Vintage Patek Philippe Ref.716R "HAUSMANN" Pink-on-Pink Pocket Watch
The ref. 716 series of open-face pocket watches was launched in 1940 and was produced in yellow gold, pink gold and in platinum.
Some watches bear the calibre 17 170, those were half-a-mm, up to 4,8 mm thick and were named 716-1.
This piece in our hands is unique with the Hausmann & Co personalisation, a retailer in Rome with a long standing history since 1794, and one that has been collaborating with Patek Philippe to define fine watchmaking and retailing in Rome for the longest time.
Vintage Patek Philippe Ref. 716R Open-Face Pocket Watch from 1940.
Open-Face Pocket Watch from Patek Philippe in 18k rose gold, silvered rose dial and 18k rose gold applied indexes.
The 47 mm diameter, 4.3 mm thick 2-piece case (with snapped back) was made by Eggly, Geneva Master casemaker key 23, with a flat arched pendant bow with the bow base following the curve of the case, and a small winding crown guard.
This open-face Patek Philippe pocket watch is exclusively rare because this is pièce unique; the only one identified with this dial layout and retailer's personalisation. It is classically designed to be 'pink-on-pink', a genre with it's own loyal fans. The small seconds dial is bordered by a track design within the bigger minute tracks with absolute clarity against the rose gold markers and silvered rose dial.
So far, 8 yellow gold and 12 pink gold watches were identified from the auction market (including one without a subsidiary dial), and 3 platinum ones (two with diamond markers).
Only 4 ref. 716-1J were identified and this is the only one with this dial and retailer’s personalisation.
An Extract of Archives dated 2020 confirms that this open-face pocket watch was made in 1941.