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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1930
    Movement No: 822'794
    Case No: 293'640
    Material: Sterling silver
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 10''', jeweled
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Pin buckle
    Dimensions: 26mm Width, 39.5mm Length
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract form the Archives confirming production of the present watch with tortoise-shaped case, silvered dial and raised Breguet numerals in white gold in 1930 and its subsequent sale on July 30, 1930

  • Catalogue Essay

    This wristwatch will be source of endless fascination for the connoisseur of vintage Patek Philippe watches. In fact, it is an extraordinarily rare extant example of silver-cased timepiece. The 1920s/1930s aesthetics were highly oriented on shape, white metal watches. Tortue-shaped cases and platinum timepieces were standard for high-end production. Conceivably, this silver example represented a “value proposition” in the company catalogue. The rarity of a Patek Philippe timepiece cannot be overstated: so far only a handful of silver vintage PP wristwatches are known from the market.

    The presence of an exquisitely well preserved engraved/enamel dial with Breguet numerals and the relatively generous dimensions of the piece further boost the appeal and collectability of this rare gem.

  • 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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An extremely rare, fine and unusual sterling silver tortoise-shaped wristwatch with Breguet numerals

1930
26mm Width, 39.5mm Length
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 20,000 
€9,300-18,500
$10,900-21,800

Sold for CHF25,200

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020