This model, Ref. 2471, sometimes referred to as the 'Bear Claw' or 'Ram's Horn', was first launched in 1950. It is one of the largest and rarest rectangular models produced by Patek Philippe at this time.
There have been fewer than 10 examples of this model to appear at auction in recent years.
The case of the watch was made by Markowski, one of the finest case makers based in Geneva who specialised in unusual-shaped cases including the 'Eiffel Tower,' Ref. 2441, and the 'Banana,' Ref. 2442.
For an illustration of a similar example, see Huber & Banbery, Patek Philippe Wristwatches, Vol. 2, Second Edition, p. 132, pl. 185.
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