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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1946
    Reference No: 565
    Movement No: 929'352
    Case No: 640'534
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12-120''', 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold PPCo pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1946 and its subsequent sale on February 4th, 1947.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Patek Philippe ref 565 in pink gold with stunning two-tone pink dial is absolutely breathtaking. The mix of the “pink on pink” giving the watch ultimate debonaire flair. The reference 565 is one of the most classic gentleman wristwatches of the 20th century. Released in 1938, the model featured innovative and enduring qualities that today make it a collector’s favorite. These include the two piece Taubert case with screw down back, an inner soft iron case to protect the movement from the adverse effects of magnetic fields, and a more generous case diameter, compared to the smaller reference 96, which was first released in 1932.

    The brand continued to manufacture the model until 1952, and in an era when yellow gold timepieces were de rigueur, fewer examples were produced in pink gold and rarely in stainless steel. Designed for a public with a growing interest in outdoor activities, the reference 565 was waterproof with its screw-down caseback. Offered with subsidiary seconds or less frequently, with center seconds, the caliber was upgraded over the reference’s production period. First series examples of the reference housed the caliber 12’’’120, while a Victorin Piguet indirect center seconds movement 12-120 SC was introduced in 1939, and in 1950 a second series was released with either the caliber 12’’’400 or the new caliber 27 SC. Preserved in overall very clean condition with crisp hallmarks and an incredible two-tone dial that radiates with beauty.

    The present reference 565 “pink on pink” is fresh to the auction market and one of only 8 known in this configuration.

  • 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. 565
A gorgeous and extremely well preserved pink gold wristwatch with two-tone pink dial and "long" signature

35mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF158,750

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024