Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1936
    Reference No: 450
    Movement No: 816'392
    Case No: 613'057
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 10''', lever escapement
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless Steel Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 26mm width and 43 mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the date of manufacture of the movement in 1927, casing in 1936 and subsequent sale on November 24, 1936.
    Literature: The present watch is illustrated on "Patek Philippe Steel Watches" by John Goldberger, page 136.

  • Catalogue Essay

    At 43mm, the case of the present Patek Philippe reference 450 is possibly the largest stainless steel rectangular Patek Philippe produced. Considered as large for the time the present reference 450 is contemporary not only in its size but also design and overall appearance. It is extremely elegant and sits comfortably on the wrist. It exudes an aura of dominance whilst remaining subtle.

    The present timepiece showcases a warm and lovely two-tone silvered dial with applied white gold baton and Arabic numerals which brings depth and allows for easy legibility. The outer black enamel minutes track in a” Chemin de Fer” motif remains strong and visible. The white gold hands, subsidiary seconds and extremely pleasing Patek Philippe long signature further enhances the charm of this timepiece.

    Since its implied scarcity, Patek Philippe steel watches are extremely sought after by collectors today. Fresh to the auction market, the present reference 450 is only the sixth example in stainless steel known. In excellent condition, with strong proportions and crisp dial its movement has been confirmed by Patek Philippe archives as having been produced in 1927 and later encased in 1936.

    Adding to its rarity, scarcity and condition, the present watch is also prominently illustrated in "Patek Philippe Steel Watches" by John Goldberger, page 136 further indicating the remarkability and rarity of the preset timepiece.

  • 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. 450
A very rare, early and well preserved large curved rectangular Staybrite Steel wristwatch

26mm width and 43 mm length
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF176,400

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022