Lot 357
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PATEK PHILIPPE | PENDULETTE DÔME, REF 701 GILT BRASS CLOCK MADE IN 1953

Estimate
15,000 - 25,000 CHF
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Description

  • PENDULETTE DÔME, REF 701 GILT BRASS CLOCK MADE IN 1953
Dial: silvered, gilt chapter ringCalibre: cal. 17''' 250 photo-electric cellMovement number: 872'584Case: gilt brassCase number: 115Dimensions: 22.5 x 13 cmSigned: dial and movementAccessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on January 12th, 1957

Catalogue Note

Patek Philippe began experimenting with new ways of powering their time-pieces as early as the 1940s, trying out photoelectric, electronic, and nuclear timekeeping. Patek also introduced some mechanisms with photo-electric cells in order to store the energy in an accumulator. 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 since been in production. 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. The present lot has engraved lozenges which are in diamond-shaped patterns. 

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