Patek Philippe Gilded Demi-Lune Solar Desk Clock

  • This rare solar clock by Patek Philippe has an Empire-inspired aesthetic, exuding timeless luxury
  • Less than five of these semi circular style timepieces are known to exist
  • At the time, these solar panel clocks were marketed as the most “luxurious items imaginable”
  • The beautiful gilded timepiece is accompanied by a coveted extract from the archives certificate
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Item No. 31-6312

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This rare 1961 solar clock by Patek Philippe has an Empire-inspired aesthetic, exuding timeless luxury. Featuring a demi-lune shaped case and ornate engraved designs, this gilded brass clock is topped with a hand-carved sun motif surrounding its understated solar panel. The face of the clock features engraved Roman numerals and is emblazoned with the coveted "Patek Philippe" name.

The name of legendary Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe is synonymous with technical excellence, exclusive luxury and polished refinement. While the prestigious firm has been creating incomparable timepieces since its inception in 1839, the 1950s and 60s saw an exciting turn toward more creative designs and technological advancements. The firm developed an Electronics Division that focused on the advancement of nuclear, electronic and photoelectric timekeeping. They soon developed state-of-the-art solar timepieces that retained the timeless aesthetics for which the brand was celebrated. The manufacturer’s cognition to not only maintain a sense of tradition, but also experiment within areas that had not been explored, was unprecedented for the time. 

In the 1960s these solar panel clocks were marketed as the most “luxurious items imaginable,” according to the brochure of the era. While the movement of these clocks is powered by the energy harnessed in their solar panels, all of the Patek Philippe solar desk time pieces from this era actually use a pocket watch mechanism for movement. Thus, these handsome timepieces each marry cutting edge 1960s technology with time honored 19th-century pocket watch techniques.

This particular early solar clock is exceptionally rare. Less than five of these semi circular style timepieces are known to exist. The beautiful gilded brass timepiece is accompanied by a coveted extract from the archives certificate.

Dial marked "Patek Philippe / Geneve"

Clock: 7 5/8" high x 8 7/8" wide x 4" deep
Patek Philippe Gilded Demi-Lune Solar Desk Clock
Maker: Patek Philippe
Period: 20th Century
Origin: Switzerland
Type: Other
Depth: 4.0 Inches
Width: 8.87 Inches
Height: 7.63 Inches
Patek Philippe Gilded Demi-Lune Solar Desk Clock
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