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PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH GAY FRÈRES BRACELET AND CREAM-COLOURED ENAMEL DIAL
PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH GAY FRÈRES BRACELET AND CREAM-COLOURED ENAMEL DIAL
PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH GAY FRÈRES BRACELET AND CREAM-COLOURED ENAMEL DIAL
PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH GAY FRÈRES BRACELET AND CREAM-COLOURED ENAMEL DIAL
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PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH GAY FRÈRES BRACELET AND CREAM-COLOURED ENAMEL DIAL

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, RETAILED BY GUBELIN, REF. 2526, MOVEMENT NO. 762'333, CASE NO. 689'074, MANUFACTURED IN 1955

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PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH GAY FRÈRES BRACELET AND CREAM-COLOURED ENAMEL DIAL
SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, RETAILED BY GUBELIN, REF. 2526, MOVEMENT NO. 762'333, CASE NO. 689'074, MANUFACTURED IN 1955
Movement: Cal. 12-600, automatic, 30 jewels, Geneva Seal, signed
Dial: First series Mark II, signed
Case: Screw back, 35 mm. diam., signed
With: 18k gold Patek Philippe/Gay Frères link bracelet, clasp stamped 1.53, Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with 2526 dial and leather bracelet in 1955 and its subsequent sale on 5 July 1956
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Produced from 1953-1960, Reference 2526 is a legendary model in the history of watchmaking: not only is it the first automatic wristwatch by Patek Philippe, but it is also one of the best performing automatic movement ever designed; its performances and accuracy can be considered superior even by today's standards.

In addition, it is one of Patek Philippe models which presents most variations: it is known in the three gold colours and in platinum, with leather strap or with one of many possible bracelet designs. Its dial can be metal or enamel, with baton, Breguet or diamond-set indexes. One version even presents the Golden Rule on the dial. Furthermore, the model underwent an evolution over the years, thus presenting different series.

The present example was manufactured in the mid-1950s and comes from the first series for this reference. It was retailed by the renowned retailer, Gübelin, and their signature graces the centre of the dial, below that of Patek Philippe. 'Double-signed dials' are amongst those most sought-after in today's market, especially seen on such a well preserved enamel dial such as this one.

The highly attractive gold bracelet was added at a later date. Made in 1953 by the renowned Gay Frères it is from the same period as the watch, further enhancing the appeal of this elegant timepiece.



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