Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming manufacture of the present watch with enamel dial, painted portrait of the King of Saudi Arabia, ruby hour markers and pink gold bracelet in 1956 and its subsequent sale on 5 December 1957.
This watch has never been offered at auction before and impresses by its excellent, like new condition. It is furthermore believed to be one of only 20 examples of this reference to appear in public to date.
Reference 2481 was introduced into the market in 1950 and was one of the largest wristwatches ever made by Patek Philippe. The model was available with the standard silvered dial but was also with a cloisonné enamel version, depicting portraits of famous personalities, landscapes or continents, often made to special order.
Different examples of such dials are illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, pp. 205-209 & 211.