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PATEK PHILIPPE | TOP HAT, REFERENCE 1450 YELLOW GOLD RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET MADE IN 1945

Lot Closed

July 17, 02:20 PM GMT

Estimate

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Lot Details

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PROPERTY OF THE FAMILY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER


PATEK PHILIPPE


TOP HAT, REFERENCE 1450

YELLOW GOLD RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET 

MADE IN 1945


Dial: silvered

Calibre: cal. 9'''90 manual winding, 18 jewels

Movement number: 837'780

Case: 18ct yellow gold, snap-on back 

Case number: 637'286

Closure: 18ct yellow gold Patek Philippe brick bracelet with integrated clasp

Dimensions: 26mm width x 37mm length, bracelet circumference approximately 175mm 

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on January 17th, 1946, presentation case 



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The reference 1450 was produced from 1940 to the early 1960s and affectionately nicknamed ‘Top Hat’ by collectors due to its tall case profile. Interestingly, Italians also refer to this reference as ‘Cinesino’, as the case profile is indeed reminiscent of a Pagoda architecture.


This collectible reference bears several interesting features, the first being its compelling shape-case, manufactured by none other than Markowski. The reliable manually-wound caliber 9’’’90 stands amongst Patek Philippe’s most highly regarded form movements.


The ‘Top Hat’ reference 1450 was available in yellow, rose and white gold in addition to platinum. The rarest execution of the Top Hat is the white gold model, which appeared only once on the market.


The present wristwatch was sold in 1946 and is crafted from 18ct yellow gold. Its first series dial bears a long black hard-enamelled Patek, Philippe Co signature, applied baton and dot indexes and a set of matching gold baton hands. The absence of a minute track gives the naturally patinated dial an elegant and simplistic appeal. Furthermore, the present reference 1450 is offered with an 18ct yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet, making a strong statement on the wrist as well as with its original presentation case.