A rare and highly attractive open face world-time pocket watch with presentation box and original certificate of origin

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1946
    Reference No: 605 HU
    Movement No: 930'540
    Case No: 642'702
    Model Name: World-Time Dress Watch
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 17”170, 18 jewels
    Dimensions: 45mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With brown leather Patek Philippe presentation box, original certificate of origin dated 11 May 1948, Patek Philippe instructional sheet in French, with typed English translation. Further delivered with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1946 and its subsequent sale on May 11th, 1948

  • Catalogue Essay

    By the late 1930’s travel was becoming more common and in 1937 Patek Philippe released the reference 605HU (Heures Universelles) which was designed by the genius watchmaker Louis Cottier. His mechanical design was easily set and read all from one dial. The watch featured a rotating 24-hour dial with an outer rotating ring with 42 world cities. The local time would be set at the 12 position, and the watch would display the correct time for the remaining cities.

    From 1946, the present watch is in excellent condition and is accompanied by its original presentation box and certificate of origin. It is one of approximately 46 examples, and the 20th to come to market. This is a very rare opportunity to own a modern marvel that is in a complete set.

  • 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. 605 HU
A rare and highly attractive open face world-time pocket watch with presentation box and original certificate of origin

百達翡麗,型號605HU,罕有及十分重要,18K黃金懷錶,配世界時區顯示,1946年製。附錶盒和原裝證書。來源:瑞士重要私人收藏

1946
45mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$400,000 - 640,000 
€44,000-70,500
$51,300-82,100

sold for HK$775,000

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