Patek Philippe UP-DOWN INDICATOR POCKET WATCH
The last time I saw a Patek Philippe up-down in this style and era at auction, it sold for $242,500 at Christie’s . Of course, this watch sold for that exceptional amount for a reason beyond its inherent quality and rarity: it was made for Henry Graves, Jr. and featured his engraved coat-of-arms and motto ‘Esse Quam Videri’. ‘To Be Rather Than to Seem’ also describes this presently offered fresh to market up-down pocket watch. This watch was made for the retailer Henry Oemisch in Rochester, NY as engraved on the movement, so we can expect that a very well heeled industrialist in upstate NY splurged on this for Christmas of 1914. The dial of this watch features roman numerals and an amber enamel, as opposed to the bright white enamel we normally see. The layout of the logo is simply brilliant and gives the watch an undeniably attractive symmetry. No surprise it also has a hidden hinge that opens to reveal a dust cover that further opens to present the highly finished 17 lignes caliber.