|The only known and undoubtedly unique, previously unrecorded,
Ref. 2419 Patek Philippe minute repeating wristwatch retailed by Cartier
Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 2419. No. 861078, case No. 646625, Cartier stock number 7026. Made in 1946,
sold on April 21st, 1950.
Exceptionally fine and unique, 18K gold, minute-repeating wristwatch with an 18k gold Patek Philippe buckle.
Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives.
|C. Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, prominent sculpted lugs, concave bezel, case back with US import stamp
18k, further stamped to the underside of the upper left shoulder 7026, oversize 7mm diameter gold winding crown,
extended two-piece gold repeat slide to the band.
D. Silvered with applied gold faceted index markers hand painted black, outer minute track, oversized subsidiary
seconds. Gold feuille hands hand-painted black.
M. Cal. 12’’’, rhodium-plated, first quality (probably ébauche Victorin Piguet), fausses cotes decoration, 29 jewels, wolf’s
tooth winding, straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism
and 5 positions, blued steel overcoil balance spring, "whiplash" regulator, repeating on gongs activated by a slide on
Dial, case and movement signed.
Dim. 34 mm, lug width 20 mm, depth 10.5 mm.
|Estimate: 300,000 USD - 500,000 USD
Estimate: 300,000 CHF - 500,000 CHF
Estimate: 220,000 EUR - 370,000 EUR
|Detail of the inner case back
The case was made by Emile Vichet, who was regarded as one of the finest case makers of
his time and produced most of the Patek Philippe minute repeater cases. Interestingly the
case back bears no repair marks as, apparently, the watchmakers qualified to undertake
service and repairs at Patek Philippe were instructed not to sign the inside case back as it
was considered this might alter the carefully crafted tone of the repeater
Offered for the first time at auction by a descendant of the original
owner, the condition and attractive dimensions of the present Patek
Philippe Ref. 2419 can only truly be appreciated when viewed in
Originally purchased in 1950 by a prominent New York businessman
when already in his advance years, the watch is clearly designed for
someone who required ease of use. The dial represents true simplicity
with index markers and oversized subsidiary seconds, the crown is a
previously unseen gold version with a large 7mm diameter to offer
easier winding and the repeater slide ordered as an oversize to similarly
provide ease of use. Examples of Patek Philippe watches with blackpainted
gold markers can be found during the same era, however
it is our opinion the markers on this watch were not painted by the
factory but modified later to provide a more visible dial. The increased
size of the crown and slide, along with the larger subsidiary seconds
create a well-balanced watch that belies its 34mm diameter, appearing
considerably larger. The family of the original owner recalls the watch
being worn by their elderly relative on an expandable bracelet over
his shirt cuff with great care and attention. This would explain both the
requirement of the oversized features and the exceptional condition.
The underside of the (probably gold) dial is hand-engraved with
reference numbers from Stern Frères, the Patek Philippe dial supplier at
the period, with their reference showing the dial was intended for Patek
Philippe (93), the Patek Philippe order number (4881) and the movement
number of the watch. Such hand engraved reference numbers were
only used on special request - one piece only - orders. Furthermore the
Swiss signature is also hard enameled into the dial rather than printed,
a feature usually reserved for special order dials.
Adding to the multiple unique aspects of this watch
the bridge design of the movement ebauche used,
although similar to the Victorin Piguet, has not been
previously documented and is the first example of its
kind seen used by Patek Philippe.
According to Patek Philippe literature the reference
2419 was launched in 1946 and bears a caliber 10-200,
time only movement. Research has uncovered at least
one time-only example of this reference manufactured
at a later period. No other minute repeating examples
are known or documented. Considering the unique
manufactured dial, previously unrecorded movement
bridge design and lack of any reference numbers
to the underside of the bezel, it can confidently be
assumed this was manufactured as a unique watch for
a very particular and demanding client.
It is interesting to note that Cartier Jewelers hosted a
special event for Patek Philippe in New York from April
15th to April 23rd 1949, showcasing their important
watches and complications. Assuming the movement had
already been manufactured by Patek Philippe in 1946 but
remained uncased, it is realistic to consider the original
owner met with Patek Philippe senior management at
the Cartier event and began negotiations for a unique
minute repeating wristwatch, to be delivered one year
later on April 21st, 1950. The underside of the upper left
shoulder is clearly stamped with the four digit Cartier
New York retailer stock number 7026.
For a similar example of black painted numerals and hands see page 326 in the John Goldberger book "Patek Philippe Steel
Watches". Both lot 275 and the example illustrated in the book, a reference 1526 sold in 1951, were stamped HOX to the balance
bridge indicating they were imported into the USA by the Henry Stern Watch Agency in New York.
Considering the unquestionable provenance, condition,
overall quality, complication and modern
masculine styling of the watch, it is without doubt the
most important and desirable example of a minute
repeating Patek Philippe wristwatch to be offered to
The Ref. 2419 is the only known vintage minute repeater
to use a concave bezel.
Special thanks to Eric Tortella
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