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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 125

    Patek Philippe. An fine and large 18K gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds


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    Patek Philippe. An fine and large 18K gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 2481, movement No. 707’912, case No. 2'607'876, manufactured in 1959
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 27SC, Geneva seal, 18 jewels
    DIAL: silvered matte, applied gold baton numerals, sweep center seconds
    CASE: 18K gold, concave bezel, downturned stepped lugs, snap on back, 37 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    BUCKLE: 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1959 and its subsequent sale on 15 September 1959. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe original letter dated 24 April 1985 confirming that the watch was sold on 15 September 1959 to Uhrenverkaufsbüro

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    To the best of our knowledge, the present reference 2481 has never been offered in public before. It is furthermore preserved in very good overall condition.

    Reference 2481
    Reference 2481 was launched in 1950 and was one of the largest wristwatches ever made by Patek Philippe. The model was mainly fitted with the standard silvered dial, but was also available with the cloisonné enamel version, depicting either landscapes, continents or portraits of famous personalities.

    Different examples of reference 2481 are illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by M. Huber & A. Banbery, second edition, pp. 205, 207-211, and in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, pp. 230 & 231 and 361 - 365.

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