With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial and raised gold hour markers in 1943 and its subsequent sale on 9 August 1944. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe original invoice dated 7 August 1944 addressed to Mr. José Mullor, Barcelona, original fitted brown presentation box and a spare crystal.
This watch has never been offered in public before and is one of the most attractive examples of a gold reference 1526 offered at auction in recent years.
Probably never used and in "new old stock" condition, it is of overall very high quality, still featuring the original gold buckle and leather bracelet. The movement appears to be in untouched condition, the spectacular dial has never been restored or cosmetically enhanced in any way. The original winding crown is crisp, the case is full and retains its original case proportions to the best extent, witnessing impressively how a reference 1526 left the workshops of Patek Philippe.
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful examples of this celebrated reference in gold ever to appear in public, in literally new condition, fresh to the market and with the presence of the original certificate, invoice, spare crystal and box, this watch is a must for the discerning collector.
It is interesting to note that the present wristwatch is the third example of an unused vintage complicated wristwatch by Patek Philippe sold to Mr. José Mullor in Barcelona to appear in public to date. The previous two watches were sold in this saleroom on 14 May 2007, also a reference 1526 in yellow gold but with the unusual dial designation "Calendrier Perpétuel", lot 157, and on 12 November 2007, a reference 130 in yellow gold, both delivered with the original certificates and invoices addressed to Mr. Mullor in Barcelona.
Manufacture of reference 1526, highly appreciated by collectors and immediately recognisable by its Calatrava-style case, was launched in 1941. According to literature, only 210 examples were made, cased either in yellow or pink gold. Only one example in steel, now at Patek Philippe's prestigious watch museum in Geneva, is known to have been made.
Reference 1526 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, pp. 282 & 283.