Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XII Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2020 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1913
    Reference No: 96
    Movement No: 183'082
    Case No: 294'428
    Model Name: Calatrava
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12-120, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 30.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial in 1914 and its subsequent sale on March 26, 1936.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A representative of the first decade of production of the iconic reference 96, this example was sold in 1936, only five years after the introduction of the reference. The second half of the 1930s is renowned among collectors for being the most fertile creative ground in regards to sector dials. Curiously, one can identify a specific trend: dials realised close to the mid 1930s usually sport complex sector dials, the designs getting more sparse the closer one gets to 1940. The present watch indeed features an elaborate sector dial characterised by two alternating tones for a total of 5 sectors: the small outer edge of the dial, a track for the minute/fifth-of-a-second divines, a “buffer” track, a sector for the hour indexes, and finally the center of the dial.
    Adding to the supreme balance of the sectorial architecture, the present dial furthermore sports applied numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9, granting the ensemble more diversity while at the same time boosting the overall symmetry of the design.

  • 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. 96
A rare and very attractive yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds, two-tone sector dial and Certificate

30.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed.

CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF40,320

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020