Lot 2303
  • 2303

Patek Philippe

180,000 - 300,000 HKD
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  • yellow gold
  • diameter 35 mm
• cal. 12-600 automatic movement, 30 jewels, 18k yellow gold rotor • cream enamel dial, applied baton indexes for hours, dot indexes for minutes, subsidiary seconds • 18k yellow gold case, down-turned lugs, screw-down engraved case back • case, dial, and movement signed • with an 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet and clasp


Philip Seabrook   1901 - 1972

This present lot marks the precious memory from the descendant of the original owner - Mr Philip Seabrook. 

Mr. Philip Seabrook was a pioneer and captain of the New Zealand post war motor car industry. He and fellow directors John Seabrook and Bill Fowlds formed Seabrook Fowlds Ltd in 1920 to import, assemble and distribute cars. The flagship franchise was Austin cars of England, which became a dominate brand for many decades due in part to its suitability to New Zealand’s primitive roads at the time. Mr. Philip Seabrook had a strong philosophy and focus on customer service that served the company and customers well. He was admired and respected by many for his savvy business skills, kindness and good humour. Mr. Philip Seabrook was an admirer of fine time pieces and journeyed himself to Patek Philippe, Geneva in 1959 to purchase a new Ref. 2526 personally. In many ways, the "double-baked" enamel dial Ref. 2526 represented the pioneering modern-era Patek Philippe watches.  Mr. Philip Seabrook treasured the watch and wore it with tremendous pride.



Movement in working order when cataloging. * Please note that the movement has not tested for the accuracy of time and may need service at the buyer's expense. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement. The glass with minor surface scratches. The hands with minor surface scratches from removing the dial. The enamel dial is nice and intact, however there is a minor spotting between 9 o'clock and the hands. The bezel and band with minor surface wear and pinhead dings throughout, particularly at 2, 4 and 9 o'clock. The case with minor signs of polishing. The case back with surface wear and tiny pinhead dings throughout. The bracelet with is slightly stretched, bent and with surface wear throughout. Otherwise the watch is in a good overall condition for it's age. *Please note that the movement has not tested for the accuracy of time and may need service at the buyer's expense. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
"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 Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives.