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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1954
    Reference No: 2526
    Movement No: 760'896
    Case No: 682'192
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 12'''600AT, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k pink gold herringbone bracelet by Patek Philippe stamped S.& L.
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by fitted Patek Philippe presentation box and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the watch in 1954 and it sale on December 2, 1954
    Literature: A similar model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum, Volume II, pp. 244-245

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Patek Philippe reference 2526 was introduced in 1953 and was not only the brand's first model featuring a self-winding movement, the legendary caliber 12'''600 AT, but also set the standard for a timeless and elegant case design that later inspired references 5035 and 5036.

    The present model is considered to be one of the most iconic time only wristwatches by many collectors and is preserved in very good original condition. The rarity of the present watch in pink gold is further enhanced by the fact that not only is the dial signed ‘Serpico y Laino’ (Patek Philippe’s retailer in Caracas, Venezuela) but also the case back and clasp are stamped with S.&L. The pristine white enamel dial is of the first generation type, characterized by the small dimples in the enamel surface that can be seen underneath the top and bottom of each baton hour marker. Mainly produced in yellow gold, the present pink gold example is fitted with an impressive pink gold herringbone bracelet. Fresh to the market, it is only the 7th example of a first series reference 2526 in pink gold, retailed by Serpico y Laino, known to scholars.

  • Artist Biography

    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. 2526
A very fine and rare pink gold wristwatch with enamel dial and bracelet, retailed by Serpico y Laino

1954
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF40,000 - 60,000 
€36,700-55,100
$41,200-61,800

Sold for CHF77,500

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Geneva Auction 15 May 2016