A very fine and extremely rare pink gold wristwatch with diamond-set numerals dial

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1964
    Reference No: 2573/1
    Movement No: 796'699
    Case No: 429'012
    Material: 18k pink gold and diamond
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 23-300, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 33mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with diamond markers in 1964 and its subsequent sale on June 11th, 1965

  • Catalogue Essay

    The 1960s was a period of political and cultural turmoil with a breaking down of traditional societal norms and a greater emphasis on individual freedoms. However there remained pockets of classical traditionalism and the present reference 2573 is an exemplary model of waning days of the classic dress watch. Within a few short years stainless steel masculine watches would become the new watch to wear.

    This extremely rare example with diamond markers confirmed on the extract is in wonderful condition with strong case proportions. This classic is sure to please the most discerning collector.

  • Maker Bio

    Patek Philippe

    Swiss • 1839

    Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.

    Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.

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FROM AN IMPORTANT ASIAN COLLECTOR

Ref. 2573/1
A very fine and extremely rare pink gold wristwatch with diamond-set numerals dial

百達翡麗,型號2573/1,精細和十分罕有,18K玫瑰金腕錶,配鑽石時標錶盤,約1964年製。附後補證書

1964
33mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 260,000 
€17,600-28,600
$20,500-33,300

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018