Up For Sale is an Exceptional Patek Philippe ‘Pagoda’ (Ref 5500G) 18k White Gold Men’s Wristwatch, w/ certificate of origin and extract from the archives, attestation, COSC certificate, commemorative medal, sales tag & presentation box with outer packaging. Signed curved rectangular 18k white gold case no. 4014712 measures 40.8×29.2 mm with snap on back engraved ‘Commemoration 1997 Pagoda’. Signed salmon colored dial with black outer railway minute track, applied white gold Roman numerals & baton hands, and subseconds dial at the 6 o’clock position. Signed mechanical cal. 215 18 jewel movement no. 1859263 stamped with the Geneva seal. Black crocodile Patek Philippe new condition strap with 18k white gold Patek Philippe buckle shaped like the top of a pagoda, with original lead seal. In excellent condition. Inventory no. 22039.
This watch is accompanied by all of its original accessories including attestation, silver commemorative medal, sales tag, and Patek Philippe presentation box with outer packaging. The accompanying Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirms its production in 1997 and subsequent sale on 28 October 1997, and the Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin is dated December 28th, 1997 and bears the prestigious ‘Gübelin Zurich’ stamp from one of Switzerland’s most prominent and historic watch retailers. The watch also comes with an COSC certificate, noteworthy especially because, first time in watchmaking history, Switzerland’s official chronometer certification bureau, the COSC (or ‘Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres’) and the Geneva Seal Authority joined together to issue a new exclusive individual rating certificate for the Pagoda. This unique certificate was created for Patek Philippe to acknowledge and officially recognize the exceptional quality, precision, and excellence of the company’s craftsmanship.
Launched in 1997 to commemorate the opening of Patek Philippe’s watchmaking center in Geneva, the 5500 Pagoda was produced in a limited edition of 2000 examples of which only 250 pieces were made in the white gold version offered here. In order to guarantee exclusivity of this limited commemorative watch, Patek Philippe destroyed the dies after completion of the last piece. The 5500 is thus often sought, infrequently seen, and exceptionally rare. The Pagoda’s design is an update and reinterpretation of Patek Philippe’s iconic ‘Tour Eiffel’ Ref 2441 due to their similarly flared lugs, but the silhouette of the Pagoda is a more generous and curved in comparison to the Tour Eiffel’s more angular shape. It gets the ‘Pagoda’ name from it’s unusual rectangular case whose case band, when seen from the side, is shaped like a pagoda.