Exclusive Timepieces 17 April 2021 | Monaco LOT 206

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Patek Philippe Very Fine, Early and Rare Calatrava Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Reference 2526, With White Enamel Dial and Extract from Archives

Estimate € 25,000 –⁠ 50,000

Sold € 32,500
Lot Description

Model: Calatrava
Reference: 2526
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1956
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 12–600AT
Case N°: 695977
Movement N°: 763477
Dimensions: 35.5 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Extract from the Archives

Among some of the most important members of the Calatrava family, the reference 2526, launched in 1953, is the first wristwatch ever made by Patek Philippe with a self-winding movement and waterproof case. The case was produced by Baumgartner and conceals inside the caliber 12–600AT. Another important characteristic is the fascinating enamel dial, always very difficult to realize and really appreciated when in perfect conditions. The present lot realized in 18k yellow gold is preserved in very nice condition, the case with screw back is crisp and with a nice hallmark between the lugs. The enamel dial has a creamy-white color with yellow gold applied indexes and dauphine hands still undamaged. The reference 2526 is surely one of the nicest of Patek Philippe’s whole production which has been able to become a historically important watershed between what was produced before and after it. With the Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in yellow gold in 1956 and its subsequent sale on 21st March 1957.