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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1973
    Reference No: 4231/1
    Movement No: 1'248'082
    Case No: 2'732'103
    Material: 18k yellow gold, tiger eye and malachite
    Calibre: Mechanical, 13.5'''
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet with tiger's eye and malachite, 155 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe concealed hidden clasp
    Dimensions: 38 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch is set with 32 diamonds weighing approximately 1.77 carats, 7 tiger's eye and 9 malachites in 1973 and its subsequent sale on 17 October 1973.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Possibly unique, this 1970s highly unusual bracelet watch has been preserved in very attractive and original condition. Potentially designed to an important client's request, the elaborately set bracelet with alternating malachite and tiger's eye cabochon stones is so unusual that you have to look twice. Completely confirmed by the Extract from the Archives, the present watch lets us see how Patek viewed the 1970s trend for lavishly set hard stone bracelet watches.

  • 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. 4231/1
A very rare and possibly unique yellow gold, tiger's eye, malachite and diamond-set bracelet watch

1973
38 mm. width
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$275,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am