- AN IMPORTANT AND EXTREMELY RARE LARGE YELLOW GOLD CENTRE SECONDS PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON-PHASES
REF 2497 MVT 888126 CASE 696489 MADE IN 1955
- yellow gold
applied faceted baton numerals, sweep seconds, fan-form sector for
moon-phases combined with date, apertures for month and day, dauphine
hands • 18k yellow gold case with scooped bezel and stepped lugs, snap-on
back • case, dial and movement signed
With the exception of the chronograph buttons, the case of reference 2497 is extremely close to the celebrated reference 2499 (please refer to lot 150 and the following lot), which was introduced during the same period. Nevertheless, according to literature, the perpetual calendar Ref. 2497 was produced in less than 1/3rd of the quantity of its chronograph cousin. Indeed, it is believed that only 115 reference 2497 models were delivered. This extremely limited production is nearly half that of the preceding and first of Patek Philippe’s series produced perpetual calendars (also without chronograph), the reference 1526.
Following the end of production of references 2497 and 2438, the combination of sweep centre seconds, perpetual calendar and moon-phases was not re-introduced by Patek Philippe until the mid 1990s, with the launch of reference 5050.
Reference 2497 is commonly divided into two series:
- the first series was distinguished by a combination Arabic and dot numeral dial with feuille hands
- the second series was fitted with applied faceted baton numerals and Dauphine hands.
The masculine and elegant gold case of this watch is perfectly complimented by the symmetrical, linear design of the dial with its faceted, Dauphine hands. The present lot is a beautiful example of the second series and this exceptional wristwatch would be a superb addition to any connoisseur’s collection.