A very fine, rare and attractive 18K gold oversized rectangular hinged wristwatch with "explosion" numerals.
With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with gilt dial and Dauphine hour markers in 1921 and its subsequent sale on September 6th, 1922.
Few vintage wristwatches have such a strong visual impact as the present oversized Gondolo-style wristwatch. Not only thanks to its unprecedented case proportions but also due to its black enameled "explosion" numerals, it captures the beholder's attention. Regardless how well-trained the eye, regardless if one is an experienced collector or novice, this masterpiece of early 20th century wristwatch design is always the center of any watch conversation. One's intellect can hardly perceive that the eye is looking at a 100 year old wristwatch. In fact, more than just one wristwatch manufacturer has revived this design in more recent decades, proof of how contemporary, yet timeless this design is.
The present example of this exceedingly small series, made during the 1910's and 1920's, has survived in remarkably original unmolested condition. It shows only little ageing and wear to the dial's surface and modest signs of polishing to the case. In fact, all inscriptions and numbers to the case back are clearly legible and the hinges feel solid and tight.
Offered for the first time ever at public, this watch is a perfect representative of Patek Philippe's milestones in history. Given its rarity and remarkable condition, it must be considered one of the most exclusive time only wristwatches in the world.