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Patek Philippe 18ct gold Hunter pocketwatch

by Michael Weare
24 August, 2012
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Patek Philippe 18ct gold Hunter Pocketwatch

Tempus Suisse always has a range of stunning vintage watches on display, but once in a while, something truly exceptional comes along. Featured on the site at the moment is a stunning Patek Philippe pocketwatch, the likes of which comes along only once in a blue moon.

It’s a 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.

Patek Philippe 18ct gold Hunter case

Patek Philippe 18ct gold Hunter inner case

Patek Philippe 18ct gold Hunter movement

 

At 123 grams, the watch has some heft, and has a luxuriously large 51mm dial. The all original porcelain dial is a crisp white, the solid 18ct gold case still gleams. The watch features 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.)

 

Deep pockets

A beautiful solid 18ct gold Hunter by Patek Philippe, asking price £11,500. Expensive? Maybe, but it pales in comparison to a Vacheron Constantin 20ct gold pocket watch which was sold last year by Christie’s.

Vacheron Constantin

According to Vacheron Constantin’s record books, the watch, manufactured with blue enamel monogram and forged from 20k gold, was sold to James Ward Packard in 1919 for what was then the princely sum of 3,320 Swiss Francs.

Prior to auction in June of last year, its estimated price was $250,000 to $500,000, but the hammer went down for the final time in New York for the eye watering sum of $1,762,500.

The watch is described as one of the most significant Vacheron Constantin timepieces ever to come to market. It was manufactured to Packard’s specific instructions, and is unique in every way. No other clockwatch with trip repeat, grande and petite sonnerie, chronograph and half-quarter repeating is known to exist. Due to the complexities of making such a clockwatch, manufacturers or the collectors ordering such watches would always add moon phases and a perpetual calendar to the package.

It suddenly makes the Patek Philippe, generally agreed to be the finest name in watchmaking, seem like a real bargain.

 

 

 

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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