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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1937
    Reference No: 429/1
    Movement No: 832'215
    Case No: 505'256
    Material: Stainless steel and 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, 9'''90
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel, signed PPC
    Dimensions: 37mm. Length
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch in 1937 with Breguet numerals in pink gold and its subsequent sale on October 21st, 1938

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 429/1 is not only an excellent representative of the 1930s but also one of the rarest models ever made by Patek Philippe.

    Its stepped case with a thin rose gold filet is wonderfully harmonising with the rose gold Breguet numerals and feuille hands.

    Today this is only the second known example of this two-tone reference. Consigned by an important private collector it has not been worn since its last service at Patek Philippe over 15 years ago.

  • 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. 429/1
A rare and early rectangular stainless steel and pink gold wristwatch with Breguet numerals

Stainless steel and pink gold
37mm. Length
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for CHF32,500

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm