Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

161 Patek Philippe Very Beautiful Calatrava in Yellow Gold, Reference 2481, With Sweep Centre Seconds, Silver Dial and Original Certificate

Estimate: € 15,000 –⁠ 30,000

Sold € 20,150

Lot Description

Model: Calatrava
Material: Yellow Gold
Reference N°: 2481
Year: 1950s
Case N°: 688471
Caliber: 27SC
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 704328
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 37 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: certificate of origin

The reference 2481 made by Patek Philippe is one of those creation of the Swiss-polish origin brand remained in the collective imagination for its quite unusual shape. Its production started in 1950 and given its large dimensions of 37 mm wide can be considered absolutely contemporary. The model is instantly recognizable for the elongated claw lugs and a concave bezel which gave it the name among collectors of “sculpted lugs and protruding bezel”. The contraposition of sharply cut edges and flowing curvy lines of the case made by Bernard Dubois is now a source of inspiration for many watchmaker. This model is mostly know for some of its colored and fantastic dials realized with cloisonné enamel depicting continents or rainforest which make the simple monochrome dials really underestimate. The present watch is the perfect specimen to understand that even simplicity is beauty. Its 18k yellow gold case is well preserved and the edges are still very sharp. The clean argentè dial with applied baton and dart indexes, closed minutes/seconds outer track has never been touched to the best of our knowledge. The reference is equipped with the famous caliber 27SC, which was, at the time Patek Philippe’s only sweep centre calibre available on the market. Sold with its certificate of originality, this example of reference 2481 the quintessential of the elegant watch collector.

Accompanied by a Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin confirming the calibre, movement, reference and case material.