Patek Philippe - Double Signed: A Celebration of the Finest Partnerships of Manufacturers and Retailers Geneva Friday, November 8, 2019 | Phillips

Create your first list.

Select an existing list or create a new list to share and manage lots you follow.

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 1955
    Reference No: 565
    Movement No: 704'177
    Case No: 663'178
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 27SC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe buckle stamped PPCo
    Dimensions: 34.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, dial further signed Asprey
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with Breguet numerals in white gold and radium dots in 1955 and its subsequent sale on August 23, 1955.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Exuding charisma and personality, the present watch is the only known reference 565 cased in stainless steel and retailed by Asprey. Displaying luminous dots on the dial as well as luminous hands, it is absolutely singular in its appearance. Most importantly, the dial is confirmed by the Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives as having "Breguet numerals in white gold and radium dots." Most interestingly, the hands on the present watch are extremely similar in design to that of the famed yellow gold first series reference 2499 retailed by Asprey, giving a further seal of confidence as to the originality of the timepiece. One can only surmise that the present watch was made upon special order for an exclusive client of Asprey.

    Having originally appeared at auction nine years ago, this timepiece has been untouched since its original public sale.

    Stainless steel is one of the the rarest case metals for reference 565. Manufactured by Frères Borgel, later known as Taubert, the cases were made in stainless steel for a sporty and robust take on the gentleman's time-only wristwatch.

  • 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.

    View More Works


Ref. 565
A highly rare and most probably unique stainless steel wristwatch with Breguet numerals, luminous dial and hands

Circa 1955
34.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, dial further signed Asprey

CHF80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for CHF300,000

Contact Specialist
Virginie Liatard-Roessli
Specialist, Head of Sale
+41 76 338 91 03

Double Signed: A Celebration of the Finest Partnerships of Manufacturers and Retailers

Geneva Auction 9 November 2019