A rare and attractive yellow gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with additional silvered dial

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1946
    Reference No: 1436
    Movement No: 863'957
    Case No: 655'636
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13''', 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe 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 raised hour-markers in gold and tachymeter scale in 1946 and its subsequent sale on October 28, 1946. Furthermore delivered with an additional Patek Philippe silvered dial.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In production for over 30 years, reference 1436 delights with its myriad of case and dial combinations. Housing a split seconds complication, the model was used to time a range of activities, from horse racing to scientific experiments.

    The reference can generally be divided into two series. The first, such as the present watch, featured a crown that functioned as a button to split and reunite the two chronograph seconds hands. The second generation had a co-axial push button within the crown to operate the split seconds function.

    This particular example cased in yellow gold is preserved in excellent condition with full and robust proportions. There is a hallmark visible on the upper right lug. This timepiece most notably features a dial with a hard enamel "short" signature that is preserved in excellent condition as well as tachymeter scales that are raised and crisp. It is possible to conclude that the previous owner most probably chose to upgrade the old dial with the present one, in order to provide a fresh and more well-preserved appearance. As an additional bonus, the present lot is accompanied by an additional silvered dial that is stamped with Stern numbers on the back.

  • 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
A rare and attractive yellow gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with additional silvered dial

1946
33mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF120,000 - 180,000 
€107,000-160,000
$121,000-181,000

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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