Henry Graves Jr's Patek Philippe chronograph

This Ref. 1436 split-second chronograph by Patek Philippe is the undisputed star of the Christie's auction that will take place in Hong Kong on 27 November. Henry Graves Jr., the legendary American collector, ordered it in 1946 and bought it one year later. Its excellent condition, mechanical complexity and rarity, along with the Breguet numerals on the dial, account for the estimate of US$ 1,500,000-3,000,000. Only 140 examples of the Ref. 1436 were made during the 33-year production period (1938-1971). One of them is featured in this video clip by Hora, the Milan-based Italian Association of Antique Watches Lovers (language: Italian). Enjoy!

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