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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1997
    Reference No: 4900
    Movement No: 3’066’618
    Case No: 4’015’408
    Model Name: Pagoda
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 16-250, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Nylon
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 32mm overall length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Delivered with a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming its date of manufacture of the present timepiece in 1997 and its subsequent date of sale on 20th October 1997.

  • Catalogue Essay

    To commemorate the firm’s new Plan-les-Ouates facility, Patek Philippe released a series of limited edition timepieces to celebrate the moment. One of the most fathomed limited edition series was the “Pagoda”. Inspired from the ref. 2441 nicknamed “Eiffel Tower” due to its distinct case design, the limited edition series comprises of a total of seven timepieces with four ref. 5500 and three ref. 4900 for ladies. Each individual example bares the commemoration inscription on the caseback. Regarded as one of the most important limited edition set of wristwatches during its launch, the ref. 4900 was introduced with 500 examples in yellow gold, 150 examples in pink gold and 100 examples in white gold.

    The present example in yellow gold with a silvery white dial set with diamond indexes is offered in attractive overall condition and is delivered with an Extract from the Archives confirming its production of the present timepiece in 1997. With a combination of rarity, importance and elegance, the ref. 4900 will surely please the discerned lady with a fine taste for rare timepieces.

  • 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. 4900
A lady’s elegant and rare limited edition yellow gold rectangular-shaped wristwatch with diamond-set indexes, made to commemorate the inauguration of Patek Philippe’s Geneva watchmaking center in 1997

1997
32mm overall length
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$80,000 - 100,000 
€8,500-10,600
$10,300-12,800

Sold for HK$88,200

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021