Exclusive Timepieces & Jewels 17 July 2019 | Monaco LOT 37
Patek Philippe A possibly unique and sophisticated Patek Philippe pocket watch reference 600 in 18k pink gold with black dial retailed by Freccero
Estimate € 8,500 – 17,000
Model: Pocket Watch Retailed By Freccero
Material: pink gold
Reference N°: 600
Case N°: 418536
Caliber: 17' - 140
Movement N°: 890135
Dimensions: 44 mm
Accessories: Extract from the archives
The production of this watch, according to the Patek Philippe archives, dates back to 1940, about 32 years later the opening of Joyelleria Freccero’s shop in Via 25 de Mayo in Montevideo, Uruguay. Freccero received the authorization to be able to sign the dials of some timepieces for sale in its boutique and the present pocket watch reference 600 is a remarkable example.
Launched in 1933, the reference 600 is one of the most appreciated Patek Philippe pocket watches for its modern and timeless design. Available in yellow, white, or pink gold and platinum, from what emerges from the official information Patek this specimen is one of only two ever produced in pink gold with a black dial and the only one bearing the signature Freccero. In this circular case of 18k rose gold with snap closure, manual winding movement, the opaque black dial is the main character. It is decorated with Roman and baton applied indexes in rose gold, just like the long signature Patek Philippe & Co and Freccero, while the sunken counter for seconds is positioned at 6 o’clock instead of in the middle. Created specifically for gala events and therefore also known by the nickname of “smoking”, it remains a watch of great appeal and, above all, rarity. For a similar example please also see lot 42.
With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with black dial, applied rose gold hour markers in 1940 and its subsequent sale on 4 March 1941.