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Patek Philippe
REF 2497 PINK GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH CENTRE SECONDS, MOON PHASES AND VICHET CASE MADE IN 1953
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Patek Philippe
REF 2497 PINK GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH CENTRE SECONDS, MOON PHASES AND VICHET CASE MADE IN 1953
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Patek Philippe
REF 2497 PINK GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH CENTRE SECONDS, MOON PHASES AND VICHET CASE MADE IN 1953
Dial: silvered
Calibre: cal. 27SC Q manual winding, 18 jewels
Movement number: 888'017
Case: 18k pink gold, snap-on back
Case number: 674'390
Closure: Patek Philippe crocodile strap and 18k pink gold buckle
Dimensions: 36.7 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe presentation case and Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on August 18th, 1971
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Catalogue Note

This very fine and rare reference 2497 first series comes in extraordinary condition with exquisite proportions and incredibly well-defined fluting to the lugs.

The reference 2497 is historically important and was produced from 1951 until it was discontinued in 1963. It was the world's first perpetual calendar wristwatch with centre seconds and remained the only one in the history of Patek Philippe until the introduction of reference 5050 in 1993, which was an impressive 30 years after the production of the 2497 ceased. A rare and sought-after reference, less than 200 pieces were made and only around 20 of them in pink gold according to research. 

Reference 2497 can be divided into a first and second series, depending on the case maker. First series cases were made by Emile Vichet and second series cases made by Wenger. The case by Wenger featured a domed back and slightly shorter lugs while the Vichet case is distinguished by its flat case back and longer, more prominent lugs that are shaped like claws which perfectly match the concave bezel. First series examples are much rarer since only the earliest 40 or 50 watches of this reference were equipped with Vichet cases.

The present first series example has the Geneva master case maker key number 9 engraved inside the case back. Without a doubt this pink gold example with its extremely well-defined case provides a very rare opportunity to acquire something exceptional for one's collection. 

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