Reference 1526 | A pink gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, Circa 1947 | 百達翡麗 | 型號1526 | 粉紅金萬年曆腕錶，備月相顯示，約1947年製
A pink gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, Circa 1947
Calibre: cal. 12'''120Q mechanical, 18 jewels
Movement number: 927'649
Case: 18k pink gold, snap on case back
Case number: 641'822
Closure: brown Patek Philippe alligator strap and 18k pink gold buckle
Size: 34 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The perpetual calendar is working properly. The dial with spotting and some cleaning over the years. The spotting mainly congregates in the subsidiary register. There is area of losses underneath the bezel throughout that can be seen greatest between 10 and 12 o'clock. The case is in very well preserved condition with thick lugs and hallmarks to the band at 2 o'clock and underneath the lug at 7 o'clock. The crown has been upgraded during a service. Overall a nice charismatic example.
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."
In 1941 Patek Philippe officially launched its first production series perpetual calendar wristwatch, reference 1526 alongside the reference 1518. For the first time ever there was a perpetual calendar available on the market. The reference was in production until 1952 when it was replaced the reference 2497.
According to literature, 210 pieces were made, the majority being cased in yellow gold, far fewer in pink gold and 1 example identified in stainless steel. There have been only 34 examples identified back to the market including the present watch in pink gold.
Purchased by the current owner back in 1997 at auction in Geneva, the watch has slept since this date not being used in almost 25 years. The case is in extremely well preserved condition with thick lugs and strong hallmarks to the band at 2 o’clock and under the lug at 7 o’clock. The dial has easily recognizable tarnishing which gives the watch a lot of character. It is more common than not for dials of watches from this period to tarnish in this way due to the snap on case back that would permit the elements through the case construction.