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Patek Philippe
AN EXTREMELY RARE YELLOW GOLD RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH WITH 8 DAY POWER RESERVE MADE IN 1931
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Patek Philippe
AN EXTREMELY RARE YELLOW GOLD RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH WITH 8 DAY POWER RESERVE MADE IN 1931
Estimate
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Patek Philippe
AN EXTREMELY RARE YELLOW GOLD RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH WITH 8 DAY POWER RESERVE MADE IN 1931
Dial: silvered
Caliber: cal. 9'" manual winding movement
Movement number: 198450
Case: 18k yellow gold, sold snap on case back
Case number: 609407
Dimensions: width 22 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on June 21, 1932
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Catalogue Note

According to our research, only four 8-day movements from Patek Philippe predating modern production models are known to have been produced. In 1929 Patek Philippe built the 8-day movement, number 198309, an entirely different construction than the other three known (including the present) which were modified LeCoultre caliber 124s. The modified cal. 124 contained 23 jewels, raised from the 18 jewels of the base movement, and had a different barrel bridge construction to cover the two springs. It was additionally adjusted to five positions as opposed to the standard two from LeCoultre. As a side note, the LeCoultre base caliber was used by Cartier in several of their 8-day tank watches from the same period.

Patek Philippe 8 Day Wristwatches

198309- movement only illustrated in Huber, M. & Banbery, A., Patek Philippe Watches Second Edition, Vol. II, p.33, fig. 30

198443- (with case no. 609.409) sold at Sotheby’s New York, June 1995, lot 489 and subsequently resold at Antiquorum Geneva, October 2003, lot 558

198450- the present lot, archive photo illustrated in Kahlert, H., Muhe, R. & Brunner, G., Armbanduhren, 1983, p. 38 middle top row

198451- sold Sotheby's New York, October  1987, lot 178, and subsequently resold at Sotheby’s Geneva, May 2014, lot 268

There have been two other examples of vintage 8-day Patek Philippe wristwatches that have appeared to market, both with different cases than when they were originally produced. The previous examples to have appeared at auction include no. 198443, recased, and no. 198451, also recased by Patek Philippe with a unique reference 3655. The present lot is the only example to have survived in its original case. The case back bears an engraving, dated 1934, which notates the location of Beverly Hills, California; the two other watches were retailed by Brocks & Company in Los Angeles, an interesting detail as it can be assumed that the present lot was also retailed at the same location.

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