Gold Patek Philippe retailed by Musy Padre & Figli, vintage wristwatch, made in 1928
A very fine and rare 18ct yellow gold lady’s vintage wristwatch with Original Patek Philippe Certificate, Presentation case, cordette strap, gold strap ties & buckle and an Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives
This exceptional lady’s wristwatch is a wonderful survivor from the early period of wristwatch production and is astonishingly complete with its original paperwork, box and strap. The accompanying Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives specifically mentions the “cordon bracelet” and the silvered dial with “black enamel indexes”.
The original presentation box features an elaborate Patek Philippe signature to the silk lining of the lid and the base of the case has the name of the retailer stamped in gold lettering: “Musy Padre & Figli, Torino”. The presentation case has a velvet lined cushion, beneath which is a specially sunken section to hold the original Patek Philippe certificate. This “Certificat D’Origine & de Garantie” also features the retailer’s stamp of Musy in Turin.
Made in 18ct yellow gold, the case has decoratively chased case sides and still retains the original gold crown which is engraved with a stylized flower. The centrally set, angular, faceted lugs are solid and broad in their proportions and the original cordette strap is tied with gold ‘spacers’ to the upper half which are similarly faceted to match the lugs. The cordette strap terminates in two symmetrical, open-ended clasp fixtures which are, themselves, joined by a gold fastener. The fastener completely detaches from the fixtures, thereby enabling the addition of extension clasp links to lengthen the strap if required, although of course the cord itself can also be removed and changed if preferred. The metal dial is of the highest quality with engraved numerals and tracks that have been filled and fired in hard black enamel. Interestingly, close inspection shows that the signature has in fact been misspelt with an extra ‘i’ within the ‘Philippe’. Although not unheard of, such errors are extremely rarely seen and demonstrate the handmade nature of these dials. Rather than simply being printed using a template, each dial made in this way was hand engraved before the enamel paint was added. The silvered surface of the dial has been expertly restored and the original enamel signature, tracking and numerals remain bold, clear and in excellent condition.
The movement is a rectangular 8’’’ Patek Philippe manually wound calibre with 18 jewels and is beautifully finished with damascened plates and elaborate bridge work.
Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives
The accompanying Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives confirms that this watch was manufactured in 1928 and sold on February 16th, 1934.
Patek Philippe 8’’’ rectangular Geneva striped movement, lever escapement, 18 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance; silvered dial, black enamel pointed baton numerals, inner enamel minute track, full signature, blued steel feuille hands; 18ct yellow gold hinged case with decoratively chased sides, centrally set faceted lugs, original crown with stylised floral motif; case, dial and movement signed; set to the original sand coloured cordette strap with 18ct gold ties and clasp fixture.
Length including lugs: 30.5mm
Length excluding lugs: 24.5mm
Width excluding winding crown: 13.5mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 6mm