Item No. 6953SH
One of the best known models of Patek Philippe pocket watches is the Chronometro Gondolo. Sold exclusively by Gondolo & Labouriau, a Rio-de-Janeiro jeweler, using an ingenious marketing concept, these watches feature enhanced technical elements designed to showcase Patek Philippe's unrivaled watchmaking prowess.
Here are just a a few of the movement's exceptional attributes:
Today's offering showcases this Art Deco matching numbers Patek Philippe Chronometro Gondolo. It has original parts down to the dial, hands, winding crown, and bow!
It is in pleasing original condition. The case is honest and original with strong hinges. It is in excellent condition with slight wear to the details and a few spots of gold wear. It has never been personalized, and the cuvette has the full cool Chronometro Gondolo inscription. Unlike many of these watches, the soft 18K case band and back have no significant dents.
Its dial is original and just short of absolute perfect mint. Its wonderful movement (engine) is running strong and true.
One of our watchmakers has freshly disassembled the movement down to the last screw and cleaned and oiled it. After more than 100 years, it is still keeping extraordinarily accurate time.
Included with the purchase is a one-year international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to its performance.
To read more about Gondolo & Labouriau unique marketing strategy, please view this excellent article posted on the Purist's website.
Carefully shrouded in secrecy safe within the company's green archive books are the names of the purchasers of Patek Philippe watches. These books include the names of many kings, queens, industry leaders, Heads of State, Hollywood celebrities and other prominent public figures both from historic times and current. Many of the world's leaders and leading personalities who have shaped the realms of entertainment, politics, the arts, and technical achievement have done so wearing a Patek Philippe.
During 1910-1915, Patek Philippe produced only approximately twenty-five watches per day (contrast this with Omega and other fine watch manufacturers that produced 500 - 1,200 pieces per day). Important examples of Patek's pocket watches took between nine-months and one-year to build and than assemble by hand.
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.
To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide