DescriptionThe General George S. Patton Watch, Historically Important & Very Rare Five Minute Repeater By Patek Philippe & Co. Made For Tiffany & Co., Split Seconds Chronograph With Register, Presented To George S. Patton Jr. By His Parents On The Occasion Of His Graduation From The United States Military Academy In 1909
Case: No. 112259, four body, bassine, 18k yellow gold, 51 mm, gold cuvette engraved "Lieut. George S. Patton U.S.A. from his Father and Mother, June 11th 1909", hinged case back with stylized GSP monogram, the rim with a gold slide for the repeat, gold button for the split seconds function, gold lock out slide to deactivate the crown, watch is presented with an original 18k yellow gold chain, 12 1/2 inches with T-bar, swivel and drop with a swing ring
Dial: white enamel, Arabic numerals, black minute track and 1/5th seconds scale, red numerals at the five minutes, subsidiary seconds at 6, thirty minute register at 12, blued steel spade hands
Movement: No. 112,259, 18''', one-quarter plate, nickel finish, straight line lever escapement, bi-metallic compensated balance with Breguet spring, jeweled to the hammer, damaskeened decoration, 38 jewels, straight index regulator on the balance bridge
Signed: triple signed Tiffany & Co., with a Patek Philippe & Co. Extract from the Archives stating the movement was sold without case in 1902
Note: Heritage is extremely proud to be offering this exceptionally rare and important timepiece for the first time at auction. The watch comes directly from a descendant of General George S. Patton accompanied by a signed letter of provenance stating in part - "The watch remained in General Patton's possession until his death in 1945. It was given to me by his son, my father, Maj. Gen. George S. Patton IV, in 1987."
General Patton's relationship with his parents, and especially with his father, George S. Patton II, was very close. Their devotion is reflected in the high quality of the piece and the inscription on the cuvette of the watch. In his memoirs titled "My Father As I Remembered Him" dated July 9, 1927 General George Patton Jr. writes - "The day after graduation Papa, Mama and I went to Tiffany and they bought me a watch. It was a stop watch repeater priced at $600.00 but we got if for $350.00 because it was thicker than the then style. I carried it in Mexico and France, it keeps perfect time and is a great watch. Aunt Nannie bought me a chain to go with it. B gave me the locket."
Historians have documented from the General's written reminiscences that he carried the watch while on the Mexican Expedition against Pancho Villa in 1916 and then in World War One while serving in combat with the U.S. Army Tank Corps in 1918. General Patton, like all military personnel, changed stations often throughout his career. In 1928, he and his wife purchased a home on Boston's North Shore that would serve as a family base for more than eighty years. The watch was safely there and later at the home of the present consignor.
The importance of this watch and it's appearance at auction is best summed up by a quote from the current owner - " In addition to its beauty as a vintage timepiece, the watch, inscribed as a West Point graduation gift in 1909, represents the loving relationship between George S. Patton, Jr., and his parents - and especially with his father, who was a lifelong source of support and inspiration to the future general. That a dedicated collector or museum might widely share and convey the timelessness of their strong bond is wonderful."
Type: The General George S. Patton Watch, Historically Important & Very Rare Five Minute Repeater By Patek Philippe & Co. Made For Tiffany & Co., Split Seconds Chronograph With Register Presented To George S. Patton, Jr. By His Parents On The Occasion Of His Graduation From The United States Military Academy In 1909
Dial: white enamel, Arabic numerals, red five minutes
Hands; blued steel spade hands
Metal: 18k yellow gold
Gram Weight: 114.4
Case No: 112259
Case Info: four body, inscribed gold cuvette
Case Width: 51 mm
Watch Movement: No. 112,259, 18''', one-quarter plate, nickel finish, straight line lever escapement, bi-metallic compensated balance with Breguet spring, jeweled to the hammer, damaskeened decoration, 38 jewels, straight index regulator on the balance bridge
Condition: dial is very good with no visible flaws, case is very good overall, engraving on the cuvette is very sharp, hinges are very good, slight surface scratches on the back, tiny ding on the bottom rim, one half of the lock-out slide on the rim at 11 is broken off but slide is functional, movement is good and running well, split second functions and minute register working well, repeat is chiming well with a very good tone, cleaning is recommended, scratches to the crystal
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