Reference 2416 | A pink gold wristwatch, Circa 1950 | 百達翡麗 | 型號2416 | 粉紅金腕錶，約1950年製
A pink gold wristwatch, Circa 1950
Calibre: mechanical, jewelled
Movement number: 973'435
Case: 18k pink gold, snap on case back
Case number: 512'570
Closure: brown unsigned crocodile strap and 18k pink gold Patek Philippe buckle
Size: 39 mm length x 23 mm width
Signed: case, dial and movement
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The dial has been re-printed during a service. The case with nice lines and facets. There is a crisp hallmark to the left of the crown.
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.
The present reference, manufactured in the 1950s is a very rare example. No scholarship exists as to when the reference was introduced or how many were made. One can find a handful appearing at auction of the last two decades.
In line with the ever growing demand for more unusual case designs, the present watch illustrates the period in that it was made and how the lines and case designs really did mirror that of the architecture and its influence on society during the 1950s.