With presentation case and Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming dates of manufacture and sale.
The present watch is a fine example offered for sale by a distinguished collector. It is a very good example of the very first generation of reference 2497, featuring alternating gold dot and Arabic numerals as opposed to baton numerals of the later generation.
According to our research, a total of only 33 reference 2497 in yellow gold from the first series have reappeared on the market, out of which 11 examples are fitted with a flat back, such as the present lot, opposed to 22 with a regular snap on back.
In 1951, Patek Philippe launched reference 2497 and its water-resistant counterpart, reference 2438/1. According to literature, a combined total of only 179 examples of these two models were produced, the majority cased either in yellow or pink gold.
Reference 2497 is generally divided into two different series:
- the first series, such as the present watch, with alternating applied gold Arabic and dot numerals with feuille hands
- the second series with applied gold baton numerals and dauphine hands.
Examples of reference 2497 are illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by M. Huber & A. Banbery, 2nd edition, pp. 285 & 287.