Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificat d'Identité et Garantie d'Origine dated 16 February 1973 and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1972 and its subsequent sale on 16 February 1973. Furthermore delivered with the original fitted presentation box and detached original Patek Philippe 18K gold buckle.
This watch was bought by the present, original owner directly at Patek Philippe's own shop in Geneva. With its combination of freshness to the market, excellent overall condition and the fact that the original certificate and box are still available it is a highly appealing collector's watch. Furthermore, this reference fitted with luminous hands is exceedingly rare.
Patek Philippe produced a total of 349 examples of reference 2499, beginning in 1951 and continuing into the 1980s, the majority cased in yellow gold. The model is generally divided into the following four series:
- First series: square chronograph buttons, applied Arabic numerals and tachometer scale.
- Second series: round chronograph buttons, either applied baton or applied Arabic numerals and tachometer scale.
- Third series, such as the present watch: round chronograph buttons, applied baton numerals and outer seconds divisions.
- Fourth series: round chronograph buttons, applied baton numerals, outer seconds divisions and sapphire crystal (reference 2499/100).
The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, pp. 302 & 304.