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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1945
    Reference No: 533
    Movement No: 863'749
    Case No: 642'956
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13'', 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold buckle signed PPCo
    Dimensions: 33mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with pulsometer in 1945 and subsequent date of sale on June 17, 1947
    Literature: A similar piece is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 264.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Sophisticated and contemporary, reference 533 was launched in 1937 and is distinguished by the elegant look of its Calatrava case with the typical flat bezel and elongated lugs. This reference was in production until 1956.

    The present lot is fresh to the market, and will further speak to collectors with its spectacular, two-tone pulsation dial with a beautiful rose color patina at its center, and rare retailer signature. The pink gold case is in remarkable condition, with strong and crisp hallmarks, and only minor signs of having been worn gently over the past nearly 70 years.

    To date, we know of only 8 examples of the 533 in pink gold, featuring a pulsometer scale. To the best of our knowledge and research, we have never seen a reference 533 bearing the signature of Buenos Aires-based retailer, Trust Joyero (est 1901), making the dial unique.

    This example’s freshness to the market and overall exceptional condition, merged with its beauty and rarity make this reference 533 a must have for the savvy collector.

  • 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. 533
An attractive and extremely rare pink gold “doctor’s” chronograph wristwatch with two-tone dial, retailed by Trust Joyero

1945
33mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF40,000 - 70,000 
€36,700-64,300
$41,200-72,100

Sold for CHF102,500

Contact Specialist
Nathalie Monbaron
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Geneva Auction 15 May 2016