Made for an older New York business man in 1946, this bespoke, one-of-a-kind Patek Phillipe Reference 2419 was sold through Cartier. Still owned by the family of the original owner, the watch will now be offered for auction via Antiquorum in New York soon during their March watch and clock auction event. The offer is exciting for a few reasons. First of which is the fact that this Patek Philippe watch has never before been offered for sale so no one really knows what it will go for. Next is the fact that the watch is unique, with this piece being the only copy. Being a minute repeater helps as well (as complex movements are always going to be worth more), and of course the fact that the dial is very attractive by today’s taste will help it have a high value. While the yellow gold watch is small given today’s standards being 34mm wide, its large crown and minimalist, high-contrast dial design are appealing.
The client it was built for was older and needed an easy to operate crown as well as a dial that was easy to read. The inclusion of the minute repeater was likely practical – given that it could sound out the time when the wearer could not see the watch dial. Some see this watch as being one of the most important American Patek Philippe finds, with the auction value likely reflecting that. Antiquorum estimates a very conservative yield of $300,000 – $500,000, but the actual ending bid could be much more.
By Ariel Adams