With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the movement of the present watch in 1907. It was encased and sold on 18 July 1949. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe original letter dated 1 February 1990 addressed to Mr. Beyer stating the same details and Antiquorum Certificate of Authenticity related to the sale of the watch during "The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer" auction in Zurich on 16 November 2003. The stamped HOX on the movement denotes watches for the export to North America, more precisely to the Henri Stern Agency in New York to which this watch was sold in 1949.
This two-train trip minute repeater is among Patek Philippe's esthetically most appealing, technically complex and, for collectors, desirable creation made during the mid-20th century. In fact, it combines a movement finished in 1909, the Golden Age of complicated pocket watches, and a case and dial design from the firm's post-war period, distinguished by its sober yet very elegant appearance.
Its movement features the rare and desirable tandem wound two train mechanism, one for the going and one for the repeating work. Traditionally, the repeating mechanism of a watch is activated by pushing a slide in the case band, thus winding and releasing it at the same time. The train of a trip repeater is wound in conjunction with the going train and released at will through a button in the crown. The advantages of this system are the clean lines of the case, the enhanced dust resistance and most importantly permitting the owner the activation of the repeat train many times at will from only one winding.
Preserved in very good, original overall condition and blessed with a prominent provenance, the present trip repeating watch is a wonderful example of this ultra-rare model.