The present watch is the first example of a reference 1503/2 to appear in public to date. It charms the beholder with its most unusual, charismatic two-tone dial, combining a champagne centre with applied gold numerals, the for the period typical outer railway minute divisions and subsidiary seconds indications on mirrored chapter rings, all beautifully harmonizing with the steel and gold case.
This fresh to the market watch is furthermore preserved in superb excellent condition, rendering it an extremely attractive and rare collector’s watch.
The extremely rare reference 1503 is an epitome of minimalist, somewhat military design, representing the historical context during which it was produced. Together with its gold sister reference 1509 it was introduced into the market in 1941 and remained in production only during a few years. Reference 1503 was available in stainless steel or stainless steel and pink gold or yellow gold lugs, named ref. 1503/1. Reference 1503/2, such as the present watch, is a variant of the latter featuring more prominent yellow or pink gold lugs.
Examples of references 1503 and 1503/1 are illustrated in Patek Philippe Steel Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 128 – 133.