Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XII Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2020 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1949
    Reference No: 1593
    Movement No: 971'478
    Case No: 655'202
    Model Name: "The Hour Glass"
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9'''90, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 41.5mm Length and 21.5mm Width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1949 and its subsequent sale on December 20, 1949.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s reference 1593 is a wonderful expression of post-war exuberance. Introduced in 1944, the oversized rectangular case has a bold clean design foreshadowing a mid-century design aesthetic. Affectionately known by collectors as the Hour Glass, the pillar lugs flare outward from the center, and are delightfully curved, giving the timepiece an architectural appeal.

    Today, the reference 1593 is a classic amongst collectors, coveted for its large size and elegant refinement. The majority of examples were made in yellow gold with fewer in pink gold. Platinum-cased examples like the present lot are the rarest and most exclusive versions. This particular example is preserved in excellent condition with a crisp hallmark beneath the lug.

  • 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. 1593
A rare and attractive platinum wristwatch with faceted crystal

41.5mm Length and 21.5mm Width
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF30,240

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020