- A GOLD FLARED CURVED RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH
1997 REF 5500J PAGODA MVT 1853000 CASE 4013673
- length 41mm.
Accompanied by a C.O.S.C. Bulletin, Attestation and Extract from the Archives confirming production in 1997 and sale on August 28th of that year. Together with a Patek Philippe fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
The Pagoda, Ref. 5500, was produced for one year only in 1997, to celebrate the opening of Patek Philippe's Plan-les-Ouates watchmaking center. Its inspiration was Ref. 2441, the Eiffel Tower model, produced in the late 1940s. While the Eiffel Tower cases were made by Markowski, the Pagoda cases were made by Atelier Réunis, where some of the greatest living casemakers work today.
For an example of the Pagoda in platinum, see Huber, M. and Banbery, A., Patek Philippe Wristwatches, Vol. 2, Second Edition, p. 127, pl. 176.
To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time the present example has been offered at auction.