PATEK PHILIPPE. AN OUTSTANDING AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 18K PINK GOLD SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PINK DIAL
PATEK PHILIPPE. AN OUTSTANDING AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 18K PINK GOLD SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PINK DIAL
PATEK PHILIPPE. AN OUTSTANDING AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 18K PINK GOLD SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PINK DIAL
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PATEK PHILIPPE. AN OUTSTANDING AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 18K PINK GOLD SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PINK DIAL
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PATEK PHILIPPEPINK ON PINK SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH REF. 1436
PATEK PHILIPPE. AN OUTSTANDING AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 18K PINK GOLD SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PINK DIAL

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENEVE, REF. 1436, MOVEMENT NO. 862'536, CASE NO. 624'970, MANUFACTURED IN 1940

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PATEK PHILIPPE. AN OUTSTANDING AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 18K PINK GOLD SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH PINK DIAL
SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENEVE, REF. 1436, MOVEMENT NO. 862'536, CASE NO. 624'970, MANUFACTURED IN 1940
Movement: Manual
Dial: Pink
Case: 33 mm. diam.
With: 18k pink gold Patek Philippe buckle, Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with rose dial, raised gold hour markers and tachymeter scale in 1940 and its subsequent sale on 13 April 1942, Passport from Eric Tortella
Provenance
The property of a descendant of the original owner
until Sold - Christie’s Geneva, 12 November 2007, lot 432
2007-2013 - A Highly Important Private Collection
Sold - Christie’s Geneva, 11 November 2013, lot 109
2013-2019 - An Important Private Collection
Sold - Phillips Geneva, 11-12 May 2019, lot 167
2019 to date - the present owner
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Lot Essay

This astonishing pink gold reference 1436 split seconds chronograph with Extract confirmed pink dial is one of only 9 publicly known examples of the reference cased in pink gold, with perhaps less than half of those 9 watches being fitted with a pink dial. Moreover, the present watch has impeccable and fully traceable provenance with only four owners since it was made over 80 years ago. It is unsurprising that since its discovery in 2007, it has been owned by some of the world’s most formidable collectors.

The dial is breathtaking in its beauty. The engraved hard enamel outer scales, subsidiary seconds and register are superbly raised, as is the correct pre-1948 ‘long’ Patek Philippe & Co. Genève signature which retains both its comma and accent, the applied pink gold Roman and baton hour indexes and pink gold feuille hands complement perfectly. At the edge at 3 o’clock, some small areas of discolouration are visible.

The case, made by master casemaker Emile Vichet whose mark of a number 9 within a key is punched inside the caseback. It retains strong, sharp and original proportions. Both hallmarks on the side of the case and upper right lug are very crisp and clear.

A spectacular proposition for collectors of the finest vintage Patek Philippe, Christie’s is delighted to offer this world-class ‘golden age’ reference 1436 which cannot fail to impress with its provenance, rarity, condition and sheer good looks.

Reference 1436
Since its introduction to the market in 1938, reference 1436 remained the best known split seconds chronograph model produced by Patek Philippe. The split-seconds chronograph is considered one of the three most challenging complications in watchmaking, and ref.1436 is highly coveted by collectors as Patek Philippe’s first split-seconds chronograph wristwatch produced in series. It was predominantly cased in either yellow or pink gold - no examples are known to date in white gold or platinum. The elegant reference 1436 and its high quality and complex movement certainly marked a peak in the evolution of technical wristwatches - an area in which Patek Philippe has been foremost for generations.

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