PATEK PHILIPPE | REFERENCE 701 PENDULETTE DÔME, A GILT BRASS DOME CLOCK, MADE IN 1956
20,000 - 40,000 USD
REFERENCE 701 PENDULETTE DÔME
A GILT BRASS DOME CLOCK, MADE IN 1956
Dial: silvered with engraved lozenges, brass chapter ring
Caliber: 33 photo-electric cell, quartz
Case: gilt brass with engraved lozenges
Case number: 872'777
Dimensions: approximately 130 x 225 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe fitted presentation box, Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on September 18th, 1956 with engraved lozenges on the case
Case: The case is in good overall condition with light wear and patina. Some surface scuffs throughout consistent with age.
Dial: The dial is in very good condition with some light surface wear. Outermost perimeter with some very small darker colored marks. Brass chapter ring with some light surface scuffs. Hands with some scratches.
Movement: quartz movement operating. The battery is running at the time of cataloguing however will require periodic replacement in the future. Sotheby's may not guarantee the life of the current battery.
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.
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 but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). 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 SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
According to our research, this is one of the earliest known dome clocks to exist from Patek Philippe. Original American retail in 1957 was 1250 USD. ‘Dome clocks’, or ‘Pendulettes,’ so named after their dome shaped cases and small size, were introduced in the 1950s and are still being produced today. The present lot is dressed in engraved lozenges and offered in great condition with an Extract from the Archives confirming the case's fine engraved decoration and its original red fitted presentation box. This example recently returned from Patek Philippe where it had a full mechanical overhaul.