Lot 31
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Patek Philippe

200,000 - 300,000 USD
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  • titanium
  • diameter 43 mm, thickness 10.1 mm
• cal. 240/165 automatic rhodium plated lever movement stamped with the Geneva seal, Gyromax balance, 45 jewels, 22k gold mini-rotor engraved with the Calatrava cross • inner blue bezel with silvered Roman numerals, the sapphire crystal glass with silvered ellipse framing the visible sky (marked out with the cardinal points), planisphere of the Northern Hemisphere rotates counter-clockwise above the dial, skeletonized white-lacquered feuille hands • titanium case, case band finely decorated with halved Calatrava crosses, crown at 2 o'clock to for time setting, crown at 4 o'clock for adjusting the planisphere by turning to one direction and in the other direction to correct the angular position and moon-phases, screw-down sapphire crystal case back • case, sapphire crystal disc and movement signed • with a titanium Patek Philippe buckle


Movement running at time of cataloguing, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time and may need service at the buyer's discretion. All functions work properly. Case in overall excellent condition. The titanium case retains all the original lines and the original brushed finish. Basket-weave motif to the case is crisp and in excellent condition. Dial is in excellent condition. Case back has minor scuffing. Overall an exceptional example of a unique piece. The strap of this watch contains endangered species; please see Important Notices for further information.
"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

Accompanied by the original wooden presentation box, outer cardboard box, leather portfolio with technical specifications including the original Certificate of Origin, instruction manual and product literature with outer cardboard box, Patek Philippe original delivery coffin box and an Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on 24 November 2004.

This magnificent wristwatch previously unrecorded is the only example of the Patek Philippe Celestial, Ref. 5102, known to have been made in titanium. The rich and deep matte grey tone of the watch’s case provides an electrifying contrast to the vibrant blue and gold of the sky chart. This combination, together with the lightness of the metal, provides a dramatically different look and feel to the model and allows an entirely novel appreciation of this extraordinary reference. The design of the Celestial 5102T closely matches that of the standard 5102, however, the lugs are noticeably thicker by comparison and have additional screw settings to their underside.

Production of Reference 5102 began in 2002 and ceased in 2012. The present watch was manufactured in 2003 and sold on November 24th, 2004. The ‘Sky Chart’ found on the ‘Celestial’ Ref.5102 and ‘Sky-Moon’ Ref.5002 is one of the most spectacular horological complications ever developed. Upon the watch’s dial, the owner can gaze at a rendition of the northern hemisphere’s sky. The ‘sky’ rotates counter-clockwise, showing the progression of stars relative to the meridian passage of Sirius. Simultaneously, the meridian passage and phases of the moon can be seen.

25 trillion (25,000,000,000,000) ratio combinations were researched by Patek Philippe to determine the greatest accuracy for all the Sky Chart’s displays. This gives some sense of the tremendous challenges that its production posed to the company’s watchmakers. Using a highly sophisticated automatic movement (calibre 240 LU CL), the movement uses 301 individual parts that are meticulously hand-finished in the workshops of Patek Philippe. Three sapphire crystal discs are used to simulate the orbit of the moon and the passage of the stars, giving a tremendous sense of depth. For this important invention, Patek Philippe were awarded a Swiss Patent for the base calibre (CH 688 171 B5).

Following the reference 5102 was the reference 6102, introduced in 2012. The 6102 has a redesigned case and included a date complication to the Celestial line.

This watch almost certainly presents a unique opportunity to own a titanium version of one of Patek Philippe’s most visually and technically impressive wristwatches.