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Patek Philippe. A very fine and unique miniature 18K gold, amethyst and diamond-set openface keyless cylinder watch with gold and diamond-set detachable bow brooch
Patek Philippe. A very fine and unique miniature 18K gold, amethyst and diamond-set openface keyless cylinder watch with gold and diamond-set detachable bow brooch
Patek Philippe. A very fine and unique miniature 18K gold, amethyst and diamond-set openface keyless cylinder watch with gold and diamond-set detachable bow brooch
Patek Philippe. A very fine and unique miniature 18K gold, amethyst and diamond-set openface keyless cylinder watch with gold and diamond-set detachable bow brooch
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Patek Philippe. A very fine and unique miniature 18K gold, amethyst and diamond-set openface keyless cylinder watch with gold and diamond-set detachable bow brooch

SIGNED PATEK, PHILIPPE & CIE., GENÈVE, MOVEMENT AND CASE NO. 48’434, MOVEMENT MANUFACTURED IN 1880

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Patek Philippe. A very fine and unique miniature 18K gold, amethyst and diamond-set openface keyless cylinder watch with gold and diamond-set detachable bow brooch
Signed Patek, Philippe & Cie., Genève, movement and case no. 48’434, movement manufactured in 1880
Movement: cal. 8’’’, manual, 8 jewels, numbered
Dial: signed
Case: hinged back set with a large cabochon amethyst within a diamond border, diamond-set bezel and bow, hinged gold cuvette, 22 mm. diam., cuvette signed and numbered
With: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 18K yellow gold with enamel dial and Roman numerals in 1880 and its subsequent sale on 23 March 1897. The Extract furthermore confirms the diamond-set front, back, bezel and bow and also that the amethyst stone set into the back cover was provided by the client. The movement was produced in 1880; the timepiece was sold in 1897.
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Part of a private collection for many decades and offered here for the first time at auction, this highly unusual Patek Philippe watch was certainly made by special order for the original client and it can safely be considered unique as no comparable example is known to exist to date.

The large cabochon amethyst was supplied by the client to Patek Philippe specifically for them to set into the watch case, as confirmed by the Extract from the Archives. The watch itself is only a few millimeters larger than the stone, giving it the overall appearance of being a “jewel”. Surrounded by a border of white diamonds the effect is extremely beautiful.

Amethyst was once considered a symbol of royalty and used to decorate English regalia. In the Old World, amethyst was regarded as one of the Cardinal gems, in that it was one of the five gemstones considered precious above all others.

With its 8 lignes movement the present watch is among the smallest watches with a keyless lever movement ever made by Patek Philippe. Its number, 48'434, is part of a series of movements reserved for complications or special mechanisms (47'000 - 48'499).


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