Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2019
    Reference No: 5980/1400G
    Movement No: 7'268'598
    Case No: 6'297'620
    Model Name: Nautilus
    Material: 18K white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. CH 28-520, 35 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold and diamond set Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40.5mm Width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated August 28, 2019, setting pin, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Even in this rarefied world made of endless waiting lists and incredibly strict allocation systems, there are different levels of rarity. While indeed some Nautilus models are more collectible than others, the true endgame lies within the “out of catalogue” products. It is relatively common practice on part of Patek Philippe to occasionally offer to their most important clients the opportunity of buying watches that are not part of the public collection, but rather made in extremely low numbers and offered directly to the client, if she or he is deemed worthy. In fact, the genesis of the white gold reference 5980/1400G is exactly this one - few pieces were discreetly made for special customers.

    One of the most impressive Nautilus models to grace the auction market, this reference 5980/1400G is fitted with an impressive total of 893 diamonds weighing approximately 4.468 cts and 182 baguette-cut diamonds weighing 15.46 cts. Given the laborious process of creating such timepieces, such lavish models were created only for the very best clients of Patek Philippe. To date, only one other example has ever graced the auction market.

    Preserved in excellent condition with barely any signs of wear, the present watch is accompanied by its Original Certificate, setting pin, presentation box and outer packaging. Representing the ultimate tier in terms both of aesthetics and collectability as well, the present piece is without a doubt one of the most impressive and hard to acquire timepieces made by the company and would be the “crown jewel” of any sport’s watch collection.

  • 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. 5980/1400G
A dazzling, impressive and heavy white gold and diamond-set chronograph wristwatch with certificate of origin and presentation box, second example on the auction market

40.5mm Width
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF500,000 - 1,000,000 

Sold for CHF937,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022