A fine and very rare solar-powered gilt brass table clock with box

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1963
    Reference No: 902
    Movement No: 873'313
    Case No: 893
    Material: Gilt brass
    Calibre: Photo-electric cell, cal. 17-250, 29 jewels
    Dimensions: 140mm High, 140mm Width, 90mm Length
    Signed: Dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe fitted box and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present clock in 1963 and its subsequent sale on July 4, 1963.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A proud representative of traditional haute horlogerie, Patek Philippe has also been very active in research and development of new technologies, may it be the BETA 21 quartz movements from the late 1960s, the Advanced Research Program started in 2005 with the use of silicon in certain movements, and of course the use of solar energy like with the present table clock.

    The present clock from 1963 merges state-of-the-art technology from the 1960s with the best of mechanical watchmaking. Based on the same photo-electrical principles that power today’s communication satellites, this avant-garde table clock is powered by light. A large solar panel on the top of the case supplies energy to a storage device within which in turn transmits energy to power the movement. A battery system is also provided for back up, further illustrating how intelligent and ahead of its time this clock was.

    This clock, in overall excellent condition, successfully displays great technical innovation and futuristic timeless design, and would be a great addition to enhance any interior.

  • 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. 902
A fine and very rare solar-powered gilt brass table clock with box

1963
140mm High, 140mm Width, 90mm Length
Dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF4,000 - 6,000 
€3,400-5,100
$4,200-6,400

sold for CHF6,875

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 81
aghotbi@phillips.com

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