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    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 78

    Patek Philippe. A fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with Breguet numerals, luminous accents and luminous hands

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENEVE, REF. 2483, MOVEMENT NO. 968'423, CASE NO. 661'559, MANUFACTURED IN 1951

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    Patek Philippe. A fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with Breguet numerals, luminous accents and luminous hands
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Geneve, ref. 2483, movement no. 968'423, case no. 661'559, manufactured in 1951
    Cal. 12'''120 nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, swan neck regulator, metal dust cup, silvered dial, applied steel Breguet numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, subsidiary seconds, outer railway minute divisions, circular water-resistant-type case, screw back, case, dial and movement signed
    32 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with Breguet numerals and luminous dots in 1951 and its subsequent sale on 11 October 1951.

    To the best of our knowledge, this watch is one of only two examples of reference 2483 in stainless steel with subsidiary seconds featuring Breguet numerals and luminous accents to appear in public to date. It furthermore stands out by its naturally aged dial showing a charismatic gilt patina and the sharp edges of the well preserved case.

    Reference 2483 was in production from 1950 until the mid 1950s, the models were available with subsidiary seconds or sweep centre seconds. It is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 182, pl. 290.

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.