A rare pink gold wristwatch with indirect centre seconds and unusual lugs

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1943
    Reference No: 1536
    Movement No: 864'376
    Case No: 632'488
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, 12-120 SC
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold, signed PPC
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvery rose dial in 1943 and its subsequent sale on June 7th, 1945.
    Literature: For another example of reference 1536, see Patek Philippe Watches, Martin Huber and Alan Banbury, page 182.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The lugs of a wristwatch can completely change its looks and many manufacturers played with numerous ideas and designs throughout the 20th century. With its substantial cone shaped lugs reference 1536 is without a doubt one of Patek Philippe’s boldest and most artistic design of the 1940s.The present example in rose gold is fitted with calibre 12-120 SC, featuring indirect centre seconds. This ébauche, originally designed to feature subsidiary seconds, was upgraded by Victorin Piguet upon Patek Philippe’s request.

  • 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. 1536
A rare pink gold wristwatch with indirect centre seconds and unusual lugs

1943
18k pink gold
35mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 15,000 

sold for CHF22,500

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