With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with raised gold hour markers in 1951 and its subsequent sale on 6 May 1952. Furthermore delivered with a Patek Philippe wooden presentation box and outer packaging.
The chronograph wristwatch offered here for sale is an appealing example of Patek Philippe's celebrated reference 1579, distinguished by its attractive and rare pulsation dial combined with the much sought after pink gold case.
Reference 1579 was launched at the Basel fair in 1943 and remained in the Patek Philippe catalogues until 1964.
The three pieces cases were made by Wenger, the dials were provided by the well known Stern Freres company and the movements equipped were the Valjoux 13''' ébauche (29.5mm. diameter), renamed by Patek Philippe the calibre 13-130 after having been finished in their workshops with the highest standards.
Approximately 470 examples of reference 1579 were manufactured in about 20 years from which only 185 were produced with 18K pink gold cases.
Collectors and scholars have identified two series of reference 1579:
-1st series: from 1943 to 1949 bearing Arabic and baton numerals with baton or feuille hands
-2nd series: from 1950 to 1964 bearing Arabic and square numerals with feuille hands, such as the presently offered lot
According to our research this is the only reference 1579 second series in pink gold bearing a pulsation scale dial known in the market.
Another example of reference 1579 is described and illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, pp. 267-268.