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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1930
    Reference No: 658
    Movement No: 198'341
    Case No: 618'328
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 17", 40 jewels
    Dimensions: 50mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Further delivered with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1930 and its subsequent sale on June 16th, 1943

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s complicated pocket watches are a marvel both for their technical prowess, and classic design. The “Moderne” triple complicated line of pockets watch from the late 1930’s until the late 1950’s is a wonderful demonstration of the manufacturer continued traditional horological past, yet looking to a new modern appeal. The non bassine case is in style with the design and fashion of the times, featuring elegant clean lines with an architectural feel.

    These timepieces stepped out of their bounds with the oversized 50mm cases by Emile Vichet. The first known triple complicated watch by Patek Philippe was manufactured around 1874 and in the ensuing 69 years, the mechanics remained relatively the same, but the watch took on a distinctively 20th century look.

    The present pocket watch is a rare example of these complicated timepieces. The early dial of this timepiece features the leap year indicator with the months of the year, however this format was soon removed in order to give the dial a cleaner perspective. Most of the dials were manufactured by Stern Frères and came in five different series with the earliest watches featuring all Arabic numerals like the present watch, the second series had eight Arabic numerals, while the third featured eight Arabic numerals with no leap year indication, one known example with the moonphase at the 12 position and finally dials featuring the months in a circle.

    In excellent overall condition, this reference 658 is a delight to examine, and the quality of the repeating mechanism is non comparable to others. While the current international watch market is being driving by rare and vintage wristwatches, the savvy collector looks at all timepieces available and when a gem is offered, they jump at the opportunity to add it to their collection.

  • 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. 658
A very rare and fine yellow gold minute repeating perpetual calendar open face split-seconds chronograph pocket watch with moonphase

1930
50mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$1,200,000 - 2,000,000 
€133,000-221,000
$154,000-256,000

Sold for HK$1,368,750

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
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Jill Chen
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018