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Hong Kong, Mar 03, 2021

LOT 189

Patek Philippe
Ref. 2582, large centre-seconds; so-called “Flying Saucer”; 18K yellow gold

HKD 216,000 - 302,000

CHF 25,000 - 35,000 / EUR 23,100 - 32,400 / USD 27,800 - 38,900

Sold: HKD 281,250

18K yellow gold, manual-winding, round-shaped, large gentleman’s wristwatch, with centre-seconds.
Polished two-piece case, water-resistant with screwed case-back.
Silver colour dial with radial applied yellow gold indexes.

27 SC, Glucydur screw-balance and blued steel Breguet hairspring, index-regulator with swan-neck spring and micrometric screw, adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, “Poinçon de Genève” (Geneva Quality Hallmark or Geneva seal).

Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 2 *
Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Patek Philippe, Geneva

Model so-called “Flying Saucer”

Reference 2582

Year circa 1963

Movement No. 710 792

Case No. 691 890 (by F. Baumgartner S.A., Geneva)

Material 18K yellow gold

Bracelet black leather PP strap

Buckle 18K yellow gold PP buckle

Caliber 27 SC

Height 39.5 mm.

Width 37.8 mm.

Signature dial, case and movement

Accessories original fitted box; Extract from the Archives


The Extract from the Archives, dated February 26, 2013, mentioned that this watch was sold on September 17, 1963.
Patek Philippe, Reference 2582
This reference is launched in 1956 (or 1957) and remained in production for one or two years.
This large round-shaped watch is fitted with the Cal. 27 SC, centre-seconds.
The majority in yellow gold; only one example in pink gold id known to-date.
This is the largest vintage “time-only” wristwatch ever made by Patek Philippe and one of the rarest.
Very few examples were produced.
The watch is so-called “Flying Saucer” by collectors.
Most of them seems to be built with a two-piece case with snap-on case-back (by Markowsky, Geneva), from which only six are known to-date, including one in pink gold.
For this reference, the present watch is the only known example of a two-piece water-resistant watch with screwed case-back (case F. Baumgartner S.A., Geneva). This may explain the late production of this watch, probably made to special order, by the Genevan specialist in water-resistant cases.