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Patek Philippe Prototype Model Master Clock

$9,850

About

This highly sophisticated and exceptionally rare prototype model DCP is part of the Electronic Master Clock System by Patek Philippe of Geneva. Originally made for Dutch National Railways, the unique unit features a master clock designed to be synchronized with a central observatory in Geneva. The integrated time base is set to display the month, date, and day of the week, along with hours, minutes, seconds and 1/10th seconds on an electronic dial. One of the first of its kind to ever exist, this phenomenal exhibition timepiece is almost certainly the only known working example of its type in the world today. Renowned clockmakers Patek Philippe established their electronic time keeping division in 1946 with the primary goal of developing the most accurate timekeeping clocks and watches on the market. It was during the 1970s that the Swiss company perfected this remarkable technology, and their master clock systems were largely considered the most cutting edge and precise systems on the market. These incredible master clock systems were crafted on a commissioned basis for only the most important clients, meaning no two systems were ever created exactly alike. An array of businesses and services, including airports, hospital, radio stations, jewelry and office buildings, employed these timing systems to ensure that the exact time was uniformly displayed throughout a building or complex. Today, the few unique systems created by the company are incredibly rare limited editions and seldom appear on the market. Measures: 5 1/2” high x 16 3/4” wide x 8” deep.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)Width: 16.75 in. (42.55 cm)Depth: 8 in. (20.32 cm)
  • Style
    Industrial (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    20th Century
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 30-29131stDibs: LU891117518331

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    Ships From: New Orleans, LA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About Patek Philippe (Maker)

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 Geneva last November, in case anyone’s wondering). 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. 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.

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