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    Sale 2041

    Important Watches

    12 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 280

    PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 867360, CASE NO. 650449, REF. 1518, MANUFACTURED IN 1948

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    PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES
    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 867360, CASE NO. 650449, REF. 1518, MANUFACTURED IN 1948
    Cal. 13 nickel-finished lever movement, 23 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, precision regulator, silvered matte dial, applied gold Arabic numerals, outer railway five minute divisions, tachometer scale, two apertures for day and month, three subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minute register and date with moon phases, circular case, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, snap on back, case, dial and movement signed, 18k gold Patek Philippe buckle
    35mm diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1948 and its subsequent sale on November 23rd of the same year.

    To the best of our knowledge the present watch has never before been offered in public.

    In 1941 Patek Philippe introduced the reference 1518 to the market. This now treasured and collectible timepiece was the first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch to be manufactured in series by any firm in the world, and remained in production until 1954 when it was succeeded by the reference 2499. Only 281 examples of this renowned wristwatch were made in total, the majority of which were fashioned in yellow gold. There were four different series of the reference 1518, each of which was classified by defining characteristics on the dial. The first series was designed with applied gold Arabic numerals. When the second series was introduced at the Basel Fair, the dial had changed to feature enameled hour indexes and the 12 as an applied gold Arabic numeral. The third series again showcased the 12 as applied gold Arabic numeral, while the hour indexes were now in applied gold. Finally, the fourth series had only applied gold indexes, and is exemplified by the present lot.