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Patek Philippe
REF 844  A RARE YELLOW GOLD OPEN FACED MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR WATCH WITH MOON PHASES MADE IN 1924, COMPLETED IN 1962
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 106,250 USD
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Patek Philippe
REF 844  A RARE YELLOW GOLD OPEN FACED MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR WATCH WITH MOON PHASES MADE IN 1924, COMPLETED IN 1962
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 106,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Patek Philippe
REF 844  A RARE YELLOW GOLD OPEN FACED MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR WATCH WITH MOON PHASES MADE IN 1924, COMPLETED IN 1962
Dial: silvered
Caliber: 17'" ligne movement, 31 jewels 
Movement number: 197909
Case: 18k yellow gold, solid snap on case back
Case number: 316545
Size: diameter 51 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the year of manufacture in 1924, completed in 1962, encased in 1967 and sold on July 26, 1974
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Catalogue Note

The exceedingly clean dial design with the linear calendar on the Ref. 844 was a particularity in the US market when it first appeared in 1965.  Bearing a full digital display of day, month and date held within a single aperture, the dial of this watch is an especially rare Patek Philippe design, as the majority of perpetual calendar pocket watches by Patek Philippe were made with subsidiary dial indications. The 'single aperture' dial design enhances the clarity and ease of reading the date display and is of a type more commonly associated with wristwatches. 

Antoine Gerlach, a Geneva-based case maker designed the triple-stepped bezel and case.  With the sharp, clear lines of the case, the overall effect emphasizes the watch's purpose as a highly accurate timekeeper.

Patek Philippe produced the Ref. 844 from 1965 until 2000, when it was only available by special request.  Despite this extensive production period, the firm produced an estimated total of only 80 pieces in yellow and white gold.

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