Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with additional dial
Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with additional dial


Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with additional dial
Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 1436, movement no. 863'957, case no. 655'636, manufactured in 1946
Cal. 13''' mechanical movement stamped with the Geneva seal, 25 jewels, micrometer regulator, silver dial, applied gold baton numerals, outer five minute divisions and tachymetre scale, two subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 30 minutes register, circular case with extended downturned lugs, snap on back, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, 18K 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 in 1946 and its subsequent sale in 1946. Furthermore delivered with additional silvered dial.

A fine example of Patek Philippe's complicated and rare reference 1436, the watch on offer here delights with its beautiful and clean later dial with nicely raised hard enamel signature and scales. It is likely that the original dial was exchanged for the present one at the request of the previous onwer, who may have wanted to refresh the watch. An elegant and very practical timepiece equipped with the much coveted split-seconds function, it is a treasure for any watch aficionado to add to his collection. The additional silvered dial is an extra bonus.

Reference 1436
Patek Philippe reference 1436 is one of the most synonymous wristwatches for the modernization of society in the 20th century. Whether in action to measure time intervals at a car race at Le Mans or a manned mission into orbit, the use of the split second chronograph fascinates today as much as when this reference was introduced in 1938. 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 over 30 years of production, reference 1436 saw a fascinating development both technically and aesthetically. Numerous dial designs have been given to this model. Until production of reference 1436 was discontinued in the early 1970s, it has seen two different constructions in regard to how the chronograph seconds hand would be split. On the first generation of this model, made until the late 1940s, the crown would serve as a button to split and reunite the two seconds hand. The second generation, such as the present watch, 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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