With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with raised gold hour markers and tachometer scale in 1947 and its subsequent sale on 12 May 1949. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe period presentation box.
This reference 658 is distinguished by its very good overall condition, the pink gold dial beautifully harmonizing with the pink gold case. It is believed to be one of only five examples of this reference in this configuration to have appeared in public to date. Introduced to the market in the late 1930s, reference 685 was made in a very small series only.
The movement of the present example is stamped HOX, a designation for Patek Philippe's watches destined for the North American market. The engraved inscription was most likely added by the relevant retailer at the time of its sale. Concluding from this inscription, the watch was presented to Roy B. Brown by the president of the Popular Mechanics Magazine, H.H. Windsor Jr.
Roy B. Brown worked as a drafter for Popular Mechanics, a magazine featuring regular sections on automotive, home, outdoors, science, and technology topics. First published in January 1902 by Henry Heaven Windsor, it has been owned since 1958 by the Hearst Corporation.