With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial and raised hour markers in yellow gold in 1938 and its subsequent sale on 22 June 1938.
Fresh to the market it is believed to be the only sixth yellow gold example of a reference 514 in yellow gold to be offered in public to date.
Reference 514 was in production from 1934 until 1941. Its modern, yet typical Art Deco style case was designed to fit around the wrist and is also called "Railway" because of its aerodynamic look and the stepped sides. With its impressive overall length of 44 mm., it amongst Patek Philippe's longest rectangular wristwatches made to date.
It is interesting to note that the design of Patek Philippe's latest tourbillon wristwatch, the celebrated reference 5101P, was inspired by reference 514. The Ten Day Tourbillon wristwatch was Patek Philippe's showpiece at the Basle 2003 fair and is already seen today as one of the most exclusive collector's watches of the 21st century.