With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin stamped Gübelin AG Luzern and dated January 1984, wooden presentation box and outer packaging. Furthermore delivered with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial and indexes in yellow gold in 1983 and its subsequent sale on 22 December 1983.
The watch offered here for sale impresses by its overall exquisite original overall condition. The case shows only signs of sporadic wear and has, consequently, probably never been polished. 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 state-of-the-art dial reflects a great shine and has, obviously, never been touched. The rarity is further enhanced by the original certificate and the retailer signature Gübelin. Examples from the fourth series of reference 2499 with retailer's signatures are very rare and to date, only three watches with the distinguished Gübelin signature have been offered publicly.
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 (see lot 381 in this auction).
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
- 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.
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