repeaters, world time and travel time to name the most important. For the pocket watch selection, the main focus was to feature the most prominent representatives made after 1930's and it goes without saying that the same parameters set for the wristwatches were also applicable for this category. The result is a compact, but highly intense collection of the world's most beautiful and rare Patek Philippe wristwatches, composed of only the finest examples of each type and reference. Christie's is honored to have been entrusted with the sale of this superb "triple AAA" collection, lots 109, 189, 190, 191, 192, 265, 273 and 398 in this sale. Part I and Part II of this collection were already sold successfully in November 2012 and May 2013. The sales were highlighted by a Patek Philippe reference 844, retailed by Tiffany & Co in November 2012 and by a Patek Philippe reference 2499/100 in May 2013, both selling above high estimate.
Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with pink dial


Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with pink dial
Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, ref. 1436, movement no. 862'536, case no. 624'970, manufactured in 1940
Cal. 13''' mechanical movement stamped with the Geneva seal, 25 jewels, micrometer regulator, pink dial, applied pink gold baton and Roman numerals, pink gold feuille hands, outer railway five minute divisions and tachymetre scale, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register, circular case, extended downturned lugs, snap on back, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, 18K pink gold Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
33 mm. diam.
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Lot Essay

With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with rose dial and tachometre scale in 1940 and its subsequent sale on 13 April 1942.

The pink gold reference 1436 is one of the rarest gems in the universe of complicated wristwatches. Research reveals that in over 30 years of international auctions, less than 10 pink gold split second chronographs by Patek Philippe came up for public sale of which only four with pink dial, the present example having a different configuration. Even more noteworthy is the rose-coloured dial which is fully confirmed by the Extract of the Archives. Purchased by the current owner at auction in 2007, when it was offered by the family of the original owner, it is a true "two-owner-since-new" collector's watch.

Preserved in excellent, unadultered condition, the present watch combines all elements a demanding collector could ask for. The dial, never restored and beautifully displaying its more than 70 years of age, has become with time a work of art in its own right, revealing the best possible maturing. The case, only slightly polished, not only retains the original proportions to an excellent degree, but displays beautifully the Swiss gold mark as well as the local import mark of the country of its delivery. Its overall appearance, condition and provenance certainly merit describing this watch as the ultimate trophy for a discerning collector of fine timepieces.

Reference 1436

Since its introduction to the market in 1938, reference 1436 remained the best known split seconds chronograph model produced by Patek Philippe. It was predominantly cased in either yellow or pink gold - no examples are known to date in white gold or platinum. The elegant reference 1436 and its high quality and complex movement certainly marked a peak in the evolution of technical wristwatches - an area in which Patek Philippe has been foremost for generations.

During more than 30 years of production, reference 1436 saw a fascinating development both technically and aesthetically. Numerous dial designs have been created for this model. Until production of reference 1436 was discontinued in the early 1970s, it saw two different constructions in regard to how the chronograph seconds hand would be split. On the first generation of this model, such as the present watch, made until the late 1940s, the crown would serve as a button to split and reunite the two seconds hands. The second generation was fitted with a co-axial push button within the crown for the split seconds function.

The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 273, pl. 422 (first generation) and p. 274, pl. 423 (second generation).

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