|Subtitle:||exceptional museum quality condition - large 50mm case - Ref 66155|
|Case:||solid 18ct rose gold - 50mm|
|Movement:||crown-wound three quarter plate|
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Just magnificent. An exceptional, museum quality Patek Philippe pocket watch (Ref 66155), dating from the 1880s and in as near to mint all-original condition for a watch dating back 130 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 lack of rubbing on the bow that the watch has rarely been used in its lifetime. To explain, normally 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 hardly any wear whatsoever. What makes this watch even more special is not just the incredible condition but the fact that the case is made from rose gold, making the watch incredibly rare. Nearly all Patek Philippe antique pocket watches were made in yellow gold. The three quarter plate movement adds even further to the rarity of the watch as Patek rarely used this style of movement.
The watch is very heavy in the hand (118g) and features a gorgeous big (50mm) solid 18ct rose 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 crown-wound three quarter plate movement. The movement is in full working order, with no issues. The same ‘66155’ 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. 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 rose gold full gunter case is very heavy and sheer quality - as you would expect from Patek Philippe - and features a magnificent hand engraved monogram. The case is in mint antique condition and measures 50mm wide x 13.5mm thick x 70mm high, including the original 18ct gold stem/bow. Both stem and bow are in mint antique 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 last two digits of the reference number - ‘55’ - along with Swiss hallmarks for 18ct gold. The inside of the outside back cuvette is signed with the full ‘66155’ serial number and Swiss hallmarks for 18ct gold. The outside of the inner cuvette is signed ‘Patek Philippe & Co.’, ‘Geneve’, ‘March 24th 1887’ along with the ‘66155’ 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. It is signed ‘Patek Philippe & Co’ and ‘Geneve’. The original blued-steel hands are in mint antique condition and the original antique lens is very clear.
The original crown-wound three quarter plate movement is rare for Patek and is signed with the same ‘66155’ Patek reference number as the case. The movement features screwed in gold jewel chatons and is in excellent clean, bright, crisp condition. It 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.