With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1953 and its subsequent sale on 30 March 1954.
The present watch is a very attractive example of the first series of reference 2497, featuring a dial layout of alternating Arabic and dot numerals. According to our research, only 24 other examples of a first series in gold have come back to the market thus far and demonstrates how infrequent the model is available on the market. The rarity of the present example is furthermore enhanced by its rich case proportions and crisp hallmarks. The original crown is still present and adds to its overall appeal.
According to literature, reference 2497 and its water-resistant equivalent reference 2438/1 with screw back case were made in only 179 examples.
Examples of reference 2497 are illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by M. Huber & A. Banbery, 2nd edition, pp. 285 & 287.