The present third series reference 2499 is a highly attractive representative of this celebrated model. Purchased by the father of the present owner and fresh to the market it has always been treated with respect and care. The full case proportions, the well-defined fluting to the lugs and the clearly visible hallmark to the right band are evidences for sensible polishing. The oxidation traces to the case band underline the fact
The dial has undergone an ever so gentle cleaning only, displaying full signature and scales. Over time, a charismatic ivory-coloured has formed, enhancing its overall great looks.
The combination of highly appealing overall condition, private provenance, freshness to the market and the presence of the original certificate and box render this third series reference 2499 an extremely attractive offering for the connoisseur of this legendary model.
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, 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, 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 Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, pp. 306-307.