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Lot 227. Patek Philippe: A rare white gold open-faced minute repeating perpetual calendar watch with moon-phases, ref. 844, made in 1973. Estimate CHF: 280,000 - 380,000. Sold for CHF: 472,000 (475,488 USD). Photo: Sotheby's.

GENEVA.- Yesterday’s sale of Important Watches at Sotheby’s in Geneva was led by an extremely rare pocket watch by Patek Philippe, which surpassed its estimate to reach CHF 472,000 / $475,488 (est. CHF 280,000 – 380,000). Thought to be one of only two models of reference 844 in white gold, this minute repeating perpetual calendar watch with moon-phases from 1973 bears a full digital display of day, month and date held within a single aperture. 

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Lot 227. Patek Philippe: A rare white gold open-faced minute repeating perpetual calendar watch with moon-phases, ref. 844, made in 1973. Estimate CHF: 280,000 - 380,000. Sold for CHF: 472,000 (475,488 USD). Photo: Sotheby's.

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Offered for the first time at auction, a very rare stainless steel Patek Philippe wristwatch with black dial and Breguet numerals, reference 1504, soared to more than ten times its pre-sale estimate, reaching CHF 328,000 / $330,424 (est. CHF 20,000 - 40,000). This is the only known example of this reference which combines a stainless steel case, black dial and pink gold Breguet numerals. 

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Lot 212. Patek Philippe. A very rare stainless steel wristwatch with black dial and Breguet numerals, ref 1504 mvt 921092 case 623344, made in 1941. Estimate CHF: 20,000 — 40,000. Sold for CHF: 328,000 (330,424 USD). Photo: Sotheby's.

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A stunning example of Swiss Art Deco design, a superb desk timepiece made by Vacheron Constantin, in collaboration with Verger Frères, sold for CHF 430,000 / $433,178 (est. CHF 80,000 - 120,000). Eight avid collectors vied for this exquisite piece, created in 1926, which features a mother-of-pearl dial by Vladimir Makovsky. 

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Lot 170. Vacheron Constantin/ Verger/ Vladimir Makovsky. Retailed by Black Starr and Frost: a superb and very important yellow gold platinum and gem-set Art Deco desk timepiece mvt 404140 case 10239, made in 1926. Estimate CHF: 80,000 — 120,000. Sold for CHF: 430,000 (433,178 USD). Photo: Sotheby's.

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A world auction record for a Heuer watch was set today when Formula One driver Ronnie Peterson’s Heuer Carerra watch sold in the room for CHF 225,000 / $226,663, over 20 times the pre-sale estimate of CHF 10,000 – 20,000. No fewer than six passionate collectors vied for the watch during a ten-minute bidding battle. This reference 1158 was presented to Ronnie Peterson by Jack W. Heuer in 1972 on the occasion of the signing of a sponsorship deal.  

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Lot 161. Heuer. yellow gold automatic chronograph wristwatch with date registers and bracelet ref 1158 case 174277 Carerra presented by Jack. W. Heuer to Ronnie Peterson, circa 1972Estimate 10,000 - 20,000 CHF. Sold for CHF: 225,000 (226,663 USD). Photo: Sotheby's.

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