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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 289

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with phases of the moon and pink dial

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 1526, MOVEMENT NO. 962'280, CASE NO. 653'860, MANUFACTURED IN 1948

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with phases of the moon and pink dial
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, ref. 1526, movement no. 962'280, case no. 653'860, manufactured in 1948
    Cal. 12'''120 nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, the pink matte dial with applied pink gold Arabic and dot numerals, pink gold feuille hands, windows for day and month, subsidiary dial indicating date combined with constant seconds and phases of the moon, in circular case with downturned lugs, snap on back, 18K pink gold Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    34 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with applied gold hour markers in 1948 and its subsequent sale on 18 October 1949.

    Manufacture of reference 1526, highly appreciated by collectors and immediately recognisable by its Calatrava-style case, was launched in 1941. According to literature, only 210 examples were made, the majority in yellow gold. Examples in pink gold and with the highly attractive pink dial, such as the present watch, are exceedingly rare. In over 30 years of international auctions, no more than seven ref. 1526 with this charismatic colour configuration have been offered publicly.

    The present watch is overall very well preserved and must be considered as a very honest and original example. The case has been saved from excessive wear and consequently from overpolishing. The Calatrava case proportions show to a very high degree and the hallmarks are still crisp. The dial is in desirably well-aged condition, revealing a charismatic shine of rose-copper-salmon-finish, and the hard enamel signature is nicely raised.

    Reference 1526 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, pp. 282 & 283.

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