Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold automatic wristwatch with enamel dial  Calatrava, Ref: 2526, Sold April 14th 1958

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Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold automatic wristwatch with enamel dial
Calatrava, Ref: 2526, Sold April 14th 1958

Sold for £ 23,125 (US$ 31,912) inc. premium
Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold automatic wristwatch with enamel dial
Model: Calatrava
Reference: 2526
Date: Sold April 14th 1958
Movement: 30-jewel Cal.12.600AT automatic, adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, No.764.679
Dial: Cream enamel, applied faceted gilt baton hour markers, gilt dot outer minute divisions, subsidiary dial at 6 for constant seconds, polished faceted gilt lance hands
Case: Brushed and polished round, screw down back
Strap/Bracelet: Black alligator leather
Buckle/Clasp: Associated plated buckle
Signed: Case, dial & movement
Size: 35mm
Accompaniments: Extract from the Archive

Footnotes

  • The reference 2526 was launched by Patek Philippe in 1953 and was the company's first self-winding wristwatch. It utilised the new caliber 12'''- 600 AT movement, with the serial numbers starting with 760,000. Research shows that 580 examples were produced, 20 examples in platinum, 30 examples in white gold, 50 examples in pink gold and 480 examples in yellow gold. The Ref: 2526 later became the Ref: 3428, which used the second-generation self-winding movement, calibre 27-460.

    There have been four generations of this model:
    1st generation: domed screw back, cream enamel dial with applied indexes. The enamel is flared around the holes, which hold the indexes, the central hands and the subsidiary second's hand.

    2nd generation: domed screw back, cream enamel dial with applied indexes. The indexes are inlaid in the enamel surface; the enamel is flared around the holes, which hold the central hands and the subsidiary second's hand.

    3rd generation which this watch corresponds to: identical to the 2nd generation but with a practically flat screw back. The present lot is an example of this execution.

    4th generation: practically flat screw back, cream enamel dial with applied indexes. The indexes are luminescent and inlaid in the enamel surface; the enamel is flared around the holes, which hold the central hands and the subsidiary second's hand

    The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, first edition, pp.168 & 169
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Patek Philippe. A fine and rare 18K gold automatic wristwatch with enamel dial  Calatrava, Ref: 2526, Sold April 14th 1958
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