Auction going on currently Christie's, dial has been reprinted and hands have been relumed, lightly polished but good condition case and extract from archives confirming its date of sale circa 1957.
It does have original crown and the quite rare 12-600 movement (first automatic from Patek) though. Movement is not serviced but seems to be in working condition.
Some online researching about this movement:
Calibre 12-600 AT was introduced by Patek Philippe in 1953 at the dawn of automatic movement technology. Today, Cal. 12-600 AT is considered one of the best movements in the history of watchmaking. About 7,100 Cal. 12-400 AT movements were made between 1953 and 1960. Patek was quite proud of this movement and wanted to differentiate it from the other automatic watches on the market, the majority of which used hammer movements. Therefore, they billed it as a "self-winding watch", not an "automatic". - from watch wiki.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. I know re-dials are devastating to vintage watches but the overall look + fact that it has 12-600 movement looks very attractive.
Redial is quite poor imo because even I can see that the 12 is not aligned properly and the lettering of the brand logo is a bit different from the original.
I am almost 100% new to vintage watches, never put them on my wrist & owned before, not sure how to put values in them. If it was me I would have put more value into the movement for its historical significance (first auto Patek), and would have asked Patek manufacturer to officially give me a reprinted clean dial, but I've read some threads here through searching and general notion was that redials are terrible and they decrease the value of the watch significantly. But up to what extent? Are they really to a level where if you hear dial is reprinted, you walk away?
Here are some photos and link attached:
Man, I know 12's alignment is terrible and logo is weird and stuff, but otherwise the layout design of the dial itself looks terribly good to me. Especially that domed sapphire glass, so beautiful. But the dial, dial is what is holding me back! Any thoughts?
*another random thought.
I have posted before, https://forums.watchuseek.com/f2/tru...s-4795857.html, that I have a watch that I not only designed but created with engraving machines myself. My girlfriend wrote the letters logo on the dial (initials of my name). I say, I could even try to somehow find a watchmaker and incorporate this movement into that watch. Franken watch I know, but I will like it. Well it's only a thought at the moment, I'm sure sizing and those stuff matters too. My watch is 34mm.