Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds
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Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds

SIGNED PATEK, PHILIPPE & CO., GENÉVE, REF. 565, MOVEMENT NO. 864’589, CASE NO. 644’591, MANUFACTURED IN 1944

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Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds
Signed Patek, Philippe & Co., Genéve, ref. 565, movement no. 864’589, case no. 644’591, manufactured in 1944
Movement: mechanical, cal. 12-120 SC, 20 jewels, dust cover
Dial: silvered, applied baton and Arabic numerals
Case: screw back
Signed: case, dial and movement
Dimensions: 35 mm. diam.
With: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1944 with satin-finished silvered dial, raised gold hour markers and its subsequent sale on 28 September 1945
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On lots marked with an + in the catalogue, VAT will be charged at 8% on both the premium as well as the hammer price.
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

Reference 565 was launched in 1938, and was the first “large” (for the times) waterproof wristwatch made by the firm. It will remain in production until 1952, receiving a movement updated in 1950 with the upgraded calibre 12 400 in substitution of the decommissioned calibre 12 120.
The present example features both the earlier calibre 12 120, and also a long signature dial, absolutely correct for a watch made before 1948.

The aesthetics of the reference are virtually unique in the vintage Patek Philippe panorama. Most noticeably, the only flat surface of the entire case (of course, bar the case back) is the bezel. The entirety of the rest of the case body is seductively curved and without steps, highlighting the two-pieces construction of the watch. Together with references 570 and 530 and 1503, this model is considered among the most attractive and collectible large time only vintage designs by Patek Philippe.

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