A very fine and extremely rare yellow gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with phases of the moon, screw-back, center seconds and "no-circle" dial

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1958
    Reference No: 2438/1
    Movement No: 888'156
    Case No: 2'619'195
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 27SC Q, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold pin buckle signed Patek Philippe
    Dimensions: 37mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming year of manufacture in 1958 and its subsequent sale on April 6, 1962
    Literature: This reference is illustrated in "Patek Philippe Wristwatches" by M. Huber & A. Banbery, 2nd edition, pp. 285 & 287.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Encased in 18k yellow gold, the reference 2438/1 houses the calibre 27 SC Q perpetual calendar movement with phases of the moon. The rounded Wenger-made case incorporates a screwdown caseback with beautifully curved, stepped lugs. Reference 2438/1 was launched at about the same time when the second series of the iconic reference 2499 was presented. What they share in common is a strong, new dial design, now featuring facetted baton numerals and, a first, masculine dauphine hands. The large, rounded case with the typical downturned fluted lugs are already well established as the main component of the family’s DNA.

    The present lot, fresh to the market, is arguably one of the very best examples of a ny reference 2438/1 in yellow gold known – a premium example for the most discerning collector.

  • 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. 2438/1
A very fine and extremely rare yellow gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with phases of the moon, screw-back, center seconds and "no-circle" dial

1958
37mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF300,000 - 600,000 
€275,000-551,000
$309,000-618,000

sold for CHF406,000

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Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016