A rare platinum and diamond-set rectangular wristwatch with associated bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1956
    Reference No: 2461
    Movement No: 976'943
    Case No: 694'406
    Material: Platinum and diamonds
    Calibre: Mechanical, 9-90, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Platinum bracelet, 180 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum and 18k pink gold concealed folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 33 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with diamond hour markers in 1956 and its subsequent sale on 2 August 1957.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This exquisite reference 2461 in platinum was manufactured in 1956. The reference was first launched in 1950 and ceased production in 1964. The watch was the successor to the reference 425. The present watch is fitted with a silvered matte dial and raised hard enamel signature and is further defined with diamond-set numerals. To complete its stunning looks, the watch has been upgraded with a heavy platinum bracelet that is from the same period as the watch. This watch makes a perfect dress watch for the collectors of vintage timepieces.

  • 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. 2461
A rare platinum and diamond-set rectangular wristwatch with associated bracelet

百達翡麗,罕有,鉑金鑲鑽石長方形腕錶,配後製鏈帶,型號2461,1956年製

1956
33 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 250,000 
€18,800-29,400
$20,000-32,000

sold for HK$375,000

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016