With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with raised hour markers in gold in 1949 and its subsequent sale on 17 April 1950 and fitted brown presentation box stamped Patek, Philippe & Co. Genève and Freccero y Cia, Montevideo, Unicas Agentes.
The reference 2431 offered here for sale is a fine and very rare example of this unusual model, distinguished by its highly decorative fluted lugs, demonstrating Patek Philippe avant-garde spirit by using varying shapes and forms, breaking away from the straight-forward circular shape with plain lugs. Inspiration from architecture, geometry and history created a new graciousness of form with rounded corners, stepped and triple-stepped forms and other elements, like scrolls.
Furthermore preserved in excellent original overall condition, the rarity of the present reference 2431 is enhanced by the retailer signature Freccero, Patek Philippe's celebrated agent in Montevideo, Uruguay, and the original presentation box.
Manufacture of reference 2431 was launched in 1948. The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 171.