Highlights from the Auctions – Patek Philippe 1923 Officer at Sotheby’s
Exceptional outcome at Sotheby’s “Significant Watches including Titanium Collection” closeout held in New York on June the tenth for an extremely uncommon Patek Philippe Officer split-seconds chronograph tracing all the way back to 1923 (parcel 175).
The Patek Philippe 1923 Officer (Number 124824) more than multiplied the gauge of US$ 800,000 – 1,200,000 and accomplished the measure of US$ 2,965,000 (Swiss Francs 2,667,110/€ 2,185,579). After a bidding battle in the room, on the web and by telephone, this excellent watch was at last bought by the Patek Philippe Museum.
The 1923 Officer is the world’s soonest known split-seconds chronograph conceived as a wristwatch by any producer. It is additionally the solitary model of its sort with a Grand Feu white polish dial with dark painted Breguet numerals. The flawless dial additionally features an external part ring adjusted for 1/fifth seconds and two auxiliary dials: persistent seconds at 9 o’cock and an exceptionally abnormal hour long register at 3 o’clock. All things considered, this is the solitary known Patek Philippe vintage chronograph wristwatch with an hour long counter.
The four-piece pivoted Officer’s style yellow gold case has a width of 33 mm. The chronograph work is controlled through the catch on the band for start, pause and reset to nothing while the split recycled work is controlled by means of the winding crown.
The noteworthy development – the littlest and flattest known split-seconds development – was likely created by the Victorin Piguet firm. It includes a straight line switch escapement, 23 gems, 8 changes, and bi-metallic compensation balance.
The watch was commissioned in 1903 by a significant authority and it was at last sold and conveyed on October 13, 1923.