Exclusive Timepieces 17 October 2021 | Monaco

Auction Details

It is with great pleasure that we present you our new catalogue of fall 2021. A wonderful journey through the world of watch collecting.

Morning Session:
10:30 AM CEST – lots 100 to 169
Afternoon Session:
2:30 PM CEST – lots 170 to 288

224 Patek Philippe Very Rare and Fine Open Face Pocketwatch in Pink Gold, Reference 600/1, With Ruby-Set Enamel Dial Depicting the Portrait of King Saud bin Abdul Aziz With Box, Tag and Additional Glass

Estimate: € 20,000 –⁠ 40,000

Sold € 23,400

Lot Description

Model: Pocket Watch
Reference: 600/1
Case Material: Pink Gold
Bracelet Material: -
Year: 1955
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 17–170
Case N°: 689450
Movement N°: 931243
Dimensions: 44.5 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Box, Tag and Additional Glass with Envelope

The reference 600 was officially launched in 1933 and remained in production until 1969: although it is a time-only watch, it still represents one of the most desired modern style pocket watches ever produced. Made with all the 4 noble materials, this Patek Philippe 600 can be considered an absolute chimera for some of its characteristics that is difficult to find on other similar models. The number of production of these objects is really low and even lower is the number of pieces that has passed through the auction market: for this reason the lot offered here is a really rare chance and opportunity to purchase an unusual example of high craftsmanship. The present watch is part of a small series of 200 openface dress watches made as of 1953 to special order for the household of King Saud bin Abdul Aziz, in commemoration of his accession to the throne the same year, after his father and country’s first King Abdul Aziz al Saud passed away. For this series has been used the reference 600/1 especially realized with enamel dial, while the reference 600 had a standard metal dial: it is interesting to notice that these two reference despite being almost identical had a different diameter (5.8 mm the first one and 4.8 mm the second one). This watch distinguishes itself for its very good overall conditions and the beauty of the ivory-coloured enamel dials with ruby-set numerals. The King’s portrait has been executed with the complex technique of the Grand Feu or Big Fire and the result is simply perfect. These creations were given as gifts to dignitaries or friends of His Majesty and nowadays are extremely rare find. Furthermore impressive, this watch comes with its original box, tag and additional glass.