15 May 2006
Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold openface split seconds chronograph keyless lever watch
Signed Patek Philippe & Cie., Geneva, Switzerland, retailed by The Frank Herschede & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, movement no. 197'804, case no. 410'820, manufactured in 1923
Cal. 17''' nickel-finished lever movement, 28 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, swan neck regulator, wolf's tooth winding, gold cuvette with engraved inscription J.W.H. from H.Y.H. April 24th 1955, the gilt matte dial with Arabic numerals, outer five minute divisions, blued steel moon-style hands, two subsidiary dials indicating 30 minutes register and constant seconds, in circular plain case with hidden hinges, split seconds chronograph mechanism operated through the crown and through a button in the band, locked by a sliding lever in the band, case and dial signed by maker, cuvette and movement signed by maker and retailer
46 mm. diam.
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Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with gilt dial in 1923 and its subsequent sale on 29 May 1925. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe brown leather presentation box.
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