The beautiful and very fine pocket watch showcased in today's offering is an original example of one of Patek's late key wind watches. It features a Patek caliber with distinctive moustache counterpoise on the lever, frosted gilt finishing, and self-compensating flat balance spring.
It was made especially for the prestigious Washington D.C. jeweler M.W. Galt & Bro. Their shop was situated on Pennsylvania Ave. six blocks east of the White House, and their clientele is said to have included many Presidents beginning with Thomas Jefferson, Mary Todd Lincoln, and many other notable government leaders.
When they closed on March 8, 2001, they were the District's oldest business having operated continuously for nearly two centuries since their founding in 1802.
Included in the photo section is a photo of their showroom and their imprint.
It is original with a numbers matching case and is in pleasing condition.
Its untouched porcelain dial is in perfect mint condition, flawless even under the bezel. Its case is in honest original condition with fairly light wear, a couple pin prick marks, and one very small flat spot around the band.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled 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.
Accompanying it is a period key. Please inquire if you would like a Patek extract for the watch.
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 1860's and '70's, Patek Philippe produced only 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, made for M.W. Galt & Bro. of Washington D.C.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Serial no.: 32,045
Year built: c. late 1860's
Functions: Hours, Minutes
Designed for: Men
Case material: 18K gold
Case markings: No. 32,045 (case number stamped on both cuvette and case back), M.W. Galt & Bro., Washington, Patek Philippe & Co., Fabricants, Geneve, E.T.Duvall
Case condition: Honest original condition with fairly light wear, a couple pin prick marks, and one very small flat spot around the band. As is often the case the front lid spring has lost its zest but opens just fine. It hasn't been overly polished and has nice normal engine turning detail
Dial: Porcelain, black painted Roman numerals and minute track, unsigned as was customary for the period, perfect mint condition - flawless even under the bezel
Hands: Original, blue steel, "Breguet moons" wonderfully aged to purple, excellent condition
Movement type: Extremely high grade Patek Philippe pocket chronometer, moustache counterpoise, frosted gilt, self-compensating flat balance spring, index regulator, key wound and key set
Movement markings: It is correctly unsigned for the period.
Crystal type: Mineral glass, excellent condition
Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled 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 experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
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.