Lot 332
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Patek Philippe

200,000 - 300,000 CHF
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    REF 2499 THIRD SERIES MVT 869447 CASE 2700399 MADE IN 1972
  • yellow gold
  • diameter 38 mm
• cal. 13'''manual winding movement, stamped with the seal of Geneva, 20 jewels • silvered dial, applied faceted square and baton indexes, three subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30-minute register, and date combined with fan-form aperture for moon-phases, apertures for day and month in Italian, Dauphine hands • 18k yellow gold case, scooped bezel, stepped lugs, snap-on back case, dial and movement signed

Catalogue Note

This exceptional wristwatch was previously unknown to the market and is the only example of the third series of this famous model to feature the iconic Italian retailer’s signature, Gobbi, to the dial. From the beginning of the 20th Century, Patek Philippe shared an important relationship with Gobbi and the Milanese retailer was one of the first to represent the Geneva manufacturer in Italy. Founded in 1842, Gobbi is managed today by Luca Pozzolini Gobbi and his daughter Serena, who represents the sixth generation. As the watch was retailed in Italy, the silvered dial features Italian calendar apertures. The gold case has wonderfully thick, stepped lugs and a scooped bezel.

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

With only 349 pieces made in total, representing an average of just nine pieces per year, reference 2499 holds a distinguished place among the firm's exceptional perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatches. It is a highly refined model and one that was made with the utmost attention paid to every detail of its design.

Reference 2499 underwent four major evolutions over its 35-year production run:
- The first series 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, to which the present example belongs, was produced from 1960 until 1978, it is distinguished by the clarity of its dial’s design, with no outer tachometer scale. 
- Finally, the fourth series, also referred to as reference 2944/100, differed from the third series by the addition of a sapphire crystal.

Reference 2499 is illustrated, along with explanations of the perpetual calendar and chronograph functions, in Huber, M., and Banbery, A., Patek Philippe Wristwatches, Vol. II, Second Edition, pp. 298-302.