A highly rare and exceptionally well-preserved pink gold chronograph wristwatch

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1941
    Reference No: 533
    Movement No: 862'576
    Case No: 623'290
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13''', 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Metal pin buckle
    Dimensions: 33mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, dial further signed Hausmann & Co.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with rose dial, applied gold hour markers and tachometer scale in 1941 and its subsequent sale on July 16, 1941.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 533 was in production from 1937 to 1957, and was made in very restricted numbers. It is estimated that the total production was about 350 pieces, of which exceedingly small numbers were cased in pink gold. Reference 533 is known for its flat, angular bezel and it is of paramount importance for it to be in excellent condition for the beholder to fully appreciated the aesthetics of the timepiece. Furthermore, it is distinguished by its elongated lugs.

    Fresh to the auction market, this reference 533 is an exceptional example. Featuring a pink dial that is confirmed by the Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives, the present watch is one of the best-preserved specimens of the reference to ever appear on the market. Offered in incredibly crisp condition, it displays a sharp, legible hallmark that is stamped on the caseband. The watch retains its clean lines and sharp finishes throughout.

    To date, the present watch is the only known pink gold reference 533 to be retailed by Hausmann & Co. to ever appear at auction, underscoring the absolute rarity of the present example.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 533
A highly rare and exceptionally well-preserved pink gold chronograph wristwatch

1941
33mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, dial further signed Hausmann & Co.

Estimate
CHF80,000 - 160,000 
€73,200-146,000
$80,400-161,000

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Contact Specialist
Virginie Liatard-Roessli
Specialist, Head of Sale
+41 76 338 91 03
vliatard@phillips.com

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