A rare and very fine pink gold and ruby-set open face pocket watch with polychrome enamel portrait of Abdulaziz “Ibn Saud”

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1955
    Reference No: 600/1
    Movement No: 931'315
    Case No: 689'501
    Material: 18K pink gold, enamel and ruby
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 17” 170, 18 jewels
    Dimensions: 44.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with enamel portrait of the King of Saudi Arabia in 1955 and its subsequent sale on June 29th, 1956

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch belongs to a very small series of pocket watches and wristwatches made in memory of Abduaziz “Ibn Saud who passed away in 1953. Patek Philippe’s Saudi agent Abdul Rahman Serour placed the order on behalf of the family, and the watches were ultimately given as gifts to dignitaries and friends of his Majesty. There were 200 pocket watch examples with ivory-colored enamel dial, ruby-set numerals and a polychrome enamel portrait of the king. Additionally, 150 wristwatches, reference 2481, were ordered with the same dial configuration. It is interesting to note that dials are not signed by Patek Philippe, but rather the back outside case is signed along with the Calatrava cross. The present watch was recently serviced by Patek Philippe.

    Abduaziz “Ibn Saud” (1875-1953) was the first monarch and founder of Saudi Arabia.

  • 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. 600/1
A rare and very fine pink gold and ruby-set open face pocket watch with polychrome enamel portrait of Abdulaziz “Ibn Saud”

百達翡麗,型號600/1,非常精細,18K玫瑰金懷錶,配紅寶石時標和象牙色琺瑯錶盤,繪有沙地阿拉伯國王IBN SAUD肖像,約1955年製。附後補證書

1955
44.5mm. Diameter
Case and movement signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 200,000 
€13,200-22,000
$15,400-25,600

sold for HK$200,000

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