When it comes to high-end, luxury watches, Patek Philippe World Time Cloisonné Enamel Dial copy timepieces were consistently crafted with utmost excellence over the course of its storied history. The present reference 605 HU is one of a small number of world time pocket watches made by the brand during the 1940s and early 1950s. Quite likely unique, it has not appeared at auction in over two decades. Collectors of course adore Patek’s complicated watches, and arguably, the most desirable among them are those fitted with spectacular polychrome, cloisonné enamel dials. It is arguably the most important example to appear on the market in recent memory, as it is the only example of this reference known with a depiction of a dragon on the dial.
The only other known, comparable reference 605 HU resides in the Patek Philippe Museum, depicting the Roman god of the sea, Neptune, riding a sea-horse. Indicated on the the revolving inner bezel are the names of 42 cities in raised, hard enamel print. An inner revolving ring, with hand engraved sun and moon indicates the diurnal and nocturnal hours via two regions shaded accordingly in white and gray. Time is indicated via delightful “heures universelles” hands designed by Louis Cottier. Found only on the brand’s Patek Philippe world time watches replica, the round hour hand poetically represents the globe in accordance with the watch’s raison d’etre.
Further enhancing its importance is the decorative use of multiple, applied gold stars underneath the surface of the enamel – another feature believed to be unique. The colors used are extraordinary, with graduated shades of yellow, crimson red, white, and emerald green enamel that absolutely dazzle under incident light.
Produced in either yellow or pink gold cases, the movement uses Louis Cottier’s ingenious world time mechanism – a complication module fitted to the bottom plate of the well-finished caliber 17”’170 with Geneva Seal. Housed in an 18 karat yellow gold, 44 mm case, it is only the second known reference 605U to depict a mythical scene, unlike all other world time cloisonné dials, which depict geographical representations of the continents.
Cottier’s “heures universelles” system was used by many high-end brands, as it provided an ultra-thin, highly user friendly approach to simultaneously displaying the correct hours across nearly all 24 time zones around the world, in addition to the local time. With the growth of transatlantic flights brought on by the use of jet engine technology in commercial aircraft, these world time watches were produced to satisfy the demand of elite travelers. Upon landing in a new locale, the owner could quickly set the local time by rotating the outer bezel to match the city. Ingeniously simple, the design is still used today as the basis for modern yellow gold PP world time replica watches.