Lot 13 (Watches, 15th April 2021)
AN ATTRACTIVE AND WELL PRESERVED 18K YELLOW GOLD OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH WITH ORIGINAL BOX AND PAPERS
Movement: Signed, lever escapement, high regulator compensated balance, 18-Jewels, 8 adjustments, No.189708
Dial: Signed, silvered, black Arabic numerals, blued spade hands, black outer minute division, subsidiary dial for seconds at the 6 o'clock position
Case: Signed, 18K yellow gold, snap-on back, No.407.060
Accompaniments: Signed Patek Philippe & Co case, original Certificate of Origin & Warranty, Extract from the Archives from 2018
Patek Philippe is a brand renowned for its finesse and evergreen elegance, two qualities defining their creations since the establishment of the company in 1839. It shouldn't surprise that Patek Philippe became one of the most important watch brands in the world, never ceasing to impress with some of the most complicated watches ever designed in history and of the best and most skilled watchmakers. The brand is especially acclaimed and sought-after for its complications; minute repeaters; chronographs; and the outstanding quality of every single component.
Our pocket watch couldn't be a better example of this: simple and elegant on the outside, with a plain design on the fine 18K yellow gold case 1mm thick; and beautiful and intricate on the inside, delicately engraved on the cover dust and on the movement confirming the watch was specifically produced for Bunde & Upmeyer Co. Milwaukee, a feature which makes the watch even more exclusive for collectors.
Impressive as always, the interior of the pocket watch makes us appreciate all the effort and knowledge of the watchmakers who produced it and it showcases all the time and endeavour required to create this movement. From the gorgeous balance to the beautiful bridges, every single wheel is hand-polished by the best craftsmen in Switzerland transforming this watch into a mechanical masterpiece made to endure; to be passed onto the next generation; a truly perfect example of a long-lasting past tradition which will continue to be cherished in the future as well.
For a similar watch sold at auction, please see Christie's, 6 December 2016, lot 48 sold for a hammer price of $10,625.
Sold for £4,500
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