PATEK PHILIPPE | REFERENCE 701, A GILT BRASS SOLAR POWERED DOME TABLE CLOCK, MADE IN 1953 | 百達翡麗 | "型號701 鍍金銅製太陽能座鐘，機芯編號872586，外殼編號113，1953年製"
A GILT BRASS SOLAR POWERED DOME TABLE CLOCK, MADE IN 1953
Calibre: cal. 17'''250, photo-electric cell
Movement number: 872'586
Case: gilt brass
Case number: 113
Size: 125 mm diameter x 215 mm high
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present clock in 1953 and its subsequent sale on 10 May 1957
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The chapter ring with tarnishing throughout.The dome with tarnishing and surface wear, particularly towards the edge around the photo-electric cell. The top portion of the clock has been brushed and cleaned and is no longer yellow but more of a pink colour. The case with minor surface wear scattered throughout. The dial with tarnishing and light wear. The case has also been cleaned and varying in different shades of gold. Otherwise the clock is very attractive and in good overall condition considering its age.
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.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports 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. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. 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.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands 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."
The Patek Philippe "Dome Clock" was introduced in the 1950s and invented a new method to powering a timepiece. Thanks to a photo-electric cell, the Dome Clock is powered by a movement wound automatically by illumination, with a daily light exposure for 4 hours at 200 lux sufficient to keep the clock running indefinitely. Often found at auctions with colourful enamel paintings, the present Dome Clock features the vanilla gilt brass case, decorated with an argyle pattern which serves versatile for all settings.