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1960s Patek Philippe Platinum Floating Diamond Bar Motif Bracelet Watch

US$13,000

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An Iconic & Limited Production for only 5 years: 1960s Patek Philippe Platinum "Floating Diamond Bar" Motif Set Bracelet watch Basic Dimensions & Specifications ⁃ 15.5mm Case Diameter - Ivory White Dial with Platinum Baton Markers to indicate the hours - Fully signed, Case, Crown, Dial & Movement - Recently Serviced & Perfect Working Condition Additional Special Features - Platinum Case Design - Patek Philippe Factory Diamond set with 30 well matched brilliant White Round Cut Diamond stones - Contains the smallest Patek Patek Philippe produced movement (the Cal 13.5 manual winding movement) Catalog Note The present timepiece is a fully signed iconic example of a rare 1950/60s Patek Philippe "Floating Diamond Bar" Motif Platinum Bracelet watch which was only in production for a limited time of approximately 5 years and is signed on the case, dial, movement and crown. The timepiece comes with all original matching stones and is in perfect condition with no damage to the ivory white dial and extremely sharp hallmarks throughout indicating very little to no wear by its original owner. Designed with 30 Brilliant round cut diamonds alongside the bezel and halfway down each bracelet strap with a carefully designed hidden setting that gives the appearance as if the diamonds are set directly inbetween the double black cord bracelet strap, the present example exhibits the finest quality in gem setting by the world’s leading brand Patek Philippe to produce a timeless and elegant design concept which can be worn for practically any occasion cocktail or casual. Additionally, interesting is that during this timeframe leading firms such as Patek Phillipe aimed to create high fashion timepieces gemset bracelet watches which appeared more so as a diamond bracelet than that of a watch hence the style choice to design the watch with its signature double black cord bracelet strap which makes the diamonds appear to be floating on the wrist rather than on a more obvious platinum strap which required careful planning to produce such a strong but small setting and also the firms use of the smallest in production movement to give the impression its user is only wearing a sleek diamond bracelet rather than that of a wristwatch when in the company of others at a cocktail party or other events. Additionally, while there are several examples of Patek Philippe diamond timepieces to hit the market there are very few examples which are fully signed throughout during this period and even less ever produced in platinum as the present example is. Patek Philippe has been known to also supply movements for other manufacturers to design cases with which are called “contract” cases and these examples are typically considered less valuable as well as more commonly available. Timepieces which are fully signed by Patek Philippe including their case, dial, movement and crown are considered much more rare examples when compared to Patek Philipps which are typically described by industry experts as “contract” cased Patek Philippe(s) where Patek Philippe only supplied the movement as part of contract to a jewelry firm making examples where the Patek Philippe firm’s involvement from start to finish as with the present example offered here today much more sought after, collectible and valuable over the long term as a result. Patek Philippe has been famously known for their extremely high level of craftsmanship and also for their use of only the highest quality of available materials within their gemstone timepieces to match their reputable workmanship. Very few timepieces during the 1950s and 1960s were produced by the firm for their female clientele which most famously is known for vintage men's timepieces and previously famous for their complicated pocket watches. During Post world war two and into the early 1960s, women began to become more empowered and the timepiece manufacturers and jewelry houses recognized this new energy in society and began to focus more on the women's market as new clients. Specially ordered timepieces for important clients would be commissioned which would demand only the very best timepiece designs and materials. Most probably because of the scarcity which existed of platinum after the word wars, many firms also resorted back to the use of 18kt white gold to design jewelry and diamond timepieces since so much of platinum being depleted by the war as a means to still satisfy the orders needs making this present example increasingly desirable as one of the firms premier examples of this iconic design concept series having been created in platinum versus 18kt white gold. During this timeframe, Platinum metal designs were reserved specifically for the only the best examples of a design concept making the present not just a very beautiful design but also an extremely sought-after asset by the most sophisticated of collectors as it is also a good investment. Condition The present timepiece has been recently serviced and is in perfect working condition with sharp hallmarks throughout indicating excellent preservation despite its nearly 60 year age. Additionally, there are no stones Missing or replaced.

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Patek Philippe

It shouldn’t be surprising that a Patek Philippe holds the world auction record for a watch ($31.2 million for a Patek Grandmaster Chime, sold at Christie’s). Known for impeccable craftsmanship and some of the most complicated timepieces ever created, the brand is considered by many to be the height of fine watchmaking. Collectors simply love Patek Philippe watches.

The house was founded in Geneva in 1839 by Polish expats Antoni Patek and Franciszek Czapek. Czapek left the firm, and in 1845, Patek partnered with French watchmaker Jean Adrien Philippe. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Catering to the glitterati of Europe, the pair counted among their clients Tolstoy, Pope Pius IX and Queen Victoria, as well as Countess Koscowicz of Hungary, for whom they created the first Swiss-made wristwatch in 1868. They also had their eye on the American market and in 1851 entered an arrangement with Tiffany & Co. still in effect today.

During the Great Depression, brothers Jean and Charles Stern, who had previously supplied Patek Philippe with watch dials, bought the company, and it continues to be run by the Stern family today.

Under the Sterns, the house has developed some of its most famous models, including the Calatrava, an elegantly minimal dress watch introduced in 1932 and named for the Calatrava Cross (the company’s logo since 1887), and the Nautilus, the brand’s first sports watch, conceived by legendary designer Gérald Genta in 1976.

Despite the house’s longevity, it’s rumored that it has manufactured fewer than a million Patek watches, making each one all the more coveted. (The brand's pieces are understandably attractive to counterfeiters — make sure you know how to spot a fake Patek Philippe watch.)

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