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Patek Philippe - Sir Rex Harrison
Information & Description
This is a 1928 18ct gold Patek Philippe men's watch formerly owned by Sir Rex Harrison (of "My Fair Lady" fame) and upon his death inherited by his son, Noel Harrison (known for the hit recording "Windmills of Your Mind" as well as reprising his father's signature role). After Noel's death in 2013 the watch was inherited in turn by his widow, Lori Chapman.
The watch was originally presented to Sir Rex by his 6th wife, Mercia, who he married in 1978 (the accompanying document from Lori Chapman erroneously refers to her as his 5th wife). The inscription on the back plate of the watch, C.K.G.B. is of unknown significance even to his family however given the date of this, his last marriage, the watch had certainly had at least one previous owner. The inscription may alternatively have some reference to the knighthood that he received in 1989.
The watch was originally sold by Shreve & Co., the premier jewellers in San Francisco. It is currently registered with Patek Phillipe's database and will be supplied with an extract from the company's archives listing the watch, serial number 806346.
The watch is in fine condition for its 90 years with an original dial, crown and hands. The case (30.5 mm sq. less crown and lugs,) has a few minor marks characteristic of an 18 ct gold watch which has been worn and is presented on a lightly worn dark maroon genuine crocodile strap.The watch was last serviced in 2016 and is an investment quality piece, even without its interesting provenance. Offered at £4850.
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Offered at £4850
Audemars - Repeater Movement
Quarter repeater movement by Audemars - suitable for wristwatch conversion
Variations on this basic movement layout were used by Louis Audemars, Touchon and LeCoultre - and probably others such as Vacheron. However it most closely resembles the layout of the Audemars variant, which has been confirmed by the person curating an archive of Louis Audemars' work.
It's in excellent condition with intact balance staff, undamaged hairspring and free balance oscillation. There is a sheared off stem present with enough exposed to easily enable re-threading for a stem extension or as a template for turning a custom stem..
The dial is in fairly poor condition but not unrecoverable. I cannot say with any certainty if there are any other problems in the movement but given its cleanliness and the condition of the balance, I'd say it is easily restorable with little more than a complete service.
Movement diameter is approx 40.5 mm and 6 mm deep including the dial. A corroded version of this movement with many missing parts is currently being offered for $1300 by a Moscow vendor.
Offered at £799
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Mono Rattrapante - 18ct Gold Chronograph
This is an 18 ct gold "mono rattrapante" chronograph, using a Valjoux cal. 84 variant movement.
An extremely scarce watch in working condition.
At some point (certainly a long time ago) this watch may have been redialed - or quite possibly this is the original dial produced to special order, intentionally omitting any branding. Most of the very few examples that have come on the market in recent years bore the "Bovet" brand, although there have been a couple of others. My initial intention was to have the dial refinished to the Bovet design but I'm also reluctant to change anything given the uncertainty about its history. Considering the fragility of 18 ct gold cases this one is in remarkably good condition. It has fixed 20 mm lugs.
The watch contains a spare hair spring! This was not a standard feature of the 84 movement - another reason that I suspect the whole watch to have been a special order. The only other watch I've seen containing spare parts is an Audax sold to consular staff during the colonial era.
The watch runs extremely well within a couple of minutes a day with the regulator in the central position. The chrono functions work as they should with the three-function upper button (as with single-button chronos) having an odd crown-like fitting. This is not a modification, being seen on similar examples. However it's assumed that the buyer will undertake a full restoration of the watch which is offered without any guarantees.
Offered at £1099
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