The reference forces the observer to ask a fascinating question: how a watch so complicated can be so astoundingly beautiful? The key to this? Simplicity. While seemingly counter intuitive creating something simple is an incredibly complex feat. It is one, nonetheless, that Patek seem to have absolutely perfected and few things are testament to this as much as the reference above.
The case, of which approximately 215 were made in yellow gold, manufactured by Emile Vichet (as indicated by the Poinçon de Maître number 9 stamped on the inside case back) epitomises minimalism. Square pushers adorn the band flanking a prominent and very pleasing oversized crown, specific only to models manufactured after 1949, as with the present lot. Simple lugs and a solid snap-on case back is combined with a thin bezel which allows the dial clarity and dominance.
This 1518 is in extremely well preserved condition. The lugs are exceptionally think and the hallmarks to the band and under the lug are extremely crisp. The case has now developed a nice patina throughout and give the watch a great deal of character. The dial is free of any cosmetic intervention and has a lovely signature raised in hard enamel. Overall, this 1518 is one of the nicest to have appeared in recent years.
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