15 November 2004
Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold openface World Time keyless lever watch
Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, movement no. 930'834, case no. 654'933, ref. 605, manufactured in 1948
Cal. 17'''170 HU nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, swan neck regulator, the silvered matt dial with applied dot and Roman numerals, stylised gilt compasses hands, outer ring with black enamel names of 42 world locations, all centred by a revolving black and silvered ring calibrated for the Arabic diurnal and nocturnal 24 hours, in circular plain case with coin-edged bezel, snap on back, case, dial and movement signed
44 mm. diam.
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Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1948 and its subsequent sale on 21 September 1950.
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