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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1937
    Reference No: 490/1
    Movement No: 831'920
    Case No: 615'772
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, tonneau-shaped, cal. 9'''90, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black crocodile strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 21.5mm. wide, 44mm. long
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1937 with silvered dial, raised hour markers in steel and its subsequent sale on December 18, 1937.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 490 was in production between 1936 and 1948, consequently it must have been designed sometime in 1934 or 1935. This explains its somewhat transitional style, halfway between the rectangular and cushion-shape case style typical of the 1920s, and the more austere one which will flourish in the late 1930s and throughout the 1940s. A very elegant and wearable reference, it has a remarkable wrist presence with its 44 mm. long case. In fact, this model is one of the longest rectangular wristwatches made by the brand at the time.

  • 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. 490/1
A very elegant stainless steel wristwatch

21.5mm. wide, 44mm. long
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$120,000 - 180,000 

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE

Hong Kong Auction 28 November 2017