PATEK PHILIPPE | REFERENCE 2533 A YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1964
A YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1964
Caliber: cal. 27 SC mechanical, 18 jewels
Movement number: 711'400
Case: 18k yellow gold, screw-down case back
Case number: 675'294
Closure: 14k yellow gold associated bracelet with clasp
Dimensions: 35 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 170 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on March 4, 1975
Case: The case is in overall good condition with some superficial scratches and light patina. Previous polish in our view. Please note that the bracelet is unsigned and the piece was originally sold on a leather strap. The total gram weight is approximately 74.6g.
Dial: The dial is in overall good condition with some light dust. A minor spot beneath the word 'Geneve'. Hands have been relumed in our view. Luminous material has been removed out of the indexes. Some oxidation and scratches throughout the indexes.
Movement: 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.
The ref. 2533 replaced the ref. 565 as Patek Philippe’s large waterproof Calatrava in the 1950s. Launched in 1952, the ref. 2533 was believed to have been discontinued in the late 1950s — until the discovery of this fresh to market watch. This example rewrites the history books with its 1964 production date and sale in 1975, making it the last known ref. 2533 to be sold by Patek Philippe. This style was made in two versions. The ref. 2522 featured a caliber 12-400 and subsidiary second. The identical ref. 2533 was made with sweep seconds and the celebrated caliber 27 SC. The presently offered example is only the fifth ref. 2533 known to exist. Preserved in incredible condition with an associated period 14k (non-Patek Philippe) bracelet, this watch is a wearable work of art and a fascinating alternative to the more well-known ref. 565.