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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 266

    Patek Philippe. A fine and large 18K gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds


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    Patek Philippe. A fine and large 18K gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 2481, movement no. 705’313, case no. 693’040, manufactured in 1956
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 27 SC, 18 jewels
    DIAL: matte silvered, applied gold baton numerals, outer fifths of a second divisions, sweep centre seconds
    CASE: 18K gold, raised bezel, snap on back, downturned stepped lugs, 37 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    BUCKLE: 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the manufacture of the present watch with laped yellow gold hour markers and outer enamelled 1/5 seconds graduation in 1956 and its subsequent sale on 28 August 1956

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    The present reference 2481 is an attractive example of the very large size model, standing out by its very good overall condition.

    Reference 2481
    Launched in 1950 and in production until around 1960, reference 2481 and its impressive diameter of 37 mm. is one of the largest wristwatches ever made by Patek Philippe. Mainly made in yellow gold and few example in pink gold it was fitted either with the standard silvered dial but was also available with the cloisonné enamel version, depicting either landscapes, continents or portraits of famous personalities.

    Different examples of reference 2481 are illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, pp. 205, 207-211, and in Patek Philippe Museum – Patek Philippe, Volume II, pp. 230-231 and 361-365.

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