PATEK PHILIPPE | RETAILED BY HENRY OEMISCH & CO.: A YELLOW GOLD OPEN FACED WATCH WITH UP/DOWN INDICATION, MADE IN 1912
12,000 to - 18,000 USD
RETAILED BY HENRY OEMISCH & CO.: A YELLOW GOLD OPEN FACED WATCH WITH UP/DOWN INDICATION, MADE IN 1912
Dial: white enamel, roman numerals
Caliber: 17''' ligne movement, 20 jewels
Movement number: 171'609
Case: 18k yellow gold, hinged cuvette back
Case number: 401'161
Dimensions: 45 mm diameter
Signed: cuvette case and dial signed by maker, movement signed maker and retailer
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on December 5, 1914
Case: The case in good condition given the age of the watch. The edges of the hinged back and cuvette are sharp and the numbers and gold marks are still very crisp inside. There are surface scratches and scuffing visible with the naked eye throughout. Most noticeably the heavy surface scratches on the case back. Previous polish in our view. Crystal glazing with surface scratches as well.
Dial: The dial in overall very good condition. Enamel intact. A circular scratch in between the up/down indication. Hands with scratches.
Movement: 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.
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This watch was made for the retailer Henry Oemisch in Rochester, NY as engraved on the movement, so we can expect that a very well heeled industrialist in upstate NY splurged on this for Christmas of 1914. The dial of this watch features roman numerals and an amber enamel, as opposed to the bright white enamel we normally see. The layout of the logo is simply brilliant and gives the watch an undeniably attractive symmetry. No surprise it also has a hidden hinge that opens to reveal a dust cover that further opens to present the highly finished 17 lignes caliber.