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Patek Philippe
RETAILED BY SHREVE, CRUMP & LOW CO, BOSTON: YELLOW GOLD OPEN FACED PERPETUAL CALENDAR MINUTE REPEATING SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH MOON PHASES MADE IN 1902
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 150,000 USD
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50
Patek Philippe
RETAILED BY SHREVE, CRUMP & LOW CO, BOSTON: YELLOW GOLD OPEN FACED PERPETUAL CALENDAR MINUTE REPEATING SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH MOON PHASES MADE IN 1902
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 150,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Patek Philippe
RETAILED BY SHREVE, CRUMP & LOW CO, BOSTON: YELLOW GOLD OPEN FACED PERPETUAL CALENDAR MINUTE REPEATING SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH MOON PHASES MADE IN 1902
Dial: white enamel
Caliber:
19'" ligne jeweled movement
Movement number:
112340
Case:
18k yellow gold, personally inscribed cuvette, monogramed hinged case back
Case number:
229647
Size:
diameter 54 mm
Signed:
case, dial and movement
Accessories:
Patek Philippe Certificate or Origin, Extract from the Archives confirming the year of manufacture in 1902 and sale on February 3, 1903, with enamel dial and black Roman numerals
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Catalogue Note

The present lot is an exceptional example of an early 20th century highly complicated watch from Patek Philippe, a crown jewel of the firm's production. It features three important complications: the perpetual calendar for astronomical functions, the split seconds chronograph for timing two events at once, and a fine minute repeating complication which chimes the hours and minutes, activated from a slide at the case band.

The original owner, Clarence W. Barron, received this piece as a gift from his wife.  To this day, Barron is considered one of the most influential figures in the history of the Dow Jones & Company.  Barron worked for a number of newspapers throughout his life, eventually founding the Boston News Bureau and the Philadelphia Bureau.  He specialized in financial journalism, and when he bought the Dow Jones & Company in 1903, he became de facto manager of the Wall Street Journal as well.  He gained a reputation for deeply scrutinizing corporate financial records, and his investigatory work for the Boston Post helped to expose Charles Ponzi, leading to Ponzi's eventual arrest.  His stellar career has justly earned him the legacy as the founder of modern financial journalism. 

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