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PATEK PHILIPPE | 'BRIDGE' PENDULETTE DÔME, REF 715GILT BRASS TABLE CLOCK MADE IN 1953

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25,000 - 35,000 CHF
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Description

  • Patek Philippe
  • 'BRIDGE' PENDULETTE DÔME, REF 715GILT BRASS TABLE CLOCK MADE IN 1953
Dial: silvered, gilt chapter ringCalibre: cal. 17"250 photo-electric cell Movement number: 872’613 Case: gilt brass Case number: 136 Size: 12.5 x 21 cm  Signed: dial and movement Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on October 3rd, 1957

Catalogue Note

Patek Philippe began experimenting with new ways of powering their time-pieces as early as the 1940’s, trying out photoelectric, electronic, and nuclear timekeeping. Patek also introduced some mechanisms with a photo-electric cells in order to store the energy in an accumulator. Additionally, if the mechanism was fully wound, the cells also switched over to charge the accumulator. ‘Dome clocks’, or ‘Pendulettes,’ sometimes so named after their dome shapes cases and small size, were introduced during the 1950s and have continued since. However, perhaps in part to their complicated and sometimes delicate production processes, Patek Philippe dome clocks are very rare. The majority that are found at auction might feature a colourful cloisonné enameled case or sometimes gilt cases with attractive applied and engraved abstract designs. On this example, we have the attractive theme of the card game, 'Bridge' applied to the round case.

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