PATEK PHILIPPE ART DECO POCKET WATCH
When one encounters a style and design that you have never seen before outside of archive images, your heart literally skips a beat. Such is the case with this pocket watch from 1926. Upon first seeing this watch in its leather 1940s period Patek Philippe slipcase, only the unique platinum crown peeks out. Upon further inspection, the watch slips out of its ancient case to reveal a monument to Art Deco beauty and design. Fresh to market, this watch delights with its original untouched dial with crisp indelible enamel and hand engraved minute track also with its original enamel. The original bold and wide platinum hands clearly indicate the time, and one can imagine the original American owner of this watch used it sparingly. The simplicity of the classic round form of the case continues to reveal pleasant surprises upon further inspection. The platinum bezel melts perfectly into the main rose gold case with an aesthetically pleasing brushed finish. The reverse of the watch reveals a matching rose gold outer surround encircling the platinum center. The key mark ‘1’ is stamped under the case number indicating that this case was made by Wenger, the celebrated case maker of the majority of ref. 2499s. As one of the earliest cases made by Wenger for Patek Philippe, it is clear that this watch was a magnum opus of the case making art and a clear message to Patek Philippe and its patrons that they indeed were the number one case maker in Geneva. The 9 lignes movement of this watch, stamped PXP for the US market, is exceptionally preserved and allows the case to remain extremely thin for a watch from this period.
The aesthetic beauty, rarity, and quality of this specimen cannot be overstated. For the next owner of this watch, may they cherish it fully in the spirit of what collectability is truly all about.