PATEK PHILIPPE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES
PATEK PHILIPPE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES
PATEK PHILIPPE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES
PATEK PHILIPPE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES
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PATEK PHILIPPE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 1526, MOVEMENT NO. 962’283, CASE NO. 653’852, MANUFACTURED IN 1949

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PATEK PHILIPPE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES
SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 1526, MOVEMENT NO. 962’283, CASE NO. 653’852, MANUFACTURED IN 1949
Movement: Manual
Dial: Silvered
Case: Snap on back engraved ‘Craig R. Sheaffer, Fort Madison, Iowa, 1950’, 34 mm. diam.
With: 18k gold Patek Philippe buckle
Remark: Approx. 165 pieces made. Formerly the property of Eric Clapton CBE
Provenance
Christie’s New York, 5th June 2003, ‘Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches Featuring Property from the Collection of Eric Clapton’, lot 184.
Literature
A similar example is illustrated in: ‘Patek Philippe Wristwatches’, Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, 2nd edition, p. 282.
Special notice

Many of the watches offered for sale in this catalogue are pictured with straps made of endangered or protected animal materials such as alligator or crocodile. These endangered species straps are shown for display purposes only and are not for sale. Christie’s will remove and retain the strap prior to shipment from the sale site. At some sale sites, Christie’s may, at its discretion, make the displayed endangered species strap available to the buyer of the lot free of charge if collected in person from the sale site within 1 year of the date of the sale. Please check with the department for details on a particular lot.

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Lot Essay

This endangered species strap is shown for display purposes only and is not for sale. The watch will be supplied with a calf leather strap.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, Eric Clapton CBE, the English rock and blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time, assembled one of the most impressive and important collections of wristwatches anywhere in the world. The collection included many of the great classic models of Patek Philippe and some unique examples among them. Today, it is always an exciting event for collectors whenever one of the watches once owned by Eric Clapton appears back to the market. The present reference 1526 perpetual calendar is one such legendary timepiece. Not seen in public for almost 20 years, the present owner bought this superb vintage Patek Philippe at the auction of Eric Clapton’s important watches at Christie’s New York and has since treasured it as a prize possession and has maintained it in the same condition as it was when worn by Eric Clapton.
Apart from its stellar provenance, this reference 1526 is a very honest example distinguished by its extremely attractive overall condition. During a servicing most likely in the workshops of Patek Philippe and certainly over 20 years ago, the 3rd Series, ‘Mark 1’ dial has been professionally cleaned, now displaying a great shine, signatures and scales still nicely raised. The case retains full proportions and has not been subject to careless polishing, with both hallmarks still quite crisp and clearly visible.

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