PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN COLLECTOR
• cal.13-130Q damascened nickel lever movement, 23 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, 8 adjustments, precision regulator • silvered dial, applied pink gold Arabic numerals and feuille hands, apertures for day and month, subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30-minute register and date combined with aperture for moon-phases, outer tachometer scale • large circular case with scooped bezel, stepped, curved down-turned lugs, the case sides and lugs satin finished, rectangular stain finished flat pushers with polished sides, snap-off flat case back with scooped edges, case back with London import hallmarks for 1955 • with an 18k pink gold Patek Philippe buckle
Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming production in 1951 and sale on April 17th, 1956.
Sotheby's New York, April 5th, 2004, lot 335, Property of a Gentleman.
Reference 2499 is recognised as one of the most important perpetual calendar wristwatches ever made by Patek Philippe and the first series, in particular, is seen by many as the archetypal complication wristwatch. Manufactured between 1950 and 1985, only 349 examples in a total of four series were made. Research shows that approximately 40 pieces in the first series were made in yellow gold yet, in pink gold, to the best of our knowledge, only 4 examples are currently known. Interestingly the pink cases are numbered consecutively. There are two main case styles for the 2499 first series, one with a domed or rounded snap-on case back and shorter down-turned lugs, the other with flat snap-on case back and longer, more deeply curved and stepped lugs. Interestingly all four of the pink gold 1st series perpetual calendar reference 2499 wristwatches feature this more pronounced case.
The current outstanding example was supplied to the British market as demonstrated by the import hallmarks for London, 1955. Interestingly this is exactly the same year of import as the famous Asprey 2499 which bears the same hallmarks. (See Sotheby's, Geneva, November 14th, 2006, lot 325).
When the 2499 was originally launched in 1950, Patek Philippe was still the only watchmaker to manufacture such a complication. As a testament to the 2499's classic styling, reflections of the first series can be seen in the contemporary reference 5970 which echoes its forebear in both design and appearance, especially with its rectangular pushers and tachometer dial.
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