Patek Philippe. A fine 18K white gold openface keyless lever dress watch with 18K white gold chain and box
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Patek Philippe. A fine 18K white gold openface keyless lever dress watch with 18K white gold chain and box


Patek Philippe. A fine 18K white gold openface keyless lever dress watch with 18K white gold chain and box
Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, retailed by Beyer, Ellipse model, ref. 874, movement no. 1'323'085, case no. 531'593, manufactured in 1976
Cal. 215 mechanical movement stamped with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels, silvered matte dial, luminous hands, Roman numerals, luminous accents, oval-shaped ellipse-style case, associated 18K white gold chain, case, dial and movement signed by maker, dial further signed by retailer
40 mm. width, 46.5 mm. length
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With Patek Philippe black crocodile leather pouch and cardboard box. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial, black painted Roman numerals in 1976 and its subsequent sale on 17 August 1977.

The present "Ellipse" is believed to be the only example of this reference in white gold and retailed by the distinguished Beyer Chronometrie known to exist to date.

Reference 874 was in production from 1976 to 1991 in yellow or white gold. It is the pocket counterpart of the wristwatch reference 3748, to which it is absolutely identical but larger. It was made in yellow and white gold, with different dial finishes matching the period dials of reference 3748. Some engraved examples are known, distinguished by the specific reference numbers 874-1, 874-2, and so on. One of the most difficult references to find on the market, so far only around 6 other examples in white gold are known from the market, none of them signed by Beyer.

Established in 1760, the prestigious firm is celebrating their 250th anniversary in 2010. Since its foundation, it has always been passed down from father to son, each a fully trained watchmaker. Beyer Chronometrie was the first shop in Switzerland specializing exclusively in watches, clocks and jewelry and has enjoyed a long term relationship with Patek Philippe for over 165 years. The firm is currently managed by René Beyer who represents the eigth generation of the Beyer family.
The company also owns the renowned Clock and Watch Museum Beyer Zurich, one of the world's most important horological collections. It comprises some 500 pieces dating from 1400 BC to the present day.

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