c. 1915 Patek Philippe Chronometro Gondolo Vintage / Antique Mens 51mm Pocket Watch - 18K Rose Gold

Patek Philippe

Item No. 6398

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:

  • A unique, caliber created specially for Gondolo and found in no other Patek Philippe timepiece
  • 9K rose gold wheel trains for enhanced function and beauty
  • Straight line lever escapement "à moustaches" ("with mustaches")
  • Enhanced micrometric regulator for precision regulating of the timing fast or slow
  • Mainspring barrel arbor fitted with a square indentation for releasing (unwinding) the mainspring

Today's offering this Art Deco Patek Philippe Chronometro Gondolo. It's movement (engine) is wonderful and running strong and true.

The cuvette (dust cover lid) has previously been replaced. It has been priced taking into account the cuvette, providing the opportunity to own a true Chronometro Gondolo at a relatively speaking bargain price.

Our watchmaker has freshly disassembled the movement down to the last screw and cleaned and oiled it.

After more than 100 years, it is still keeping accurate time, running within a few seconds per day.

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*  here.

Patek Philippe
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.

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Year built: c. 1915
  • Serial no.: 168,609
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 18K rose gold
  • Case markings (inside case back): PP & Co., 18K 273,379, Calatrava cross
  • Case condition: Outside is in honest original condition with small dings and moderate signs of wear. Cuvette (dust cover lid) has been previously replaced with a brass one.
  • Dimensions: 51mm diameter  
  • Dial: White enamel with radial Roman numerals, outer minute track and Arabic five-minute numerals, subsidiary seconds, original and untouched, good condition with hairlines and one tiny pin prick chip on the edge of the dial hidden underneath the bezel
  • Hands: Gold, 'Breguet moons', possibly replaced, blue steel second hand
  • Movement type: Extremely high grade keyless pocket chronometer, signed Patek Philippe, frosted gilt, straight line “mustache” lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance, blued steel Breguet balance spring, Wilmot’s patented micrometer cam regulator, wolf’s tooth winding wheels, gold wheel train
  • Movement markings: Patek Philippe & Cie., Geneve, No. 168,609
  • Crystal type: Mineral glass
  • Serviced: Our watchmaker has freshly disassembled the movement down to the last screw and cleaned and oiled it.
  • 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 message us for details.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
  • 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.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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