Rare Patek Philippe watches to lure collectors at Christie’s
Patek Philippe watches have always been admired by the lovers and collectors of vintage watches, and they are always the highlight of the antique watch auction world. At its upcoming May 16 sale of Important Watches in Geneva, Christie’s will offer a range of rare Patek Philippe watches, which are being expected to start a bidding war among connoisseurs. For those who have the riches to deck their wrist with a Patek Philippe watch, the highlights from the sale include…
1. Patek Philippe circa 1928
Estimate: $1.7 million – $2.9 million
Movement no. 198’207
Case no. 608’751
This is an extremely fine and possibly unique 18K white gold cushion-shaped single button chronograph wristwatch with vertically positioned register, silvered matte dial and applied white gold Breguet numerals. This rare watch is the only example of a single-button chronograph by Patek Philippe cased in white gold.
2. Patek Philippe circa 1948
Estimate: $820,057 – $1.1 million
Movement no. 867’525
Case no. 653’822
This is an 18K pink gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, pink dial, applied pink gold Arabic numerals, date and moon phases and the back with engraved inscription P. de T. The reference 1518 is considered by many watch collectors to be the ultimate vintage complicated wristwatch.
3. Patek Philippe circa 1943
Estimate: $585,755 – $937,208
Movement no. 863’154
Case no. 635’158
This rare Patek is a stainless steel and 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with champagne dial and stainless steel and gold Gay Frères link bracelet. Ref. 1579/1 boasts a distinctive masculine diameter of 36 mm and the elegantly facetted “spider-leg” lugs. To date, only two examples of reference 1579/1 are known to exist.
4. Patek Philippe circa 1955
Estimate: $468,604 – $702,906
Movement no. 888’110
Case no. 687’975
This is a rare perpetual calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, moon phases, screw back, luminous hands, luminous baton numerals and 18K pink gold Patek Philippe buckle. This watch is the earliest example of this celebrated reference in pink gold known to date.
5. Patek Philippe clock watch
Estimate: $351,453 – $585,755
Movement No. 97’903
Case No. 678’103
Movement made in 1898 and encased in 1953
This is a fine 18K gold massive open-faced minute repeating keyless lever two-train carillon grande and petite sonnerie clock watch with original certificate. Never offered before at a public auction, this clock watch is in excellent condition.