I recently acquired this Patek Philippe pocket watch, 18K gold and of historical significance in tennis. It was retailed by Black, Starr & Frost Gorham Inc. and given to the the President of the United States Lawn Tennis Association for his service in the years 1930-1931. Please see images of this watch at:
I am curious how Patek Philippe collaborated back then with retailers like Black, Starr & Frost Gorham? The movement is signed Patek Phillipe Serial Number 809667 (so it was produced between the years 1925 and 1930 I am told) but the retailer's name takes center stage on the outside of face of the watch as you will see in the photos. Since I am heavily involved in pro tennis as a coach and a sport psychologist, and love watches, this was a natural. Any experts out there who can comment on this watch I would really love you opinion. What does the impact of sports historical significance have on the value of a watch? Is it any different than a normal Patek Phillipe in terms of quality (better or worse?) in that the retailer got it and put their own name on it, or is it just the same as any high quality Patek? This one is 18 jewels and 44.1 mm in diameter. Any insight into the quality of this watch is highly appreciated. I love this one ... and wanted to share the photos. Enjoy and thanks for your comments.