With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the watch in 1953 and its subsequent sale on 25 February 1954 and a fitted pouch.
Reference 2526, and its successor 3428, are undisputedly amongst the most elegant and distinguished vintage watches ever made. The present example, fresh to the market, is an attractive specimen with crisp hallmarks, sharp case back edges and still displaying the 18k gold stamp.
Reference 2526 was introduced into the market in 1952 and was Patek Philippe's first self-winding watch ever made. 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 in platinum.