Description

    Patek Philippe & Cie. Exceptional 18k Gold Split Seconds Chronograph With Instantaneous 30-Minute Register, circa 1907
    Case: No. 409822, four body bassine, 18k yellow gold, 49 mm, gold cuvette, back with three initials, hinged front bezel
    Dial: white enamel, Arabic hour numerals, Breguet blue steel hands, subsidiary sunk seconds, thirty minute register at twelve, outermost chronograph track with 1/5th seconds
    Movement: No. 137933, 26 jewels, eight adjustments, straight line counterpoised lever escapement, bi-metallic compensated balance with gold temperature and mean time adjustment screws, blued steel Breguet balance spring, swan's neck micrometric regulator
    Signed: case, dial and movement signed Patek Philippe & Cie. Geneva, Switzerland

    Note: Technical improvements and advancements in the construction of split second chronographs were a strong focus of Patek Philippe in the early 1900's. The present lot is a superior example which employs one of the most important experimental features - a spring pivoted exactly at center which automatically adjusts the exerted force on both sides of the stop thongs. The split chronographs made in the 1907 period were often kept in the factory as Patek Philippe developed and perfected the split function and the accuracy of the complication. They were later cased and sold in the late 1920's as evidenced by the present lot.




    Condition Report*:

    Type: Patek Philippe & Cie. Exceptional 18k Gold Split Seconds Chronograph With Instantaneous 30-Minute Register, circa 1907
    Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals
    Hands; Breguet moon
    Metal: 18k yellow gold
    Gram Weight: 99.6
    Case No: 409822
    Case Info: four body bassine, three initials on back
    Case Width: 49 mm
    Crystal: glass
    Watch Movement: No. 137933, 26 jewels, eight adjustments, straight line counterpoised lever escapement, bi-metallic compensated balance with gold temperature and mean time adjustment screws, blued steel Breguet balance spring, swan's neck micrometric regulator
    Circa: 1907
    Condition: dial is in superb condition, movement is very good and operating very well, case is very good overall with a few inner opening marks on the center body which are easily polished


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