With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of this watch with two tone silvered dial and enamel hour markers in 1941 and its subsequent sale on 8 December 1941.
The present example is wonderful specimen of reference 592, one of the rarest time only references by Patek Philippe. It was in production for a relatively short time only, from around 1938 to the mid-1940s. The model was available in yellow and pink gold and in steel. It is conceivable that such a short production time and limited number of pieces created is due to the style of the watch: its case design still features elements typical of the twenties, such as the generously sized, convex stepped bezel.
Reference 592 was available in two variations: with subsidiary seconds, or with sweep centre seconds and with different dial versions. Among these, however, the dial configuration of the present example is probably the rarest and furthermore one of the most appealing: the mesmerizing way the two-tone finish of the dial changes according to how light strikes it is poetry on the wrist, and the inscription of the numerals into the brushed chapter ring adds order and balance to the overall dial layout. This dial design served as inspiration for Patek Philippe's reference 5196 in platinum, an homage to the truly timeless perfection and appeal of a design that, while more than 80 years old, still manages to steal the hearts of collectors and laymen alike.