Ref. 2499 underwent four major evolutions during its 35 year production run. Square chronograph pushers and a tachometer scale distinguish the first series, produced between 1950 and 1960. The second series, produced between 1955-1964, introduces round chronograph pushers. A simple dial design designates the third series, which Patek produced from 1960 to 1978, and a sapphire crystal demarcates the fourth series, so called the 2499/00. The present lot represents the fourth series, which was produced between 1978 and 1984.
Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co. share a remarkable history dating back to a handshake agreement between Antoine de Patek and Charles Lewis Tiffany in 1851. The two met each other during Patek’s tour in America and held a deep respect for each other due to their mutual commitment to an exceedingly high level of craftsmanship and quality in their respective fields. Tiffany formalized their handshake agreement in 1876, and the two firms have had a successful relationship which continued to grow stronger for years to come. Today, Tiffany & Co. remains the only retailer in partnership with Patek Philippe, and thus, the only firm which can still co-sign the dial of a Patek Philippe watch.
The Ref. 2499 has left an indelible mark on the industry, and the present lot is a testament to the incredible contributions by each of the firms whose signatures it bears. To the best of our knowledge, the present lot is the only known fourth series Ref. 2499 signed by Tiffany. Furthermore, it comes from the original owner, making it the first time this piece has ever been at auction.
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