Lot 153
  • 153

Patek Philippe

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 USD
Sold
22,500 USD
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Description

  • A FINE AND RARE PLATINUM DIAMOND-SET RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH WITH 18K WHITE GOLD BRACELET
    1956 REF 1450P 'TOP HAT' MVT 976964 CASE 696246
  • Leather
• cal. 9-90 manual winding tonneau movement stamped twice with the seal of Geneva, 18 jewels • silvered dial, applied round- and baguette-cut indexes, subsidiary seconds • case with banded ends, hooded lugs, snap back • unusual 18k white gold hobnail bracelet • case, dial and movement signed by maker, bracelet signed by maker and Ponti Gennari • Extract from the Archives confirming sale with diamond-set dial and bracelet on 24 Dec 1957

Catalogue Note

Production of Ref. 1450 began in 1940. This model is often referred to as the 'Top Hat'. Examples in platinum with diamond indexes, such as the present, are the rarest within the reference and most desirable amongst collectors.

The present lot is further enhanced by a highly unusual and beautiful 18k white gold bracelet which is confirmed on the Extract from the Archives. In addition to the Patek Philippe signature, the clasp of the bracelet is also stamped 'PG' for Ponti Gennari, a master jeweler in Geneva. Bracelets by Ponti Gennari are very rare and of extremely high quality. Interestingly, the Patek Philippe Museum is now housed in the former Ponti Gennari factory building.

The case of this watch was made by Markowski, one of the finest case makers in Geneva. In addition to this model, they were also responsible for the case production of other unusually shaped rectangular watches, such as the 'Eiffel Tower', Ref. 2441.

For a further discussion of the iconic shape watches featuring the 9-90 movement, see Reardon, J., Patek Philippe in America, p. 164. A similar example is illustrated in Huber, M. & Banbery, A., Patek Philippe Wristwatches, Vol. II, Second Edition, p. 137, pl. 196.

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