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This is a vintage 1950s 18ct yellow gold watch from the designer Patek Philippe. The square watch face features gold hour markers and gold hands with a small sub dial which displays the seconds. The watch case has been crafted in 18ct yellow gold with typical Patek lugs and a brown crocodile effect leather strap. This particular model is a very fine and rare example of Patek Philippe craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Before their formation, both Patek and Philippe were on their own journeys within horology. In 1839, Antoine Norbert de Patek formed a union with François Czapek and launched Patek, Czapek & Cie, the predecessor to the Patek Philippe brand. The partnership lasted six years with them creating several exceptional time pieces. Once their partnership was dissolved in 1845, they went their separate ways, continuing to produce timepieces respectively.
Meanwhile, Jean Adrien Philippe was becoming recognisable as a driving force when it came to his inventions, and he received a bronze medal for his keyless winding and hand-setting system at the Industrial Exposition in Paris. He applied for a patent of this design and garners the attention of many, including Queen Victoria.
In 1851, both watchmakers came together to begin the brand Patek, Philippe & Ce- Fabricants à Genève, the start of the brand we know today. Their career spanned decades, and they continued to supply timepieces for royalty and aristocrats, among others. New patents for their timepieces included one for a precision regulator, perpetual calendar mechanisms for pocket watches and for the first double chronograph.
Condition: Used (Good)
Weight: 32.3 grams
Case Diameter: 27mm (29mm including crown)
Face Length: 37mm (lug to lug)
Case Thickness: 9mm
Length: 15.5cm – 20cm
Strap: Brown Leather
Dial: Creme with gold hour markers
Case Number: 624583
Serial Number: 900655
Marked: ‘750’ ‘Patek Philippe’ ‘Swiss’
Date Of Manufacture: Vintage 1950s
Box: Plain Watch Box