Patek Philippe Model Ref.4222/1 18ct White Gold 1973
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Inspected, Serviced & Guaranteed
A Beautifully Well Cared For, Lightly Used Example
Patek Philippe Model Ref.4222/1, 18ct White Gold Dress Watch
Good Size Square Case, 26mm by 26mm, Excluding the PP Signed Crown
Very High Grade Patek Philippe Cal.16-250, 18 Jewel, Hand-Wound Movement
Original, Unrestored and Untouched Copper Dial with ‘Dauphine’ Hands & ‘Baton’ Hour Indices
Complete with Patek Philippe ‘Extract From The Archives’ Showing Date of 1st Sale as 1973
18ct White Gold Patek Philippe Bracelet with Three Ladder Clasp
Patek Philippe Felt Purse and Most Recent Patek Philippe Service Box Included
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
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Simply the finest watch money can buy.
Even today, Patek Philippe’s extraordinary care and commitment to perfection mean it takes almost a year to manufacture even its simplest watch movement.
Some 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 its first watch was completed in 1839. This 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 precise, detailed and intricate, it takes almost a year to complete its most basic watch and more than two years to produce many of the more complicated timepieces.
Patek’s vintage complications hold more world record prices at auction than any other brand. Landmark models include the Patek model ref. 1518 – the world’s first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph – and its successor, the Patek ref. 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the refs. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450.
We associate Patek Philippe with the very best, but also understated elegance, craftsmanship, heritage, exquisite design, perfection and precision, and of course, total confidence and commitment in everything it does.
Here we have a rare, model reference 4222/1 square-cased Patek Philippe with an outstanding and rare copper dial. Relatively few square or rectangular shaped Patek Philippe watches were produced during the 1960s and ’70s so these case shapes are more exclusive. At 26mm in width, excluding the Patek Philippe signed crown, this was a typical sized gentleman dress watch in period. However today, given the popularity among ladies to wear gent’s watches, this could equally be considered a suitable watch for a lady.
This watch is simply incredible. The original, unrestored and untouched starburst effect copper dial looks absolutely stunning against the 18ct white gold case. The copper dial is the rarer and more sought after version of this watch and it is not difficult to see why.
The dial is furnished with its original white gold ‘lance’ hands and carries white gold ‘baton’ indices. So simple, yet so pleasing. Well balanced, beautifully proportioned and simply executed to perfection. In harmony with its watch case, the dial suggests pure class, simple elegance, quality and confidence.
This dial is simply signed ‘Patek Philippe’ with ‘Geneve’ just below the 12.
Usually, we restore the dials of the watches we sell, however, we decided in this case due to its exceptional condition, to retain its originality and charm for the many collectors who prefer this. It also helps to contrast with most of the other watch dials you see on our website, which have been restored.
Please note, studio lights, professional-grade digital cameras, and macro lenses can be very unkind to an unrestored vintage watch dial. Also the dial here measures less than 1.25 inches across, so the image you’re seeing may be between 5 – 25 times larger than the watch itself. Therefore please keep in mind you are seeing many tiny flaws which cannot be seen, or will be very hard to see with the naked eye, even under close examination. Suffice to say, on the wrist, in natural light, this dial looks much better and carries a great deal more charm than the photographs portray.
The watch carries the Patek Philippe Calibre 16-250, 18 Jewel, Geneva Seal hallmarked, Gyromax balance, free-sprung regulator, nickel-finished lever movement with a power reserve of 38 hrs.
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 almost 50 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 +15 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’, ‘Geneve’ and ‘Swiss’, with the Calibre number 16-250 and the movement serial number 1.266.297, which dates this watch to 1973.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.
As mentioned above, square-cased Patek Philippe watches were rare during the 1960s and ’70s which makes these highly sought after today. Patek Philippe watches have always been conservatively sized and at 26mm across, excluding the Patek Philippe signed crown, this was a typical for the period. However, this is deceptive because as it measures 34mm across the diagonal, this is actually quite a good-sized watch for this period.
This beautiful white gold case is matched perfectly with the incredible copper dial and the condition of the two-piece case is outstanding with no scratches, marks or other signs of wear visible to the naked eye, 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.
Inside the case is all correctly signed and as expected: ‘Patek Philippe’, ‘Geneve’ and ‘Swiss’, with Swiss 18ct hallmarks and the case serial number 2.744.048.
Please note, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The original, full-sized heavy woven 18ct white gold bracelet completes the watch beautifully. It is a work of art in itself and feels wonderful both on and off the wrist. The bracelet is almost as thick as the watch case and looks and feels as though formed as one. Some things are so well designed and so well made, they appear to have a form closer to nature, evolution and art, than to manufacture – and this bracelet and case are one.
The Box and Papers
This watch is complete with the original ‘Extract from the Archives’ that dates this watch correctly at 1973.
As can be seen in the images, this watch is also complete with the most recent Patek Philippe service box.
Our detailed Watch Particulars document will be included with the receipt, along with our 12 months’ warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will also be provided at the time of sale, along with our unique ‘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 a high quality hardwood presentation box and the Original Patek Philippe felt purse as shown.
If you would like to pay by bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you. Paying by bank transfer for a 3% saving will not affect your 12 months warranty. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or Bank Wire Transfer we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
As with all our watches, this watch will be sold under our 14 days no quibble sale or return policy.
Here we have a truly desirable 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 and family heirloom piece. Even though Patek prices continue to rise, we still feel outstanding examples such as this remain undervalued, particularly compared to the price of a new Patek Philippe.
In addition to being perfectly practical for everyday use, this watch will make an excellent investment and heirloom piece, as well as be something wonderful to use, wear, treasure and enjoy! Even though vintage gold Omega watch prices continue to climb, we still feel sure that top class examples such as this are underpriced. This is because as time passes and the world market for vintage gold Omega watches continues to grow, limited supply means prices will inevitably 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 them 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 means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are some well-known stores in West London which are highly successful charging between two to three times the price you see here. We, therefore, consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.
Please note, we also welcome part exchanges. If you have a watch or a small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss this.
We will also 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.
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