PROPERTY OF AN ASIAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR
• cal. 13 manual winding nickel lever movement, 23 jewels, mono-metallic balance • silvered dial, applied gold dot and Arabic numerals, 3 subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30-minute register and date with moon-phases, outer ring for tachometer scale • 18k pink gold case, square chronograph pushers, snap-on case back • case, dial and movement signed • with an 18k pink gold Gay Frères link bracelet
With an Extract from the Archives confirming production with applied indexes in 1951 and sale on July 2nd, 1953.
The iconic Ref. 1518 was the first wristwatch ever serially produced by any watch manufacturer that combines the complication of a perpetual calendar, a chronograph and the phases of the moon. Introduced in 1941, produced during and after World War II, a total of 281 pieces were made with the majority made in yellow gold, until its production ceased in 1954. This elegant watch is easily recognizable with its square chronograph pushers, elongated lugs and feuille hands, all harmonizing beautifully within a classic Calatrava case. This design was an inspiration to later references, including the Ref. 2499, 3970, 5970 and now the 5170.
The present example in 18k pink gold is highly collectable and extremely rare. According to our research, this is one of 46 pink gold cases publicly known, out of a total of approximately 60 pieces made. Adding to its exceptional rarity, the dial of this watch bears a "Mile" tachometer making it one of only four known to the market of the 46 pink gold examples.
This piece has never appeared at auction before and was kept in a private collection for over 30 years, acquired in Zurich by the owner. This timepiece is a well-preserved example of this reference, and was serviced within the last ten years. Furthermore, the present watch is further enhanced with a finely crafted 18k pink gold bracelet by Gay Frères.
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