Exclusive Timepieces & Jewels 17 July 2019 | Monaco LOT 193
Patek Philippe A fine and uncommon Patek Philippe reference 1578 in 18K pink gold with attractive black dial and Extract from the Archives
Estimate € 15,000 – 30,000
Material: pink gold
Reference N°: 1578
Case N°: 660442
Movement N°: 966153
Bracelet: leather strap
Dimensions: 35 mm
Accessories: Extract from the Archives
Patek Philippe has always been very careful to the needs and demands of its customers: some of them in fact prefer watches with complications and with cases richer in details while others instead seek simpler and more essential models, with clean and elegant cases. Therefore, it will be for this reason that Patek Philippe of some of its models has decided to create a more complex and a simpler version, so as to satisfy everyone’s tastes. It is quite common to see the same case offered in two different versions and with different functionalities: a perfect example is provided by the two references 1578 and 1579. The 1579 is in fact the chronograph version of 1578 which, instead, is a “time-only” watch yet the case that makes them up has the same design except, of course, for the two chronometric pushers. The model offered here is a beautiful and rare specimen of 1578, also known as “spider lugs” or alternatively called “anse a ragno” by Italians collectors for the particular profile of the case that reminds precisely that of a spider. The lugs of this watch have in fact an absolutely unusual shape, characterized by very prominent edges which, over time, tend to wear out. It is therefore increasingly difficult to find specimens in good condition and with crisp edges, which is why the lot offered here is an object of absolute desire. It’s still extremely fresh and well-preserved case in rose gold shows limited signs of wear and on the back is the engraving G.M.O.O — J.F. O’Connor — 1925–1950. In addition to the rarity guaranteed by the reference, this watch also features the always very appreciated and difficult to find black dial. Excellently aged, this dial features dagger and dot numerals with beautifully oxidized dauphine hands. The gold signature is completed by the separate seconds counter at 6 o’clock and the closed external track for minutes. Its iconic look, technical proficiency and overall rarity make this piece highly appealing.
With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with black dial, applied gold hour markers in 1950 and its subsequent sale on 11 October 1950.