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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1956
    Reference No: 600/1
    Movement No: 931'421
    Case No: 694'716
    Material: 18k pink gold, enamel and ruby
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 17” 170, 18 jewels
    Dimensions: 44.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With a Patek Philippe green leather presentation box and numbered hang tag. Further delivered with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with ruby-set enamel dial with portrait of the King of Saudi Arabia in 1956 and its subsequent sale on January 12, 1957

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch is from a limited number of pocket watches produced on behalf of the royal family following the death of Abdulaziz “Ibn Saud” in 1953. Out of deference for the king, Patek Philippe did not sign the dial of the watch, rather they engraved the case back “Patek Philippe Genève”. It is interesting to note the green color of the presentation box matches the green of the Saudi flag, and is the traditional color of Islam. This example is in lovely original condition, and has been spared any careless polishing. It is a watch that is as fresh and crisp today, as it was 60 year ago when it was first manufactured. This is a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire a rare timepiece in mint condition.

  • 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. 600/1
A rare and highly attractive pink gold and ruby-set open face pocket watch with polychrome enamel portrait of Abdulaziz “Ibn Saud”, with original Patek Philippe presentation box and hang tag

1956
44.5mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 150,000 
€11,000-16,600
$12,800-19,200

Sold for HK$225,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018