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Ref:2499 was produced form 1951 to 1985 in four series totalling 349 examples. This reference was produced in yellow and pink gold, two examples are known in platinum, watches with tachymeter are very rare. First Series from 1951 to 1960 having square buttons, applied Arabic numerals, Feuille hands and fluted lugs.
Second Series having square buttons, applied markers, Arabic twelve and Dauphine hands.
Third Series from 1960 to 1978 with round buttons, Dauphine or Feuille hands, applied bâton markers and sapphire crystal.
Fourth Series from 1978 to 1985, Ref:2499/100 having round buttons, Dauphine hands, applied bâton markers and sapphire crystal.
The following, to the best of our knowledge, is complete list of all Ref:2499 First Series watches to be sold at auction:
No. 868243, Sotheby's New York, February 21st, 2001, lot 292
No. 868248, Christie's New York, November 14, 1990, lot 521
No. 868248, Antiquorum Geneva, October 19-20th, 2002, lot 85
(Watch number 868248 is a unique piece in pink gold with pulsometric scales)
No. 868253, Antiquorum Geneva, 1996, The Tanaka Collection, lot 576
No. 868253, Sotheby's New York, October 27th, 1998, lot 434
No. 868344, Sotheby's New York, October 30th, 1995, lot 492
No. 868344, Christie's Geneva, November 13th, 2001, lot 16
No. 868355, Antiquorum Geneva, April 11-12th, 1992, lot 544
No. 868538, Christie's Geneva, November 20, 2002, lot 175
No. 868539, Antiquorum Geneva, Art of Patek Philippe, 1989, lot 271
No. 868540, Antiquorum Geneva, April 12-13th, 1997, lot 576
No. 868545, Christie's New York, June 14th, 1999, lot 263
No. 868627, Antiquorum Geneva, April 25th, 1993, lot 374
No. 868627, Antiquorum Geneva, October 17th, 1993, lot 237
No. 868627, Antiquorum Hong Kong, June 18th, 1994, lot 473
With the exception of the second series the first series is the rarest of the 2499's with only ten watches appearing at auction in the last thirteen years.