Patek Philippe. A Fine Platinum Minute Repeating Openface Pocket Watch with Two-Tone Dial
Patek Philippe. A Fine Platinum Minute Repeating Openface Pocket Watch with Two-Tone Dial

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CIE., GENÈVE, MOVEMENT NO. 198'099, CASE NO. 414'229, MANUFACTURED IN 1927

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Patek Philippe. A Fine Platinum Minute Repeating Openface Pocket Watch with Two-Tone Dial
Signed Patek Philippe & Cie., Genève, Movement No. 198'099, Case No. 414'229, Manufactured in 1927
Movement: Manual, Cal. 17'''
Dial: Silvered two-tone dial, Arabic and baton numerals, subsidiary seconds
Case: Platinum, engraved snap on back, hinged cuvette, slide to the band, 45mm diam.
Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
Accompanied By: A Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on September 12, 1931
Provenance
The Collection of Eric Clapton, Lot 116, New York 5 June 2003, Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches Featuring Property from the Collection of Eric Clapton

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Lot Essay

Produced during the Art Deco period, it is amazing that this timepiece looks so modern by today's fashions. Its silvered dial, platinum hour markers and beautifully executed platinum case offer a monochromatic aesthetic which is notably very much in line with the trend of the moment. Its vintage appeal comes in the form of its Caliber 17''' minute repeating mechanism which was a specialty for Patek Philippe. When the slide in the band is engaged, the watch chimes the hours, quarters and the minutes with great tone and clarity. Secondly its monogrammed case back offers us a meaningful look into the past. Noted on the Extract from the Archives, it is likely that this watch left the factory in 1927 engraved and initialed at the request of its original owner. Due to the costly fee for a pocket watch of such fine nature, it is likely that the original owner was of particular interest, even more likely by the notable engraving of a crown above the initials.

The dial was supplied by the renowned Stern Frères, the plate with hand-made engravings, enameling and numerals.

A similar example is illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches Volume II, pp. 245-247

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