An attractive yellow gold open face split-seconds chronograph pocket watch, retailed by Shreve & Co.

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1911
    Movement No: 156'861
    Case No: 409'544
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 17”, 26 jewels
    Dimensions: 46mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, cuvette, dial and movement signed, movement signed by retailer
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1911 and its subsequent sale on January 29th, 1924

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe patented their first split-seconds chronograph mechanism in 1902, and it would soon become a valuable timekeeper for gentlemanly activities such as horse racing and motorsport. The first Kentucky Derby was inaugurated in 1875, and the first purpose-built motor racing venue, Brooklands Surrey, opened in 1907. The start/stop mechanism allowed for the simultaneous timing of an event of different durations.

    Presented in exceptional original condition, this example was manufactured in 1911 and sold in 1924 by the Shreve and Co. San Francisco. With 21st century technology, it is often difficult to remember another time, but horology helps us all look back in to the past to see where we have come from.

  • 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 yellow gold open face split-seconds chronograph pocket watch, retailed by Shreve & Co.

百達翡麗,18K黃金懷錶,配追針計時功能,由Shreve & Co.銷售,約1911年製。附後補證書

1911
46mm. Diameter
Case, cuvette, dial and movement signed, movement signed by retailer

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

sold for HK$118,750

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