A fine and attractive platinum and diamond-set rectangular wristwatch with white gold bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1951
    Reference No: 1593
    Movement No: 973’658, stamped HOX
    Case No: 667’369, inside case rim stamped 369
    Model Name: "The Hour Glass"
    Material: Platinum and diamonds
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9''90, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 14K white gold mesh bracelet, max length 170mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 14K white gold deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Length
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with diamond hour markers in 1951 and its subsequent sale on November 29, 1951.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s reference 1593 is a wonderful expression of post-war exuberance. Introduced in 1944, the oversized rectangular case has a bold clean design foreshadowing a mid-century design aesthetic. Affectionately known by collectors as the Hour Glass, the pillar lugs flare outward from the center, and are delightfully curved, giving the timepiece an architectural appeal, and creating a quarter moon profile.

    Today, the reference 1593 is a classic amongst collectors, coveted for its large size and elegant refinement. The majority of examples were made in yellow gold with fewer in pink gold. Platinum-cased examples like the present lot are the rarest and most exclusive versions, fitted with a silver dial with hard enamel print and diamond-set hour markers.

    From the descendant of the original owner, the present watch is fresh to the market. It’s preserved in lovely condition with a crisp case, original dial, and an associated 14K white gold bracelet from the era. A rare opportunity, its understated elegance is sure to please the most sophisticated connoisseur.

  • 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. 1593
A fine and attractive platinum and diamond-set rectangular wristwatch with white gold bracelet

1951
40mm Length
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF25,000 - 50,000 
€21,400-42,900
$26,500-52,900

sold for CHF81,250

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

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