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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1953
    Reference No: 1491
    Movement No: 720'646
    Case No: 675'793
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12-400, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Associated stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 34mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed by maker, dial furthermore signed by retailer
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present in 1953 and its subsequent sale on July 15th, 1963.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s reference 1491 was a whimsical deviation from the classic gentlemen’s wristwatch. Produced between 1940 and 1958, the model with scrolled lugs had a bold design that sets it apart from more traditional wristwatches of the era. Today, it is immediately recognizable and highly collectible, and the current example is in lovely original condition, with the retailers name prominently displayed on the dial adding charm and rarity to the timepiece.

  • 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. 1491
A fine and attractive pink gold wristwatch with scroll lugs, retailed by Casa Welsch S. A. Lima

34mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed by maker, dial furthermore signed by retailer

HK$64,000 - 112,000 

Sold for HK$80,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE

Hong Kong Auction 28 November 2017