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New York, Dec 11, 2008

LOT 540

Ref. 2499, Yellow Gold, Third Series Patek Philippe, Genève, No. 869381, case No. 2666321, Ref. 2499, third series. Made in 1970, sold August 21st, 1971. Exceptional and extremely rare 18K yellow gold wristwatch with round button chronograph, 30-minute register, perpetual calendar, moon phases and an 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle. Accompanied by the Extract from the Archives.

USD 270,000 - 320,000

EUR 210,000 - 250,000 / CHF 320,000 - 375,000

Sold: USD 300,000

C. Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, concave bezel, fluted lugs, case back engraved: Kenneth A. Merrill, Jr. April 4, 1972. domed crystal. D. Matte silver with applied yellow gold faceted baton indexes, outer minute track with concentric fifths of a second divisions, Arabic five minute/second numerals, subsidiary dials for the seconds and the 30-minute register, graduation for the date at 6, apertures for the days of the week, the months and the moon phases. Yellow gold feuille hands. M. Cal. 13''', stamped twice with the Seal of Geneva quality mark, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 23 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance with 8 adjustments, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, spring-loaded micrometric regulator. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 38 mm. Thickness 14.5 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 2

Very good

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Ref. 2499 Produced in 349 examples from 1951 to 1985, very few with tachometer, the majority in yellow gold, and some examples in pink or white gold. Caliber 13'''CC:
- First series: From 1951 to circa 1960, square buttons, feuille hands, applied Arabic numerals, fluted lugs. - Second series: Round buttons, dauphine hands, applied indexes, Arabic 12. - Third series: From 1960 to 1978, round buttons, dauphine or feuille hands, applied baton indexes. Caliber 13''' CCR, - Fourth series: From 1978 to circa 1985, becomes Ref. 2499/100, round buttons, sapphire crystal, dauphine hands, applied baton indexes. Very few examples were made with tachometer or telemeter scale and three pieces only with sapphire crystal back. For this series, models with the tachometer indication are extremely rare.