Platinum Watch no. -
Case: s/n; 615,236, platinum, PT 0.950, by Ed Wenger
Dial: Simple hour, minutes, Platinum & Pink Gold Roman Numeral Two Tone Enamel Sector Dial Open Face, signed Patek Philippe, Geneve
Movement: s/n; 860,312, cal. 17 ligne, Patek Philippe & Co., Geneve, 18 Eighteen jewels, 5 Five positions adjusted, Swiss
1937 - Niton, Geneva (still validating, Niton or by Piaget?)
1937 - Patek Philippe, Geneva
2020 - Chrono24 by Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc., New York, USA
Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc., 315 Madison Avenue
3rd Floor, New York, New York, NY 10017, Verenigde Staten
Patek Philippe Rare 1930s Platinum Pink Gold Two Tone Enamel Roman # Sector Dial Open Face Pocket Watch.
An Rare 1930s Patek Philippe Platinum & Pink Gold Roman Numeral Two Tone Enamel Sector Dial Open Face “Omega- Form” Bow Ultra-Thin Pocket Watch
Basic Dimensions & Specifications
⁃ 48mm Case Dimensions
- 5mm Case Thickness
- Two Tone Enamel Sector Dial with Pink Gold Roman Numeral Numbering System for Hours & Enamel Outer Register Markers for Minutes
- Recently Serviced & Perfect Working Condition
Additional Special Features
- Rare “Omega- Form” Bow
- Case Hallmarked with Keymark for Ed Wenger SA - one of Geneva’s most accomplished case makers at the time
- Two Tone “Bulls Eye” Dark Grey On Silver Enamel Dial
- Ultra-Thin Movement Technology & Case Design Concept
The present timepiece is very rare special 1930s Platinum Patek Philippe pocket watch designed by one of the most celebrated Patek Philippe casemakers of all time- Ed Wenger SA (indicated by the case Keymark # 1 on the inside case back). Furthermore, the present design concept noticeably stands out from other Patek Philippe pocket watch commissions for a variety of reasons making it extremely desirable amongst even the most seasoned collectors as it not only possesses an excellent pedigree by casemaker, but also exhibits many of the most desired attributes with which an open face pocket watch commission could be ordered in this period and by none other than the leading firm, Patek Philippe.
With a first look at the case design concept, it is not only an ultra-thin case which required special ultra-thin movement technology for the firm to innovate a movement thin enough to fit into the thinner, sportier styled pocket watch case concept -that is approximately only 5mm in thickness, but also extremely interesting is the very obviously noticeable bow design concept located above the 12 position which protects the winding crown and was produced in very limited production number by the firm, known as an “Omega – Form” Bow. Earning its name from its shape, the Omega-Form bow mirrors that of the Greek uppercase letter Omega and is one of the most well-known symbols of all time adding further allure to this piece on a variety of levels.
* For reference to the Omega Form Bow, Please refer to photo on listing.
If unfamiliar, with the meaning or symbolism associated with the Omega Symbol, The Omega is the last letter in the Ancient Greek alphabet and commonly associated with Alpha and Omega to represent the beginning and end of all things. In addition, the meaning of Omega commonly signifies something major, final or the ultimate in greatness or accomplishment of greatness as many view it also as the endless time that is running out. Having this specific relationship to elements of time itself, the Omega form Bow design concept is precisely the type of slight twist on the traditional pocket watch design concept that one would expect to find from one of the most talented and famed Patek Philippe master casemakers such as Ed Wenger who is best known to inject his own personal touch on traditional concepts for the firm.
Although, it may not seem overtly apparent to the novice collector, there are very specific attributes with which pocket and wristwatches demonstrate slight style differences to the case design aside from the dial colors or numbering systems. In particular, on open-face pocket watches as the present pocket watch, the bow concept is extremely rare when compared to other examples which typically have a more traditional shaped bow or other more commonly mass produced Patek bow concept t according to our market research and even less open faced time only pocket watches ever designed by Ed Wenger making this an especially interesting piece to collect or gift. Patek Philippe, primarily reserved Ed Wenger’s workmanship for only the firms best known and important creations which are notably the Patek Philippe’s 2499 reference wristwatch and 1518 reference case design concepts of which examples of his creations are known to have brought a record 3 million in Sotheby’s as recently as 2018.
In addition, Ed Wenger has always been known to inject his own sense of style into his design concepts and just as it is apparent in this present time only platinum open face pocket watch where he takes an ordinary concept and makes it special, Ed Wenger also noticeably changed the case design of probably the most important wristwatch concept the firm is known for the 2499 wristwatch where he increased its case size and made the lugs more dramatic as well. One of the main contributing factors as to why his works are so sought-after comparison to many other Patek Philippe casemakers are because of his ability to inject very noticeably different creative elements to the more commonly produced reference examples.
In addition to the very unique case design concepts on the exterior of the “Omega Form bow and ultra-thin case design concept, the present pocket watch is also produced with an original beautiful two-tone dark grey on silver enamel bulls eye style sector dial which is also one of the most elaborate dial configurations and unique combinations available & To add further attention to detail to this commission, the dial has also been enhanced with very rare pink gold roman numeral numbering system which was not the mass produced metal or numbering system font to signify the hours and enamel outer register for minute markers.
Overall, the present example is extremely well thought out and under close observation carefully planned throughout. During this timeframe, Platinum was reserved for only the firm’s best creations and their most important clients. With the additional special attention to incorporate hand cut pink gold roman numerals for a numbering system and also a two-tone enamel dial, it only further suggests how premier and highly specialized this order was for the timeframe.
The present timepiece has been recently serviced and is in perfect working condition. Overall the watch has been preserved in good to fair condition. The case bares sharp hallmarks with the expected surface scratches to case back and bezel consistent with age. In addition, the dial has been preserved in its untouched original condition and also is in good to fair condition with some signs of patina and light wear to minute track also consistent with age.