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.