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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: The movement manufactured in 1896 and cased in 1960
    Reference No: 738
    Movement No: 106'824
    Case No: 625'987
    Material: Silver
    Calibre: Manuel, 19''', Extra Quality with Guillaume balance
    Dimensions: 60mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, movement further signed J.H. Leyson, Butte, Montana
    Accessories: Together with wooden deck box and Extract from the Archives confirming the manufacture of the movement in 1896 and its Geneva Observatory testing where a rating certificate of grade "A" was achieved. The Extract further states that the case was upgrading to the present one with movement number 652'987 during a servicing in 1960.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Sent to the Geneva Observatory for testing, the present watch was awarded a grade “A” certificate. The movement was made in 1896 and is signed twice with the same movement number in keeping with tradition for all of Patek Philippe’s Observatory tested watches. The movement is further signed Extra Quality and engraved with the original buyers name J.H Leyson of Butte, Montana. According to the Extract from the Archives the case was replaced to the present one in 1960 bearing the movement no. 625’987 during a servicing. The dial and hands were also upgraded. Thanks to its timeless design, massive diameter, wonderfully preserved condition and history, the present watch matches any connoisseurs expectations looking to acquire an excellent observatory time keeper.

  • 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. 738
A very fine and large silver Observatory watch with wooden deck box

The movement manufactured in 1896 and cased in 1960
60mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, movement further signed J.H. Leyson, Butte, Montana

CHF20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF35,000

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm