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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 266

    Patek Philippe. A fine, large and rare 18K pink gold wristwatch with unusual lugs


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    Patek Philippe. A fine, large and rare 18K pink gold wristwatch with unusual lugs
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 2458, movement no. 969'359, case no. 664'559, manufactured in 1951
    Cal. 12'''120 nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, swan-neck regulator, silvered dial, applied gold baton, square-shaped and Arabic numerals, circular case, enlarged bezel, snap on back, 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    37 mm. diam

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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with raised gold hour markers in 1951 and its subsequent sale on 17 June 1952.

    Reference 2458, one of Patek Philippe's largest vintage wristwatches, was launched in 1958. It was available with two different movements, the first series with calibre 12'''120, the second with calibre 12'''400. The models were mainly cased in yellow gold, few examples in pink gold.

    The present watch is thought to be one of only ten examples of reference 2458, both movement types combined, to appear in public to date and is furthermore preserved in very good overall condition.

    It is interesting to note that one example of reference 2458 was specially made for Mr. J.B. Champion, cased in platinum, the movement fitted with a Guillaume balance. The watch was awarded a Timing Certificate from the Geneva Observatory. It is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 253, pl. 389.