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Patek Philippe

Retailed By A&C Feldenheimer: A yellow gold open faced chronometer, Made for Frederick Van Voorhies Holman in 1903

Estimate:

15,000 to - 25,000 USD

Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe

Retailed By A&C Feldenheimer: A yellow gold open faced chronometer, Made for Frederick Van Voorhies Holman in 1903

Retailed By A&C Feldenheimer: A yellow gold open faced chronometer, Made for Frederick Van Voorhies Holman in 1903

Estimate:

15,000 to - 25,000 USD

Lot sold:

12,600

USD

Patek Philippe


Retailed By A&C Feldenheimer: A yellow gold open faced chronometer, Made for Frederick Van Voorhies Holman in 1903


Dial: white enamel, Breguet numerals, Louis XV hands 

Caliber: 19"' ligne movement, guillaume balance, 21 jewels

Movement number: 121'964

Case: 18k yellow gold, personally inscribed cuvette, monogrammed hinged back

Case number: 236'327

Size: 50 mm diameter

Signed: case and dial signed by maker, movement signed by maker and retailer

Box: yes

Papers: yes

Accessories: Patek Philippe presentation box, Certificate of Origin that confirms the case is engraved with the monogram F. V. H., Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on November 28, 1904 and that the watch had an honorable mention at the chronometer timing contest in 1904, and copy of Observatory Timing Certificate

Case: The case is in overall very good condition with surface wear commensurate with age. The case back is monogramed F.V.H and the cuvette is personally inscribed 'Made For Frederick Van Voorhies Holman Portland, Oregon 1904'.


Dial: The dial is in overall excellent condition. No visible hairlines to the enamel.


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.


**Please note that the Certificate of Origin has a small tear**


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.

This Extra Quality chronometer was made for Frederick Van Voorhies Holman (1852-1927) in 1903 and was delivered in November of 1904. Before being shipped to the United States, the movement was submitted to the Geneva Observatory and earned an Honorable Mention. The adjuster for this chronometer was the celebrated J. Golay-Audemars. The patron of this timepiece requested his name to be placed on the cuvette as well as his monogram on the caseback. Even the original certificate mentions his initials ‘F.V.H’. Mr. Holman was a celebrated civic leader from Portland, Oregon, legal counsel to the Portland Rail, Light and Power Company, and president of the Oregon Historical Society for decades. Interestingly, he was obsessed with roses and is credited with giving Portland the nickname of the ‘Rose City’. Complete with its original box, papers, and extra crystal, this immaculately preserved work of art is a little piece of American history housing the best of early 20th century Swiss chronometry.