‘The only known triple-signed minute-repeating splitseconds chronograph watch with minute and hour register.’ The present watch is one of eight known examples of minute repeating split-seconds chronograph watches featuring the hour and minute registers, and this watch, movement number 124’685 is the only known example to be fully signed by the maker with the case, cuvette, dial and movement signed Patek Philippe and Cie. Research indicates almost half of Patek Philippe’s production of minute repeating splitseconds chronographs were sold the United States, and of the eight known examples with this rare register combination six display case and dial signed by the American retailer Tifany & Co. with one dial signed by the retailer Spaulding.
In exceptional overall condition, the watch from 1903 and sold in 1927 is a rare treasure. The case hallmarks remain crisp in the bow and front of pendant, and while there is minor shallow wear the watch retains all of its originality. The dial is well preserved and aged with no visible hairlines or cracks. This possibly unique timepiece would have been a special order and it is a watch that will truly impress the connoisseur who seeks rare complicated timepieces.
Phillips presents THE HONG KONG WATCH AUCTION: EIGHT on 28 May 2019.