With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial, raised steel indexes and tachnometer scale in 1940 and its subsequent sale on 13 January 1949. Futhermore delivered with Patek Philippe pouch.
The watch offered here for sale combines several highly sought-after features for any discerning collector; a rare stainless steel case, vertically set subsidiary dials, and its excellent overall condition. Research has resulted in the discovery that the present lot is one of only two known examples of a reference 687 in steel, to appear in public to date.
The most appealing feature of this rare watch is the unusual dial layout, displaying Arabic numerals for the odd hours (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11) and baton indices for the even hours. The vertically set subsidiary dials further enhance the overall appeal of this attractive watch.
Launched in the late 1930s, reference 687 was made in an extremely small series only, comprising 12 examples in yellow gold and 12 examples in steel such as the present example.
The watch is prominently illustrated and described in Patek Philippe Steel Watches by John Goldberger, 2010, p. 26-27.