An extremely fine and rare pink gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with pink dial

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1940
    Reference No: 1436
    Movement No: 862'536
    Case No: 624'970
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13'', 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 33mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with rose dial, raised gold hour-markers and tachymetre scale in 1940 and its subsequent sale on April 13, 1942

  • Catalogue Essay

    An historically important model, reference 1436 is a horological marvel. The first split seconds chronograph wristwatch that Patek Philippe ever produced in a series, the model was originally launched in 1938. Most impressively, the rattrapante chronograph mechanism is housed within the confines of a 33 millimeter case. Predominantly produced in yellow gold, the model was very rarely cased in pink gold. Research suggests that less than 9 examples have survived in pink gold, with exceedingly few examples featuring a pink dial, such as the present watch.

    This watch combines the rarest and most desirable features of the reference and is nothing short of stunning. The pink gold case is preserved in impressive condition with sharp facets and finishes throughout. A hallmark is clearly punched to the left band, along with another on the upper right lug. The unsigned crown is correct and original. Early examples featured a crown that would act as a button to split and reunite the two seconds chronograph hands. It was only later that the crown was fitted with a co-axial push button to reunite the split seconds function.

    The beauty of the watch lies in its extraordinary pink dial. The long signature is correct and all commas and accents are visible and present. Most importantly, the dial is confirmed by the Extract from the Archives, which states the watch was sold with rose dial and tachymeter scale in 1940. It is a rare and extremely notable occasion when the Extract confirms this important detail, further enhancing the collectibility and value of this spectacular timepiece.

    Originally consigned at auction by the family of the original owner in 2007, this watch reappeared on the market in 2013. This three-owner-since-new timepiece has a clear trail of provenance that adds another layer of collectability.

  • Maker Bio

    Patek Philippe

    Swiss • 1839

    Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.

    Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.

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Ref. 1436
An extremely fine and rare pink gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with pink dial

1940
33mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF300,000 - 500,000 
€267,000-445,000
$302,000-504,000

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Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+ 41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019