Patek Philippe - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1946
    Reference No: 2419
    Movement No: 861'078
    Case No: 646'625
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 10-200, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 34 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case further hand stamped with Cartier reference numbers
    Accessories: With Cartier Certificate of Authenticity dated 23 February 2011. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1946 and its subsequent sale on 21 April 1950.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This vintage minute repeating wristwatch was manufactured in 1948 and sold in 1950. There are many aspects that render this watch incredibly important. Firstly, we look at the dial configuration and the oversized subsidiary seconds. Secondly, the unique case design with long downturned lugs and oversized minute repeating trigger together with a huge oversized crown. The look is quite unforgettable. The case is in extraordinarily original condition still retaining its original satin finish. The hallmarks are as crisp as it could be. There is even the original 18k stamp on the outside of the case back. The Cartier hand stamped reference numbers are incredibly easy to read and the calibre of the movement is constructed in a way that is previously unrecorded by the firm. Not only is this bespoke minute repeater unique, it is retailed by Cartier, which is confirmed on the Cartier certificate.

    Cartier, arguably one of the most famous jeweler in the world, was found in 1847 and retailed Patek Philippe up to around the late 1960s.

    It is Phillips's philosophy to present to the market the most desirable and sought after vintage watches available anywhere in the world. This watch encompasses all of our dreams and desires and we are thrilled and honoured to present it to the market once more.

  • Artist Biography

    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. 2419
A historically important and unique yellow gold minute repeating wristwatch with oversized subsidiary seconds, repeating trigger and crown, blackened hands and numerals and Cartier certificate, retailed by Cartier

34 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, case further hand stamped with Cartier reference numbers

HK$5,000,000 - 10,000,000 

Sold for HK$9,800,000

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016