Patek Philippe - Chronometer Circa 1885 – One of a Kind
This offering is an incredibly rare antique Patek Philippe wristwatch from 1885. This isn’t just a watch—it is a 135 year old marvel.
Brand: Patek Philippe/ Tiffany & Company (Note: Until the 1950's Patek Pilippe made most of Tiffany's watches.)
Edition: One of a kind.
Circa: 1885, with signed movement.
Condition: Excellent. Like new.
Item Number: 1242
Gender: Men's watch
Note: This watch has been converted from a vintage pocket watch, which has been placed inside a new finely designed and created wristwatch case. It is quite a large watch. We have listed this watch as a men’s watch, but an increasing number of women are wearing them as astounding statement/bracelet/watch combination pieces.
Dial: This gorgeous, men’s timepiece features the original porcelain white dial dial, featuring a white enamel face with slim black Roman numerals, navy blue hands, and and small seconds hand dial at the lower center of the face.
Case: The case consists of a three-piece stainless steel case, custom made to house this amazing Patek Philippe & Cie Tiffany and Company movement. New glass dome mineral face, and a custom made exhibition back, which allows you to view this exquisite Patek Philippe movement in action.
Origin/Model: This wristwatch is made up of antique gold pocket watch (circa 1885) that has been placed in a one of a kind new case. The combination of the antique signed movement, modern case, immaculately restored dial, and clear exhibition back makes this more than just a watch—like so many of our pieces, this is a work of art!
Movement/Mechanism: Original golden rhodium movement in very good condition and excellently displayed by the exposition back. The movement is very clean, keeps great time, is made up of 18 jewels, compensation balance wheel, navy blue spirale, silver screws, wolf tooth wheels, lever and escape wheel with capstone, lever escapement “moustache”, regulator with jewel, signed and numbered.
Band: The watch is fitted with a 20 mm hand made genuine leather matte brown band with a smooth finish, with a traditional silver buckle that matches the watches case.
Dimensions: Case: 38mm (without crown) Lug to Lug: 46mm
Case Thickness: 13mm
Box: Your watch will be delivered in one of our own signature collectible wooden watch boxes. Or if you prefer, this watch can be delivered to you in a brand new authentic Patek Philippe travel wallet or pouch.
Shipping: Free shipping on all order. Two-day delivery anywhere in the United States for all purchases over two thousand dollars and ground delivery for all other orders.
Directions: This is an antique watch. So to operate the watch you simply wind the crown until you start to feel resistance. To set the time you use the “NAIL SET” (so you don’t pull the crown out to set the time). Instead, you press the small button below the crown IN and then move the crown to set the hands to current time.
Servicing: This original movement of this beautiful wristwatch has been beautifully preserved, astoundingly so considering the age of the piece. The mechanism has been recently serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
Protecting and Caring For Your Watch: All antique watches are mechanical, and as such should be treated with extra care. You should be careful not to expose an antique watch to the wear and tear. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear it often, or even every day. The best thing for something that is mechanical is to be used regularly. It does mean extra care should be taken not to drop it or expose it to water.
Antique watches are generally not waterproof as this technology was not in general use until the mid-20th century. You should therefore protect your antique watch from exposure to moisture.
If your watch becomes wet it should be dried as quickly as possible. This should be done using a hair dryer, opening all covers and gently blow drying the movement, dial, covers, and crown. This will eliminate or at least reduce the build up of any rust. Be careful not to turn the speed of the hairdryer up too high or hold it too close to the watch. A strong hair dryer held too close to a watch could blow a hand off the watch.
If your watch becomes exposed to salt water you should immediately spray your watch with purified water to remove all salt before drying the watch. If salt is left inside the watch it will combine with moisture in the air over time and begin to rust metal the components of the movement and other parts of the watch.
Winding any mechanical watch too tightly may break the mainspring, so be mindful of when you begin to feel resistance as you are winding your watch. Avoid winding the watch with force or aggressively.
When you are adjusting the hands of your watch, move them in a clockwise direction only. It is possible that counter-clockwise adjustments may damage the movement. If you do decide to make counter-clockwise adjustments make them for minutes, not hours.
We recommend that every two to three years you have your watch serviced, primarily to oil the mechanisms within the movement.
If for any reason dust or dirt makes its way into the watch, allow the watch to run down completely. Don’t wind the watch again before having it serviced by a qualified watch repair expert. Dust will absorb and remove the most important lubricants and cause the movement components to wear down.
If a need arises to clean the case, dial, crystal, etc., we advise you use a cloth that does not leave fibers as these may get caught and left behind in the movement.
Keep your antiques watch away from magnets. Strong magnetic fields may affect the accuracy of your watch since some vintage watches were made including iron-based components
Antique watches typically keep time accurately within about five minutes per day. If you experienced a various significantly greater than that, please contact us (or a watch professional for diagnosis). We see this very, very rarely with our watches, but should it occur it is not cause to be alarmed.
If you are flying a high-altitudes regularly with your antique watch you may wish to have it oiled more than every two to three years. The extreme temperature changes that accompany high altitudes can cause the oil viscosity to decrease more rapidly than usual.
The Story: Patek Philippe and Company was founded in 1851 in Geneva, Switzerland. They design, manufacture, and distribute, watches and movements in every corner of the world, and yet, the sheer expense makes a Patek a very rare watch.
Here at Every Watch Has A StoryTM more than ninety-percent of our Patek’s (as they are affectionately referred to by connoisseurs) are even rarer as they are one-of-a-kind creations that combine antique and vintage Patek Philippe movements with modern cases.
Aficionados and experts consider Patek Philippe watches to be the most prestigious timepieces in the world. Patek Philippe is the Rolls Royce of watches.
Antonio Patek was a polish watchmaker who teamed up with Czech-born Polish watchmaker Franciszek Czapek started making pocket watches in 1839 in Geneva in 1839. Five years later they went their separate ways and Antonio Patek was joined by French watchmaker Adrien Philippe who would become the inventor of the keyless winding mechanism.
It was Patek Philippe popularized the minute repeater, the perpetual calendar, split-second hand, chronograph, and many of the features that became the foundations of what would ultimately evolve from pocket watches to wristwatches.
These are the most sought after watches in the world by collectors. Patek Philippe timepieces have set record prices at every prestigious auction house in the world.
In 1999, the company opened the Patek Philipe Museum in Geneva after restoring a building with a long history as a home to the craftsman who made Patek Philippe timepieces for more than a hundred years.
Auction prices have been driven up in many cases by the Patek Philippe Company itself trying to acquire pieces for it’s own museum.
Their list of clients include more royalty than any other watch, and celebrities clamor for both antique and the latest Patek’s.
Every Watch Has a StoryTM is in no way affiliated with Patek Philippe and does not claim to be. We simply love their products and make them available to our customers who enjoy surrounding themselves with the best of the best.