A fine and attractive yellow gold chased and engraved openface pocket watch with watch chain, gold knife and presentation box

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1921
    Movement No: 199'700
    Case No: 408'041
    Material: Case 18k yellow gold, knife 14k gold, chain gold plated
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 17, 18 jewels
    Dimensions: 45mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, cuvette, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with a Patek Philippe brown leather presentation box, watch chain and knife. Further accompanied by Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with engraved bezel and case back in 1921 and its subsequent sale on June 4th, 1929.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The cuvette of the present watch reads “Joseph Pressey Flagg from Father and Mother June 13, 1929”, while it is impossible to tell the full correct story of this watch without documentation, an online research finds a Joseph Pressey Flagg of Portland Maine celebrated his 21st birthday in 1929. At the start of the 20th century, expensive gifts such as a pocket watch with chain and knife would have been an appropriate to celebrate the special occasion. The fantastical griffin, a combination of lion and eagle, represented watchfulness and courage, attributes for a young man embarking on his life’s journey.

    The Patek Philippe fitted presentation box is further embossed Joseph P. Flagg, as well as the watch knife monogrammed “JPF”. Today, there is less appreciation for the workmanship and skill required to create works of art like the present lot, however for connoisseurs this lovely gifts makes a welcome addition to one’s collection.

  • 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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A fine and attractive yellow gold chased and engraved openface pocket watch with watch chain, gold knife and presentation box

百達翡麗,精細及十分罕有,18K黃金金雕獵殼懷錶,機鏤放射紋錶盤配人手金雕時標,1921年製。附有原裝古董百達翡麗錶盒、14K金雕開錶刀、鍍金錶鏈、附後補證書。 原配錶盒、開錶刀和懷錶獵蓋上,分別印有或刻有原始物主J.P.F.名字及縮寫,物主細心保存、十分難得及珍貴。

1921
45mm Diameter
Case, cuvette, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 150,000 
€11,300-16,900
$12,800-19,200

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019