SET OF THREE GOLD AND ENAMEL LIGHTERS
• Reference: 9508
• Case: 18k yellow gold and translucent green enamel, hinged cap
• Case number: A328
• Reference: 9504
• Case: 18k white gold, hinged cap
• Case number: A234
• Reference: 9505
• Case: 18k yellow gold, hinged cap
• Case number: A059
• Dimensions: 40 x 58mm
• Signed: case
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Lighters are not fueled and have therefore not been tested to determine their functionality. The cases are in very good condition with very light surface wear. The first has "W.A. to A.D. 1983" engraved on the cap and the third has "A.D" engraved on the cap. The weights are the following: 112g for the first, 92g for the second, 91g for the third.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
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The lot is sold in the condition it is in the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with the condition of the subject. Sotheby's, The Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may not be used in this field, but it may not be used in the marketplace. can 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 review movements of water-resistant. Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding color , clarity and weight of statements are only available from Sotheby's. It should also be noted that these, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, have been replaced by the original parts. In addition, there are certain images of the lot that may be used in the context of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying Guide that includes important notices regarding the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with, Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (ie alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands 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).
Made in the 1970s to compliment the ellipse range of watches, the lighters were most probably commissioned by Patek Philippe from the specialist lighter manufacturer Colibri. Literature of the period advertises each lighter as being individually numbered and unique, made entirely by hand out of 18k gold including both the case and mechanism. Colibri would have been the obvious choice for Patek Philippe, with facilities to manufacture high-quality gas lighters in France, Colibri were world-leaders in their field. Of potential interest, it was Colibri who made the highly ingenious golden gun which was assembled from a Colibri 88 lighter, cigarette case, cuff links and a fountain pen in the 1974 James Bond movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun.’
Research would suggest fewer than 500 Patek Philippe golden ellipse lighters were manufactured in total during the 1970s.