PATEK PHILIPPE | A PINK GOLD MINUTE REPEATING HUNTING CASED SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WATCH, MADE IN 1892
A PINK GOLD MINUTE REPEATING HUNTING CASED SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WATCH, MADE IN 1892
Dial: enamel white
Caliber: 19''' ligne movement
Movement number: 97'035
Case: 18k pink gold, monogrammed case, hinged cuvette and engraved back
Case number: 211'066
Dimensions: 54 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin and Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on May 1, 1894
Case: The case is in overall very good condition with light surface wear and scuffing consistent with age. Hunting case monogrammed 'FAM'. Case back with engraved rooster crest and 'Deo Spes Nostra Est'. Monogram and crest are well defined. Slide is in good condition.
Dial: The dial in overall very good condition. Enamel dial is intact with no visible hairlines.
Movement: Minutes repeating in phase. The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
Please note that the original Certificate of Origin is very fragile and separated in two pieces. A facsimile is also available along with a modern Extract from the Archives.
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It is often said that the split seconds chronograph combined with a minute repeater is the ultimate expression of the art of watchmaking. This important example of a Patek Philippe minute repeating split seconds chronograph features a number of important features that make it unique. First and foremost, the massive 54 mm hunter case is the perfect sounding board for the minute repeating mechanism. Recently overhauled, this watch sounds loudly and clearly in the 18k gold case. The split seconds mechanism functions equally concisely . The monogram on the case is engraved F.A.M which is confirmed on both its original Patek Philippe Certificate as well as the Extract From the Archives. While the great majority of minute repeating splits from Patek Philippe are open-faced, this rare hunting-cased variant was especially made for a patron of Patek Philippe, who is only known as F.A.M within the archives of Patek Philippe. A hint on the importance of this client is the rooster and engraved motto ‘Deo Spes Nostra Est'. Two similar watches (movement numbers 80’294 & 90’455) can be seen in the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, illustrated in Patek Philippe Watches Vol. 1, Patek Philippe Museum, 2013, pp. 358-359.