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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 2012
    Reference No: 5131J
    Movement No: 5’630’622
    Case No: 4’569’806
    Model Name: World Time
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240 HU, 33 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated June 6, 2012, wooden presentation box, leather envelope, product literature and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With the advent of the industrial age came the means necessary to facilitate global trade and travel and, as a direct result, there was a need for timekeeping devices capable of tracking time in multiple locations. Between 1930 and 1931, Louis Cottier designed an ingenious, ultra-thin mechanism that simultaneously displayed the correct hours across the world's time zones through a rotating 24-hour ring, in addition to displaying the local. The design was simple yet elegant, and world time watches have become one of Patek Philippe’s most sought-after models.

    The reference 5131 was released in 2008, first in yellow gold like the present watch, followed by a white gold model in 2009, a pink gold model in 2014, and a platinum model in in 2017. A successor to the reference 5130 introduced in 2006, the new wristwatch featured upgrades including an impressive cloisonné enamel dial, the names of 24 world cities displayed on the outer ring, and “Patek Philippe and Geneva” engraved on the bezel. The cloisonné enamel dials demonstrate the quality and craftsmanship of Patek Philippe enamel work that the brand is known for. Yellow gold examples feature dials with the Americas, Europe and Africa, while the white gold watches show Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania, and the pink gold models realised with Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

    Patek Philippe was one of the first brands to embrace the world time complication, and the present yellow gold version consigned by the original owner is a wonderful example. The watch is offered complete with its Certificate of Origin and presentation box, and is a tribute to the history of Patek Philippe.


  • 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. 5131J
A very fine and rare yellow gold world time wristwatch with cloisonné enamel dial, Certificate of Origin, and presentation box

Circa 2012
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

$60,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $94,500

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022