An extremely fine and rare yellow gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with Breguet numerals

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1947
    Reference No: 1436
    Movement No: 863'954
    Case No: 646'709
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13'', 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold PPCo pin buckle
    Dimensions: 33mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1947 with Breguet numerals and its subsequent sale on November 12, 1948 and original box.
    Literature: Examples of reference 1436 can be found in Patek Philippe Wristwatches, Volume 2, Second Edition Huber and Banbery pp.272-274.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Whereas Patek Philippe’s perpetual calendar chronographs such as references 1518 and 2499 are models that participated in placing Patek Philippe within the top echelons of the horological Parthenon, the split seconds reference 1436 remained for decades the most complicated wristwatch made by the famed Geneva brand.

    What may seem like a regular chronograph is placed within the exclusive category of split seconds thanks to its extra hand. Watchmakers and connaisseurs agree on the fact that this type of chronograph is one of the most complex mechanisms to master due to the very tight tolerances.

    Reference 1436 is the first split seconds chronograph wristwatch that Patek Philippe ever produced in a series. Originally launched in 1938, the model was used as a "tool watch" to time horse or automobile racing, along with scientific experiments.

    Even though this reference was made for a surprising 33 years, production ceasing in 1971. Only 140 examples are known to this day, meaning that an average of 4 watches were produced each year. This is an exceedingly limited number, even by the production standards of the mid to late 20th century.

    The present watch is not only one of these ultra limited timepieces but it is only one of 16 known examples in yellow gold to feature applied Breguet numerals and as confirmed in the Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives.

    Part of the first generation models, the split seconds is triggered and reset by pushing the crown in. Later models feature a co-axial pusher in the crown.

    The movement of the present timepiece features the letters HOX stamped on the balance cock, signifying that the watch was destined for the North American market.

    In lovely overall appealing condition, the hallmarks on the case side and on the lug are nice and crisp, proof that the case has not undergone careless over polishing. The dial with Breguet numerals not only adds further collectability but adds amazing presence and charisma to the dial.

  • 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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Ref. 1436
An extremely fine and rare yellow gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with Breguet numerals

1947
33mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF250,000 - 500,000 
€220,000-440,000
$256,000-512,000

sold for CHF372,500

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018