With an Extract from the Archives confirming production with applied indexes in 1952 and sale on October 23rd, 1952.
The Ref. 1491 was produced in two versions, first with a caliber 12-120 with subsidiary seconds as in the present lot, and then with a caliber 12 SC with center seconds. Both versions feature the iconic scroll lugs that exemplify Patek Philippe's bold design spirit in the 1940s. For a similar model, see Huber, M. & Banbery, A., Patek Philippe, Vol. II, Second Edition, p 177.
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