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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 190

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with enamel dial and bracelet

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, RETAILED BY SERPICO Y LAINO, CARACAS, VENEZUELA, REF. 2526, MOVEMENT NO. 765'253, CASE NO. 2'601'190, MANUFACTURED IN 1958

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with enamel dial and bracelet
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, retailed by Serpico y Laino, Caracas, Venezuela, ref. 2526, movement no. 765'253, case no. 2'601'190, manufactured in 1958
    Cal. 12'''600 nickel-finished lever movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 30 jewels, Gyromax balance, engine-turned 18K gold rotor, the white enamel dial with applied pink gold baton numerals and dauphine hands, subsidiary seconds, in circular water-resistant-type case with screw back, 18K pink gold Patek Philippe and Gay Frères bracelet, case and dial signed by maker and retailer, movement signed by maker
    36 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch with enamel dial and rose gold bracelet in 1958 and its subsequent sale on 12 September 1958. To the best of our knowledge, it has never been offered at auction before.

    Its 18K pink gold link bracelet is signed Patek Philippe & Co. and stamped GF for Gay Frères, renowned for their high quality wristwatch bracelets. The clasp furthermore bears the punched number 2.58 for second quarter of 1958, the year of manufacture of the watch.

    Preserved in very good and original overall condition, the rarity of the present watch is further enhanced by the retailer Serpico y Laino, Patek Philippe's prestigious agent in Caracas, Venezuela, signed on the dial and with the initials "S.&L." stamped on the case back and on the bracelet clasp.

    Reference 2526, introduced in 1953, was Patek Philippe's first model featuring a self-winding movement, the legendary calibre 12-600 AT. With its attractive combination of a state of the art movement and traditional enamel dial, it is considered a very desirable collectors' watch.

    Reference 2526 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, first edition pp. 168-169, second edition pp. 213, 216-217.

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