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Patek Philippe. A Fine, Rare and Attractive 18k Gold Automatic Wristwatch with Luminous Enamel Dial
Patek Philippe. A Fine, Rare and Attractive 18k Gold Automatic Wristwatch with Luminous Enamel Dial
Patek Philippe. A Fine, Rare and Attractive 18k Gold Automatic Wristwatch with Luminous Enamel Dial
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Patek Philippe. A Fine, Rare and Attractive 18k Gold Automatic Wristwatch with Luminous Enamel Dial

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 2526, MOVEMENT NO. 761'821, CASE NO. 687'815, MANUFACTURED IN 1955

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Patek Philippe. A Fine, Rare and Attractive 18k Gold Automatic Wristwatch with Luminous Enamel Dial
Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 2526, Movement No. 761'821, Case No. 687'815, Manufactured in 1955

Movement: Automatic, Cal. 12-600, stamped with the Geneva seal, 30 jewels
Dial: Enamel, luminous baton numerals, luminous hands, subsidiary seconds
Case: 18k gold, screw back, 35mm diam.
Buckle: Associated gold buckle
Accompanied By: A Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on November 23, 1955
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Lot Essay

The present watch is a wonderfully original and extremely attractive yellow gold example of the reference 2526 with luminous enamel dial. It is one of very few examples of the reference fitted with luminous indexes and hands to appear at auction to date, and the luminous dial is also mentioned on the Extract from the Archives. To the best of our knowledge this watch has never before been offered in public.

Reference 2526

Introduced into the market in 1952, reference 2526 was Patek Philippe's first self-winding or automatic watch, starting with movement number 760'000. The model features the legendary caliber 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 majority of reference 2526 was cased in yellow gold, a small series in pink gold and an exceedingly limited number in white gold and platinum. Mainly fitted with enamel dials with applied gold baton numerals, the white gold and platinum examples were also available with silvered metal dials with diamond indexes.

A paragon of understatement and timeless class combined with a state-of-the art movement, reference 2526 has significantly influenced the popularity of wristwatches featuring enamel dials. In 1960, it was replaced by reference 3428, equipped with the second generation self-winding movement, caliber 27-460.

The reference can be divided in three distinct series:

- First series: domed case back, enamel dial and riveted indexes. The dial presents flared holes under each index in order to allow for their setting.
- Second series: domed case back, enamel dials with the numerals glued to the surface. The dial presents only two flared holes for the hands.
- Third series: flat case back, and in later examples metal dial.
- Fourth series: same as third series, but with new caliber 27-460

Reference 2526 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe - Volume II, pp. 244-245.




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