With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1963 and its subsequent sale on 6 December 1963
Reference 2554 was introduced to the market in 1950 with straight sides and lugs, named 2554-1.
The so-called Manta Ray was launched only in 1952 with several variation, from 2554-2 to 2554-10, until it was discontinued at the end of 1960s. Available in yellow, pink, white gold and platinum, the present combination is the most sought after by collectors.
Fresh to the market, and only the second example seen with this case and dial combination, this watch is a perfect example of Gilbert Albert's design influence in the Patek Philippe production of the 1960s, the case manufactured by Markowski, the well-known case maker specialized in shape cases, and the dial, another Stern Freres's piece of art, combined with the attractive and almost unique Gay Frères's bracelet give an incredible charm to the offered lot.
The streamline shape, highly unusual for the period, served as inspiration for the celebrated ref. 5100 "10 Days" model launched in 2000.
Another example of reference 2554 is described and illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, p. 217