Patek Philippe - Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR Geneva Friday, November 11, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1924
    Movement No: 806'567
    Case No: 289'240
    Model Name: "Officier"
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12''', 15 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Yellow gold plated pin buckle
    Dimensions: 31mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming manufacture in 1924 and subsequent sale on June 10, 1925

  • Catalogue Essay

    The elegant silhouette and timelessly elegant design of the present Patek Philippe will certainly attract not only the Patek Philippe collector but also collectors of early wristwatches. The beautiful white enamel dial has been created using the Grand Feu technique which consists of layering the dial with enamel and cooking it approximately 5 to 7 times in a kiln heated to 800°C, each successive firing can jeopardize the quality of the dial which can either break or see the formation of bubbles. The enamel dial of this watch is flawless, illustrating the dexterity and skill that has defined Patek Philippe since its inception. An inscription in the interior caseback indicates that the present lot was created especially for the prestigious, Milan-based retailer Eberhard, whose name also proudly sits atop the dial’s seconds sub-dial. To the best of our research this is only the second known Patek Philippe with an officer case and enamel dial to bear the Eberhard signature. With its hinged caseback, white enamel dial, and charismatic blue spade hands, the present lot showcases the delightful beauty of yesteryear that is today a stylish and elegant statement watch with retro-chic appeal.

  • 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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A fine and attractive yellow gold "Officier" style wristwatch with white enamel dial, retailed by Eberhard-Milan

31mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for CHF14,375

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Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016