Patek Philippe. A rare and unusual silver openface repoussé keyless cylinder watch
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Patek Philippe. A rare and unusual silver openface repoussé keyless cylinder watch

SIGNED PATEK, PHILIPPE & CO. GENÈVE, NO. 61'787, MANUFACTURED IN 1880

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Patek Philippe. A rare and unusual silver openface repoussé keyless cylinder watch
Signed Patek, Philippe & Co. Genève, no. 61'787, manufactured in 1880
Cal. 12''' gilt-finished cylinder movement, wolf's tooth winding, silver cuvette, silvered chased dial, Roman numerals on blank cartouches separated by gilt florettes, outer Arabic five minute divisions, centered by pierced coat-of-arms, circular repoussé case, scroll and floral decorated bezel and band, scene depicting St. George and the Dragon and inscription S. Georgius Equitum Patronus in high relief to the back, inside with the inscription In Tempestate Securitas and a ship in full sail with the sleeping Christ and two apostles, cuvette signed and numbered
33 mm. diam.
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Lot Essay

With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with representation of "St. Georges" to the back in 1880 and its subsequent sale on 22 November 1883.

Fresh to the market this "St. Georges" watch impresses with its extremely well preserved overall condition. Most likely a unique piece, the pierced coat-of-arms to the centre of the dial leads to the assumption that it was made by special order.

St. George, patron of England and legendary slayer of the Dragon, was an early Christian who was martyred under the rule of the Roman Emperor Diocletian in A. D. 303.

The banner of St. George, the red cross of a martyr on a white background, was adopted for the uniform of English soldiers possibly in the reign of Richard the First, and later became the flag of England and the White Ensign of the Royal Navy.

The back of the present watch depicts the St. George talisman, showing St. George on horseback, thrusting his lance at a dragon and the inscription "S. GEORGIUS EQUITUM PATRONUS" (St. George, protector of knights) on one side. The reverse shows a ship in full sail on a rough sea and Christ asleep on the deck with two terrified apostles, a wind blows through a small cloud into the sail and the inscription "IN TEMPESTATE SECURITAS" (protection in the storm).
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