Jewellery, Watches, Antiquities and Objects of Vertu (26 November 2019)

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Date of Auction: 26th November 2019

Sold for £2,400

Estimate: £2,400 - £3,000

An 18ct gold open faced pcket watch, by Patek Philippe, the white enamel dial signed ‘Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, F. Michaelsen - Rome’, with black Arabic numerals, outer minutes scale and subsidiary seconds dial, top wound jewelled lever movement signed and numbered ‘135750’, the gold cuvette signed ‘No 13098. Franz Michaelsen, Horloger, Rome’ and ‘No 135750. Patek, Philippe & Cie, Genève’, the plain polished case bearing maker’s mark, stamped ‘18kts’ and numbered ‘261267’, in brown leather signed Patek Philippe case, with original paper ‘Certificat d’origine & de Garantie’, and hand stitched chamois leather sleeve, watch diameter 48.5mm. £2,400-£3,000

Condition Report

The dial and glass are fine. The movement looks fine and clean, runs when wound, but remains untested for timekeeping. The case shows slight surface wear only. Gross weight 80.5gm. The leather case shows some scuffing and staining to the exterior and the interior silk is threadbare in large patches. The original guarantee and chamois sleeve were found under the silk within the lid of the box. We recommend that all watches purchased at auction will require/benefit from a full service.


The serial number corresponds to a date of manufacture between 1905-1910.

Franz Michaelsen was a retailer of high-end timepieces based in Rome and with a further atelier in Naples.