Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold limited edition rectangular wristwatch with 10 day power reserve
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Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold limited edition rectangular wristwatch with 10 day power reserve

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 5100J, MOVEMENT NO. 3'203'174, CASE NO. 4'123'403, MANUFACTURED IN 2001

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Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold limited edition rectangular wristwatch with 10 day power reserve


Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 5100J, movement no. 3'203'174, case no. 4'123'403, manufactured in 2001

Movement: cal. 28-20 REC 10J PS IRM, manual, 29 jewels, signed
Dial: signed
Case: sapphire crystal display back secured by four screws, 34 mm. width, 46 mm. long, signed
With: 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle, Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered grained dial and applied yellow gold Arabic numerals and indexes in 2001 and its subsequent sale on 7th March 2001
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Lot Essay

Of highly distinctive case form, reference 5100 takes its design from the similar, albeit smaller, reference 2554 from the 1950s, also known as the "Manta Ray" model. Produced in a limited edition, reference 5100 was launched in 2000 to celebrate the new millennium.

What makes this watch a modern take on its predecessor, apart from its size, is also the employment of a power reserve for the amazing duration of 10 days. Conveniently for the wearer of the watch, the mechanism will keep running up to ten days straight without requiring the daily or perhaps 36 hours winding necessary for ordinary timepieces.

The reference 5100 can never be recreated exactly as the firm destroyed the tools that were necessary for making it. The prestigious Geneva maker made a total of 3,000 pieces of reference 5100. Of these, 1,500 examples were made in yellow gold, 750 in pink gold, 450 in white gold and 300 in platinum.

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