Lot 61
  • 61


25,000 - 35,000 CHF
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  • Patek Philippe
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


DIAL: In very good condition. CASE: In exceptional condition. The case is very crisp and is really attractive. MOVEMENT: Running and in very good condition.
"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

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.