The beautiful and very fine pocket watch showcased in today's offering is an original example of one of Patek's early stem wound and stem set watches.
It is a high-grade piece made especially for the prestigious Cincinnati, Ohio retailer Duhme & Co. Not long ago we sold a Patek Philippe split-second (rattrapante) chronograph pocket watch that was also made for Duhme and likely only a couple years apart from this watch, showing how high a level of Patek Philippe watches the company commissioned and sold.
Its marvelous high-grade movement features Patek's special moustache counterpoise snail cam regulator found in Chronometro Gondolo watches. The Patek caliber also has wolf's tooth gearing and a capped escape wheel.
Its classic two-color dial is a beauty. Its red seconds and five minute markings give it a distinctive look. It pairs perfectly with the plain polished case.
We were fortunate to aquire it in very pleasing original condition. It is all-original with matching signature that it was made for Duhme & Co.
Founded by German born Herman Duhme in 1834, Duhme & Co eventually became the most prolific and prominent silver manufacturer in the Midwest. A local Cincinnati handback proclaimed that the Duhme showroom was "one of finest jewelry salesrooms on the Continent... [with] a rich display of Gold Jewelry , besides a large quantity of Silver Goods."
In the photos below I've included an artist's rendering of it from 1875. The same handbook also purproted that Duhme's firm was "known as the most extensive jewelers in the west."
Its case presents as near mint plus with a couple of pin pricks in the back, only light wear, and strong hinges. Its untouched original dial presents as mint to the naked eye.
One of our Master Watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and serviced it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year international C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
If you would like us to obtain an Extract from the Patek Philippe archives for you please inquire. Patek charges 500 CHF.
Patek Philippe bears the standard of the finest watch manufacturer in the world and holds world records for the most expensive watches in the world.
During the 1890's, Patek Philippe produced fewer than approximately twenty watches per day (contrast this with Omega and other fine watch manufacturers that produced 500 - 1,200 pieces per day) making original examples very rare and collectable.
Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
Country of origin: Switzerland, specially made for a premier U.S. retailer
Serial no.: 91,087
Date built: c. first half of the 1890's
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: 18K gold
Case markings (inside): 87921, 14K, Duhme & Co.
Case condition: Near mint plus with a couple of pin pricks in the back, only light wear, and strong hinges.
Dial: Original, untouched dial presents as mint to the naked eye
Hands: Original, blue steel, "spades" toned from a deep blue to a wonderful slight purple, excellent condition
Movement type: Extremely high grade keyless pocket chronometer, signed Patek Philippe, rhodium plated, straight line “moustache” lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance, blued steel Breguet balance spring, Wilmot’s patented micrometer cam regulator, wolf’s tooth winding wheels
Movement markings: Patek Philippe & Co. Geneve, No. 91,087, Duhme & Co. Cincinnati Ohio
Serviced: One of our Master Watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and serviced it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.com for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.