Important Watches & Jewelry

New York, Dec 08, 2016

LOT 117

PATEK PHILIPPE REF 2597 FIRST-SERIES YELLOW GOLD Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 2597. Made circa 1960, sold on February 3, 1961. Very fine and rare, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with an independently adjustable hour hand. Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives.

USD 50,000 - 70,000

HKD 390,000 - 545,000 / CHF 49,000 - 68,000

Sold: USD 68,750

Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, flat bezel, concave lugs, band bearing two buttons activating the hour hand forward and backward for different time zones, snap-on case back engraved: I.S. RAVDIN MD. Matte silver with applied yellow gold indexes, subsidiary seconds dial. Yellow gold dauphine hands. Cal. 12-400 HS, stamped twice with the Seal of Geneva quality mark, rhodium-plated, fausses-côtes decoration, 18 jewels, straight- line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to heat, cold isochronism and 5 positions, shock absorber, blued steel Breguet balance spring, swan-neck micrometer regulator.

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Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 36 mm. THICKNESS 10 mm. REF. 2597 - As world travel became more prevalent in the 1950's, watchmakers saw the need to design a watch for travelers which they can adjust to the local time with ease. The production of this reference started in 1958: Produced in two series, the First Series as seen here, with an independently adjustable jumping hour hand with two buttons on the side which move the hour hand forwards and backwards by one hour without engaging the minute hand; and the Second Series with a secondary adjustable jumping hour hand in blued steel showing the home time and local time simultaneously. Similar watches are published in Patek Philippe Wristwatches, by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, 1998 Edition, p. 184. Property of the Family of the Original Owner