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Patek Philippe

Reference 96, A platinum wristwatch, Made in 1956 百達翡麗 96型號鉑金腕錶,1956年製

Property from the Family of the Original Owner

Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe

Reference 96, A platinum wristwatch, Made in 1956 百達翡麗 96型號鉑金腕錶,1956年製

Reference 96, A platinum wristwatch, Made in 1956 百達翡麗 96型號鉑金腕錶,1956年製

Authenticity guarantee

What is guaranteed?

Reference 96

A platinum wristwatch, Made in 1956


Dial: silvered

Caliber: cal. 12-400 mechanical, 18 jewels

Movement number: 727'545

Case: platinum, personally inscribed snap on case back

Case number: 309'681

Size: 31 mm diameter

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: no

Papers: no

Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on April 28, 1958

Case: The case is in overall very good condition with light signs of wear visible to the naked eye. No signs of previous polish. Visible stock number etched into the back of the top right lug. Case back is engraved 'W.C. Rapp Knudsen Award 1958'. Please note that the strap and buckle are generic and not signed Patek Philippe.


Dial: The dial is in overall excellent condition. The black enamel signature is raised. A few very minor dark spots on the dial.


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.


"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 Patek Philippe Reference 96 was the first watch released by Jean and Henri Stern following their acquisition of the brand in 1932. For over forty years, this timepiece remained in production and became one of the most popular models ever offered by the Geneva-based manufacturer.

Traditionally, examples of this timepiece cased in platinum feature diamond-set indexes on their dials. To date, only a handful of such pieces have come to market possessing this combination. One of these sold in the prestigious 2012 single owner sale held by Sotheby's, ‘Watches from the Collection of the Late Reginald H. Fullerton, Jr. and his Grandfather Henry Graves Jr.’.

The second, originally sold by Sotheby’s on June 11th, 2015 in the ‘Important Watches’ sale is the sister watch to the current lot. That example was numbered 727'580 on its movement, just 35 pieces away from the current watch offered.

The present lot was given to the first co-recipient of the Knudsen award – one of Denmark’s most prestigious scientific prizes in honor of Carl Holst-Knudsen—in its inaugural year and is inscribed, 'W.C. Rapp. Knudsen Award 1958.’. Like the previous example, the current lot was manufactured in 1956 and is accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming its date of sale on April 28, 1958. The watch is fresh to the market and comes from the family of the original owner.