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PATEK PHILLIPE. AN EXTREMELY FINE, IMPORTANT AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE, 18K GOLD AND WHITE GOLD OPENFACE MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH MOON PHASES, LUNAR CALENDAR, POWER RESERVE AND GUILLAUME BALANCE, MADE FOR THE AMERICAN MARKET
PATEK PHILLIPE. AN EXTREMELY FINE, IMPORTANT AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE, 18K GOLD AND WHITE GOLD OPENFACE MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH MOON PHASES, LUNAR CALENDAR, POWER RESERVE AND GUILLAUME BALANCE, MADE FOR THE AMERICAN MARKET
PATEK PHILLIPE. AN EXTREMELY FINE, IMPORTANT AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE, 18K GOLD AND WHITE GOLD OPENFACE MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH MOON PHASES, LUNAR CALENDAR, POWER RESERVE AND GUILLAUME BALANCE, MADE FOR THE AMERICAN MARKET
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PATEK PHILLIPE. AN EXTREMELY FINE, IMPORTANT AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE, 18K GOLD AND WHITE GOLD OPENFACE MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH MOON PHASES, LUNAR CALENDAR, POWER RESERVE AND GUILLAUME BALANCE, MADE FOR THE AMERICAN MARKET
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PATEK PHILIPPEMINUTE REPEATER & PERPETUAL CALENDAR WITH POWER RESERVE INDICATOR
PATEK PHILLIPE. AN EXTREMELY FINE, IMPORTANT AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE, 18K GOLD AND WHITE GOLD OPENFACE MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH MOON PHASES, LUNAR CALENDAR, POWER RESERVE AND GUILLAUME BALANCE, MADE FOR THE AMERICAN MARKET

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, RETAILED BY JULIUS C. WALK & SON, INDIANAPOLIS, MOVEMENT NO. 174’938, CASE NO. 406’236, MANUFACTURED IN 1919

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PATEK PHILLIPE. AN EXTREMELY FINE, IMPORTANT AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE, 18K GOLD AND WHITE GOLD OPENFACE MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH MOON PHASES, LUNAR CALENDAR, POWER RESERVE AND GUILLAUME BALANCE, MADE FOR THE AMERICAN MARKET
SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, RETAILED BY JULIUS C. WALK & SON, INDIANAPOLIS, MOVEMENT NO. 174’938, CASE NO. 406’236, MANUFACTURED IN 1919
Movement: Cal. 19''', manual, 31 jewels, Guillaume balance, repeating on two polished steel hammers onto two gongs, swan-neck micrometer regulator, signed by the maker and retailer, double numbered
Dial: White enamel
Case: Four-body, concealed hinge, repeating slide in the band, hinged gold cuvette with engraved dedication “Made for Nils Chapman by Patek Philippe & Co., Geneva, Switzerland, from Julia H. Chapman, Christmas 1920”, inlaid platinum monogram “NC” on the back cover, Approx. 55 mm. diam.
With: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in yellow gold with inlaid platinum monogram “NC” on the outer cover in 1919 and its subsequent sale on 6th May 1921

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Lot Essay

This exceptional and fascinating timepiece was supplied by Patek Philippe as a special order via the prestigious Indianapolis jewellers Julius C. Walk. It is highly unusual in being a high precision minute repeating perpetual calendar watch with power reserve indication, to the best of our knowledge no other watch with this exact combination of complications and dial configuration is known publicly. Its construction and design exhibits the traits that the great American collectors particularly appreciated. Interestingly, several of the legendary high precision watches made for James Ward Packard have movement numbers in the 174’*** range close to the present watch. The sophisticated case with concealed hinge is inlaid with the platinum initials of the original owner into the back cover, a detail which is fully confirmed by the Extract from the Archives. Complicated Patek Philippe watches such as this with minute repeating and perpetual calendar were true marvels of the age, often taking months or even years to complete, they cost a small fortune. Then, as now, Patek Philippe watches were coveted trophies, the ownership of which conveyed an individual’s good taste and success to other cognoscenti.

This watch, no. 174'938, with minute repeating and perpetual calendar is not only complicated, but can also be considered to be a high precision watch. Close inspection reveals that the movement is engraved twice with the movement number, this is a detail that indicates that the movement was originally destined for participation in Observatory Timing Contests. The high precision nature of the movement is further underlined by the use of the Guillaume balance with gold and platinum screws, constructed on the principles of Dr. Charles Guillaume's invention, a feature that again was usually reserved for watches intended for Observatory competition. Complicated watches were rarely entered into timing contests because the additional integrated mechanisms necessary to operate the complications could have a slightly adverse effect on timekeeping. Therefore, a complicated watch that was considered capable of attaining Observatory standard would have been regarded as extremely special.

Fresh to the market after many years in one of the world’s great collections, the present watch combines provenance with the highest standard of watchmaking, great aesthetics and classic complications. As such, it would make a superb addition to any serious watch collection.

Julius C. Walk & Son
Indiana jeweller, Julius C. Walk, exhibited at the World’s Columbian Exposition. The company sold fine diamonds and watches, sterling silverware, French clocks, and other luxury goods.

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