13''' nickel lever movement stamped twice with the seal of Geneva, 23 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, 8 adjustments, precision regulator • silvered dial, applied Arabic numerals, gold feuille hands, apertures for day and month, subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30-minute register and date combined with fan-form aperture for moon-phases, outer tachometer scale calibrated for miles • 18k gold case with concave bezel, two rectangular chronograph pushers to the band, snap back • case, dial and movement signed • with an 18k gold Patek Philippe buckle
Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming production in 1953 and sale on October 1st, 1956.
Reference 2499 was manufactured between 1950 and 1985. During the 35 years of production, just 349 pieces were made, equating to an average of 9 examples a year. The first series is by far the rarest and research shows that there may have been no more than 40 pieces made in yellow gold. Very few examples of the reference are known to feature a mile rather than kilometer tachometer dial as featured on the present wristwatch. With its crisp flat rectangular pushers, the first series 2499 is immediately distinguishable from all later series, each of which has round chronograph pushers.
The 2499 is recognised as one of the most important perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatches made by Patek Philippe. When it was launched in 1950, Patek Philippe was still the only watchmaker to manufacture such a complication. The first series 2499 was some 2mm larger in diameter than the reference 1518 that it was introduced to replace. With rounded sides and finely stepped down-turned lugs, the 2499 first series is substantial in size with its 'bassine' case. As testament to the reference 2499's classic styling, reflections of the first series 2499 can be seen in the recently launched ref.5970 which echoes its forebear in both design and appearance, especially with its rectangular pushers and tachometer dial.
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