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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1910
    Movement No: 162'713
    Case No: 500'689
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal.19''', 23 jewels
    Dimensions: 50mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the watch in 1910 and its subsequent sale on November 30th, 1915. Further delivered with Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin & Warranty, a copy of the Extract of the Register of "Service Chronometrique de l'Observatoir de Genève" and the original fitted presentation box in wood.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Over the course of watchmaking history, an award from the Geneva Astronomical Observatory Timing Contest was the highest distinction to obtain. Only the best movements were sent by the brands to participate and went through a range of stringent tests to assess their accuracy.

    The present watch has proudly been awarded the 3rd prize in the 1914-1916 Observatory trials. The results of the trials accompany the watch along with a copy of the Extract of the Observatory register that mentions the movement specificities such as its Guillaume balance and the name of the watchmaker having adjusted the movement. Furthermore, the cuvette of the yellow gold case is engraved “Awarded third prize, Geneva Astronomical Observatory Timing Contest 1914-1916, C. Bamberger, San Antonio, Texas, July 1916, N°162’713 made for E. Hertzberg Jewelry Co San Antonio Tex. By Patek Philippe & Co Geneva, Switzerland”.

    The movement is furthermore not only engraved with the maker and retailer names but is also numbered twice as it was mandatory for every movement submitted to the Observatory trials.
    In addition to being a prize winner, this pocket watch displays a beautiful double sunk amber-colored enamel dial similar to the one manufactured by Willis and also called "venetian tint" by the English collectors.

  • 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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A very fine, rare and attractive yellow gold open face observatory watch with extra-quality movement, Guillaume balance, double-sunk amber-colored enamel dial and original certificate

1910
50mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 
€7,400-11,100
$7,900-11,900

Sold for CHF25,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

Geneva Auctions 13 – 14 May 2017