Patek Philippe Platinum World Time 1939
Patek Philippe Platinum World Time 1939 is a unique men’s platinum wristwatch manufactured by Patek Philippe & Co in 1939. The watch
The watch was manufactured in 1939 and shows the time in 42 cities across the world. It is part of Patek Philippe’s World Time collection.
The World Time complication itself was invented by famed independent watchmaker, Louis Cottier in 1935.
The watch has a self winding mechanism which allows the user to tell the time in any of the 42 time zones. A rotating ring has the names of 24 cities inscribed on it whilst a second rotating ring has 24-hour markers on it. Local time is told by a standard hour and minute hand.
The watch was sold in 2002 by Antiquorum auctioneers for over $4 million.
Patek Philippe was founded in 1839 by Antoine Norbet de Patek and Francois Czapek under the name Patek, Czapek & Co. Czapek left the partnership in 1845, around the same time that Patek met his new partner, Jean Adrien Philippe. In 1851 the company changed its name to Patek Philippe & Co.
It is believed that Patek Philippe manufactured the first ever wristwatch in 1868. Patek Philippe was also the first company to manufacture a wrist watch with a perpetual calendar.
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