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Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph keyless lever watch with phases of the moon
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Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph keyless lever watch with phases of the moon

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 658, MOVEMENT NO. 861'185, CASE NO. 680'489, MANUFACTURED IN 1950

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Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph keyless lever watch with phases of the moon
Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 658, movement no. 861'185, case no. 680'489, manufactured in 1950
Cal. 17''' nickel-finished lever movement, 41 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, repeating on two hammers onto two gongs, silvered dial, applied gold Arabic numerals, outer railway minute divisions, four subsidiary dials for month, day, date, constant seconds and moon phases, circular plain case, snap on back, repeating slide in the band, split seconds chronographs button in the crown and in the band, case, dial and movement signed
50 mm. diam.

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Lot Essay

With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1950 and its subsequent sale on 27 July 1956. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe fitted wooden presentation box.

Reference 658 is an ultra rare representative of the hundred year old family of triple complicated Patek Philippe watches. For the first forty some years of their making, until about 1930, they were usually fitted with white enamel dials and finished in rounded, slightly old-fashioned cases. As of the 1930s, more modernist case and dial designs were applied, until the 1960s when another modernisation took place with cases becoming very edgy and architectural and dial designs reduced to a minimalistic level.

The present reference 658 is a perfect example of this "inbetween generation", dating from 1950. Scholars and collectors will probably agree that hardly any complicated watch unites the best of so many different styles as the present one: a state-of-the art complicated movement of pre-war conception, a refined and elaborate case, substantial enough to impress but handy enough to be used, and a unbelievably attractive silvered dial with all scales and signatures perfectly raised in hard enamel.

Wristwatch aficionados will instantly recognise the dial layout, mirroring so many style elements, most evidently the applied Arabic numerals and the feuille hands, known from the last generation of reference 1518 and the first of the new arriving reference 2499 - both dating to the same period like this reference 658.

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