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Patek Philippe. A Fine and Very Attractive 18k Gold Wristwatch With Unusual Dial, Belonging to a Long-Time Employee of General Motors
Patek Philippe. A Fine and Very Attractive 18k Gold Wristwatch With Unusual Dial, Belonging to a Long-Time Employee of General Motors

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 1578GM, MOVEMENT NO. 731'365, CASE NO. 2'625'784, MANUFACTURED IN 1962

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Patek Philippe. A Fine and Very Attractive 18k Gold Wristwatch With Unusual Dial, Belonging to a Long-Time Employee of General Motors
Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 1578GM, Movement No. 731'365, Case No. 2'625'784, Manufactured in 1962

Movement: Manual, Cal. 27, 18 jewels
Dial: Brown, Arabic and dagger numbers, subsidiary seconds
Case: 18k gold, downturned lugs, engraved snap on back reading; GMC. GMOO, K.P. SMITH, 1934-1964, 35mm diam.
Strap/Buckle: Associated leather strap, associated gold plated buckle
Accompanied By: A Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on July 26th, 1962

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Reference 1578 was launched in 1943 and produced until the mid 1960s. General Motors gave these reference 1578GM watches to only 20 of their Overseas Office executives.

General Motor Company

Based in Detroit, Michigan, GMC is a large worldwide business with staff in the thousands over 6 continents. From electric cars to heavy-duty full-size trucks, General Motors provides a range of vehicles including big name brands such as Chevrolet, Buick, and Cadillac. Since their beginnings in the late 19th century, they have grown to become the most widely recognized motor distributor in the world.

The present watch belonged to Mr. K. P. Smith, who worked during GM’s crucial decades, a total of 30 years for long service to the company. The case back of the watch reads:

GMC. GMOO, K.P. SMITH, 1934-1964

GMOO refers to the General Motors Overseas Office, which during the mid-20th century was a crucial element of the company as they began to work more with international brands such as with UK brand Vauxhall and German brand Opel. In addition, leading up to World War II, General Motors produced vast quantities of armaments, vehicles, and aircraft for the Allied war effort, helping to cultivate their multinational interests. Mr. K. P. Smith worked with GMOO which allowed him to travel to Egypt, Cuba and Washington D.C. At a significant time in the brand’s history, the original owner of the present watch would have witnessed the rise of this great American corporation and his watch is a symbol of great achievement and long-standing commitment.

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