Patek Philippe - RETROSPECTIVE: 2000 - 2020 Geneva Sunday, November 8, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2018
    Reference No: 5959R
    Movement No: 5'251'671
    Case No: 6084391
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. CHR 27-525 PS, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 33mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin signed Hausmann Condotti and dated 15th May 2018, and original hangtag.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 2005, reference 5959 is almost identical in design and size to the brand’s very first split seconds chronograph produced in 1923.

    The challenge imposed on the watchmakers and engineers tasked to create this mechanical marvel was to create a monopusher split seconds chronograph movement to fit a 33mm case, while keeping with ease of use and reliability.

    The result was Patek Philippe’s very first in-house chronograph caliber CHR 27-525 PS which was also at time of launch the world’s thinnest split seconds chronograph, measuring at a record-breaking 5.25 mm.
    Launched in platinum only with either white or black dial the present example is an ultra-rare and elusive pink gold model with black dial and elegant gilt Breguet numerals of which it is believed 5 were made. This is the very first time not only that this combination arrives on the international auction market but the very first time it is seen by many.

    The ultimate rarity, elegance and mechanical dexterity of the present reference 5959 make it a must have for the sophisticated 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. 5959R
An incredibly rare and attractive pink gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with black dial and Breguet numerals and certificate of origin

33mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF180,000 - 360,000 

Sold for CHF352,800

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724


Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031

RETROSPECTIVE: 2000 - 2020

Geneva Auction 8 November 2020