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Patek Philippe

Reference 605 | A pink gold worldtime openface watch with pink dial, Retailed by Gübelin, Made in 1946 | 百達翡麗 | 型號605 | 粉紅金世界時間懷錶,備粉紅色錶盤,由 Gübelin 發行,1946年製

Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe

Reference 605 | A pink gold worldtime openface watch with pink dial, Retailed by Gübelin, Made in 1946 | 百達翡麗 | 型號605 | 粉紅金世界時間懷錶,備粉紅色錶盤,由 Gübelin 發行,1946年製

Reference 605 | A pink gold worldtime openface watch with pink dial, Retailed by Gübelin, Made in 1946 | 百達翡麗 | 型號605 | 粉紅金世界時間懷錶,備粉紅色錶盤,由 Gübelin 發行,1946年製

Patek Philippe

Reference 605

A pink gold worldtime openface watch with pink dial, Retailed by Gübelin, Made in 1946

百達翡麗

型號605

粉紅金世界時間懷錶,備粉紅色錶盤,由 Gübelin 發行,1946年製


Dial: pink

Calibre: cal. 17'''170 mechanical, jewelled

Movement number: 930'544

Case: 18k pink gold, snap on case back

Case number: 642'707

Size: 45 mm diameter

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1946 and its subsequent sale on 18th May 1948

附帶後補資料庫精粹

The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The dial has been retained in very original condition with hard enamel signature. There is some minor spotting to the 24 hour disc. The case is exceptionally crisp with very strong hallmark on the bow. Overall the watch is in very nice condition.


Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.


Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


"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."

Christie's Geneva, May 2004, lot 40
For another example of a reference 605 with pink dial, please see Patek Philippe Museum, Volume II, page 339.

The Heures Universelles watches are among the most coveted of all Patek Philippe’s vintage production, and examples form the centrepiece of some of the world’s most important watch collections. Reference 605 was one of the earliest models to incorporate the ingenious world time system developed by the famed watchmaker Louis Cottier; production began in 1937 and continued for approximately thirty years, during that time less than one hundred examples were made. Research suggests that three-quarters of the reference 605 watches made were delivered in yellow gold cases, with just one quarter in pink gold. The model was initially produced with plain metal satin finished centres in tones of champagne, pink or silver.


The Heures Universelles function in reference 605 is operated via the bezel, a mechanism shared by this and the wristwatch reference 1415. To set the watch up, the user simply rotates the bezel so that their current location is displayed at the twelve o’clock position, and they then advance the hands to the correct local time. The recessed 24-hour ring is geared to turn automatically as time advances, and will therefore indicate the correct time in all zones around the world. Since the case, dial and movement are all integral to the technical function of the watch, Louis Cottier supervised the production of each element.


Louis Cottier (1894-1966) was born in Carouge and attended the Horological School of Geneva before going to work for his father and horological mentor Emmanuel Cottier (1858-1930). Like his father, Louis was a talented mechanical genius and went on to develop numerous patents that changed the face of watchmaking. Reacting to the realities of the Great Depression, Cottier saw a niche in high-end watchmaking and focused his talents on the development of complicated watches for Patek Philippe, Agassiz, Rolex, and Vacheron Constantin. Foremost among these discoveries was his development of the world time mechanism in the 1930s. This invention would inspire some of the most iconic Patek Philippe complications.  


The present watch, purchased in Geneva in 2004 is a beautiful example with wonderfully raised hard enamel signature. The case is in exceptional condition and very nice and crisp. In addition, the watch is retailed by Gübelin, the prestigious retailer, founded in Lucerne in 1854 and was then as now, one of the most exclusive retailers of fine horology in the world.

The reference 605 HU was first introduced in 1939 until approximately 1964 with the majority made in yellow gold. There are only 12 known pink gold examples, three of which with pink dials which includes the current example.