PROPERTY OF THE FAMILY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
PATEK PHILIPPE | TOP HAT, REFERENCE 1450 YELLOW GOLD RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET MADE IN 1945
Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP
PROPERTY OF THE FAMILY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
TOP HAT, REFERENCE 1450
YELLOW GOLD RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET
MADE IN 1945
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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DIAL: dial shows some natural patina, with some signs of previous watchmaker interventions. With some scratches between the centre of the dial and the seconds sub-dial. Dial shows some minor spidering throughout, especially between 10 and 12. Hour baton hand shows some signs of slight oxidation.
CASE: in good condition with some scratches throughout, with some slightly deeper marks to the profiles. The hallmarks and serial numbers are clearly legible.
Bracelet: Patek Philippe signed brick bracelet in good condition with reasonable stretching. There are some small dents to some of the links, which do not alter the overall aesthetics and functionality of the bracelet. The signature and hallmarks are clearly legible and clasp locks securely.
MOVEMENT: not running at the time of cataloguing.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
Please note: Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report 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. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. 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. Please be advised that wristbands 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
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.