With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1963 and its subsequent sale on 25 October 1963.
Since its purchase by the father of the actual owner at Christie's London in November 1991, this third series 2499 has remained in the same private collection ever since. Evidently always treated with respect and care, it impresses by strong case proportions, the well-defined fluting to the lugs and the crisp hallmarks to lugs, an evidence for sensible polishing. The dial has undergone an ever so gentle cleaning only, displaying a great shine and clear writing and scales. The luminous dauphine hands, certainly added upon special request by the first owner of this charismatic timepiece, further enhance its overall appeal.
Reference 2499, widely acknowledged as one of the world's greatest watch models ever created, has undoubtedly greatly influenced the designs of many of the most renowned watchmakers. Introduced to the market in 1950 it replaced the legendary reference 1518, the world's first perpetual calendar wristwatch with chronograph made in series.
Over a period of 35 years, reference 2499 was made in four series in a total production of only 349 pieces, the majority cased in yellow gold. The rarity of this model becomes evident when considering that an annual average of only 9 watches left Patek Philippe's workshops.
Reference 2499 is generally divided into the following four series:
- first series: square chronograph buttons, applied Arabic numerals and tachymetre scale
- second series: round chronograph buttons, either applied baton or applied Arabic numerals and tachymetre scale
- third series: round chronograph buttons, applied baton numerals and outer seconds divisions, such as the present watch
- fourth series: round chronograph buttons, applied baton numerals, outer seconds divisions and sapphire crystal
Reference 2499 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, pp. 302 & 304.