Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Co., New York. A fine and very rare 18K rose gold early keyless open face lever watch with moon phasesNo. 38,380, made in 1870.
Lot 79
Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Co., New York. A fine and very rare 18K rose gold early keyless open face lever watch with moon phasesNo. 38,380, made in 1870.
Sold for US$ 18,300 inc. premium
Lot Details
Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Co., New York. A fine and very rare 18K rose gold early keyless open face lever watch with moon phases
No. 38,380, made in 1870.
Gilt bar pattern movement jeweled to the third wheel, polished straight line lever with asymmetric counterpoise, bimetallic balance with flat spring and index regulator, wolf's tooth winding wheels, moon phase display driven by a wheel of 24 teeth secured to the hour wheel through an intermediate wheel of 48 fitted with steel finger that engages the 59 tooth moon disc once per day to give 29 ½ day moon period, pendant setting by means of Philippe's improved system, gold cuvette , white enamel dial with arabic chapters, subsidiary seconds, aperture for moon phase at noon, within a polished gold case engraved with elaborate japonesque monogram, case and dial signed by retailer.

Footnotes

  • Accompanied by an Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives, confirming its manufacture in 1870 and subsequent sale, July 26, 1872.

    A nearly identical movment, No. 45023 of 1875, also incorporating Adrien Philippe's improved keyless work, is illustrated in Huber and Banury (1982), fig. 41 a-b.

    The association of Tiffany with Patek Philippe began in the1840's, almost at the founding of the two firms. By 1854, Tiffany had become Patek Philippe's exclusive agent in the United States. Under this agreement, Patek Philippe produced watches such as the present example, to be sold under the Tiffany name. The association continued even though Tiffany built a state of the art watch factory in Geneva in 1874. The facility was sold to Patek Philippe in 1878.


    See: Loring, John. Tiffany Timepieces. New York, 2004, pp 7-21.
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