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PATEK PHILIPPE. A RARE AND LARGE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS
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PATEK PHILIPPE. A RARE AND LARGE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 5522, MOVEMENT NO. 7'061'219, CASE NO. 6'202'103, CIRCA 2017

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PATEK PHILIPPE. A RARE AND LARGE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS
SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 5522, MOVEMENT NO. 7'061'219, CASE NO. 6'202'103, CIRCA 2017
Movement: Cal. 324 S, automatic, 29 jewels, Patek Philippe Seal, signed
Dial: Signed
Case: Glazed display screw back, 42 mm. diam., signed
With: Stainless steel Patek Philippe buckle, Certificate of Origin dated 16 October 2017 and product literature in leather folder, presentation box and outer packaging

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Lot Essay

In July 2017, Patek Philippe unveiled a 10-day long, public exhibition dedicated to ‘The Art of Watchmaking’, featuring some of the brand’s most important pieces from its history. To accompany and celebrate this event, taking place in New York city, Patek also unveiled a few limited edition models. One of those models was reference 5522A, a time only pilot’s watch, of which today’s lot is an example.

Although deceptively simple in design, many features make this watch truly remarkable. Although sizeable by Patek’s standards (at 42 mm. in diameter), the watch itself is also incredibly thin and subtle, something achieved by its usage of the famed Calibre 324 S (a movement used in various watches such as the iconic reference 5711 Nautilus). This beautiful movement is visible through the glazed display back, upon which is engraved ‘Patek Philippe New York 2017’, which only serves to emphasize the watch’s rarity and provenance. Only 600 pieces of this model were ever created, exclusively for the US market, which made the watch incredibly hard to source at the time.

Aesthetically speaking, the watch has echoes of a vintage charm, thanks to the brown calfskin strap featuring contrast stitching and a ‘clevis’ style buckle inspired by the belt buckles that pilots used to secure their survival kits. The dial is incredibly readable, clean and uncluttered, with bold 18k white gold numerals and an absence of any complication (such as a date window). Today’s lot represents a rare opportunity to own a truly unique watch, one that is versatile enough to be worn on any occasion.

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