Accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch as a movement only in 1901 and its subsequent sale on June 30th of the following year. Further accompanied by a later black suede Tiffany & Co. presentation box.
To the best of our knowledge this watch has never before been offered in public.
The coat of arms found on the case back of this watch is that of the Winthrop family, the political dynasty dating back to the first Governor of the Massachusetts, John Winthrop (1588-1649). The crest features the Latin motto "Spes Vincit Thronum" which translates to "Hope Conquers the Throne" and can be seen on the Winthrop family tombstone in Boston, Massachusetts. This watch possibly belonged to Thomas Lindall Winthrop (1834-1920), a direct descendent of John Winthrop who is also buried in the same tomb. The Winthrop name lives at the John Winthrop House at Harvard University where the crest continues to be flown on a flag, easily identifiable with the lion on shield with three red chevrons in the background.