REFERENCE 2526 A YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND 'FIRST-SERIES' ENAMEL DIAL, MADE IN 1954
A YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET AND 'FIRST-SERIES' ENAMEL DIAL, MADE IN 1954
Dial: white enamel, first-series
Caliber: cal. 12'''600 automatic, 30 jewels
Movement number: 760'613
Case: 18k yellow gold, screw-down case back
Case number: 681'595
Closure: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet
Size: 36 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories:Patek Philippe presentation box and Extract from the Archives confirming sale date of August 12, 1954
Case: The case is in very good condition with only signs of surface wear. The top of the bracelet with some visible patina.
Dial: The dial is in excellent condition with no visible cracks and is original. The hour markers and hands have some light scratches to them.
Movement: The winding stem could use a service. The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
Reference 2526, launched in 1953, was the first self-winding wristwatch made by Patek Philippe and its production ceased in 1960. The present lot belongs to the first series, made shortly after the launch of the model. Early examples such as this one are sought after for their dial and case variants which distinguish them from later examples.
It has become an iconic piece among collectors in today’s market due to the classic appearance of its case and the model's signature white enamel dial. Enamel dials are rarely found on wristwatches but are greatly favored for the 'ageless' finish of their surface which is not susceptible to the oxidation and moisture damage that can harm the finish of metal dials. Indeed, if well looked after, an enamel dial can maintain its original appearance indefinitely.