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Patek Philippe. A Fine 18k Gold Wristwatch
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Patek Philippe. A Fine 18k Gold Wristwatch


Patek Philippe. A Fine 18k Gold Wristwatch
Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, Ref. 96, Movement No. 929'821, Case No. 300'578, Manufactured in 1946

Movement: Manual, Cal. 12-120 PS, 18 jewels
Dial: Silvered, baton numerals, subsidiary seconds
Case: 18k gold, engraved snap on back, 30mm diam.
Buckle: Associated buckle
Accompanied By: A Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on April 3, 1947
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Lot Essay

Reference 96 is a landmark model in the history of Patek Philippe. It is the first model of the “Stern Era”, launched in 1932, the same year the Stern family acquired the company, and it is also the first model bearing a reference number. Furthermore, this reference is considered the archetype for the vintage “Calatrava” style, distinguished by the flowing lines of the case and subtle downturned lugs. The case back is engraved, "To Dad, From Arthur, 12-25-1958."

To the best of our knowledge this watch has never before been offered in public.

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