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

225 Patek Philippe Extremely Rare and Important Openface Pocket Watch World Time in Yellow Gold, Reference 605HU, With silvered Dial and Extract From the Archives.

Estimate: € 50,000 –⁠ 100,000

Sold € 54,600

Lot Description

Model: World-Time Pocket Watch
Reference: 605
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1948
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 17''170
Case N°: 654931
Movement N°: 930832
Dimensions: 44.5
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Extract from the Archives

After inventing the first world time mechanism, in 1937 Louis Cottier made his first 17’’’ world time pocket watch movement for Patek Philippe and until 1964 he delivered 95 of these calibers to the Swiss-polish maison. Most of them is believed were cased in the illustrious reference 605HU (where HU stands for Heures Universelles). Despite being one of the most fascinating and innovative timepiece available at the time, this reference, equipped with silvered or pink dials wasn’t received with enthusiasm but rather sales showed negative trends. With the passing of time, this amazing clock manager obtain the respect and importance it deserves. The 605HU here offered is part of a small series realized in yellow gold with snap on back all in very crisp original overall condition considering its manufacturing has been done in 1948. The silvered dial has with applied yellow gold dot indexes and Roman quarter-hour numerals, outer Arabic dark and light revolving chapter ring for day and night hours and the world time chapter ring, bearing the name of 42 locations around the world and revolving with the bezel according to the Louis Cottier world time patent.With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1948 and its subsequent sale on 20 Dicember 1949