Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1953 and its subsequent sale on 28 March 1955.
In 1951, Patek Philippe launched reference 2497 and its water-resistant counterpart, reference 2438-1. A combined total of only 179 examples of these two models were produced, the vast majority of which were cased in yellow gold. Reference 2497 is generally divided into three different series.
The present watch is from the first series featuring applied Arabic and dot numerals and feuille hands. The second series was made with dauphine hands and the third with applied baton numerals and also dauphine hands.
Other examples of this model are illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by M. Huber & A. Banbery, 2nd edition, pp. 285 & 287.