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

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 1518, MOVEMENT NO. 868'002, CASE NO. 663'678, MANUFACTURED IN 1950

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Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases
Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, ref. 1518, movement no. 868'002, case no. 663'678, manufactured in 1950
Cal. 13''' nickel-finished lever movement, 23 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, swan neck regulator, silvered matte dial, applied gold Arabic and dot numerals, outer railway five minute divisions and tachymetre scale, three subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes register, date and moon phases, two windows for day and month, circular case, snap on back, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
35 mm. diam.
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Lot Essay

With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with raised hour markers in gold in 1950 and its subsequent sale on 19 December 1952.

Without doubt, this reference 1518 is amongst the most attractive and best preserved examples of this iconic model to appear on the market in recent years. Made in 1950, it is part of the last generation of the 1518 series, the combination of vintage 1940s and modernised post war 1950s design rendering it a very unique look.

Without doubt, this reference 1518 is amongst the most attractive and best preserved examples of this iconic model to appear on the market in recent years. Made in 1950, it is part of the very last generation of the 1518 series, the combination of vintage 1940s and modernised post war 1950s design rendering it a very appealing look.

The present example, sold at a time when Patek Philippe offered the first examples of the 2499 series, combines the best ingredients of two epochs. Most notably are the strong proportions of the most substantial Calatrava-style case ever given to a wristwatch and the smoother, less antique looking dial design. In fact, the present example has the benefit of a nearly unpolished case and a dial free of unwanted ageing. Its pure and sharp lines lend it a unmistakable look and will be greeted by keen collectors who are looking for a non-compromise example of this mythical reference.

Reference 1518
Reference 1518 was launched in 1941 and according to literature, only 281 examples were made until 1954, the majority cased in yellow gold, few in pink gold. It was furthermore the first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch produced in series by any watch company. The model was later replaced by reference 2499 (see lots 186, 234, 354, 355 and 388 in this auction), also a perpetual calendar chronograph, but with a wider diameter and fluted lugs.

Reference 1518 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, first edition p. 231 pl. 386, second edition p. 303 pl. 459, and in Armbanduhren - 100 Jahre Entwicklungsgeschichte by Kahlert, Mühe, Brunner, second edition p. 127.

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