A fine and rare pink gold split seconds chronograph openface watch with vertical register

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1894
    Movement No: 91'406
    Case No: 217'868
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 17'''
    Dimensions: 37 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, cuvette and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with enamel dial, Breguet numerals and subsidiary seconds in 1894 and its subsequent sale on 9 August 1897.
    Literature: For another example of a pink gold split seconds chronograph openface watch with vertical register, please see Patek Philippe Museum, Volume I, page 327.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The chronograph was invented by French watchmaker Nicolas Rieussec around 1822. The chronograph measures the duration of an event. The split seconds chronograph has an additional hand which is positioned on top of the chronograph hand. When the chronograph pusher is depressed, the split seconds hand advances along with the seconds hand. When the pusher is depressed again, the split seconds hand stops while the seconds hand continues to advance. By the stopping and starting the split seconds hand, it is possible to time several simultaneous events of different durations. The present watch is a delightful example, fresh to the market, and in very original and overall very pleasing condition.

  • Maker Bio

    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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A fine and rare pink gold split seconds chronograph openface watch with vertical register

百達翡麗,精細及罕有,18K紅金懷錶,配追針計時功能及垂直子盤,1894年製

1894
37 mm. diameter
Case, dial, cuvette and movement signed

Estimate
HK$60,000 - 80,000 

sold for HK$106,250

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: Two

Hong Kong Auction 31 May 2016