This rectangular piece from Patek Philippe corresponds with the reference number 404, and enjoys a particularly exciting provenance, as its caseback engraving would suggest. Flip the watch over, and you’ll find the name of French aviator Lieutenant de Vaisseau Henri-Laurent Dallière, along with a commemoration of a historically important flight. From the 22nd to 23rd of June in 1935, Lieutenant Daillière flew a seaplane known as the Croix du Sud from Cherbourg, France, to Ziguinchor, Senegal. In doing so, Daillière set arecord for the longest distance traveled in a seaplane (2,711 miles, to be exact), which presumably resulted in being awarded this very watch.
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