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    Sale 2041

    Important Watches

    12 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 165

    PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE, RARE AND IMPORTANT 18K PINK GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH CENTER SECONDS, MOON PHASES AND ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 888177, CASE NO. 2619216, REF. 2438/1, MANUFACTURED IN 1959

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    PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE, RARE AND IMPORTANT 18K PINK GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH CENTER SECONDS, MOON PHASES AND ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE
    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 888177, CASE NO. 2619216, REF. 2438/1, MANUFACTURED IN 1959
    Cal. 27 SCQ nickel-finished lever movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels, micrometer regulator, silvered matte dial, applied gold baton numerals, center seconds, two apertures for day and month, subsidiary dial for date combined with moon phases, circular water-resistant-type case, down-turned fluted lugs, screw back, case, dial and movement signed, 18k pink gold Patek Philippe buckle
    37mm diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1959 and its subsequent sale on September 25th, 1969. Further accompanied by a Patek Philippe Certificate of Orgin dated September 1969 and photocopies of the original sales invoice which further reflects the purchase price of Sfr.6,970

    Produced between 1952 and 1963, the reference 2438/1 was the first water-resistant-type perpetual calendar wristwatch with center seconds made in series by any company. This wristwatch was manufactured in conjunction with the reference 2497, its counterpart with a snap on back, first introduced to the market in 1951. Between the two references, a combined total of only 179 pieces were ever created. This famed wristwatch was cased in Geneva by Wenger, one of Patek Philippe's premier case makers. While the reference 2438/1 is clearly differentiated from the reference 2497 by its water-resistant screw-back versus a snap on back, it also features a slightly smaller case, 37mm as opposed to 37.8mm.

    A similar model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches, by O. Patrizzi, Volume 2, p. 144, pl. 615.