Lot 38
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Price Realised: USD 15000.00
Estimate : USD 15,000 - 25,000


CIRCA: 1950s
BRACELET / STRAP MATERIAL: Black crocodile with associated buckle
DIAL: Enamel
MOVEMENT: Automatic
FUNCTIONS: Time only
CALIBER: 12-600

Lot Notes

Φ Please note the endangered species strap is shown for display purposes only and is not for sale. Upon sale, this watch will be supplied to the buyer with a [brown] calf leather strap (not shown). The endangered species strap may be available for collection from the New York Christie’s saleroom – please contact Christie’s Client Service Center at watchesonline@christies.com
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The condition of lots can vary widely and the nature of the lots sold means that they are unlikely to be in a perfect condition. Lots are sold in the condition they are in at the time of sale.

The case is in good condition with scratches. The case has been lightly polished. The case has nicks on the side of the case at 4 o'clock. The hallmarks on the case back and on the back of the 5 o'clock lug are visible. The case back is engraved, "To Fred Rettenmeyer with warmest sentiment and appreciation from Jim Napier Feb. 15, 1957." The dial and hands appear to be original. The "PP" crown is original. The enamel dial has no visible cracks. The crystal has scratches. The movement is in working order at the time of cataloging, consistent with the age of the watch. The movement is a Patek Philippe period correct replacement. The movement has not been tested for accuracy. A service is recommended given the age of the watch.

The condition of lots sold can vary widely due to factors such as age, previous damage, restoration, repair and wear and tear. The nature of the lots sold means that they will rarely be in perfect condition. Lots are sold in the condition they are in at the time of sale.

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Payment Information

You must pay the full amount due (including any additional charges) no later than March 16, 2017. This applies even if you wish to export the lot and an export license is required. You will not acquire title and own the lot until all amounts due to Christie’s have been received by Christie’s in full, cleared funds.
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Collection Notice
Due to impending weather in the New York area, collection of property will not be available on Tuesday, March 14th from the Christie's Rockefeller Office.

Lot Essay

The reference 2526 was the first self-winding watch made by Patek Philippe. This model came out in 1953 and was produced until the early 1960s until it was succeeded by the reference 3428. This particular example features the highly sought after first series dial. The original movement was not functioning properly, but instead of fixing it Patek Philippe decided to change the entire movement. As a result of this movement swap, Patek Philippe will not issue an extract from the archives for this watch. Movement swaps were a common practice by Patek Philippe in the 1950s, but unfortunately they did not keep records of what replacement movements were put in what watches.

The original owner, Frank W. Rettenmeyer ( June 29, 1891 – April 29, 1965) was the former president and Chairman of the Napier Company. The firm was established in 1875 as Whitney and Rice of Attleboro, MA, manufacturing men’s pocketwatch chains. The company changed names a few times and eventually became Napier Co. This company was at one time the largest privately owned jewelry manufacturer in the USA. Frank Rettenmeyer worked at this company for 58 years and was named president In 1960 and retired in 1964 and passed away one year later in 1965. The present watch was given to Frank to celebrate his 50th anniversary at the company in 1957.

The estimate is reflective of this fact about the movement however this is still a desirable watch overall, especially with the first series dial and interesting provenance.

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