Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XII Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2020 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1969
    Reference No: 1001-103
    Movement No: 874'331
    Case No: 1924
    Material: Rhodium plated metal
    Calibre: Photo-electric cell, cal. 17'''250, 29 jewels
    Dimensions: 210mm x 140mm x 105mm
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated December 11, 1969 and presentation box. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1969 and its subsequent sale on December 11, 1969

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1948, Patek Philippe inaugurated its Electronic Division, with the goal of innovating photoelectric and electronic timekeeping technology. In 1955, the firm showcased a solar-powered photoelectric clock at the World Symposium.

    The mechanism features photo-electric cells that store energy in an accumulator, once the mechanism is fully wound, the cells switch over to charge the accumulator. The design of this particular table clock is reminiscent of the mid-20th century with clean lines, and an architectural feel with the four-square pilasters at the corners. Its elegance is a true testament of Patek Philippe innovative mindset in the 1970’s. This example is fresh to the market and comes from the family of the original owner. It rests in excellent condition and is an absolute delight for any true collector of vintage Patek Philippe.

  • 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. 1001-103
A fine and attractive rhodium-plated solar clock with original box and certificate

210mm x 140mm x 105mm
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF11,340

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020