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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 222

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold automatic wristwatch with enamel dial and unique dial layout, featuring baton and Arabic numerals

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 2526, MOVEMENT NO. 761'294, CASE NO. 686'706, MANUFACTURED IN 1954

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold automatic wristwatch with enamel dial and unique dial layout, featuring baton and Arabic numerals
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, ref. 2526, movement no. 761'294, case no. 686'706, manufactured in 1954
    Cal. 12-600 AT nickel-finished lever movement stamped with the Geneva seal, 30 jewels, Gyromax balance, engine-turned 18K gold rotor, cream-coloured enamel dial, applied gold baton and Arabic 3, 9 and 12 numerals, pink gold dauphine hands, subsidiary seconds, circular water-resistant-type case, screw back, 18K pink gold Patek Philippe mesh bracelet, clasp also stamped GF for Gay Frères and 4.54, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch in 1954 and its subsequent sale on 30 July 1955.

    To the best of our knowledge, this watch is the only example of a reference 2526 in pink gold with an enamel dial featuring baton numerals combined with Arabic 3, 9 and 12 hour markers. The only other reference 2526 known to date fitted with similar dial layout but cased in yellow gold is on permanent exhibit at the prestigious Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva.

    The rarity is enhanced by the pink gold bracelet, although not mentioned on the Extract from the Archives it is dated from the same period, 4.54, and was most certainly added immediately upon purchase of the watch by its first owner.

    The combination of the pink gold case, the highly attractive ivory-coloured enamel dial with the rare and unusual layout, the very good, original overall condition and the pink gold bracelet render the watch a treasure for the avid collector.