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Lot 2861* - A207 Wristwatches & Pocketwatches - Monday, 27. November 2023, 01.30 PM

Patek Philippe, the only known Reference No. 1599 - possibly unique, 1944.

Platinum 950.
D 43 x 30 mm.

Reference No.: 1599, this model is a sensational and important new discovery in the world of Patek Philippe collectors.
Case No.: 636652, large two-part case with maker's mark by Staffelbach & Rotach, Geneva, signed: Patek Philippe & Co Geneve. The lunette and the massive lugs are lapped, the case is finely finished. Square crystal glass
Dial: Fine, silvered 2-tone dial with applied yellow gold Breguet numerals: 3-6-9-12, with a double signature: Patek Philippe & Co Genève and E. Gübelin
Movement: Very refined manual winding movement with center second, No. 864484, Cal. 12'''120SC, with compensation balance, Breguet hairspring and swan neck regulator, bridges with Côtes de Genève finish, 20 rubies.
Band: Leather band with original Patek Philippe white gold tang buckle (18 mm).
Accessories: Patek Philippe box, Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives confirming the production in 1944 and the sale on 18 December 1944, with a silvered dial and applied gold Breguet numerals.

This, for its time, exceptionally large Gentleman's wristwatch has an almost avant-garde case with Art Deco and Bauhaus influences. The dominant lugs for the leather band convey a strong design, while appearing to hold the powerful crystal glass.

The refined 2-tone dial presents different nuances, depending on the angle of view, and is a work of art in itself. The applied indices and Breguet numerals in gold, contrast beautifully with the base, and the double signature completes the picture.

The movement is also exceptional: The Cal. 12'''SC was only produced in small numbers from 1938-1950. It is based on the Patek Philippe Ebauche 12'''120 and was completed by Victorin Piguet with the device for an indirectly-driven central second hand. The elaborate design is reminiscent of chronographs with a horizontal clutch.

The 1599 model on offer is a sensational and important discovery for the world of wristwatch collections. It is also particularly impressive due to the excellent original preservation: the case shows no traces of polishing, all facets and surfaces are still well-preserved. Even the platinum mark on the case exterior is clearly visible. The attractive dial is also free of any cosmetic manipulations and in excellent condition. This impression is rounded off by the virtually untouched and high-quality movement.

CHF 120 000 / 180 000 | (€ 123 710 / 185 570)

Sold for CHF 387 500 (including buyer’s premium)
All information is subject to change.