Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 April 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.


Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261

85 Patek Philippe Very Rare and Stylish, “Top-Hat”, Rectangular Shape Wristwatch in Platinum, Hooded Lugs, Gifted to Edwin J. Anderson With Extract from the Archives, Reference 1450

Estimate: € 20,000 –⁠ 40,000

Sold € 26,000

Model: Top Hat
Reference: 1450
Case Material: Platinum
Bracelet Material: White Gold
Year: 1953
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 9′ 90
Case N°: 684 008
Movement N°: 975801
Dimensions: 25 × 37 mm
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 platinum is a nice representation of this reference and still retains its original hallmark in the side case and the writing platinum on the back. The hooded lugs are still well preserved and sharp. The silvered dial with baton and dot platinum indexes for the hours is in great conditions with seconds at 6 o’clock. To add even more desirability to this timepiece is the beautiful white-gold bracelet. Moreover this watch was gifted to Mr. Edwin J. Anderson that was an American sports executive who held various positions with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League from 1948 to 1987. In 1937, Anderson became the general sales manager for James Barclay and Company. The following year he joined the Goebel Brewing Company as vice president and general sales manager. He was promoted to president in 1941 and remained in that role until 1958 when he resigned to focus on his duties with the Lions. This lot is an opportunity not to be missed, absolutely desirable and much more precious, for this reason.