Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE Hong Kong Monday, November 30, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1958
    Reference No: 804
    Movement No: 872'638
    Case No: 4
    Material: Gilt brass
    Calibre: Mechanical, 17'''250
    Dimensions: 195 mm. height and 222 mm. wide
    Signed: Case numbered, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present clock in 1958 and its subsequent sale on 31 October 1958.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A very early clock, this reference 804 is fitted with two sources of power. One is the pocket watch movement Caliber 17'''250, the other, a solar panel that charges a battery fitted alongside the pocket watch mechanism. The earliest clocks manufactured by Patek, were all fitted with these two system movements. It is only in later clocks that we see the solar panel with battery system fitted, and the pocket watch movement removed. In the mid to late 1950s, Patek was still experimenting with quartz movements, so one would assume a pockewatch movement to be a backup.

    This clock is a very unusual example and is decorated with scroll work to the front, top and dial. The hands are particularly unique, and complement the design of the dial and casework. In exceptional overall condition, this clock is very unusual.

  • 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. 804
A rare gilt brass semi-circle engraved solor clock

195 mm. height and 222 mm. wide
Case numbered, dial and movement signed

HK$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$87,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am