Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR Hong Kong Monday, May 29, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1906
    Movement No: 137'584
    Case No: 251'516
    Material: 18k yellow gold and enamel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 17''', 31 jewels
    Dimensions: 46 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch set with an ornament with an eagle and banderole in 1906 and its subsequent sale on 13 May 1908.
    Provenance: The Art of Patek Philippe, Habsburg Feldman, Geneva 9 April 1989, Lot 272.
    Literature: The present watch is prominently featured in Uhren Von Patek Philippe by H. Vogel, pages 128 and 129.

  • Provenance

    The Art of Patek Philippe, Habsburg Feldman, Geneva 9 April 1989, Lot 272.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch was included in the legendary Patek Philippe auction held in 1989, lot 272. It has been retained in incredibly good condition and is decorated with black champlevé enamel and filigree work. The case back is painted with a highly decorative eagle and Latin motto, 'Honeste Audax', which translates into English, 'Honorably Bold'.

    The watch was sold to Henry Montgomery Gerrans, Gerrans in turn presented to his friend and business partner William Edgar Wooley. The partners were in business in America and participated in the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo New York in 1901.

    The watch has been retained in lovely original condition and is beautifully decorated in enamel.

  • 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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A very fine and rare yellow gold and enamel minute repeating openface watch with tinted enamel dial, especially made for William Edgar Wooley, presented by his friend and partner, Henry Montgomery Gerrans

46 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$240,000 - 400,000 

Sold for HK$412,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR

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