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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 1975
    Reference No: 9508
    Case No: A325
    Material: 18k yellow gold and translucent green enamel
    Dimensions: 40mm Width x 58mm Length
    Signed: Case signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is surprising to find a lighter bearing the name of one of the most prestigious watch brands, and something the brand did not openly offer to the market, but in the 1970s Patek produced a limited number of 18K gold lighters to compliment the Ellipse range of watches, Literature of the period advertises each lighter as being individually numbered and unique, made entirely by hand out of 18k gold including both the case and mechanism.

    Scholarships shows that approximately 400 lighters were made (all consecutively and individually numbered) engraved with various motifs. A very few were also made in blue, red and green enamel like the present example. Amongst these enamel examples a certain number were commissioned by the Sultan of Oman, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said and bearing the “Khanjar” - Oman’s national emblem, composed of a dagger in sheath superimposed upon two crossed swords on the cap.

    The present lighter was made on commission for the Sultan of Oman and most probably presented as gifts to foreign dignitaries, closest officials and loyal staff.

    Of the very view pieces that have appeared on the market, only a handful of them were examples with an enamel décor and Khanjar and are a true trophy for any Patek Collector

  • 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. 9508
A very rare yellow gold and enamel lighter made for the Omani market

Circa 1975
40mm Width x 58mm Length
Case signed

CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF52,920

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020