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Patek Philippe & Cie Rare & Very Fine Gold Trip Minute Repeater, Two Train Tandem Wind Pocket Watch, circa 1904. ...

2010 May Signature Fine Timepieces Auction #5042

 
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Auction Ended On: May 4, 2010
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Description:
Patek Philippe & Cie Rare & Very Fine Gold Trip Minute Repeater, Two Train Tandem Wind Pocket Watch, circa 1904
Case: No. 238126, four body, bassine, 18k yellow gold, 47 mm, plain back with three raised applied initials of the original owner, inner gold cuvette
Dial: white enamel, Breguet numerals, subsidiary seconds, black minute track, gold Louis XV hands
Movement: No. 125201, two train, double barrels with tandem winding, 36 jewels, counter poised straight line lever, bi-metallic balance with gold and platinum mean time adjustment screws, micrometric regulator with swan's neck spring, trip release for the repeating chimes from a button on the crown, polished steel hammers striking on gong rods, straight line damskeened finish with gold lettering
Signed: triple signed Patek Philippe & Cie. cuvette and movement also signed Bohm-Allen Co. Denver Colo.

Note: This exceptional timepiece is accompanied by an Extract from the Archives which lists the year of manufacture as 1904 and the date of sale as September 8th, 1905. The standard means of supplying power to repeat hammers is achieved by a slide bar on the rim which winds a small spring. By this means, the repeat function will need winding again for the next chiming sequence. Trip repeaters such as this example are much more advanced and complex. Using a double barrel system with tandem winding and a longer spring for the repeating power, this timepiece chimes from a simple push of the trip button and the chiming function can be repeated several times before the spring needs to be re-wound. First introduced by Patek Philippe & Cie in 1900 and made for a 25 year period, these timepieces are very rare. The general consensus is that fewer than 30 examples are known.

Condition Report*:

Type: Patek Philippe Rare & Very Fine Gold Trip Minute Repeater, Two Train Tandem Wind Pocket Watch
Dial: white enamel, Breguet numerals
Hands; gold Louis XV
Metal: 18k yellow gold
Gram Weight: 98.2
Case No: 238126
Case Info: four body, bassine, three initials on back
Case Width: 47 mm
Crystal: glass
Watch Movement: No. 125201, two train, 36 jewels, counter poised straight line lever, bi-metallic balance with gold and platinum mean time adustments screws, double barrels with tandem winding
Circa: 1904
Condition: very good condition overall, movement is very good, running and chiming well, dial is very good, one very tiny and faint hairline by the 59th minute mark, case is very good, a few inner rim opening marks, all lids and rim are good, original bow and crown

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