Condition Report For Lot# 974 :
CASE: Dings and pin pricks; Minor scratches on outer surface of case; Minor scratches on inner surface of case; Old repairs to back cover; Cover extends beyond 90 degrees when opened, back, 110 deg.; Bow replaced; Precious metal content marked. DIAL: Hairlines in enamel, light; Chips in enamel concealed by bezel; Scratches minor to dial. HANDS: Good, minute a bit short. MOVEMENT PLATES: Minor marks and scratches on plate; Minor scratches on barrel. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Running order (winds, sets and ticks). A nice example of early Patek work, incorporating Jean Adrien Philippe's third stem winding and setting mechanism. The winding pinion is an integral part of the stem, and so the crown can only be turned backwards when in the setting position. The watch is an early product of the firm, the partnership of Patek, Philippe, & Co. being formalized on January 11, 1851. A watch with nearly identical engraving was shown by Patek Philippe at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in London, 1851, an engraving of which appears in the official catalog. The figures represented on the case back are those of the first two rulers of Poland, Duke Mieczyslaw I and his son, King Boleslaw Chobry. The engraving is based on the statues at the Archcathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, Poznan, by Christian Daniel Rauch. This watch was sold by Antiquorum, Geneva, April 12, 2003, lot 15. See Huber and Banberry, "Patek Philippe", pages 73 for illustrations of the Exhibition catalog engraving, and page 110 for photos of a watch with nearly identical engraving.