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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1922
    Movement No: 197'681
    Case No: 409'863
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 17”, 29 jewels
    Dimensions: 46mm diameter
    Signed: Case, cuvette, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1922 and its subsequent sale on January 27th, 1925

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe's minute repeating pocket watches are a luxury all collectors should consider. There is nothing more elegant and classic as a striking watch, both from the practical, to hear the time, and the mechanical, to see the function. The clear gongs resonate with a tone and clarity, which must be heard in order to believe. The repeat function was first developed in the late 17th century when the Englishman Daniel Quare invented a striking mechanism for the hours and quarters. In the 18th century Thomas Mudge from the UK developed the minute repeating mechanism and by the late 18th century the famed horologist Abraham Louis Breguet replaced the typical “bell” repeater with the now familiar gong mechanism allowing for a streamlined case.

    Research indicates Patek Philippe made approximately 3600 repeating mechanisms, and during the 19th century most examples were hunter case watches, with the open face watch model becoming en vogue in 20th century. It is during this period, the maker began to produce miniature repeating pocket watches, often for Tiffany & Co. The present watch is a handsome example and in nice overall condition. The resonance of the repeat is clear and loud. The inside cuvette is inscribed “Elwyn Smith Syracuse New York”. A search finds a 1940 US Census record showing an Elwyn Smith of Syracuse New York residing in Ward 6. Today’s world of technology has often left the traditional methods of the past behind. It is at times a well respite from technology to spend a few minutes with a repeating watch.

  • 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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An elegant and fine yellow gold minute repeating open face pocket with presentation box

1922
46mm diameter
Case, cuvette, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$78,000 - 155,000 
€8,600-17,100
$10,000-19,900

Sold for HK$212,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018