Prestigious Wristwatches

Hotel Richemond, Geneva, Mar 31, 2001

LOT 579

Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, No. 868748, case No. 2611726, Ref. 2499, third series. Production of this reference started in 1951.Extremely rare and fine, astronomic, 18K yellow gold gentleman's wristwatch with perpetual calendar and moon phases, round button chronograph, register and tachometer, with special dial. Accompanied by an 18K gold Patek Philippe buckle.

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C. three-body, solid, polished, concave bezel, fluted lugs, sapphire crystal. D. matte silver with applied yellow gold b?ton indexes, auxiliary dials for the seconds and the 30 minutes register, graduation for the days of the month, outer tachometer graduation, apertures for the days of the week, the months and the moon phases. "Dauphine" yellow gold hands. M. 13'''CC, Geneva Quality Hall Mark, rhodium-plated, "fausses c?tes" decoration, 23 jewels, lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, 8 adjstments, Breguet balance-spring, micrometer regulator.Dial, case and movement signed.Diam. 38 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3 - 6 - 01


Ref. 2499Produced in 349 examples from 1951 to 1985, very few with tachometer, the majority in yellow gold, and some examples are in pink or white gold. Calibre 13'''CC: - First series: From 1951 to circa 1960, square buttons, "Feuille" hands, applied Arabic numerals, fluted lugs. This watch is published in "Patek Philippe Wristwatches", by Martin Huber and Alan Banbery, 1998 Edition, p. 304. - Second series: Square buttons, "Dauphine" hands, applied indexes, the 12 in Arabic numerals. - Third series: From 1960 to 1978, round buttons, crystal glass, "Dauphine" or "Feuille" hands, applied "B?ton" indexes. Calibre 13''' CCR: - Fourth series: From 1978 to circa 1985, becomes Ref. 2499/100, round buttons, sapphire crystal, "Dauphine hands", applied "B?ton" 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. A similar watch is published in "Patek Philippe Wristwatches", by Martin Huber and Alan Banbery, 1998 Edition, page 302 and in "Collecting Patek Philippe Watches" by M. and O. Patrizzi, Guido Mondani Editore, Genova, 2000 Edition, p. 296 , pl . 476A. Two examples are known to date in platinum, one was sold by Antiquorum Geneva, on April 9, 1989, "The Art of Patek Philippe", lot 34, for SFr. 418'000 (US$ 253,300).