Mens 1903 Patek Philippe & Co., Geneve Vintage Watch Precision Chronometer For Sale
UNIQUE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF TIMEPIECE
VERY BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE WATCH 1903
VERY BEAUTIFUL MECHANICAL WORK
If you have been collecting watches for a while I think you’re going to appreciate the following timepiece. One could argue that the word “RARE” gets tossed around a bit too easily on but I think this is one case where the moniker is well deserved. I am pleased to offer for sale this 1903 gentleman’s timepiece. Indeed, it was made by the venerable PATEK PHILIPPE.
It is a marriage watch model that features an GOLD enameled steel DIAL, GOLD PLATED CASE and HIGHEST QUALITY ORIGINAL pocket watch MOVEMENT with THREE FINGER BRIDGE, WINDING WHEELS WITH WOLF TEETH TRANSMISSION, and BI-METALLIC MICROMETER REGULATOR & BLUE BREGUET BALANCE SPRING.
Patek Philippe & Co. is to watches what Rolls Royce is to cars— synonymous with the best. This prestigious Swiss watchmaking firm is arguably the most famous manufacturer of timepieces worldwide. To own a Patek Philippe watch remains a symbol of wealth and importance: kings and queens were their clients, while other watchmakers frantically copied them – imitation being the highest form of flattery, and moreover a means to a more lucrative sale with the help of the famous Patek Philippe signature. The Patek Philippe legend continues to grow and fascinate. The soaring prices achieved by Patek Philippe watches at sale—particularly within the last decade — prove to what degree these precious timepieces are sought-after by collectors. One collector paid $11,002,500 for a rare Patek Philippe pocket watch, thereby earning it a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records.
A marriage watch is the term used for a new, modern case that has been used to house a vintage pocket watch movement.
BRIEF MAIN INFORMATION
MOVEMENT: ORIGINAL signed by PATEK PHILIPPE. The movement is running superbly and keeping good time, recently serviced.
DIAL: NEW gold enameled steel dial.
CASE: NEW gold plated case that provides with glass cover of back lid.
WATCH CRYSTAL: The gently domed MINERAL GLASSES (front & back) are in excellent condition.
Supplied without box and certificate to authenticity.
SHIPPING: Worldwide – FREE.
PAYMENT: PAYPAL within 7 days.
RETURNS: I provide 100% refunds within 60 days from date of sale ending, , no question's asked and without opening the case in Resolution Center and negative or neutral response from your side.
The Company’s Beginnings
On May 1, 1839 in Geneva, Patek and Franciszek Czapek established a business under the name of “Patek and Czapek”. Czapek, a professional watchmaker, was also a soldier in the Polish National Guard. Given their ties to the Polish community-both were involved in the Polish Independence movement and members of the “Association of Polish Emigrés in Switzerland”- Patek and Czapek had probably known each other for some time. The earliest records place Czapek in Geneva on July 31, 1832, although it is possible he arrived a year earlier. Not long after that date, he established a watchmaking enterprise with a certain Mr. Moreau, called “Czapek and Moreau”. Through Czapek, Patek met first Moreau, and then Moreau's niece, Marie- Adelaide Thomasine. The two became engaged, and three months short of their wedding date, Patek, Czapek, and Moreau signed an agreement establishing a new company.
Moreau and Patek each invested 8,000 Swiss francs in the company, Moreau held no official responsibilities, while Patek was responsible for the ac-counting and management. Czapek, who contri-buted tools and most likely some early machinery, was responsible for production.
Paragraph five of their agreement allotted him 100 francs monthly, in addition to his share of the profits.
During the first 14 months Patek and Czapek ran the company alone, possibly with the help of one or two workmen. They purchased unfinished movements from various companies specialized in the manufacturing of raw movements, sent them to a case maker to be cased, and then finished them in their shop. Up until July of 1840 Czapek finished all movements by himself. The company then hired one or two watchmakers to speed up the finishing process and to help cope with the delays, a problem they apparently faced in 1840. As Patek put it: “Being afraid of sustaining a loss in this new for me field, a loss which I have experienced before in the trade, I was as cautious as possible. I demanded that until July 1, 1840 all watches to be finished by Czapek himself, it lowered the expenses but also caused delays. The business allowing, two months ago (July, 1840) I increased the number of craftsmen...” Their workers, he specified elsewhere, were paid by the piece.
The earliest watches were signed Patek, Czapek & co. until 1845 when Czapek left the partnership. Several years later the company was joined by French watchmaker, Jean Adrien Philippe, who later became the inventor of their famous stem-winding and hand setting mechanism, a modern and reliable concept. From May 1845 to January 1851 the firm was known as Patek & Co; Philippe lent his name to the company in 1851 when he became a full partner. Among the reasons for their initial success was the high standard of watch making and practicality of Philippe's new stem-winding system. In the early years of partnership.
Queen Victoria of England herself was already a client. From the middle of the 19th century, Patek Philippe assumed a leading role in the Swiss watchmaking industry by raising the standards of workmanship and time keeping through the introduction of technical improvements (the free mainspring, the sweep seconds hand), in addition to implementing improvements to regulators, chronographs, and perpetual calendar mechanism. As early as 1867 the Paris Exhibition, Patek Philippe displayed watches featuring functions that were to become the standard for complicated watches at the beginning of the 20th century; namely a perpetual calendar, a repeater, and a chronograph with split-seconds.
The two most complicated watches of all time were made by Patek Philippe. The first, made for Henry Graves Jr. New York, was completed at the beginning of the century, and the second, the Caliber 89, the world's most complicated watch, completed in 1989 (hence the name) to mark the firm's 150th anniversary. In 1932, Patek Philippe changed hands, and its new owners became Charles and Jean Stern. Today the third generation of this family sill owns and manages the company. Shortly after Second World War, Patek Philippe established an electronic division, and in the 1950's the company pioneered quartz technology, filling several patents and winning multiple awards. Today, Patek Philippe SA, Geneve, is still a family company, owned jointly by its president, Mr. Henri Stern, and his son and Vice President, Mr. Philippe Stern. The firm has traditionally made complete timepieces, watches and clocks, employing craftsmen who are master-watchmakers capable of designing and finishing the most complicated watch movements.
Other specialists such as goldsmiths, chain smiths, enamellers, jewelers, and engravers complete the firm's manufacturing capabilities. Although Patek Philippe is rightly famous of the leading manufacture of mechanical horology, the firm is also the forefront of the industry as producers of industrial and electronic timekeepers, with its highly accurate master-clocks installed in power stations, hospitals, airports, and other public buildings and factories. The firm clientele has included many of the famous figures across history, including royalty such as Queen Victoria, as well as distinguished scientists, artists, authors and musicians, including Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Charlotte Bronte and Tchaikovsky. Today, clearly most of the firm's production consists of wristwatches, but Patek Philippe retains the ability to produce pocket watches, and clocks to order, from highly complicated movements to those decorated with enamelled miniature paintings and engravings. The company continues to patent new inventions and improvements in horology and plays an important role in maintaining the quality, prestige and reputation of the Swiss watchmaking.
The elegant GOLD enameled metal dial is in flawless condition. It is complete with a crisp 60 minute outer track border with black enamel five minute Arabic numerals, black enamel main Arabic numbering, gold steel Cathedral-style hands and a recessed sub-seconds dial with “sweep” gold steel Louis XVI filigree seconds hand. The new dial has been professionally updated, and now is in excellent condition.
The dial is signed PATEK PHILIPPE & Co – GENEVE in black enamel lettering below the 12.
It is a registered design model that features a three piece GOLD-FILLED case that provides with glass cover of back lid. This watch was converted from pocket watch. The case, new custom made, fantastic, build specially for this wonderful Patek Philippe movement. The swivel lugs are in great condition while the winding crown is in very good shape and operates properly. The case has quality engraving on the front and back bezels. The case has MINERAL glass on the front and back side.
Peeking inside via the glass lid I find a spotless and HIGHEST QUALITY, manual wind ORIGINAL MOVEMENT with THREE FINGER BRIDGE, WINDING WHEELS WITH WOLF TEETH TRANSMISSION, and BI-METALLIC MICROMETER REGULATOR & BLUE BREGUET BALANCE SPRING.
The movement is signed PATEK, PHILIPPE & Cie – GENEVE. Also it signed movement serial number #120,319. This serial number corresponds to the 1903 production date as per published records of PATEK PHILIPPE & Co.
This beautiful wristwatch has the ORIGINAL movement in an excellent status which was very well saved, considering age of this watch. Mechanism has been recently serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping great, accurate time.
This is a “NAIL SET” watch so you don’t pull the crown out to set the time. Instead, you press the little button near the crown IN and then move the crown to set the hands, releasing the button once you’re finished. It’s easy, so don’t worry about getting the hang of it!
It is fitted on a new 22mm brown alligator style genuine leather strap with gold steel buckle that is vintage style and goes great with this wonderful watch.
Diameter (with 55.00 mm
Diameter (without crown): 49.00 mm
Watch crystal 40.00 13.00 mm
This rare watch winds and set smoothly while keeping very good, accurate time.
Supplied without box and certificate to authenticity.
Because of the vintage nature of the watch I cannot guarantee its absolute time keeping accuracy even if they are in good running condition and in some rare occasions may require additional adjustment.
Always an EXTRA FINE watches at a Price!!!If you like rare, antique, unique and collectible vintage wristwatches or pocket watches (or just enjoy learning about all the different watch makers and models) I suggest you bookmark this page or add me to your "Favorite Sellers" list. I always have beautiful pristine timepieces for sale ending Monday. Now on for 7 Years! PAYMENT Buyer must notify me within 24 hrs of sale close as to how and when he or she intends to pay. Winning buyers must fully pay within 7 days of the sale. After 7 days the piece will be relisted and appropriate action taken against the non-paying buyer. I participate in the Non-Paying buyer program. Do not offer if you are not going to pay for your sale. I prefer PAYPAL but another methods are also accepted with prior approval. Please contact me FIRST BEFORE sending a cheque to get full address. Zero response and negative response buyers must first email me BEFORE offerding. All I need is a brief courtesy email telling me who you are and how you would intend to pay if you where successful. I reserve the right to cancel any offers on this sale.
SELLING POLICIES100% satisfaction guarantee for all of my watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch I will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 60 days after the watch has been received. My goal is to exceed my client's expectations throughout the buying experience. I and my team stand behind our products, if for any reason you'll receive your product damaged or in non-functioning condition, please contact us immediately via email BEFORE leaving your response, we'll gladly assist you in any way we can. Your satisfaction is important to me. To be fair to all buyers, I make it my practice never to end an sale early. I prefer not to use buy it now. I have many repeat customers who want my watches just as much as you do. Buy it now will only be considered for a relisted sale. Vintage watches are very delicate and I package to the highest degree to prevent damage. To clarify all my items are Vintage or Antique and as such should Not be expected to be like a New or Quartz watch in any way whatsoever! Please bear in mind that you are buying a used watch and it will require service at some point in time. If you have any questions after reading the description or viewing the pictures please email me PRIOR to offerding. The watch in pictures is the actual watch that You will receive. I want you to feel safe and satisfied with the purchase of your item on . After receiving the returned item, I will make a full refund for your original payment.
SHIPPINGInternational shipments worldwide will sent via International Air Mail fully insured (shipping and handling to all locations in the world is FREE). Items will be shipped to confirmed address on . Please check with if your address is confirmed. Please allow 10 to 14 days for delivery to all locations worldwide. We pack all items well but some antique watches are just not made to travel at today's speed and may need set up and possibly adjustment after shipping and because of that I'm sorry but can not guarantee function or accuracy after shipping. You know that parcels go to Italy very long. Sometimes approx 2-3 weeks, sometimes near month and more. Be ready for these terms. California State residents (and those with shipping addresses in California State) add 8,75% sales tax. Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. Prior to offerding, check your country's customs regulations to determine any additional costs. For all shipments the value of the item will be declared lower than the sale price for custom duties. Also I will mark item as "gift". The taxes should be minimal. Dear buyers, we kindly ask you: Please, do not offer if you are not fully commited to purchase this item! I and my team honor Contracts and expect the same from my clients! THANK YOU FOR LOOKING!
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