Patek Philippe. An exceptionally fine and rare 18ct gold automatic minute repeating wristwatch still sealed in its original plastic together with fitted presentation box and Certificate of Origin Ref:5079, Case No.4188329, Movement No.1904134,  Made Circa 2005
Lot 223
Patek Philippe. An exceptionally fine and very rare 18ct gold automatic "cathedral" minute repeating wristwatch still sealed in its original plastic together with fitted presentation box and Certificate of Origin Ref:5079, Case No.4188329, Movement No.1904134, Made Circa 2005
Sold for £265,250 (US$ 417,969) inc. premium

Lot Details
Patek Philippe. An exceptionally fine and rare 18ct gold automatic minute repeating wristwatch still sealed in its original plastic together with fitted presentation box and Certificate of Origin Ref:5079, Case No.4188329, Movement No.1904134,  Made Circa 2005
Patek Philippe. An exceptionally fine and very rare 18ct gold automatic "cathedral" minute repeating wristwatch still sealed in its original plastic together with fitted presentation box and Certificate of Origin
Ref:5079, Case No.4188329, Movement No.1904134, Made Circa 2005
39-jewel Cal.R27PS automatic movement adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and five positions, Geneva quality mark on the rotor and over the fly-ball gov'nor, Gyromax balance, free sprung regulator, 22ct gold mini-rotor, two polished steel hammers striking on a gong, white 'cadran email' dial with painted black Roman numerals and outer five minute divisions, subsidiary seconds at 6, black feuille hands, snap on exhibition case back, repeat slide in the band, fitted leather Patek Philippe strap with 18ct gold Patek Philippe buckle, together with Certificate of Origin, large Patek Philippe wooden presentation box and outer card, spare 18ct gold numbered case back and setting tool, case, dial and movement signed
39mm.

Footnotes

  • The Reference 5079 is one of Patek Philippe's most complicated watch movements, concealed within an extremely elegant and deceptively simple classic case design. This reference was only made in very small quantities between 2002 and 2005 and the watch features the same 'cathedral gongs,' originally used in Patek's 'Sky-Moon Tourbillon.' The length of the gongs ensure that the sound is far richer and more resonant when it chimes.

    This current watch remains sealed in its original packaging and has never been worn. It is further complemented by its Certificate of Origin, burgundy leather folder containing instructions, information and image of reference 5079, solid case back no. 4188319, and original fitted wooden presentation box.

    The Reference 5079 was introduced into the market in 2001 and remained in production until 2005 and was made in an exceedingly small series only. The watch also features the ingenious calibre R 27 PS with over 342 parts including a micro-rotor and minute repeating mechanism.

    It is furthermore incorporating a "Cathedral" repeating mechanism, consisting of a high-tone and a low-tone gong. When the repeating is activated, first the number of hours is struck by means of one of the two hammers on the low-tone gong, followed by the quarter hours with double strikes on both the low-tone and the high-tone gong, and finally the number of minutes which have elapsed since the last quarter-hour with one hammer on the high-tone gong.

    This watch has never been offered at auction before and is being sold by the original owner.
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