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PATEK PHILIPPE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND EXTREMELY RARE 18K WHITE GOLD, AUTOMATIC, CUSHION-SHAPED WRISTWATCH WITH PALE GREEN DIAL, BRACELET, MADE FOR COLONEL MUAMMAR GADDAFI
PATEK PHILIPPE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND EXTREMELY RARE 18K WHITE GOLD, AUTOMATIC, CUSHION-SHAPED WRISTWATCH WITH PALE GREEN DIAL, BRACELET, MADE FOR COLONEL MUAMMAR GADDAFI
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The property of the family of the Middle Eastern high ranking officialPATEK PHILIPPE“Only in times of needwill you fnd freedom”
PATEK PHILIPPE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND EXTREMELY RARE 18K WHITE GOLD, AUTOMATIC, CUSHION-SHAPED WRISTWATCH WITH PALE GREEN DIAL, BRACELET, MADE FOR COLONEL MUAMMAR GADDAFI

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, ELIPSE MODEL, REF. 3589/1, MOVEMENT NO. 1’288’183, CASE NO. 529’401, CIRCA 1979

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PATEK PHILIPPE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND EXTREMELY RARE 18K WHITE GOLD, AUTOMATIC, CUSHION-SHAPED WRISTWATCH WITH PALE GREEN DIAL, BRACELET, MADE FOR COLONEL MUAMMAR GADDAFI
SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, ELIPSE MODEL, REF. 3589/1, MOVEMENT NO. 1’288’183, CASE NO. 529’401, CIRCA 1979
Movement: Automatic, stamped with the Geneva seal, Cal. 28-255 C, 36 jewels, signed
Dial: “Tiffany Blue” dial, quote “Only in times of need will you find freedom Col Muammar Gaddafi”, signed
Case: 18K white gold cushion-shaped case, 33 mm. wide, 36mm. length signed
With: 18k white gold Patek Philippe bracelet attached to the watch case, overall length approximately 190 mm.

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Lot Essay

The present wristwatch is amongst the rarest examples of the reference 3589 “Grande Ellipse” to be ofered at auction. Not only distinguishing itself through the positioning of the quote “Only in times of need will you fnd freedom, Col Muammar Gaddaf” on its
dial, the wristwatch was directly commissioned by Muammar Gaddaf. Only three other examples are known with the same case, bracelet and dial confguration as this watch; although one other example has a personalized inscription written in English.

Consigned by the family of the original owner, a Middle East high ranking oficial, the watch was presented as token of appreciation by Muammar Gaddaf during the Labor Day on May 1st, 1978.

For his speech given on Labor Day in Libya in 1978, Colonel Kadhaf had commissioned Patek Philippe to manufacture a very small series of watches to commemorate this day. The watches were made in white gold with an integrated white gold bracelet. The dial
colour was a reference to his “Green Book” and is made of a pale green hardstone. The dial was further enhanced with part of Colonel Kadhaf’s personalized quote that can be translate by “Only in times of need will you fnd freedom”.
Reference 3589 “Grande Ellipse” was launched in 1970 and discontinued in 1979. It houses the calibre 28’255, the same automatic movement as the famous Jumbo Nautilus reference 3700

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