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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 264

    Patek Philippe. A fine and very rare 18K gold wristwatch


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    Patek Philippe. A fine and very rare 18K gold wristwatch
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 2541, movement no. 724’191, case no. 423'082, manufactured in 1954
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 12-400, 18 jewels, soft-iron protection cap
    DIAL: silvered, applied gold Arabic and baton numerals, outer pearled minute divisions, subsidiary seconds
    CASE: 18K gold, enlarged bezel, large downturned lugs, screw back, 36 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    BUCKLE: 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming manufacture of the present watch with raised gold hour markers in 1954 and its subsequent sale on 23 July 1955

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    The present ref. 2541 impresses with its well-preserved overall condition and the attractive, uniform gilt patina of the dial. It is furthermore believed to be one of only three examples of this model in yellow gold to have appeared in public to date.

    Reference 2541
    Reference 2541 was launched in 1954 and was in production during a very short period of time only. It is known among collectors as “fat boy” because of its large size, enlarged bezel and heavy lugs rendering it a much more barrel shape than most of Patek Philippe Calatrava models produced of the period.

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