Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold automatic wristwatch with enamel dial and Cartier Certificate
Prospective purchasers are advised that several co… Read more The following three watches, lots 182 to 184, are fine examples of the business relationship between Patek Philippe and Cartier. Made in 1944, 1954 and 1974, these timepieces represent a fantastic selection of these ultimately noble wristwatches, made by one of the world's most dignified manufacturers and retailed by the world's possibly most aristocratic jewellers. Patek Philippe Since its foundation in 1839, Patek Philippe always stood for quality, craftsmanship, precision and style. It is to no surprise that this great firm's history is intimately interwoven with the lives of Kings and Queens, statesmen, celebrated businessmen, successful scientists and famous artists. Patek Philippe's clientele has included Queen Victoria and King Umberto II, James Ward Packard and Henry Graves Jr., Marie Curie and Albert Einstein, Richard Wagner and Duke Ellington. Cartier The name Cartier, founded by Louis-François Cartier in Paris in 1847, has always been a synonym for elegance and beauty. The creation of celebrated design innovations such as the legendary mystery clocks, high fashion wristwatches, exotic orientalist Art Deco designs including the daringly colourful "Tutti Frutti" bracelet contributed to its reputation of "the Jeweller of Kings and the King of Jewellers".
Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold automatic wristwatch with enamel dial and Cartier Certificate


Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold automatic wristwatch with enamel dial and Cartier Certificate
Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, retailed by Cartier, ref. 2526, movement no. 760'825, case no. 682'834, hand-stamped with Cartier reference no. 5155, manufactured in 1954
Cal. 12-600 AT nickel-finished lever movement stamped with the Geneva seal, 30 jewels, engine-turned 18K gold rotor, cream-coloured enamel dial, applied gold baton numerals, subsidiary seconds, circular water-resistant-type case, screw back engraved with the initials M.O.B, 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed by maker, case further hand-stamped with Cartier reference numbers underneath lower right lug, dial signed by Cartier
35 mm. diam.
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With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1954 with raised gold hour markers and its subsequent sale on 25 October 1954. Further delivered with Cartier Certificate of Authenticity numbered GE2010-50 and dated 26 March 2010 confirming that the watch was retailed by Cartier New York in 1954.

Few "time only" wristwatches by Patek Philippe enjoy popularity amongst collectors to an extent matching the eagerness devoted by collectors to complicated wristwatches. Reference 2526 is certainly one of them and despite not impressing with numerous hands, apertures and push buttons, it captures the essence of haute horlogerie with other, more subtle features: most notably to the connoisseur's eye is the warm ivory-toned enamel dial, a feature which has never been matched as beautifully by any other watchmaker since the 1960s. Not as visibly, but equally exciting to the amateur of distinguished timepieces, is the unrivalled calibre 12-600, not only impressing with the engine-turned gold rotor but its wonderful overall finish too.

Collectors with the ambition to own the most exclusive reference 2526 can either develop their collection into the rarer case metal versions, notably white gold and platinum, or hunt down unusual dial variants or sought-after retailer signatures. The present watch probably represents the pinnacle of the latter category, being, according to our researches, the only reference 2526 highlighted by the ultra exclusive Cartier logo. The combination of the long established "twenty-five twenty-six" values and the unique second signature on the dial, fully confirm by Cartier's own archives, render this masterpiece of 1950s watchmaking a valuable and unrepeatable opportunity for the discerning collector.

Reference 2526
Reference 2526 and its successor 3428 are undisputedly amongst the most elegant and distinguished vintage watches ever made.

Reference 2526 was introduced to the market in 1952 and was Patek Philippe's first automatic watch ever made, starting with movement number 760'000 (delivered in July 1953 to Mr. J.B. Champion, one of Patek Philippe's faithful clients. This watch, fitted with a gold bracelet, is today the pride of a discerning collector). The model features the legendary calibre 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.

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