Lot 290
  • 290

Patek Philippe

300,000 - 500,000 USD
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  • Yellow Gold
  • diameter 60 mm, thickness 24 mm, weight 311 grams
• cal. 20''' Grande Complication nickel lever movement stamped with the seal of Geneva, 44 jewels, repeating on two gongs, 18k gold hinged cuvette • white enamel dial, Roman numerals, blued steel hands, sunken subsidiary dials indicating moon-phases combined with register, month in French combined with leap year indication, constant seconds combined with date, day combined with 24-hour indication • massive 18k yellow gold case, chamfered stepped bezels, the band set with strike and silent as well as grande and petite slide-pieces, slide to activate minute repeater, chronograph button in the pendant and split second chronograph button with corresponding lock • case, dial and movement signed


The movement is running at time of cataloguing, Case is in excellent condition with some light scuffing and some surface scratches at the case back. All functions working properly. Dial and movement in excellent condition. As indicated in the catalogue it comes with a custom Patek Philippe signed gold and wood stand, a fitted presentation box, large format literature, which includes the certificate of origin, instructions for watch operation, a setting pin and an additional smaller size presentation 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."

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a bespoke Patek Philippe 18k yellow gold-framed presentation stand, presentation box, and smaller traveling presentation box with setting pin. Together with a large-format Certificate of Origin leather folder with additional literature and instructions. Together with an Extract from the archives confirming manufacture in 1993 and sale on June 7th 2012.

The exceptional Ref. 942/2 is a unique piece showcasing Patek Philippe's technical mastery while recalling the firm's most vaunted historical achievement. This Grand Complication model in pocket watch format brings to mind the Henry Graves, Jr. Supercomplication. Sold by Sotheby's in 1999 and again in 2014 for an untouched record of $24 million, the 1932 watch holds a mythical position in the eye of collectors.

Indeed, the present lot's obvious reference and tribute to that famed watch places it among the most important pieces Patek Philippe has produced. The Grand Complication clock watch, featuring 12 complications, takes nearly 5 years from inception to completion of a single piece. The resulting masterpiece is a tour de force of the greatest watchmaking firm's undisputed position at the apex of horology.