Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1969 and its subsequent sale on 27 August 1971. Furthermore delivered with the photocopy of Patek Philippe's invoice dated 22 May 2007 amounting to SFr. 4,079 for the complete overhaul of the watch.
The present watch was purchased by the grand- and at the same time godfather of the present owner at Patek Philippe in Geneva in 1971 and was bequeathed to him in 1979. The meticulous first and second owners, members of an old-established Geneva family of musicians, lawyers and notaries, had it regularly serviced at Patek Philippe's workshops, the last time between 2006 and 2007.
Thanks to its well-kept condition, the extremely attractive, original dial showing a warm, gilt patina and beautifully raised hard enamel signature and scales, absolute freshness to the market and private provenance, this watch is a fine treasure for the discerning collector.
Reference 2499, widely acknowledged as one of the world's greatest watch models ever created, has undoubtedly greatly influenced the designs of many of the most renowned watchmakers. Introduced to the market in 1950 it replaced the legendary reference 1518 (see lot 221 in this auction), the world's first perpetual calendar wristwatch with chronograph made in series.
Over a period of 35 years, reference 2499 was made in four series in a total production of only 349 pieces, the majority cased in yellow gold. The rarity of this model becomes evident when considering that an annual average of only 9 watches left Patek Philippe's workshops.
Reference 2499 is generally divided into the following four series:
- first series: square chronograph buttons, applied Arabic numerals and tachymetre scale
- second series: round chronograph buttons, either applied baton or applied Arabic numerals and tachymetre scale
- third series, such as the present watch: round chronograph buttons, applied baton numerals and outer seconds divisions
- fourth series: round chronograph buttons, applied baton numerals, outer seconds divisions and sapphire crystal (see lot 148 in this auction)
The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, pp. 302 & 304.