5 June 2003
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold, platinum, enamel, pearl and diamond-set octagonal-shaped keyless lever pendant watch with matching chain
Signed Patek Philippe & Cie., Geneva, Switzerland, No. 161909, circa 1910
With circular nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, factory-engraved gold cuvette, the white enamel dial with Arabic numerals, Arabic five minute divisions in beige, pierced gold hands, the octagonal-shaped case with white enamel and translucent grey-blue guilloche enamel decoration to the bezel, the snap on back (No. 264608) with translucent grey-blue guilloche enamel background and white enamel foliage accents, centered by diamond-set snowflake decoration, the case further enhanced with platinum and diamond-set floral and foliage-shaped appliques, single pear-shaped diamond drop, sapphire-set crown, together with a matching 18K two-colour gold translucent grey-blue guilloche enamel and pearl-set chain, accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives, case, cuvette and movement signed and numbered, dial signed
27 mm. diam.
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Patek Philippe confirm production of this watch in 1910 and its subsequent sale on April 5th, 1922.
A nearly identical example, No. 161907, is illustrated in Patek Philippe Pocket Watches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, 2nd Edition, p. 148.
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