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Patek Philippe
SILVER REPOUSSÉ OPEN-FACED WATCH WITH INDIRECT CENTER SECONDS, DEPICTING ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON MADE IN 1884
Dial: silver champlevé
Calibre: cal. 18''' keyless winding lever
Movement number: 72'709
Case: silver, hinged cuvette and back  
Case number: 72'709
Dimensions: 47.5 mm
Signed: case and dial
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on November 11th, 1885
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Catalogue Note

The present watch is part of an exceedingly rare group of pieces and has been retained in very crisp and original condition. What further highlights this watch is the presence of center seconds, a rarity and something not commonly seen on watches from this period.

The case back of the present watch depicts the St. George talisman, showing St. George on horseback, thrusting his lance at a dragon and the inscription "S. GEORGIUS EQUITUM PATRONUS" (St. George, protector of knights) on one side. The inside of the case shows a ship in full sail on a rough sea and Christ asleep on the deck with two terrified apostles, a wind blows through a small cloud into the sail and the inscription "IN TEMPESTATE SECURITAS" (protection in the storm).

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