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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 116

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases


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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 2499, third series, movement no. 869'489, case no. 2'700'441, manufactured in 1976
    Cal. 13''' mechanical movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 23 jewels, silvered matte dial, applied gold baton and square numerals, outer fifth of a second combined with Arabic five minutes divisions, two windows for day and month in English, three subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes register, moon phases and date, circular case, downturned lugs, snap on back, two round chronograph buttons in the band, 18K gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    37.7 mm. diam.

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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1976 and its subsequent sale on 21 November 1977.

    Fresh to the market and consigned by an important private European collector, the third series reference 2499 offered here for sale has always been treated with respect and care. The full case proportions, the well-defined fluting to the lugs and the crisp hallmarks to the outside of the snap on back are clear evidences for sensible polishing. The dial has undergone an ever so gentle cleaning only, displaying a great shine and clear writing and scales.

    The combination of appealing overall condition and private provenance render this third series reference 2499 an attractive offering for the connoisseur of this legendary model.

    Reference 2499
    Widely acknowledged as one of the world's greatest watch models ever created, reference 2499 has undoubtedly strongly influenced the designs of many of the most renowned watchmakers. Introduced to the market in 1950 it replaced the legendary reference 1518 (see the previous lot 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 (see lot 174 in this auction)
    - third series, 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

    Reference 2499 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, pp. 302 & 304, and in in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, pp. 306-307.

    Special Notice

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