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Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and very rare 18K gold Observatory Timing Contest keyless lever chronometer watch with Certificate of Origin, original retailer’s sales receipt, original numbered box
Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and very rare 18K gold Observatory Timing Contest keyless lever chronometer watch with Certificate of Origin, original retailer’s sales receipt, original numbered box
Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and very rare 18K gold Observatory Timing Contest keyless lever chronometer watch with Certificate of Origin, original retailer’s sales receipt, original numbered box
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Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and very rare 18K gold Observatory Timing Contest keyless lever chronometer watch with Certificate of Origin, original retailer’s sales receipt, original numbered box

SIGNED PATEK, PHILIPPE & CIE., GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, MADE FOR SHREVE, CRUMP & LOW CO., BOSTON, MOVEMENT NO. 177’460, CASE NO. 405’482, MANUFACTURED IN 1913

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Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and very rare 18K gold Observatory Timing Contest keyless lever chronometer watch with Certificate of Origin, original retailer’s sales receipt, original numbered box
Signed Patek, Philippe & Cie., Geneva, Switzerland, Made for Shreve, Crump & Low Co., Boston, movement no. 177’460, case no. 405’482, manufactured in 1913

Movement: cal. 19’’’ “Extra” stamped twice with the Geneva seal, manual, 21 jewels, Guillaume balance with gold and platinum screws, signed by maker and retailer
Dial: signed by maker
Case: concealed hinges, gold cuvette engraved “Awarded Honourable Mention, Geneva Astronomical Observatory, Timing Contest 1918-1919”, 50 mm. diam., signed by maker and retailer
With: Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, original Shreve, Crump & Low Company bill of sale to William E. Nickerson for $400, dated 1st March 1920, Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1913 with "extra" movement, Geneva Observatory Timing Contest Honourable Mention awarded in 1918-1919, and its subsequent sale on 14 August 1919, original fitted and numbered Patek Philippe wooden presentation box additionally signed Shreve, Crump & Low Co., Boston
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Extremely well preserved and offered for the first time at auction, this top-flight high precision watch showcases Swiss watchmaking at its very best. Furthermore, it is accompanied by not only the original numbered Patek Philippe fitted box, but also the original Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin and bill of sale from Shreve, Crump & Low Company of Boston, showing that it sold in 1920 for the not inconsiderable sum of $400.

Very few Patek Philippe watches are designated “Extra”, the present watch is one of those rarefied pieces. In addition, the movement is stamped twice with the Poinçon de Genève, only superb watches of the highest chronometer standard were marked in this way. The movement was made specifically with the aim of achieving the highest precision possible, hence the use of a Guillaume balance with gold and platinum timing and temperature adjustment screws. According to the Extract from the Archives the watch was awarded an Honourable Mention during the chronometer pocket watch contest of 1918-1919. It was adjusted by the renowned C. Batifolier. The régleurs or adjusters were the highest paid workers in the watch industry because success in Observatory trials directly conferred reputation and prestige on the brand and therefore greater commercial success.

Patek Philippe movements when destined for participation in Observatory Timing Contests were, like the present watch, engraved with the movement number twice. The inscription "Extra" on the bridge of the movement refers to the very high finishing of all the parts of the movement and the use of the Guillaume balance with gold and platinum screws.

The overall appeal of this fine timepiece is further enhanced by the superior quality case with hidden hinges, a characteristic of the firms' highest quality production.

William Emery Nickerson
William Emery Nickerson and King Camp Gillette (1855-1932) invented the world's first disposable razor blade in 1901. Nickerson designed the machinery to mass-produce the blades, for which he registered patents for their hardening and sharpening.

Gillette and Nickerson formed the American Safety Razor Company, soon thereafter renamed by Gillette after himself. For the first time, razor blades were sold in multiple packages, with the razor handle being a one-time purchase. Production began in 1903 and Gillette won a patent for his product the next year. William Emery Nickerson was later elected to Gillette's board of directors.

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