Patek Philippe. An extremely rare 18K gold eight-day manual wind rectangular wristwatch and a 14K gold braceletsold June 21st, 1932
Lot 131
Patek Philippe. An extremely rare 18K gold eight-day manual wind rectangular wristwatch and a 14K gold bracelet
sold June 21st, 1932
Sold for US$ 50,000 inc. premium

The Art of Time

4 Dec 2017, 10:00 EST

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Lot Details
Patek Philippe. An extremely rare 18K gold eight-day manual wind rectangular wristwatch and a 14K gold braceletsold June 21st, 1932 Patek Philippe. An extremely rare 18K gold eight-day manual wind rectangular wristwatch and a 14K gold braceletsold June 21st, 1932 Patek Philippe. An extremely rare 18K gold eight-day manual wind rectangular wristwatch and a 14K gold braceletsold June 21st, 1932 Patek Philippe. An extremely rare 18K gold eight-day manual wind rectangular wristwatch and a 14K gold braceletsold June 21st, 1932 Patek Philippe. An extremely rare 18K gold eight-day manual wind rectangular wristwatch and a 14K gold braceletsold June 21st, 1932 Patek Philippe. An extremely rare 18K gold eight-day manual wind rectangular wristwatch and a 14K gold braceletsold June 21st, 1932
Patek Philippe. An extremely rare 18K gold eight-day manual wind rectangular wristwatch and a 14K gold bracelet
Date: sold June 21st, 1932
Movement: 23-jewel Cal. 9''' with two mainsprings, adjusted to temperature, five positions and isochronism, bimetallic balance, flat spring, No. 198450
Dial: silver dial with applied gold baton numerals and subsidiary seconds; tapered gold hands
Case: crown, plain polished with presentation inscription, No. 609407
Strap/Bracelet: brown leather strap
Buckle/Clasp: Plated pin buckle
Signed: dial, inner caseback, and movement
Size: 22.5mm x 38.45mm
Accompaniments: an Extract from the Archives and a contemporary monogrammed 14K gold bracelet with folding clasp

Footnotes

  • Accompanied by an Extract from the Patek Philippe Archive confirming the manufacture of the watch in 1931 and its sale June 21st 1932.

    The watch has remained in the family of the original owner and retains its contemporary jeweler supplied monogrammed gold bracelet.

    During the 1930's a very small number of long duration wristwatches were produced by Patek Philippe. These were fitted with the LeCoultre rectangular 9"' Cal. 124 eight day movement, introduced in 1931.

    The basic 18-jewel version employed twin mainspring barrels and a lever escapement with bimetallic balance and flat spring. The movement was adjusted to temperature and in two positions. The version signed Patek Philippe has a slightly modified barrel bridge, 23-jewels, and was adjusted in five positions and for isochronism in addition to temperature.

    No. 198451, a recased and redialed movement was published in 1986 by Negretti and Nencini. By the time it reappeared in the saleroom in 2014, only three other examples had been identified. These included an uncased movement and another in an apparently replaced case. The present example is the third, No. 198450, formerly known only from a Patek Philippe archival photograph published in Armbanduhren by Kahlert, Muhe, and Brunner. Notably it is apparently the only one still in its original case.

    In addition, Cartier fitted the 18-jewel version of the 8-day LeCoultre movement, generally signed as the European Watch Co., to a small number of elongated Tank cases. A review of sale records suggest that about four of these watches had been produced by 1941.
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