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Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and very rare 18K gold hunter case keyless lever watch with Guillaume balance
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Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and very rare 18K gold hunter case keyless lever watch with Guillaume balance

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CIE., GENÈVE, MOVEMENT NO. 116'488, CASE NO. 237'054, MANUFACTURED IN 1901

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Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and very rare 18K gold hunter case keyless lever watch with Guillaume balance

Signed Patek Philippe & Cie., Genève, movement no. 116'488, case no. 237'054, manufactured in 1901
Movement: manual, cal. 19''' Extra adjusted, 21 jewels, Guillaume balance with gold and platinum timing screws, swan-neck micrometer regulator, wolf's tooth winding
Dial: white enamel with Breguet numerals, subsidiary seconds
Case: four-body, engraved initials BC to the front, gold cuvette
Signed: case, cuvette, dial and movement signed, movement numbered twice
Dimensions: 50 mm. diam.
With: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the “Extra quality” movement, hunting case, enamel dial with Breguet numerals, date of manufacture of 1901 and subsequent sale on 24th August 1906, Extract from the Chronometer Datenbank dated 24th September 2015, copies of the Geneva Observatory timing sheet and results of the 1905 First Class timing contest where the watch had obtained a mention "honorable". It had been prepared and adjusted by the renowned adjuster C. Batifolier
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According to the registers of the Geneva Observatory, this extremely fine high-precision watch obtained a grade “A” rating certificate on 2nd August 1905 with 210.1 points and the mention "Honorable". The movement was prepared and adjusted by the renowned master régleur C. Batifolier.

The régleurs or adjusters were the highest paid workers in the watch industry because success in Observatory trials directly conferred reputation and prestige on the brand and therefore greater commercial success.

Patek Philippe movements when destined for participation in Observatory Timing Contests were engraved with the movement number twice. The inscription "Adjusted Extra" on the bridge of the movement refers to the high finishing of all the parts of the movement. Interestingly, the engraved monogram on the front cover of the present watch is almost certainly engraved by the same hand as the monogram engraved on the legendary highly complicated watch, the “Stephen S. Palmer” sold in 1900.

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