Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX Geneva Friday, November 10, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1956
    Reference No: 2585
    Movement No: 762’967
    Case No: 694'408
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 12-600, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe pin buckle.
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1956 and its subsequent sale on December 18, 1956.
    Literature: The only other known example of reference 2585 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Watches, pp. 352 & 253 by John Goldberger

  • Catalogue Essay

    The ultimate rarity of this timepiece resides in the association of two simple words : automatic and steel. The present reference 2585 is the only vintage automatic Patek Philippe Calatrava featuring cal. 12-600 housed in a stainless steel case.

    The only known example of a reference 2585 was featured in John Goldberger’s Patek Philippe Steel Watches and sold by Phillips on May 2015.

    We are delighted to have discovered and to now offer for sale the second known example.

    This model is powered by the now iconic automatic Patek Philippe caliber 12-600, considered by the cognoscenti as being the most beautiful vintage automatic wristwatch movement ever designed. It is not only finished to the highest degree as attested by the Geneva seal but it also features a Gyromax balance and an 18k gold guilloche rotor.

    This movement was obviously reserved for Patek Philippe’s more exclusive timepieces and we believe that, by housing it in a stainless steel case, Patek Philippe either was responding to a special order or intended these models as prototypes/tests.

    The screwed back stainless steel case of the present model is in superb condition with long downturned lugs and crisp polished bevels. The combination of the steel case and monochrome silver dial give an aura of vivid modernism to this timepiece.

    The present reference 2585 is a collector’s dream, it is understated yet gorgeous and one of the world’s most elusive and rare watches.

  • 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. 2585
An extremely rare and highly attractive stainless steel self-winding wristwatch

35mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF100,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017