Lot 285
  • 285

Patek Philippe

60,000 - 80,000 CHF
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  • gilt-brass and enamel
  • diameter 13 cm height 21 cm
• cal. 17-250, photo-electric movement • silvered dial plate, gilt matte chapter ring, sapphire-set and engraved indexes, dauphine hands • case decorated with cloisonné enamel allegories of airplane, boat, castle, horse and hunting • the revolving top fitted with the solar panel, mounted on three fluted feet • dial and movement signed Patek Philippe


The movement is running at the time of cataloguing, however it may require a service in the near future to be well preserved. Dial in good condition. Case in good condition. Overall this is an exceptional made on request example of this model. With a Patek Philippe cardboard service box.
"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

The earliest Patek Philippe dome clocks released in the mid-1950s featured the 17''' mechanical movement and was electronically wound and powered through solar cells contained on the top of the dome. The user simply rotated the upper dome towards the source of light to ensure that the movement would accumulate enough power to run the timepiece.

The curved panels and dome of a Patek Philippe solar clock present an extraordinary challenge to the enameller, such that one clock can take months to complete. This model is probably a special order as it appears to be personal anecdote of someone’s life.