A very fine and rare yellow gold world time wristwatch

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1946
    Reference No: 1415
    Movement No: 929'573
    Case No: 647'115
    Model Name: World TIme
    Material: 18K gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12'''120 HU, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 31mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1946 with raised gold hour-markers and its subsequent sale on November 22, 1949

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 1415 is the first world time wristwatch model serially produced by Patek Philippe.

    115 examples of this reference were made from 1939 to 1954. The case was made by Wenger - one of the most respected case maker of the time, employed for other landmark models such as reference 2499 -
    and it is inspired by reference 1413, distinguished by the teardrop design of the lugs. A number of different versions of the city ring are known, the earliest examples featuring 28 cities, the latest 48. Furthermore, the language can be English or French, according to the selected market. The present example actually features a very rare bezel variation, with the Chinese capital spelt with a very unusual “Peiping” rather than the common “Pekin”.

  • 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. 1415
A very fine and rare yellow gold world time wristwatch

百達翡麗,型號1415,非常精細及罕有,18K黃金腕錶,配世界時區顯示,約1946年製。附後補證書。來源:瑞士私人收藏

1946
31mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

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

sold for HK$525,000

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