A spectacular ref.10 early Patek Philippe wristwatch in Platinum. This rare example is 1 of just a very small quantity known in Platinum without sub seconds, representing an extremely rare and important piece of the early history of Patek Philippe wristwatches.
This superb one family owners example from first purchase, was purchased at Brock & Co, Patek’s retailer in Los Angeles renowned for having sold some of the most important rectangular and Platinum pieces in the era. This fine example is no exception, with a superb case with crisp hallmark (rare ibex hallmark with G for Geneva) and engraving and silvered dial with Platinum Breguet numerals, all in wonderful condition.
What makes this piece even more special, is its superb Hollywood provenance, for which we have copies of over 50 articles about the owner including New York Times articles.
The piece is powered by the Lecoultre based calibre 10" ebauche with lever escapement and rare moustache bridge, which is functioning well. This piece is accompanied by a freshly issued extract from the Patek Philippe Archives confirming all details of the piece.
With thanks to Tortella & Son's for the information regarding quantity
Examples of the reference 10 in Platinum are rarely seen, those few that are, typically feature subsidiary seconds. This extremely rare example is 1 of just a very small quantity known in Platinum without subsidiary seconds. The omittance of the subsidiary dial, helps provide greater balance and symmetry, resulting in an overall cleaner and much more appealing aesthetic, that helps to accentuate the large size of the case.
The large proportions of the reference mean it sits well on the wrist even by modern expectations of size. At the time, a highly revolutionary design, its influence can still be felt today with many modern watches harking back to its design, for example modern Roger Dubuis pieces.
Brand: Patek Philippe
Model: Rare Early Platinum Rectangular
Lug Width: 20mm
Box/Papers: Extract from the Archives papers, 50 copies of articles and photos regarding the original owner.