Patek Philippe. A highly rare and important 18ct gold perpetual calendar chronograph manual wind wristwatch with moon phases Ref:1518, Case No.668376, Movement No.868015, Made in 1950
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Patek Philippe. A highly rare and important 18ct gold perpetual calendar chronograph manual wind wristwatch with moon phases Ref:1518, Case No.668376, Movement No.868015, Made in 1950, Sold on 17th February 1954
HK$ 2.5 million - 2.8 million
US$ 320,000 - 360,000
Auction Details
Patek Philippe. A highly rare and important 18ct gold perpetual calendar chronograph manual wind wristwatch with moon phases Ref:1518, Case No.668376, Movement No.868015, Made in 1950
Lot Details
Patek Philippe. A highly rare and important 18ct gold perpetual calendar chronograph manual wind wristwatch with moon phases
Ref:1518, Case No.668376, Movement No.868015, Made in 1950, Sold on 17th February 1954
23-jewel Cal.13''', rhodium-plated movement with lever escapement, monometallic balance with 8 adjustments, self-compensating Breguet balance-spring and micrometer regulator, silvered matte dial, outer tachymetre scale, applied 18ct gold Arabic numerals, feuille hands, apertures for the days of the week and month, subsidiary dials for moon phases, running seconds and 30 minute register, round brushed and polished case with snap on case back, concave bezel, two rectangular-shaped chronograph pushers in the band, downturned elongated lugs, fitted leather strap with Patek Philippe 18ct gold buckle, together with Extract from the Archives and instruction papers
35mm.

Footnotes

  • 百達翡麗 極罕有及重要 18K黃金男裝萬年曆計時手動上鏈碼表 具月相顯示 1950年製 售於1954年2月17日

    Introduced in 1941, the reference 1518 was made in only 281 examples and discontinued in 1954 when it was replaced by the reference 2499.

    It is the first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch produced in a series by any watchmaker. Introduced during the Second World War, and a time when it was difficult to sell highly complicated watches to clients, the Reference 1518 was an important confirmation that the wristwatch was now prevalent in the watch industry and it confirmed Patek Philippe as the leading watch manufacture.

    The Patek Philippe perpetual chronograph wristwatch has been continuously produced by Patek Philippe for 70 years since the introduction of reference 1518.
    Ref 1518 from 1941 until 1952 produced in 281 examples
    Ref 2499 from 1950 until 1985 produced in 349 examples
    Ref 3970 from 1986 until 2005 produced in approximately 4,000 examples
    Ref 5970 from 2005 until 2010 produced in approximately 2,500 examples
    Ref 5270 from 2011

    This present lot is an extremely fine example of one of the last Reference 1518 watches produced by the prestigious manufacture. It is distinguished by the detailed case. The hallmarks are prominent and crisp. The white dial is free of stains with a large "Patek Philippe" signature which distinguishes the last series of this reference. The tachymeter scale is also less cluttered and starts its base scale at 600 instead of the 1000 seen in earlier dials.

    This is a highly important watch rarely seen in such stellar condition.

    For further details and illustration, please refer to Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, 1st edition, p. 231 pl. 386 and 2nd edition, p. 303, pl. 459

    1518型號於1941年開始投產,其間只製造了281枚,到1954年就被新一代的2499型號取代。

    此型號是鐘表界中最早以系列形式生產的萬年曆計時碼表。推出在二次大戰期間、難以售出複雜功能腕表的時代仍如此受愛戴,可証明萬年曆在當時相當盛行,同時確認百達翡麗在鐘表界作為領導者的地位。

    百達翡麗的萬年曆計時碼表系列,自1518型號開始已生產了70年:
    1518型號:1941年至1952年,產量281枚
    2499型號:1950年至1985年,產量349枚
    3970型號:1986年至2005年,產量約4,000枚
    5970型號:2005年至2010年,產量約2,500枚
    5270型號:2011年面世

    本拍賣品為1518型號非常優秀的代表。其精緻的表殼並沒有太多瑕疵;印記及標誌等都非常清晰。表盤上並無任何污跡;品牌名字用上較大的字體,是這型號最後一代出產的特徵。速度計的刻度亦較清楚,由600開始,比較早期生產以1000開始有所分別。
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