With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1976 and its subsequent sale on 15 November 1976 and presentation box.
Fresh to the market, this reference 2499 third series offered here for sale is an attractive example of this legendary model.
Reference 2499, widely acknowledged as one of the world's greatest watch models ever created, has undoubtedly greatly influenced the designs of many of the most renowned watchmakers. Introduced to the market in 1950 it replaced the legendary reference 1518, the world's first perpetual calendar wristwatch with chronograph made in series.
Over a period of 35 years, reference 2499 was made in four series in a total production of only 349 pieces, the majority cased in yellow gold. The rarity of this model becomes evident when considering that an annual average of only 9 watches left Patek Philippe's workshops.
Reference 2499 is generally divided into the following four series:
- first series: square chronograph buttons, applied Arabic numerals and tachometre scale
- second series: round chronograph buttons, either applied baton or applied Arabic numerals and tachometre scale
- third series: round chronograph buttons, applied baton numerals and outer seconds divisions, such as the present watch
- fourth series: round chronograph buttons, applied baton numerals, outer seconds divisions and sapphire crystal
Reference 2499 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, pp. 302 & 304.