Patek Philippe 18ct Pink Gold 1941

£7,500

100% Genuine & All Original

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Patek Philippe 18ct Pink Gold Dress Watch from 1941

Very Rare 18ct Pink Gold Example of a Patek Philippe

A Beautifully Well Cared For and Lightly Used Example

Good Sized 25mm x 25mm, Excluding the Unsigned Crown

Beautifully Previously Restored Ivory Cream Dial with Pink Gold ‘Index’ Hands

All in Outstanding Absolutely Top Grade, Previously Restored Condition

New Black Leather Strap with Antique Solid Gold Buckle

VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*

VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee

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Free UK Special Delivery

VGW Reference: PP1208
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Patek Philippe – Simply the Finest Watch Money Can Buy

Even today, Patek Philippe’s extraordinary care and commitment towards perfection means it takes almost year to manufacture even its simplest watch movement.

Significant moments in watchmaking since 1839 …

– 1839 Antoine Patek began producing about 200 high-quality pocket watches per year.
– 1845 Patek & Co. Partnership founded in Geneva with Jean Adrien Philippe, Technical Director.
– 1846 Tiffany & Co. New York, Tiffany appoints Patek Philippe as its principal supplier of pocket watches.
– 1857 Universal Exposition, London, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert buy a timepiece, shooting Patek to international fame.
– 1867 the company produces the world’s first wristwatch.
– 1927 the company produces the world’s first perpetual calendar wristwatch.
– 1941 the company produces the world’s first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch.
– 1962 the company produces the world’s first automatic, perpetual calendar wristwatch.

It is said that fewer than 1 million Patek Philippe watches have been made since the first watch was completed in 1839. That is fewer than some high-end Swiss manufacturers (notably Rolex) produce in one year. In fact, the company limits itself to producing less than 50,000 watches per year, even though it is estimated by watch market analysts, the company could sell ten times this figure. Patek production is so detailed, it takes almost a year to complete its most basic watch and more than two years to produce some of the more complicated timepieces.

Patek’s vintage complications hold more world record prices at auction than any other brand. Landmark models include the model ref. 1518, the world’s first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the Ref. 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450.

We, of course, associate Patek Philippe with the very best, but more particularly, understated elegance, craftsmanship, heritage, exquisite design, perfection and total confidence and commitment in everything it does.

Description

A rare, square cased Patek Philippe with a subsidiary seconds dial from the 1940s in 18ct pink gold. Relatively few square or rectangular shaped Patek Philippe watches were produced and so these case shapes are more exclusive. At 25mm across excluding the crown, this is a small sized gent’s Patek Philippe dress watch for the period.

The Dial

Although this watch is over 70 years old, the dial design is so elegant and timeless it could easily be mistaken for a contemporary watch today.

Two-tone ivory cream, with original gold ‘index’ hands and gilt indices, with roman numerals at 12, along with the Patek Philippe signature. Add a brushed silver centre including a subsidiary seconds dial, all delicately framed by a minute rail track. So well balanced, beautifully proportioned and executed to perfection. In harmony with the watch case, the dial speaks of pure class, simple elegance, quality and confidence.

This is the original dial which has been previously restored to a very high standard and is in absolute tip-top condition.

Movement

As can be seen, this movement is in spectacular condition. The Geneva wave finishing on the bridge and plates and the bevelled edging throughout was all applied by hand 60 years ago, and looks as beautifully bright and fresh today as one could ever wish. This movement is in A1 condition indicating this watch has been properly cared for and regularly serviced.

The movement has been fully overhauled and serviced by a Master Watchmaker. This means dismantling the movement to each of its component parts, careful inspection under high magnification, replacement where necessary with only genuine parts, then careful reassembly and adjustment, before final calibration in 5 positions. The movement winds sets and runs accurately and reliably and at final testing and calibration, it was running within +3 seconds per day, averaged over 5 positions. This is truly outstanding for any watch of this age. We are therefore highly confident in offering our 12-month warranty* with this watch.

The movement is all correctly signed ‘Patek Philippe & Co.’, ‘Geneve’ and ‘Swiss’, with the Calibre number 10-200 and the movement serial number 900026, which dates this watch to 1941.

The Case

This wonderful example of Patek Philippe is all the more rare and desirable due to having an 18ct pink gold case. Square-cased Patek Philippe watches were rare which makes these highly sought after today. The case is beautifully crafted with multiple facets providing a classical look and features a beautiful, elegant bezel providing added style to the watch.

Patek Philippe watches have always been conservatively sized and at 25mm across, excluding the crown, this was a typical for the period. This watch is 35mm corner to corner and 37mm including the beautiful bullhorn lugs making this is a good sized watch for this period.

The condition of the two-piece case is outstanding, indicating the watch has seen only light and careful use. It is as sturdy and tight as the day it was made, with its two halves pressing together with a very firm click. There are no scratches, other marks, or signs of wear visible to the naked eye.

Inside the case is all correctly signed and as expected: ‘Patek Philippe & Co.’, ‘Geneve’, ‘Swiss’, with Swiss 18ct hallmarks and the case serial number 619288.

As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.

The Strap and Buckle

The watch is fitted with a new black leather strap and antique solid yellow gold buckle, in keeping with the period of this watch. However, if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown and black straps in stock in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin. We can also obtain most types and colours from our partners at ‘Watch Obsession’ within 48hrs.

The Box and Papers

Although there are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating this watch to 1941.

Detailed particulars will be included with the receipt, along with our 12 months’ warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value will also be provided at the time of sale with our ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.

This watch comes complete with the high quality hardwood presentation box, as shown.

In Conclusion

Here we have a truly rare and highly sought after vintage gold dress watch from horology’s most revered name which is truly a thing of beauty – to wear, use, treasure and enjoy. It will also make an excellent investment as well as a family heirloom piece. Even though Patek prices continue to rise, we still feel outstanding examples such as this remain grossly undervalued particularly compared to the price of a new Patek Philippe. As each year goes by and the world market for vintage Patek Philippe watches expands, availability will become ever more limited, meaning prices are destined to climb ever higher!

A word on our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before restoring these to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post-sales care and service. This approach inevitably means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are many well-known stores in West London which are very successful charging between two to three times our prices. We therefore consider our prices to be very fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.

We are happy to accept PayPal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you would wish to pay by bank transfer, we will be pleased to pass on a 3% transaction saving to you. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or International Bank Wire Transfer, we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.

Please note, we also welcome part exchanges and offers of watches for sale.

We will be happy to Service your watch, Repair your watch or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.

If you have any questions please call us on 020 7727 7095 or if calling from overseas on +44 207 727 7095.

Finally, please enjoy some time spent viewing our other fine vintage gold watches.

Thank you.