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Patek Philippe
RETAILED BY GUILLERMIN: REF 1518 YELLOW GOLD PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES MADE IN 1950
Dial: silvered
Calibre: cal. 13''' manual winding, 23 jewels
Movement number: 868'004
Case: 18k yellow gold, snap-on back
Case number: 663'680
Closure: Patek Philippe alligator strap and 18k yellow gold buckle
Dimensions: 35 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on May 29th, 1952
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Catalogue Note

The 1518 is recognised as one of the most important chronograph wristwatches ever produced. So loved by the community is the 1518 that the amount of information available is so great that much of it need not be repeated here. However when one, such as with the present lot, features an attribute never seen on another example, it’s worth writing about.

The present lot is immediately distinguished by the FAB. SUISSE signature beneath the moon phases aperture. This designation, reserved for French market watches, is present in addition to French import marks to the inside case back beside marks for the retailer Guillermin. These unique features are elevated further by the fantastic condition of the case which retains its thick lugs and sharp edges, and can thus be considered as one of the best preserved examples of the reference seen on the market.

Released in 1941, the 1518 was the first perpetual calendar chronograph produced in series by any manufacture. Interestingly the very first examples were modified variants of the reference 130 before the decision was made to produce the watch in series with its specific reference number.

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