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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1956
    Reference No: 600-1
    Movement No: 931'333
    Case No: 694'629
    Material: 18k pink gold and rubies
    Calibre: Mechanical, 17-170, 18 jewels
    Dimensions: 44.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch with enamel dial, painted portrait of the King of Saudi Arabia and ruby numerals in 1956 and its subsequent sale on 8 October 1956.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch is distinguished by its overall crisp condition, the case still retaining the firm's signature on the outside, very sharp band, bezel and ivory enamel dial free of any imperfections.

    Made in approximately 200 examples, this watch pays tribute to the memory of King Abdul al-Aziz III Ibn Saud. The watch is fitted with an ivory coloured enamel dial with ruby-set numerals bearing His Majesty's portrait. It was given as a gift to dignitaries or friends of His Majesty.

  • 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. 600-1
A fine, rare and unusual pink gold and ruby-set open facewatch with tinted enamel dial and polychrome enamel portrait of King Abdul al-Aziz III Ibn Saud

44.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$187,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am