A unique and very attractive yellow gold minute repeating open face pocket watch with enamel and chased work on the bezel and sculpted gold dial depicting an eagle

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1917
    Movement No: 174'772
    Case No: 403'675
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 17''', 29 jewels
    Dimensions: 48mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the watch in 1917 and its subsequent sale on January 31st, 1918

  • Catalogue Essay

    Made on special order for Morton D. Stone from Richmond,Virginia, the present pocket watch stands out by its fantastic craftsmanship. The 18 karat yellow gold case is further adorned on its caseback by the initials of the owner in red, white, and blue enamel, and by a white enamel and floral chased work on the bezel. A magisterial eagle resides on a regal throne at the center of the dial, whilst the white enamel chapter ring bears the inscription “Morton D Stone” in capital letters. The minute repeating movement displays the exceptional technical and finishing details Patek Philippe is known for, including wolf’s tooth winding gears and black polished steel hammers. Alongside the Geneva based manufacturer’s signature, one of the bridges is also engraved with the retailer’s signature, “Albert F. Jahnke”. Jahnke was a watchmaker and jewelry specialist who emmigrated to the U.S. from Prussia, and established a jewelry store in Virginia in 1852 which would become an official retailer for Patek Philippe. The present pocket watch is a true beauty, its unique design and its clear, powerful chime is certain to delight the senses of the most discerning collector.

  • Maker Bio

    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 unique and very attractive yellow gold minute repeating open face pocket watch with enamel and chased work on the bezel and sculpted gold dial depicting an eagle

1917
48mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 
€13,800-23,000
$15,500-25,800

sold for CHF41,250

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016