PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE 18K PINK GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH ENAMEL DIAL
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PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE 18K PINK GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH ENAMEL DIAL

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 2577, MOVEMENT NO. 750’597, CASE NO. 699’585, MANUFACTURED IN 1960

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PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE 18K PINK GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH ENAMEL DIAL
SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 2577, MOVEMENT NO. 750’597, CASE NO. 699’585, MANUFACTURED IN 1960
MOVEMENT: Manual, Cal. 10-200 stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels
DIAL: Cream enamel, applied baton numerals, subsidiary seconds
CASE: 18k pink gold, snap on back, 35 mm. diam.
STRAP/BUCKLE: Patek Philippe crocodile strap, 18k pink gold Patek Philippe buckle
ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1960 and its subsequent sale on 18 November 1960.
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> Some watches are pictured with straps made of endangered or protected animal materials such as alligator or crocodile. These endangered species straps are shown for display purposes only and are not for sale. Christie’s will remove and retain the strap prior to shipment from the sale site. At some sale sites, Christie’s may, at its discretion, make the displayed endangered species strap available to the buyer of the lot free of charge if collected in person from the sale site within 1 year of the date of the sale. Please check with the department for details on a particular lot. > Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory, tortoiseshell and crocodile. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

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Lot Essay

Patek Philippe post-war wristwatches made with plain enamel dials are a rarity. Collectors around the world associate only two "time only" models with this highly elegant yet uncommon feature, costly to manufacture and sensitive to careless handling: the celebrated reference 2526 and its successor reference 3428.

Reference 2577, the third in this league, must however be considered one of Patek Philippe's rarest models ever made. According to literature, reference 2577 was launched in 1956 and remained in production until the 1960s. The model most likely never went beyond either a prototype or "special order" status as to the best of our knowledge to date, approximately 60 examples of this ultra-rare reference were made; the majority in yellow gold cases and, exceedingly rare in pink gold cases, as in this present lot. This offering provides a rare opportunity for the astute collector to acquire one of Patek Philippe’s most rare and classically timeless timepieces.

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