11 June 2004
THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
Patek Philippe. A rare and important 18K pink gold hunter case perpetual calendar minute repeating chronograph keyless lever watch with phases of the moon
Signed Patek Philippe & Cie., Geneve, Movement No. 97490, Case No. 222154, circa 1890
With nickel-finished lever movement, jewelled through to the hammers, bimetallic compensation balance, two polished hammers minute repeating on steel gongs, engraved gold cuvette, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, outer Arabic minutes track, four subsidiary dials indicating lunar calendar with sector for phases of the moon, day, month and constant seconds combined with date in red, blued steel spade hands, plain circular case with fluted rims to the front and back covers, repeat slide in the band, chronograph function operated by a button in the band, case, dial and movement signed,
56 mm. diam.
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This watch is accompanied by an original blank and unsigned Patek Philippe Certificat d'Origine & de Garantie.
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