Accompanied by an Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives confirming the date of manufacture of this watch as 1945 and its subsequent sale on June 3rd of the following year.
Patek Philippe commenced production of the reference 565 in 1938, available both with subsidiary seconds and later with sweep center seconds from 1942. The first generation of center seconds movements used for this model was the legendary caliber 12SC, designed by Victorin Piguet, derived from the better known subsidiary seconds caliber 12'''120.
According to our research, this watch represents one of only approximately 11 examples of the reference 565 with indirect center seconds in steel to apppear on the market.
The present watch represents a fine and rare example of a reference 565 as it combines several desirable features such as the stainless steel case and the rare caliber 12 SC. In addition, the dial with Roman and baton numerals is a truly rare combination and is probably just the second example to ever have been offered publicly over the last thirty years. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first appearance of this watch at auction.
For a similar example see Barracca, Negretti & Nencini, Ore d'Oro 2, pl. D12.