The timepieces that we are offering at this auction are coming from all over the world and from some of the most prominent collections.
An incredibly impressive selection of truly rare Rolex Daytonas. A stunning and rare Cartier watch. A Patek Philippe in platinum from the 1920s, coming to auction for the first time, the John Goldberger Calatrava, which is one of the most sought-after reference 530s, to name but a few.
Session I: Saturday 21 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 108
Session II: Sunday 22 October, 10:30 AM – lots 109 to 172
Session III: Sunday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 173 to 281
218 Patek Philippe Historically Important and Very Rare, Desk Clock in Steel, With Original Walnut Presentation Box, Retailed by Wright Kay & Co
Estimate: € 15,000 – 30,000
Sold € 28,600
Model: Desk Watch
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Case N°: 610 011
Movement N°: 191 419
Dimensions: 91 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Literature: A similar watch is published in John Goldberger Book “Patek Philippe Steel Watches” at Page 15–16
The here offered Patek Philippe display desk clock is a pleasant discovered for the market as it represents one of the rarest timepieces the brand has ever made. Produced in a series of approximately 15 known examples around the ’20s, these timepieces were originally made to supply retailers with a chronometer quality timing that could be exhibited in their stores. As a functional display, these clocks were meant to be the master timers to set the accurate time for all the other timepieces within the retailers’ cases. The inlaid metal plaques on these timepieces typically feature the name of the retailer below 6 o’clock. Examples are known to have been made for such retailers as Tiffany & Co, Shreve, and Baily, Banks & Biddle. With the presently offered example, the retailer plaque states Wright, Kay and Co. Many of the most important Patek Philippe watches sold in America during the first half of the 20th century were retailed by this historic brand. The dial layout is simple, with a matte silvered background, black enamel baton indexes, large outer five minutes scale, steel feuille hands and subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock. The dimensions are really massive, with a 91 mm circular torpédo-style three-body case with snap on back. It is a chronometer with Guillaume balance. This particular watch passed the Observatoire (Class B) competition three times: the first in 1925, the second in 1927 and the third and most important, it received the 2nd Prize in the 1929 competition, and is published with 778 points, adjusted by Wehrli. Further, the watch is accompanied by Patek Philippe original fitted walnut presentation box with two curved metal plaques.