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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1914
    Reference No: 739
    Movement No: 182'716
    Case No: 626'022
    Material: Silver
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 21” gold wheels
    Dimensions: 60mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, dial numbered
    Accessories: Accompanied with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch movement in 1914 and encased in 1941, and its subsequent sale on March 24th, 1942

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s references 738 and 739 silver deck chronometers were introduced in the late 1930s, however it is interesting to note some movements were made earlier and later encased such as the present watch. The typical construction consisted for these precision timepieces featured an oversized case measuring between 59mm to 62mm diameter, and with a caliber 19”, 21” and 22” movement depending on the case size. The cases were manufactured in silver and stamped with the FFBA (Fédération Fabricants De Boîtes) Swiss silver hallmark. The dials typically carried the movement number enabling ease in check in the Bulletin certificates, and the watch would have originally been issued with a wooden deck box. These deck chronometers were produced in four series:
    • 738-open face chronometer with subsidiary dial
    • 738-1-open face chronometer with up/down indicator and subsidiary seconds dial with vertical orientation
    • 738-2-open face chronometer with up/down indicator and subsidiary seconds dial with a horizontal orientation
    • 739-open face chronometer with subsidiary dial, renamed reference 738, like the present watch
    These Stern Frères dials were made in metal, silvered or enamel.

    The present watch with a S. Graber SA case is in lovely original condition and a fine example of these important precision timekeeping watches.

  • 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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839

Ref. 739
A fine and rare silver open face deck chronometer with Guillaume balance

1914
60mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, dial numbered

Estimate
HK$62,000 - 94,000 
€6,800-10,400
$7,900-12,100

Sold for HK$75,000

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