Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1962
    Reference No: 928
    Movement No: 873’170
    Case No: 792
    Material: Gilt Brass
    Calibre: Photo-electric cell, cal. 17’”250, 29 jewels
    Dimensions: 140mm width x 140mm height x 90mm length
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming its date of manufacture in 1962 and its subsequent date of sale on 11th September 1962 and service invoice.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1948, Patek Philippe inaugurated its Electronic Division, with the goal of innovating photoelectric and electronic timekeeping technology. In 1955, the firm showcased a solar-powered photoelectric clock at the World Symposium.

    The present table clock from 1962 with an elegant taste of Art Deco appeal features a large solar panel on the top of the gilt brass case. A battery system is also provided for back up, further illustrating how intelligent and ahead of its time this clock was. The face of the clock displays matching gilt brass Breguet numerals against its rich black dial.

    According to scholarship, a total of 31 examples were dispatched in 9 variants. A first of its kind to appear in the market in such configuration, this rare solar clock was recently serviced and kept in overall excellent condition successfully displays great technical innovation and futuristic timeless design, and would be a great addition to enhance any interior of an office or a living room.

  • 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. 928
A fine and attractive square-shaped gilt brass solar clock with Breguet numerals

140mm width x 140mm height x 90mm length
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for HK$252,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)