Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold first execution enamel dial wristwatch with braceletRetailed by Gübelin Ref: 2526, sold November 9, 1956
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Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold first execution enamel dial wristwatch with bracelet
Retailed by Gübelin Ref: 2526, sold November 9, 1956
Sold for US$ 43,750 inc. premium

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Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold first execution enamel dial wristwatch with braceletRetailed by Gübelin Ref: 2526, sold November 9, 1956 Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold first execution enamel dial wristwatch with braceletRetailed by Gübelin Ref: 2526, sold November 9, 1956 Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold first execution enamel dial wristwatch with braceletRetailed by Gübelin Ref: 2526, sold November 9, 1956 Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold first execution enamel dial wristwatch with braceletRetailed by Gübelin Ref: 2526, sold November 9, 1956 Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold first execution enamel dial wristwatch with braceletRetailed by Gübelin Ref: 2526, sold November 9, 1956 Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold first execution enamel dial wristwatch with braceletRetailed by Gübelin Ref: 2526, sold November 9, 1956 Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold first execution enamel dial wristwatch with braceletRetailed by Gübelin Ref: 2526, sold November 9, 1956 Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold first execution enamel dial wristwatch with braceletRetailed by Gübelin Ref: 2526, sold November 9, 1956 Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold first execution enamel dial wristwatch with braceletRetailed by Gübelin Ref: 2526, sold November 9, 1956
Patek Philippe. A very fine and rare 18K gold first execution enamel dial wristwatch with bracelet
Retailed by Gübelin
Reference: 2526
Date: sold November 9, 1956
Movement: 30-jewel Cal. 12-600 AT, No. 761950
Dial: crème enamel signed 'Gübelin' dial with applied gold baton hour-markers, constant seconds subdial, minutes outer ring; gold dauphine and gold lancette hands
Case: double 'PP' crown, screw-down caseback, No. 687834
Strap/Bracelet: Patek Philippe 18K yellow gold brick' bracelet
Buckle/Clasp: folding clasp
Signed: dial, inner caseback, movement, and clasp
Size: 36mm
Accompaniments: an Extract from the Archives

Footnotes

  • See additional image inside front cover.


    The Ref. 2526 has the distinction of being the first automatic wristwatch Patek Philippe produced. Featuring a modern 36mm case with screw-down caseback and sun-resistant enamel dial, the Ref. 2526 was designed to stand the test of time.

    The present lot is a first execution model with no cracks on the enamel dial and drilled and applied hour-markers, compared to later examples that used glued-on hour-markers, which was easier to manufacture due to the tendency of enamel to crack when drilled once, to say nothing of 24 times (twice for each of the 12 hour-markers). The dial is signed and was retailed by Gübelin, making it a rarer version of a 'standard' Ref. 2526.The present lot retains its original double 'PP' crown, crisp hallmarks as well as full and thick defined lugs and points.

    It also features its original 18K gold 'D-type' brick guilloche Gay Frères bracelet, with the same double 'PP' motif on the outer folding clasp, and stamped '4 55', the same year as the manufacture of the watch and is accompanied by an Extract from the Archives of Patek Philippe.

    Considered one of the finest and over-engineered automatic movements ever made, the 12-600 AT was Patek Philippe's first foray into the automatic movement world and arguably, its best. The 30-jeweled caliber features a Gyromax balance wheel, along with a swan-neck regulator and self-compensating blued Breguet-style balance spring running at 19,800 bph. Only 7,100 cal. 12-600 AT movements were made between 1953 to circa 1960, and only approximately 600 of those were used in the Ref. 2526.

    There is a version of the present lot illustrated in Patek Philippe by M. Huber and A. Banbery, 1998, pg. 217, picture 349.
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