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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1946
    Reference No: 1480
    Movement No: 838'700
    Case No: 509'861
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9'''90, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Patek Philippe pink gold buckle
    Dimensions: 24mm width, 40mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming year of production of the present watch in 1946 and its subsequent sale on December 17, 1946

  • Catalogue Essay

    Distinguished by its rectangular design, this rare 1946 Patek Philippe timepiece is a sought-after example. Its rarity lies in the fact that only approximately 200 watches were made at the time, with only 40 pink gold examples identified to date.

    Between the 1930s and 1950s, Patek Philippe produced a significant range of rectangular-cased watches. They were fitted with either round movements, or more notably, as with this example, an exquisite rectangular "tonneau" caliber 9’’’90. This post art-modern design also features a thick and flat glass with overhanging edges and scalloped-shaped lugs, that is known as ‘thick lugs’ between collectors, due to its prominent twin shape lugs.

    Another notable feature about this piece, is the lavish pink champagne dial made by Stern Freres. The unique “pink on pink” combination is an aesthetic exclusive to only a handful of timepieces in the collection. The case features a Patek Philippe stamped gold crown made by Georges Croisier, as marked by the Geneva master case maker key number 5 on the back.

    Despite the passage of time, this 72 years old watch is in great condition. The original pink champagne dial is left untouched, and notably still features the highly appreciated comma between “Patek” and “Philippe”, as well as the accent on “Genève”.

  • 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. 1480
A very rare and attractive rectangular pink gold wristwatch with pink champagne dial and exquisite lugs

24mm width, 40mm length
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$116,250

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018