Reference 2552 'The Flying Saucer' A yellow gold automatic wristwatch, Made in 1955
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
Case: The case is in overall very good condition with superficial scratches throughout from normal signs of wear. The gold marks on the lugs are visible and clear. The lugs retain excellent proportions. Some light patina to the case. Crystal glazing with some surface scuffing. A very faint stock number etched into the top right lug 'P106', visible under a loupe.
Dial: The dial is in overall excellent and the signature is very attractive. Little signs of imperfections to the dial. The hands and indexes with some light wear and patina.
Movement: The movement is running at time of cataloguing, 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.
***Please be advised that the bands on this watch are made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) and thus not sold with the watch, they are for display purposes only. We will remove these bands prior to international shipping and the state of California.***
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 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.