With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with applied gold hour markers in 1946 and its subsequent sale on 3 March 1948.
The present reference 1526 is a very appealing example of the yellow gold version. It is the perfect proof of how a watch can combine a soft cleaning but nonetheless still preserving all the qualities of a vintage watch, such as the very crisp hallmark at 4 o'clock, original crown, excellent case proportions and very tight pin-holes. As to the elegant dial it features the long signature - very popular amongst collectors and typical for the production of the first half of the 1940's.
Having recently benefitted of Patek Philippe's highly professional servicing, it is an attractive watch for daily wear and given the current market value, one cannot think of another perpetual calendar model which could give more satisfaction and value to its future owner.
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, the majority in yellow gold.
Reference 1526 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, pp. 282 & 283.