Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases
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Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENÈVE, RETAILED BY CARTIER, REF. 1526, MOVEMENT NO. 925'282, CASE NO. 635'702, CARTIER REFERENCE NO. 16257, MANUFACTURED IN 1944

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Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases
Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, retailed by Cartier, ref. 1526, movement no. 925'282, case no. 635'702, Cartier reference no. 16257, manufactured in 1944
Cal. 12'''120 nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, silvered matte dial, applied gold dot and Arabic numerals, windows for day and month, subsidiary dial for date, constant seconds and moon phases, circular case, snap on back, case signed by maker and stamped with retailer's reference number, dial signed by maker and retailer, movement signed by maker
34 mm. diam.
Literature
The present watch is prominently described and illustrated in Patek Philippe Complicated Wrist Watches by Paolo de Vecchi & Giorgio Gregato, pp. 134 & 135.
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Lot Essay

With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial and raised gold hour markers in 1944 and its subsequent sale on 20 August 1945. Further delivered with Cartier Certificate of Authenticity numbered GE2010-118 and dated 2 September 2010 confirming that the watch was retailed by Cartier New York in 1946.

Collectors will probably unanimously agree that reference 1526 is the most elegantly and subtly designed simple perpetual calendar wristwatch of Patek Philippe's production ever. Early examples are particularly appealing as they are blessed with interesting features which can no longer be found at reference 1526 last generation. The most noteworthy and attractive element of the earlier series, such as the present watch, is the double "chemin de fer" circle around the moon aperture. In fact, the outer ring dedicated to the date indication is enclosed within two black lines and the inner scale, calibrated for 60 seconds, is once more bordered by a black circle. The later generation does no longer have the Arabic numerals for the 60 seconds and is "open" towards the moon side. The most important feature for the demanding collector is however the italic Cartier signature printed above the two calendar windows. The watch here offered for sale was in fact retailed by Cartier in New York 1946 and is understood to be the only reference 1526 know to the market offering such an exclusive and visually rewarding combination.

Never offered before at public auction and coming from one of the world's most distinguished private collections, it must be considered, with its unique features, as one of the most collector-worthy examples of this "gentleman reference".

Reference 1526
Manufacture of reference 1526, highly appreciated by collectors and immediately recognisable by its Calatrava-style case, was launched in 1941. According to literature, only 210 examples were made, cased either in yellow or pink gold. Only one example in steel, now at Patek Philippe's prestigious watch museum in Geneva, is known to have been made.

Reference 1526 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, pp. 282 & 283.

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