Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

129 Patek Philippe Rare and Attractive Rectangular Wristwatch “Top-Hat” in Pink Gold, Reference 1450, With Hooded Lugs, Pink Dial and Patek Philippe Bracelet

Estimate: € 20,000 –⁠ 40,000

Sold € 26,000

Lot Description

Model: Top Hat
Material: Pink gold
Reference N°: 1450
Year: 1945
Case N°: 639115
Caliber: 9″90
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 837913
Bracelet: Pink Gold
Dimensions: 25x37mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: Extract from the archives

The reference 1450 is one of the most appreciated among collectors and has been given the nickname “Top Hats” or more affectionately by the Italian collectors “Cinesino” due to its particular case design: this reference was introduced in the 1940 and discontinued 20 years later in 1960. The cases were made by Markowski, a distinguished case maker for the shape of its watches, while the dials were provided by Stern Freres. The movements used were the calibres 9 ″ 90, the best of their kind used by Patek Philippe for most of its shaped wristwatches. The present example in pink gold is a nice representation of this reference and still retains its original 18 carat stamp in the case back. The hooded lugs are still well preserved and sharp. The pink gold dial is in great conditions with applied baton and dot indexes with seconds at 6 o’clock. To add even more desirability to this timepiece is the beautiful pink gold tile bracelet manufactured by the great Gay Freres. He was the most renowned bracelet supplier of its time, reserving its finest work for Geneva’s most illustrious manufactures. Indeed, during the 940s and 1950s, the company supplied Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin, two of its closest neighbors, with bracelets that matched the quality of the watches to which they were fitted. Thanks to its great expertise specialized craftsmanship, Gay Freres bracelets such as the present one equipped on this beautiful pink gold 1450 give a further value to the objects, making this lot an opportunity not to be missed, absolutely desirable and much more precious, for this reason.

Accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in rose gold in 1946 and its subsequent sale on 15 May 1946.