Patek, Philippe & Cie, Genève
- A RARE 14K YELLOW GOLD HUNTING CASED WATCH MADE FOR THE POLISH MARKET
1891 MVT 91070 CASE 220261
This watch is historically important to both Poland and to the Patek Philippe firm. Antoni Patek, a Polish national and a Catholic, was instilled with nationalist sentiment after being forced by the French government to resettle in Switzerland.
The figures on the back cover, Archbishop of Gnesen (Archbishopric of Gnesen founded in 999) and Duke Boleslaus I Chorby ("The Brave"), who crowned himself King of Poland in 1025, are therefore symbols of Polish independence.
It is interesting to say that this watch was ordered to commemorate the 900th Anniversary of Poland, 14 carat gold being the typical alloy made for watches for the Polish market. It has been sold to the official Patek Philippe representative in Poland in 1898 but presented and given in 1899.
A similar watch is shown on the 1851 London's World Exhibition's catalogue and is illustrated in Huber, M., & Banbery, A., Patek Philippe, 1982, p. 73 and 110.