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Geneva, Mar 29, 2009

LOT 481

Yellow Gold Ref. 1518, 1st series Patek Philippe & Co, Genève, movement No. 862928, case No. 628624, Ref. 1518, 1st series. Made in 1942, sold on June 2nd, 1943. Very fine and very rare, astronomic, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with square button chronograph, register and tachometer, perpetual calendar, moon phases, and an 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle. Accompanied by the Extract from the Archives and a fitted leather-covered box.

CHF 110,000 - 185,000

USD 95,000 - 160,000 / EUR 75,000 - 125,000

Sold: CHF 240,000

C. Three-body, polished and brushed, concave bezel, correctors on the band. D. Matte silver with applied yellow gold Arabic numerals and dot indexes, subsidiary second and 30-minute register dials, graduation for the days of the month, outer tachometer graduation, apertures for the days of the week, the months and the moon phase. Luminous yellow gold baton hands. M. 13???, rhodium-plated, stamped with the Seal of Geneva quality mark, fausses cotes decoration, 23 jewels, lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to 8 positions, self compensating Breguet balance spring, micrometer regulator. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 35 mm. Thickness 12 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-14-02



HANDS Service hands


Ref. 1518 Produced in 281 examples from 1941 to 1954, in yellow and pink gold, only six examples known to date in stainless steel.
- First series with applied gold Arabic numerals from 1941. - Second series presented at the Basel Fair in 1942 with enameled hour indexes, the 12 in applied gold Arabic numerals. - Third series with applied gold indexes, the 12 in applied gold Arabic numerals. - Fourth series with applied gold baton indexes.
Ref. 1518 is a masterpiece among watches with perpetual calendar and chronograph. It inspired the famous fourth series of reference 2499, the 2499/100, then references 3970 and 3971, and the newcomer, reference 5970.