With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1882 and its subsequent sale on May 4th, 1883.
For the collector of Patek Philippe patiently waiting for the Ref. 5235G regulator-style dial annual calendar to finally be released, they may find comfort in knowing they can own a far rarer example of a regulator dial made in the late 19th century. The presently offered watch features a split seconds chronograph combined with a regular dial layout that features the hours and minutes on a subsidiary dial at 3 o'clock and the split second hands calibrated for the outer track calibrated to show divisions down to the fifth of a second. This type of layout was primarily made for the US market which was obsessed with timing horse races during this period of time.
Further adding to the rarity of this timepiece is that the box hinge case made and signed by Patek Philippe, exemplifying the manufacture's desire to cater to American tastes and desire for rare and functional complications.
This particular examples is signed Merrick, Walsh & Phelps, one of the most important and prominent 19th century retail partners of Patek Philippe. This retailer shared a business relationship with Patek Philippe from 1855 until 1901 when the St. Louis retailer was closed.
Of this style of Patek Philippe watch, only 18 are known with this type of dial and this is the only known example with a box hinge 'Louis XV' style case.