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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1984
    Reference No: 2499/100
    Movement No: 869’284
    Case No: 2’792’140
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, 13’’’Q
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k gold, signed PPC
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Patek Philippe Original Certificate of Origin dated 26th July 1984, stamped by Beyer and with Beyer’s stock number 236217 written in green ink, fitted presentation box with outer packaging and Extract from the Archives confirming the date of manufacture in 1984 and its subsequent sale on July 17th 1984.
    Literature: For another example of reference 2499/100, please see Patek Philippe Museum, Patek Philippe Watches - Volume II, page 307

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 2499/100 is the 4th and last generation of Patek Philippe’s most iconic perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch. It was introduced in 1980 and remains in production until 1985 when replaced by reference 3970. Collectors consider it the last true vintage masterpiece with these signature complications and excellent examples, like the present one, are becoming rarer and rarer. Made in 1984, this example was retailed by Beyer in Zurich, the distinguished family-owned retailer at Bahnhofstrasse. Beyer Chronometrie is one of the very few retailers in the world who have been granted the privilege, as late as the 1980s, to apply their signatures on the dials of Patek Philippe’s most complicated watches. Beyer also marked each Patek Philippe with their internal code, a fact little known amongst collectors. This reference 2499/100 is coded inside the case back. Much to the educated collectors delight, the original certificate of this trophy watch is still present some over 30 years later. As a connoisseur would expect, it also features the internal Beyer code, handwritten in green ballpoint pen. We understand that this watch is now being offered by the second owner since new. The case has extraordinary proportions and appears to have never been re-polished. Without exaggeration, this double-signed reference 2499/100 is a premium example and a trophy for any discerning collector.

  • 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. 2499/100
A very fine and rare yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch, retailed by Beyer, with original certificate and box

38mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF300,000 - 500,000 

Sold for CHF533,000

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm