With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial and yellow gold indexes in 1984 and its subsequent sale on 28 August 1984. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe red leather presentation box.
The present watch impresses by its overall very good, original overall condition. The case shows only very minimal wear and has not suffered from polishing. In fact, its proportions remain full, most evident to the beholders eye are the sharp edges of the lugs and the crisp gold marks. The charismatic dial reflects a great shine with no signs of any restoration and enhances the overall look of this fine wristwatch.
Reference 2499, widely acknowledged to be one of the world's greatest watch models ever created, has without doubt significantly influenced the designs of many of the most renowned watchmakers. Introduced to the market in 1950, it replaced the legendary reference 1518, 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 with a total production of only 349 pieces, the majority cased in yellow gold. The rarity of this model becomes evident when considering that on average only 9 watches left Patek Philippe's workbench each year.
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 (see lot 84 in this auction)
- third series: round chronograph buttons, applied baton numerals and outer seconds divisions
- fourth series: round chronograph buttons, applied baton numerals, outer seconds divisions and sapphire crystal
The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, pp. 302 & 304.