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Patek Philippe

Retailed by F. Sauter & Co. Havana: A fine and rare yellow gold hunting cased minute repeating watch with independent deadbeat seconds, made for the Latin Market, Circa 1890 百達翡麗 罕有黃金三問腕錶備獨立跳秒顯示,約1890年為拉丁市場製造,零售商為 F. Sauter & Co. Havana

Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe

Retailed by F. Sauter & Co. Havana: A fine and rare yellow gold hunting cased minute repeating watch with independent deadbeat seconds, made for the Latin Market, Circa 1890 百達翡麗 罕有黃金三問腕錶備獨立跳秒顯示,約1890年為拉丁市場製造,零售商為 F. Sauter & Co. Havana

Retailed by F. Sauter & Co. Havana: A fine and rare yellow gold hunting cased minute repeating watch with independent deadbeat seconds, made for the Latin Market, Circa 1890 百達翡麗 罕有黃金三問腕錶備獨立跳秒顯示,約1890年為拉丁市場製造,零售商為 F. Sauter & Co. Havana

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Retailed by F. Sauter & Co. Havana: A fine and rare yellow gold hunting cased minute repeating watch with independent deadbeat seconds, made for the Latin Market, Circa 1890


Dial: white enamel

Caliber: 19-20'" mechanical, 17 jewels

Movement number: 90'581

Case: 18k yellow gold, signed cuvette, chased and engraved hinged hunting cases

Case number: 209'068

Size: 52 mm diameter

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: no

Papers: no

Accessories: fitted presentation box 

Case: The case is in excellent condition, with a robust case, strong hinges to the hinged case covers and strong definition to the finely chased and engraved details. Warm and attractive patina throughout.


Dial: White enamel dial is intact. Light dust and some scratches. Blued steel hand with some patina.


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."

Patek Philippe’s independent dead-beat seconds function was a culmination of nearly a quarter century of research, development and improvement, making this complication exceedingly rare in the firm’s repertoire. The present example is one of only six watches known today featuring this complication with the addition of a minute repeating complication. It is further heightened by a fully chased and engraved hunting case and retailed by F Sauter & Co., Havana Cuba.


Based on exhaustive research, no more than 400 pieces with a dead-beat seconds complication were ever manufactured by the firm. Today, about 60 pieces have been identified in the market, of which only five are identified with an additional minute repeating complication. The present lot represents the 6th minute repeating watch with dead beat seconds by Patek Philippe identified and is fresh to the market.

The independent dead seconds mechanism was first developed by Moise Pouzait, Geneva 1776. The mechanism requires two going trains, one for each the movement and the sweep center seconds, allowing it to be stopped without affecting the main train and interfering with the accuracy of timekeeping.

Adrien Philippe developed and improved upon this original design for decades, filing for Swiss patent No. 1017, awarded on 23 May, 1889. Philippe’s complication moves the seconds train over the center bridge, allowing for a larger balance spring and more efficient timekeeping.


Adrien Philippe’s patented mechanism is illustrated and described in Patek Philippe Pocket Watches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, p. 53.


A similar movement but with single independent center-seconds and without minute recorder is described and illustrated by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery in Patek Philippe Pocket Watches, 1993 Edition, p. 197, fig. 170 b.