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Patek Philippe

Reference 2526 A yellow gold wristwatch with a first series black enamel dial and bracelet, Made in 1954

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Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe

Reference 2526 A yellow gold wristwatch with a first series black enamel dial and bracelet, Made in 1954

Reference 2526 A yellow gold wristwatch with a first series black enamel dial and bracelet, Made in 1954

Reference 2526 

A yellow gold wristwatch with a first series enamel dial and bracelet, Made in 1954

Dial: black enamel, first series

Caliber: cal. 12-600AT automatic, 30 jewels

Movement number: 761'304

Case: 18k yellow gold, screw down case back

Case number: 684'527

Closure: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet with clasp

Size: 35.5 mm diameter 

Signed: case, dial and movement 

Box: yes

Papers: no

Accessories: Patek Philippe presentation box with outer packaging and Extract from the Archives confirming the black dial and the date of sale on May 23, 1955

Case: The case and bracelet are in overall very good condition with light signs of wear and previous light polish. The lugs retain excellent thick proportions. The case back with more visible surface wear. Please note that the Patek Philippe bracelet was later added but is period correct.


Dial: The black enamel with no visible hairlines with some light dust. Overall in very good condition. Some superficial scratches throughout the hands and 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.

Launched in 1953, the Ref. 2526 houses Patek Philippe's first ever self-winding caliber 12-600AT. Widely considered the finest and most beautiful automatic movements ever made by any brand and from any period. Only produced for 8 years over a handful of references, its most successful home was found in the Baumgartner made case of the Ref 2526, with its 35.5mm diameter and exquisitely constructed dials. The first series of the reference 2526 is distinguished by its twice-baked enamel dial and gold indices set into the enamel using pins or feet. These flared holes under the numerals give the dial an extraordinary 3 dimensional quality and add to the alure of these early examples. Whilst most of these first series examples have ivory/eggshell dials, a handful, like the current watch were produced with rare factory black dials. Black dialed Patek Philippe’s from this era, confirmed on their extract form the archives like this example are some of the most desirable examples ever made, rarely coming to market and are a collectors dream. The high contrast between the gold case, luscious deep black dial and gold applied indexes make its appeal obviously from first inspection. 

Elevating the current watch further is the condition of its dial, free of any hairline cracks or other imperfections and having aged exceptionally well and combined with its strong case proportions, original PP crown (indicating water resistance) and the presence of its period correct 18k gold Patek Philippe signed bracelet and clasp.

In addition, the watch retains its Patek Philippe presentation box and outer packaging and an Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives confirming the date of sale as May 23, 1955.