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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1888
    Movement No: 80'220
    Case No: 201'310
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, jeweled
    Dimensions: 47.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and cuvette signed
    Accessories: Delivered with a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming its date of manufacture of the present timepiece in 1888 and its subsequent date of sale on 12th September 1889.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Minute repeating wristwatches are the pinnacle of modern collecting, and obtainable by only a few connoisseurs, however the history of repeating timepieces reaches back the 17th century when the English clockmaker Daniel Quare invented the first repeating mechanism. Followed by other famed horologists their evolution continued, and Abraham Louis Breguet creating the first mechanism striking both high and low tones. The repeater has fascinated generations of collectors for their often simple exterior appearance, but highly complicated interior. Patek Philippe has been at the forefront of repeating development and their mechanisms are honed to a high degree assuring a rich clear tone. A marvel to watch when striking, the movement becomes both a work of art and a tool.

    The present watch is a fine example of Patek Philippe’s technical skill with the minute repeating mechanism having a clear tone when activated through the slide in the band. Fresh to the market, the watch has a classic aesthetic with clean white enamel dial, Roman hour markers and Arabic five minute numerals. The cuvette is inscribed “H. Pleister 312 Regent Street London” a well-known retailer from the late 19th century, and interestingly also inscribed “Edwin Hubbell”. Functionally, pocket watches are not a modern convenience, but a repeating watch like this example is a joy to handle and listen to and is a watch all collectors can appreciate.

  • 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 fine and rare pink gold open-faced minute repeating pocket watch with small seconds and enamel dial, retailed by H. Pleister

1888
47.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and cuvette signed

Estimate
HK$140,000 - 240,000 
€14,900-25,600
$17,900-30,800

Sold for HK$239,400

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