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The Geneva Watch Auction Two: highlights

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It is now available the catalogue of the second watch auction organised by the Phillips Watch Department that will take place on the evenings of 7 and 8 November 2015 at the Hôtel La Réserve in Geneva. The auction will offer 203 lots of great quality. We list here four highlights.


Anticipated as the top piece of the auction, lot 169 is an exceptionally rare Patek Philippe 1436 housed in a 33 mm stainless steel case and made in 1945.


Reference 1436 is one of only two vintage split second chronograph references made by Patek Philippe, and is normally cased in yellow gold with only a very small number produced in pink gold.


A small quantity of stainless steel cases was made during the first half of the 1940s, but only few of them were actually ever used and fitted with movements. Originally sold in 1949, the present watch will be offered for the second time ever having only seen three owners since its original purchase over half a century ago. It was originally sold to the Henry Stern Watch Agency, exclusive importers of Patek Philippe watches to the U.S.A., as denoted by the stamped HOX denomination on the balance bridge.


Inside the case back there are no traces of any watchmaker's interventions, and it is possible, given the extraordinary condition of the manual movement that it has never been dismantled or worked on since leaving Patek Philippe’s workshops in 1949. Estimate: Swiss Francs 1,500,000 - 3,000,000


Lot 167 is a Rolex "Padellone" Triple Calendar ref. 8171 in stainless steel which dates back to 1950. This watch is in excellent conditions and - quite surprisingly for a 65 year old watch - never polished.


Since its founding, Rolex only produced two models indicating the day of the week, the month, the date and the phases of the moon: reference 6062, featuring the signature Oyster-case with a large diameter of 36 mm, and reference 8171 with its generous 38 mm. Both models were only in production during a very short period during the early 1950s and both were available in yellow gold, pink gold or stainless steel.

The silvered grain-finished dial is highlighted by silver-coloured faceted hour markers and the typical Arabic numeral 12, surrounded by the date ring with rich medium-blue coloured numbers ranging from 1 to 31, all in the typical Rolex font. The needle-shaped date hand features an arrow-shaped blued tip. Leaf hands indicate hour and minutes.


The inside of the case back displays the factory finish and shows only one watch maker’s inscription. This means that in nearly 65 years the watch has only been brought once to a watchmaker for oiling; consequently the movement does not show any trace of wear.


The expandable Gay Frères Oyster-style bracelet completes this beautiful "Padellone" example. Estimate: Swiss Francs 350,000 - 700,000.


The Breguet wristwatch in yellow gold lot 248 features a two-tone guilloché dial with Roman numerals and blued steel -  the signature Breguet dial - in truly perfect conditions. The case has a diameter of 35 mm and houses the hand-wound movement Calibre 253.



Produced in 1941, this model is very rare. In fact, the production of wristwatches by Breguet during the 1930s and 40s was very limited. During World War II, not more than a few dozen of gold wristwatches left their workshops every year. Estimate Swiss Francs 30,000 - 50,000.


Another interesting lot is the yellow gold Leroy wristwatch produced in 1940 (lot 249) , when the manufacturer moved to the new facilities in Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré, the same address that is engraved on the cuvette of this watch.



The 37 mm case frames the the gold dial with bold black Roman numerals. The watch is powered by a precious hand-wound, gilt movement. Estimate Swiss Francs 30,000 - 50,000.


More details and the full list of lots on sale here:
"The Geneva Watch Auction: Two, Geneva 7 & 8 November 2015

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