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PATEK PHILIPPE. THE ONLY KNOWN AND VERY ATTRACTIVE 18K PINK GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH RUBY-SET ENAMEL DIAL AND MATCHING DETACHABLE BRACELET
PATEK PHILIPPE. THE ONLY KNOWN AND VERY ATTRACTIVE 18K PINK GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH RUBY-SET ENAMEL DIAL AND MATCHING DETACHABLE BRACELET
PATEK PHILIPPE. THE ONLY KNOWN AND VERY ATTRACTIVE 18K PINK GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH RUBY-SET ENAMEL DIAL AND MATCHING DETACHABLE BRACELET
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PATEK PHILIPPE. THE ONLY KNOWN AND VERY ATTRACTIVE 18K PINK GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH RUBY-SET ENAMEL DIAL AND MATCHING DETACHABLE BRACELET

REF. 2481, MANUFACTURED IN 1955

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PATEK PHILIPPE. THE ONLY KNOWN AND VERY ATTRACTIVE 18K PINK GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH RUBY-SET ENAMEL DIAL AND MATCHING DETACHABLE BRACELET
REF. 2481, MANUFACTURED IN 1955
Movement: Manual
Dial: Enamel with ruby hour-markers
Case: 37 mm. diam.
With: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives
Remark: Only known example

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Reference 2481 was in production for nearly a decade from 1950 to 1960, with most examples in yellow gold, a more limited production in pink gold, one example is known in platinum.

Offered in superb condition, this important and luxurious example of reference 2481 in much rarer pink gold, is the only known example of the ‘King Size’ model with a plain undecorated cream enamel dial with ruby markers. All the other publicly known watches with this dial type famously bear the portrait of King Saud bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, this highly attractive centre seconds watch retains the original detachable 18K pink gold Gay Frères bracelet punched ‘1/56’ for the first quarter of 1956. Both the ruby hour markers and gold bracelet are confirmed by the Extract from the Archives.

The configuration of the cream enamel dial enriched with only the precious ruby hour markers – round rubies for the hours and baguette rubies for the quarter hours, sweep centre seconds and the signature ‘Patek Philippe Genève’ gives the watch a stunning new aesthetic that greatly enhances the purity of the design. As no further examples with the same dial are known to have appeared on the open market in the last 65 years, the present watch is almost certainly unique. One of the rarest, and certainly one of the most exclusive watches of the reference, its large size, exceptional for the 1950s with a diameter of 37 mm, makes this unique watch a highly wearable and unrepeatable vintage Patek trophy for even the most selective of collectors.

The reference 2481 is one of the largest Patek Philippe watches produced until the mid-1970s, a trait that attracts collectors ever more in today’s market. Equipped with the celebrated 27SC calibre, the best sweep seconds calibre available at the time, this reference is noted for its fascinating case design: still retaining a ‘Calatrava’ feel, but with the adoption of unusual, avant-garde features such as the overhanging concave bezel and the heavily stepped curved lugs.

The present watch is not only an extraordinary and unique piece in the history and evolution of reference 2481, but also a timepiece that, thanks to the visionary genius of Patek Philippe's designers, is as contemporary and fresh today as it was 65 years ago.

Reference 2481
Known as the ‘King Size’, it was introduced into the market in 1950 and was one of the largest wristwatches ever made by Patek Philippe. The model was available with the standard silvered dial but was also with cloisonné enamel versions, others depicting portraits of famous personalities or geographic maps. In total, 1’000 examples of reference 2481 were made up to the end of production in 1960 - 650 examples in yellow gold and 350 in pink gold. The cases were made by the Le Locle master case maker Bernard Dubois.

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