PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD LIMITED EDITION RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH WITH TEN DAY POWER RESERVE, ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE AND BOX, MADE TO COMMEMORATE THE MILLENNIUM
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PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD LIMITED EDITION RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH WITH TEN DAY POWER RESERVE, ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE AND BOX, MADE TO COMMEMORATE THE MILLENNIUM

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, 10 DAYS, YEAR 2000, REF. 5100, MOVEMENT NO. 3'201'050, CASE NO. 4'102'561, MANUFACTURED IN 2000

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PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD LIMITED EDITION RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH WITH TEN DAY POWER RESERVE, ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE AND BOX, MADE TO COMMEMORATE THE MILLENNIUM
SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, 10 DAYS, YEAR 2000, REF. 5100, MOVEMENT NO. 3'201'050, CASE NO. 4'102'561, MANUFACTURED IN 2000
Cal. 28-20/220 mechanical movement stamped with the Geneva seal, 29 jewels, grained silvery-grey dial, applied dagger and Arabic numerals, two subsidiary dials for ten day power reserve and constant seconds, rectangular case, angular flared sides, glazed display back engraved Year 2000 Patek Philippe secured by four screws, 18k gold Patek Philippe Henri Stern buckle, case, dial and movement signed
35 mm. length
US$18,000-25,000
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With Patek Philippe undated Certificate of Origin, Attestation, Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres Watch Rate Certificate dated 26 July 2000, commemorative medal, fitted presentation box, outer packaging and slip case. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with grained silvery-grey dial and applied yellow gold hour markers in 2000 and its subsequent sale in 27 November 2000.

To the best of our knowledge, the present watch is fresh to the market.

Of highly distinctive case form, reference 5100 takes its design from the similar, albeit smaller, reference 2554 from the 1950s, which is also known as the "manta ray" model. Produced in a limited edition, reference 5100 was launched in 2000 to celebrate the new millenium.

What makes this watch a modern take on its predecessor, apart from its size, is also the employment of a power reserve for the amazing duration of 10 days. Conveniently for the wearer of the watch, the mechanism will keep running up to ten days straight without requiring the daily or perhaps 36 hours winding necessary for ordinary timepieces.

Reference 5100 is Patek Philippe's first model featuring a ten-day power reserve. Made in a limited edition, this watch can never be recreated exactly as the firm destroyed the tools that were necessary for making the reference. The prestigious Geneva maker made a total of 3,000 pieces of reference 5100. Of these, 1,500 examples were made in yellow gold, 750 in pink gold, 450 in white gold and 300 in platinum, the latter with a flawless Top Wesselton diamond set between the lugs at 6 o'clock.

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