Gold Patek Philippe vintage wristwatch, made in 1922 and sold on January 9th, 1925
A very rare, early and fine 18ct yellow gold manually wound square wristwatch
This is a superb Patek Philippe model that dates to the early years of wristwatch production. Wristwatches from this early period of production are becoming increasingly difficult to find on the market, especially those, such as the present watch, which remain in good condition. The metal dial is of the highest quality with engraved numerals and tracks that have been fired in hard black enamel. The highly attractive, bold numerals are known as ‘Dauphine’ in style and are a form of italicised Arabic numeral. All tracking, signatures and numerals remain bold, clear and in excellent condition. The signature style to the dial is one of the earliest used by Patek Philippe and, with the ‘underline’ beneath Genève, forms a ‘V’ shape. The square case is also one of the earliest wristwatch designs employed by Patek Philippe and prominently features the maker’s signature to the outside of the case back, together with the movement’s number. The inside of the case back features the case number, Patek Philippe case stamp (P.P.Co), the Patek Philippe ‘Calatrava’ cross stamp and Swiss hallmarks for 18ct gold. Also stamped to the inside of the case back are London import hallmarks for 1924/25, showing that the watch was imported into the UK before its sale on January 9th, 1925. The manually wound Patek Philippe movement incorporates a number of high quality features found in early Patek Philippe wristwatches such as the ‘wolf’s tooth’ winding wheels, which have curved teeth, and the escapement’s elongated lever which, owing to its shape, is referred to as a ‘moustache’ lever.
Accompanied by a Patek Philippe folder containing an Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives, confirming that this watch was made in 1922 and sold on January 9th, 1925. The Extract also confirms production with Dauphine numerals.
An archival image of a similar model is illustrated in: Huber, M. & Banbery, A., Patek Philippe Wristwatches, Second Edition, p.113, pl.132. For archival images of similar dial designs by Patek Philippe, see the same publication, p.105, pl.112 & 113.
A very similar example to the present watch, also featuring black enamel Dauphine numerals, but made 2 years after the present watch, was sold at Sotheby’s, Geneva, 17th May 2004, lot 47.
We have fitted the watch with a new Hirsch strap. The watch is accompanied by a worn, vintage, leather strap that most likely dates to the 1950s or 1960s; the plated pin buckle is stamped ‘AW’ and is typical of those used by Patek Philippe during the 1950s/1960s period and may well have been purchased following a service.
Patek Philippe 10’’’ manually wound, jewelled movement with frosted back-plate, wolf’s tooth winding, ‘moustache’ lever, bi-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH; metal dial with black enamel Dauphine numerals and outer minute track, blued steel ‘pear’-shaped hands; 18ct yellow gold hinged case, the outside case back with movement number; case, dial and movement signed.
Width excluding winding crown: 25mm
Length including lugs: 35mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 8mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 20mm
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