Patek Philippe | Calatrava, Reference 2526, A yellow gold wristwatch with enamel dial, Retailed by Serpico y Laino, Made in 1958 | 百達翡麗 | Calatrava 型號2526 黃金腕錶，備琺瑯錶盤，由Serpico y Laino發行，1958年製
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Property of an International Collector
Calatrava, Reference 2526
A yellow gold wristwatch with enamel dial, Retailed by Serpico y Laino, Made in 1958
黃金腕錶，備琺瑯錶盤，由Serpico y Laino發行，1958年製
Calibre: cal. 12'''600 automatic, 30 jewels
Movement number: 765'514
Case: 18k yellow gold, screw down case back stamped Serpico y Laino
Case number: 2'602'840
Closure: brown Patek Phillipe alligator strap and 18k yellow gold buckle
Size: 35 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with enamel dial and laped hour markers in 1958 and its subsequent sale on 31st October 1958
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The dial has an attractive ivory colour. The 1 o'clock numeral has been re-applied with residue noticed with a loupe under the numeral. There is a minor hairline at 5 o'clock. The case with a crisp hallmarks between the lugs at 6 o'clock. The case with only minor polishing and light surface wear. There is some minor indentation under the top left lug. The case back with light surface wear and is stamped for the retailer.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports 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. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands 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."
The reference 2526 was first manufactured in 1953 as the first wristwatch from Patek Philippe to bear a self-winding movement. Demonstrating minimalistic at its best, the reference 2526 has been seen produced in a yellow, pink and white gold as well as platinum case, in either enamel or silvered dial. However, it is the watches with an enamel dial that has captured the hearts of all collectors and have set the definite tone for the Calatrava style.
Today the reference 2526 has become a staple timepiece among collectors for its classic and handsome appeal. The present example retailed and signed by Serpico y Laino is especially sought after amongst collectors today for its immense rarity and minute differences. With a beautiful off-white double signed dial and correct case back, the present watch offers an enduring value and exclusivity for discerning collectors.