Property From A Distinguished Texan Collector
Reference 2552 'The Flying Saucer' A yellow gold automatic wristwatch, Made in 1955
June 10, 06:06 PM GMT
12,000 - 18,000 USD
Reference 2552 'The Flying Saucer'
A yellow gold automatic wristwatch, Made in 1955
Caliber: cal. 12-600 automatic, 30 jewels
Movement number: 762'466
Case: 18k yellow gold, screw down case back
Case number: 689'818
Closure: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
Size: 36 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on May 14, 1956
The reference 2551 was one of Patek Philippe’s earliest automatic wristwatch models and featured their first and revered automatic movement, the caliber 12-600 also used in reference 2526. In fact, 14 references in total shared this legendary movement, produced in circa 7,100 examples, and with around 650 being cased in Wenger made 2552 cases. These cases featured the double P crowns, indicating the watch's waterproofness, combined with its screw-down case back. The Stern Freres made dials usually featured applied indexes with pearled outer minute scale and unique cross and index combination on the small running seconds. Of special note is the present lot, with an unusual subsidiary dial layout featuring an open cross with batons. Of the suspected 580 cased in yellow gold, only 62 have been known to the market since production ended in 1960.