This vintage minute repeating wristwatch was manufactured in 1948 and sold in 1950. There are many aspects that render this watch incredibly important. Firstly, we look at the dial configuration and the oversized subsidiary seconds. Secondly, the unique case design with long downturned lugs and oversized minute repeating trigger together with a huge oversized crown. The look is quite unforgettable. The case is in extraordinarily original condition still retaining its original satin finish. The hallmarks are as crisp as it could be. There is even the original 18k stamp on the outside of the case back. The Cartier hand stamped reference numbers are incredibly easy to read and the calibre of the movement is constructed in a way that is previously unrecorded by the firm. Not only is this bespoke minute repeater unique, it is retailed by Cartier, which is confirmed on the Cartier certificate. Cartier, arguably one of the most famous jeweler in the world, was found in 1847 and retailed Patek Philippe up to around the late 1960s. It is Phillips's philosophy to present to the market the most desirable and sought after vintage watches available anywhere in the world. This watch encompasses all of our dreams and desires and we are thrilled and honoured to present it to the market once more.
A historically important and unique yellow gold minute repeating wristwatch with oversized subsidiary seconds, repeating trigger and crown, blackened hands and numerals and Cartier certificate, retailed by Cartier
Case, dial and movement signed, case further hand stamped with Cartier reference numbers
The movement is ticking at the time of cataloguing. The movement itself is in excellent overall condition with no wear to any of the screw heads. The inside case back with no watchmaker's engravings at all. The minute repeating is in phase with a very good tone and clarity. The dial is in excellent condition with raised scales and hard enamel signature, which is exceptionally raised and intact. There is a very minor scratch to the 'P' in the signature. The hands and numerals have been painted black, customized for the owner's specification and for better readability. After a detailed study and closer examination of the back of the dial, the numerals have never been removed and it would appear that the black paint was applied to the numerals before they were fitted to the dial. The case is in exceptional unpolished condition with crisp gold mark at the end of the lug at 5 o'clock and in the band to the right of the crown. There is also a visible 18k stamp on the case back and the Cartier reference numbers are very very easy to read. The long down turned lugs retain full proportions and assist in creating a better presence on the wrist. The Patek Philippe buckle with wear. The black Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap with wear. An exceptional original example.
34 mm. diameter