A very fine and very rare pink gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1951
    Reference No: 1526
    Movement No: 966'933
    Case No: 663'009
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 12'''120
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 34 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1951 and its subsequent sale on 14 January 1953.
    Literature: For another example of a reference 1526, please see Patek Philippe Museum Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, pages 288 and 289.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe reference 1526 was first introduced in 1945 and remained in production until 1952. The majority were cased in yellow gold with far fewer examples known in pink gold. The present watch has been preserved in very attractive and original condition with very crisp gold marks to the band and under the lugs. The lugs still retain nice and thick original proportions and the dial, too, is very attractive. Overall, this is a very good example of a pink 1526.

  • 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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Ref. 1526
A very fine and very rare pink gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases

百達翡麗,非常精細及罕有,18K紅金腕錶,配萬年曆及月相顯示,型號1526,1951年製

1951
34 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$800,000 - 1,600,000 
€93,900-188,000
$100,000-200,000

sold for HK$1,750,000

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016