New York, Park Avenue
29 October 1996
PATEK PHILIPPE. AN 18 CARAT GOLD AND ENAMEL KEYLESS LEVER HUNTER CASED PRESENTATION WATCH
signed patek philippe & cie, geneva, no. 116628, circa 1905
With gilt-finished jewelled lever movement, bi-metallic compensation balance, wolf's tooth winding, inscribed gold cuvette, the white enamel dial with Arabic numerals, blued steel moon hands, subsidiary seconds, the circular case (No. 227147) with fine multi-chrome enamelling with the monogram and crown of emperor Franz Josef I within a wreath of laurel and oak leaves, enamelled coat of arms of the house of Lorraine-Habsburg within a wreath to the reverse, cuvette, dial and movement signed.
50 mm diam.
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