An attractive and fine yellow gold minute repeating open face pocket watch with Breguet numerals, retailed by C. I. Josephson, Moline IL.

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1905
    Movement No: 125'173
    Case No: 249'298
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 17”
    Dimensions: 47mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with Breguet numerals and red minute Arabic markers in 1905 and its subsequent sale on March 25th, 1908.

  • Catalogue Essay

    As inscribed on the cuvette, the present watch was made by Patek Philippe for C. I. Josephson Jewelers in Moline Illinois, and in the same year engraved “Wm. H. Marshall Rock Island Ill. 1908”. Research finds a William H. Marshall born in 1851 in Indiana, and arriving in Rock Island in 1880 where he purchased and managed Harper House Pharmacy for 22 years. Upon retirement, Mr. Marshall focused his interests on Rock Island manufacturing and land concerns. He appeared well-known within the community and with Moline only 3 miles from Rock Island, it is reasonable to believe the provenance of the watch.

    This lovely watch with Breguet numerals and red outer Arabic markers is a fine example of Patek Philippe at their best. The complication of the minute repeating movement with the clean aesthetic of the dial gives the watch a strong masculine appeal. It is a watch for a man of distinction, and for collectors who appreciate the history of the brand, and their technical prowess and quality.

  • 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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An attractive and fine yellow gold minute repeating open face pocket watch with Breguet numerals, retailed by C. I. Josephson, Moline IL.

百達翡麗,18K黃金懷錶,配三問和寶璣字時標錶盤,約1905年製。附後補證書

1905
47mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 150,000 
€11,000-16,500
$12,800-19,200

sold for HK$312,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018