empressissi™ is pleased to offer this fantastic and original Patek Philippe, the finest Swiss maker of all times as a fine dress watch of the highest standards from the 40s - the 'Reference 1438' which is a pretty rare reference, from 1942. In excellent original overall condition, keeping accurate time and comes with a Patek Philippe extract from the archives to complete your authenticity documentation!
The watch houses a rare 9-90 manual wind caliber, running on 18 jewels.This is a rare octagon shaped caliber with three adjustments in 5 positions and cased in an original and signed PATEK PHILIPPE 18K solid yellow gold case in beautiful design of 'double lugs'. The signs that may appear on the back is from a protective transparent sticker. It has an original crown and original curved mineral crystal with a few scratches but overall very nice condition.
The dial is 100% original factory made Sterling silver dial and hard enamel black lettering with original solid gold Roman style applied markers/numerals. In overall very good shape with just a few small signs. Has original set of solid gold hands.
This super rare Patek Philippe watch measures 24mm side to side (excluding crown) and 42mm from top lug to bottom lug.
Attached to this watch is a brand new quality French hand made black genuine leather band, slim and elegant - 15 mm wide. The band has a generic matching tone anti-allergic buckle.
To complete your set I enclose the 'extract from the archive' documentation from Patek Philippe factory in Geneva with information regarding the watch and its origin. It is also worthy to mention that all details, as well as case and movement numbers match the item. This is offered at no extra charge (This documentation costs 100.00 CHF to obtain!) .
Vintage watches are smaller than today's standards;
To avoid the inconvenience of returns merely due to wrong size expectations, Please study the listed sizes and keep in mind that in most cases, vintage watches will be smaller than today's standards and are unlikely to fit a large wrist. For your convenience, and to better understand the proportions of vintage watches sizes, download and print a copy of our unique watch size reference PDF page.