Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with raised gold indexes in 1950 and its subsequent sale on March 24th, 1959.
The present watch is also accompanied by a photograph of Mr. Webb A. Everett.
During more than 30 years of production, the reference 1436 saw a fascinating development both technically and aesthetically. Numerous dial designs have been created for this model. Until production of reference 1436 was discontinued in the early 1970s, it saw two different constructions in regard to how the chronograph seconds hand would be split. On the first generation of this model, such as the present watch, the crown would serve as a button to split and reunite the two seconds hands. The second generation was fitted with a co-axial push button within the crown for the split seconds function.
Fresh to the market, this example resurfaces in extraordinary condition. The dial is in crisp original condition with some ever so slight oxidation that gives it a warm tone of a watch that has been hidden in a drawer for decades. The Tiffany & Co. signature and HOX-stamped balance cock confirm that this watch was made for the American market.
The inside of the case back is stamped Poinçon de Maître key 9, which is also known as a Collective Responsibility Mark. This stamp indicates the case was made by Emile Vichet S.A. in Geneva, a firm known for crafting very thin cases, and the cases for other complicated Patek Philippe watches.
The exceptional provenance, condition, freshness to market, and original Tiffany & Co. signature make this a true connoisseur’s watch and one of the finest 1436’s to reappear at auction in the past decade.
The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 273, pl. 422 (first generation) and p. 274, pl. 423 (second generation).
Webb Everett (1916 – 1977) & Marjorie Everett (1921 – 2011)
Titans of the horseracing world in Los Angeles and Chicago, Webb and Marjorie Everett married in 1958. The couple were seen as dominant leaders in the industry and wonderfully passionate about the sport and their contributions to it.
After Marjorie’s father died in 1960, she took over management and majority ownership of Arlington Park, Washington Park, and Balmoral Park at the age of 38. Marjorie was the Chief Executive of Hollywood Park in California and considered a major female force in sports at a time when it wasn’t considered a possibility. Webb was a shareholder in Hollywood and part owner of Golden Gates Fields in the Bay Area and secretary at Santa Anita.
With a broad social network, Hollywood Park attracted a wealth of celebrities and amongst some of the Everett’s closest associates were Elizabeth Taylor as well as Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and it wasn’t uncommon to see Jimmy Stewart entertaining at one of their bustling parties.
This reference 1436 was given to Webb Everett from his wife Marjorie Everett in 1959 with an engraving A.M.L meaning All My Love.