Lot 303
  • 303

Patek Philippe

10,000 - 15,000 USD
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  • Yellow gold, enamel, diamonds
  • diameter 38 mm
• cal. 14''' nickel lever movement, 17 jewels, 18k gold cuvette • white enamel dial with etched central blue rosette, Roman numerals • covers enameled in translucent royal blue over engine-turning, the front with overlapping diamond-set RBB monogram, the reverse with diamond-set coat-of-arms • case numbered, cuvette numbered and signed by retailer and maker


There is movement to the balance at the time of cataloguing, however it may require service. The dial shows no visible hairlines. The case has a few areas of restoration, most noticeably above and to the left of the monogram on the front, and there are surface scuffs to the surface of the enamel. One of the small rose-cut diamonds to the monogram has come loose.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches
Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."

Catalogue Note

With an Extract from the Archives confirming sale with blue enamel, monogram and coat-of-arms on September 27th, 1861.

The crest featured on the present example is that of Brown, of Astrop, Northamptonshire, England. It is composed of a bear's paw issued from a wreath of oak leaves, surmounted by an open hand. These elements signify fortitude and skill in handling arms against the enemy, dignity and generosity, respectively.

One of the best known members of the Brown family was Sir William Brown, who was a member of the House of Commons. In 1860, he donated a building serving as a library and museum to the city of Liverpool which still stands today.

The dial of the present example features a central blue enameled rosette, which is characteristic of lady's watches from Patek Philippe at this time period. The floral motif, sometimes referred to as a snowflake, was favored for embroidery on lady's clothing from that time period.