Lot 235
  • 235

Patek Philippe

18,000 - 28,000 CHF
23,750 CHF
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    REF 2526 MVT 760109 CASE 674980 1ST SERIES MADE IN 1953
  • Yellow gold
• cal. 12-600 automatic lever movement, 30 jewels, adjusted to 5 positions, Gyromax balance, 18k yellow gold rotor • enamel dial, applied baton indexes, subsidiary seconds, outer pearled minute track • 18k yellow gold polished case, PP crown, screw-down back • case, dial and movement signed • with an 18k yellow gold buckle

Catalogue Note

The movement in this timepiece is part of the first 500 pieces with calibre 12-600AT which did not yet have the ball-bearing feature on the winding rotor.

The Ref. 2526, first manufactured in 1953, was the first self-winding wristwatch made by Patek Philippe. With its production ceased in 1960, it has become an iconic piece among collectors in today's market due to the classic and handsome appearance of the enamel dial.

Produced in yellow, pink and white gold, as well as platinum, the greatest majority of these timepieces are in yellow gold. The first series can be identified by the off-white enamel dial and the flared index settings and the large index at 6.

This model features the 12-600AT movement, an engineering marvel which made its debut at the 1953 Basel Fair. As the first automatic movement made by the firm, its debut was delayed until the Hans Wilsdorf's 1933 patent for a full-rotation self-winding movement expired. At the time of its release, it was one of the most highly-jewelled calibres for a time-only watch produced by Patek Philippe, or indeed any firm.

For further discussion of the launch of Ref. 2526, see Reardon, J. Patek Philippe in America, p. 154. 

Examples of Ref. 2526 are illustrated in Huber, M. & Banbery, A., Patek Philippe, Vol. II, Second Edition, pp. 213 and 216-7. Cal. 12-600 is illustrated on p. 214 of the same text.