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A RARE AND IMPORTANT YELLOW GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH  REF 2499/100 MVT 869258 CASE 2792114 MADE IN 1982
• cal. 13''' manual winding nickel-finished lever movement, stamped with the seal of Geneva, 23 jewels • silvered dial, applied gold faceted indexes, Dauphine hands, apertures for day and month, subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30-minute register, date combined with fan-form sector for moon-phases, outer tracking calibrated for 60 seconds • 18k yellow gold case with concave bezel, two round chronograph pushers to the band, fluted lugs, snap-on back • case, dial and movement signed • with an 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp
diameter 38 mm
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With an Extract of the Archives confirming manufacture in 1982 and a presentation case.

Catalogue Note

Produced from 1950, reference 2499 is recognized as one of the most important wristwatches made by Patek Philippe. The successor to the legendary reference 1518, the world’s first perpetual calendar and chronograph wristwatch produced in series. The 2499 was replaced in 1985 by reference 3970.

With only 349 pieces made in total, or an average of only nine pieces per year, reference 2499 holds a distinguished place among the firm's exceptional perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatches. It is an extremely rare piece and one that was made with the utmost attention paid to each detail.

Reference 2499 underwent four major evolutions over its 35 year production run:
- The first was distinguished by its square chronograph pushers, applied Arabic numerals and, in most examples, a tachometer scale. 
- The second series introduced round chronograph pushers, either applied baton or applied Arabic numerals and tachometer scale.   
- The third series was produced from 1960 until 1978. It is distinguished by its simple dial design, having dropped the tachometer scale. 
- Finally, the fourth series, to which the present example belongs, also referred to as reference 2944/100, differed from the third series by its sapphire crystal.

The present lot, in beautiful cosmetic and perfect working condition, belongs to the second series of the 2499/100 with its slightly different case made by Ateliers Réunis. The dial is also slightly different with smaller numerals for the 30-minutes counter.

According to literature, only 100 pieces of reference 2499/100 were produced. With its distinctive sapphire crystal, this extremely rare reference has to be considered as the link between the vintage and the modern production of the celebrated manufacture.

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