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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 11, 2012

LOT 579

PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 2526 WHITE GOLD WITH DIAMOND INDEXES Patek Philippe, Genève, movement No. 762047, case No. 688738, Ref. 2526, fourth generation. Made in 1955, sold on March 19th, 1956. Very fine and very rare, water-resistant, self-winding, 18K white gold wristwatch with diamond indexes and white gold Patek Philippe buckle. Recently serviced by Patek Philippe and accompanied by an Extract from the Archives.

C. Two-body solid, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back, rounded stepped bezel, concave lugs. D. Matte silver with applied white gold bâton, round and baguette diamond-set indexes, engraved dot minute indexes, subsidiary seconds dial. White gold "dauphine" hands. M. Cal. 12'''-600 AT, stamped with the Seal of Geneva Quality Hallmark, rhodium-plated, fausses côtes decoration, 30 jewels, straight line lever escapement, Gyromax balance adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, shockabsorber, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, micrometer regulator,18K yellow gold rotor. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 35 mm. Thickness 11 mm.

CHF 60,000 - 80,000

USD 65,000 - 85,000 / EUR 50,000 - 66,000

Sold: CHF 79,300

Grading System
Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2

Very good

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


A wonderful example of the Ref. 2526 in white gold with diamond indexes. The diamond hour markers are further confi rmed by the Extract from the Archives. This watch has been serviced by Patek Philippe whilst leaving the dial untouched and retaining the microscopic fl ecks and spots that nearly 60 years bring, thus adding to the desirability of this beautiful watch as one of the all-time classics of Patek Philippe?s production
Ref. 2526. First launched by Patek Philippe in 1953, this was the fi rst self-winding wristwatch model ever made by the company, with the caliber 12'''- 600 AT, bearing the serial number 760,000. It would appear that Patek Philippe produced the Ref. 2526 in 580 examples, often with enamel dial.