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  • Condition Report

  • Description

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 1950
    Reference No: 2460
    Movement No: 704'080
    Case No: 684'431
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 27 SC, 18 jewels, stamped twice with the Geneva Seal
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 32mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: The present dial on this watch is a later dial, and as such Patek Philippe will not provide an Extract from the Archives.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1950 and in production for about that decade only, reference 2460 is an elusive dress watch by Patek Philippe with center seconds. The architecture of the watch is defined by the faceted lugs, a detail highly susceptible to careless polishing. Thankfully, this specimen is offered in absolutely unpolished condition, the beholder being able to analyze the case in all its unspoiled details. The dial as well is preserved in absolutely stellar condition, without marks, traces of oxidation or losses to the graphics. Given the superior condition of this timepiece, it is our opinion that it was hardly ever worn, making this a rare opportunity to acquire a close to "as new" timepiece 70 years old.

    The present dial on this watch is a later dial, and as such Patek Philippe will not provide an Extract from the Archives.

  • 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. 2460
An incredibly well preserved and supremely elegant yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds and faceted lugs

Circa 1950
32mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF4,000 - 8,000 
€3,700-7,500
$4,300-8,600

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021