PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND ENAMEL DIAL
PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND ENAMEL DIAL
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PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND ENAMEL DIAL

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, CALATRAVA MODEL, REF. 2526, MOVEMENT NO. 760’099, CASE NO. 678’221, MANUFACTURED IN 1953

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PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND ENAMEL DIAL
SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, CALATRAVA MODEL, REF. 2526, MOVEMENT NO. 760’099, CASE NO. 678’221, MANUFACTURED IN 1953
MOVEMENT: Automatic, Cal. 12’’’600 AT, stamped with the Geneva seal and HOX, 30 jewels
DIAL: Cream-coloured enamel, applied gold baton numerals, subsidiary seconds
CASE: 18k gold, screw back, PP crown, 36 mm. diam.
BRACELET: 18k gold Patek Philippe bracelet with clasp stamped Gay Frères and 1 54, overall length approximately 185 mm.
ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe fitted box. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with enamel dial, raised gold indexes and leather strap in 1953 and its subsequent sale on 30 September 1953, indicating the present Patek Philippe Gay Frères bracelet was added at a later date.

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Lot Essay

From the long term ownership of a private Japanese collector, this particular reference 2526 is notable for its beautiful 1st series enamel dial with distinctive double halos around the indexes for the mounting holes underneath, and was fitted after delivery with a highly attractive and unusual Gay Frères bracelet. It is also interesting for its very early movement number, 760’099, which indicates that it is one of the earlier 2526s produced.

Reference 2526

Introduced into the market in 1952, reference 2526 was Patek Philippe's first self-winding or automatic watch ever made. The model features the legendary calibre 12-600 AT which was granted Swiss patent No. 289758 in 1953 for "a self-winding mechanism for a wristwatch movement using the energy supplied by a rotary mass causing an eccentric part to transmit a swinging movement to an organ of the mechanism". The first 500 examples of reference 2526, such as the present watch, were fitted with the earliest version of calibre 12'''600 without ball bearing, rendering these watches particularly rare and collectable.

The dials for reference 2526 went through a simplification process over the years. At the very beginning, we find enamel dials with flared holes for the numerals, like the one mounted on the present timepiece. Such construction methodology is enormously complex, requiring 26 holes for the numerals (2 holes for each numeral, 4 holes for the double numeral at 12), plus two holes for the hands and subsidiary seconds. Given the highly complicated construction methodology, soon a new series was launched: the dial is still enamel, but with only two flared holes for the hands and the subsidiary seconds. The indexes are instead secured with glue. Finally, the last evolution presents metal dials.

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