PATEK PHILIPPE | REFERENCE 4020/1, WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE-SET BRACELET WATCH, MADE IN 1973
WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE-SET BRACELET WATCH
MADE IN 1973
Calibre: 13,5,manual winding, 20 jewels
Movement number: 1,248,697
Case: 18ct white gold, diamond-set bezel, baguette sapphire-set bezel
Case number: 2,743,200
Closure: 18ct white gold and sapphire-set
Dimensions: 23 x 31mm, bracelet circumference approximately 140mm
Signed: case, dial, movement and bracelet
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on September 12, 1974
Movement: running at the time of cataloguing
Dial: small aging spots
Case: light scuffs to the case back but overall in good condition
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 present lot is an exceedingly rare example of the Patek Philippe reference 4020. In fact, it is the first example to appear for years on the international auction market.
The unusual elongated shape of the silvered dial is decorated with two rows of precious stones. The inner one is made of brilliant-cut diamonds while the second one consists in 32 sapphires. These become gradually larger on the sides to accentuate the shape of the dial.
The watch is further enhanced by the calibrated sapphire-set bracelet which reminds the ever popular tennis bracelet and which is confirmed by the Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives. The junction between the case and the bracelet is beautifully made through the short diamond-set lugs.
This lot is an exciting opportunity for a collector looking to acquire both a rare and elegant timepiece from Patek Philippe.