|Subtitle:||exceptional museum quality condition - large 51mm case - Ref 33144|
|Case:||solid 18ct yellow gold - 51mm|
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Just magnificent. An exceptional, museum quality Patek Philippe full hunter pocket watch (Ref 33144), dating from 1869 and in as near to mint all-original condition for a watch dating back over 140 years (the tiny little scratches you see in the photos have been magnified by the camera and are hardly noticeable to the eye). We can tell by the minimal amount of rubbing on the bow that the watch has rarely been used in its lifetime. To explain, you will find that the act of the watch chain scraping against the bow over time wears the soft gold, making the underneath of the top part of the bow thinner. In this case there is little wear for a watch of this age. It is rare to find a watch of this standard offered for sale.
The watch is very heavy in the hand (123g) and features a gorgeous big (51mm) gleaming solid 18ct yellow gold full hunter case, original crisp white porcelain dial (no cracks or nasty chips), original mint blued-steel hands, original clear antique lens, and a typical Patek Philippe 'swan neck' crown-wound movement, featuring wolfs-teeth winding gears (signed under the dial with the '33144' Patek Philippe reference number. The movement is in full working order, with no issues. The same '33144' reference number is found on the case and movement, showing that the different parts of the watch are original to each other.
It goes without saying that the watch will make an excellent financial investment, as fewer and fewer antique pocket watches of this standard are coming to the market. The price might seem a lot to spend on a watch but to put it into perspective remember that you will happily spend far more on a car, the value of which will drop like a stone, while this watch will only ever rise in value. And if you live overseas we are happy to hand deliver the watch, subject to a deposit and purchase of a flight ticket.
The solid 18ct gold full hunter case is very heavy and sheer quality - as you would expect from Patek Philippe - and features two magnificent hand engraved monograms. The case is in gleaming mint antique condition and measures a large 51mm wide x 13.5mm thick x 72mm high, including the original 18ct gold stem/bow. Both stem and bow are in excellent condition. The different parts of the case open and close perfectly, with the hinges in perfect order. The inside of the front cuvette (lid) carries the '33144' Patek Philippe reference number, along with Swiss hallmarks for 18ct gold. The inside of the outside back cuvette is also signed with the '33144' serial number and Swiss hallmarks for 18ct gold. The outside of the inner cuvette is signed 'Patek Philippe', 'Geneve' along with the '33144' Patek Philippe reference number. All signage and hallmarks are crisp and clear.
The beautiful original, unrestored porcelain dial is in superb crisp white condition, with no fading, cracks or nasty chips - exceptional for a porcelain dial of this age. The original, delicate blued-steel Breguet 'moon' hands are in mint antique condition and the original antique lens is very clear.
The original crown-wound typical swan neck Patek Philippe movement features wolfs-teeth winding gears, which are only found in high quality movements. The movement is in excellent clean, bright, crisp condition and is in very good working order for its age, with no issues.
This is a rare chance to own a rare, museum standard Patek Philippe antique pocket watch for anything approaching an affordable price. A watch of this nature will provide a cast-iron and rising financial investment, as well as a possession to enjoy.
You can feel confident buying from us - we offer a full refund if you are not entirely happy with your purchase. We also provide a full receipt, six months guarantee (long enough for you to assess the working order) and a professional insurance valuation (We are approved to provide insurance valuations for wrist and pocket watches). We also welcome you to come and view the watch at our central London address, in New Bond Street - by appointment only. We offer our customers online prices - below value - with offline availability and service.