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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 1955
    Reference No: 2508
    Movement No: 708'753
    Case No: 2'504'386
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 27SC, 18 jewels, stamped twice with the Geneva seal
    Bracelet/Strap: Original Patek Philippe alligator strap with original hangtag
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by original Patek Philippe alligator strap and hang tag

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is always a pleasure to introduce a never-before-seen timepiece to the market, when however said timepiece is a pink gold Patek Philippe ref. 2508 in almost new-old-stock condition, pleasure gives way to sheer exhilaration.

    The present fresh-to-the-market piece represents indeed one of such incredibly rare occasions. Freshly discovered in Italy, it is truly a textbook example of how such a watch would look like when lying in the display of a shop in the 1950s. All factory finishes are perfectly unmolested, the “waterproof” sticker to the back is present. Even the bracelet is the original one, obviously never used and still featuring the original paper sale tag.

    We are in the presence of a timepiece that would make the most demanding purist cry in awe - and a unique opportunity for any enthusiast of the field.

    Launched in 1951, at 35.5mm reference 2508 was quite a large timepiece for the time, when typical gentlemen’s wristwatches measured a mere 33mm diameter. The model was intended for a more intensive and professional use than the usual Patek Philippe dress watch, even featuring a screw-down case back, enabling the watch to be water resistant - a feature found on a small minority of vintage Patek Philippe’s production. Reference 2508 most notably features center seconds, powered by the calibre 27SC (SC for Secondes au Centre), one of the most appreciated vintage, manually-wound, center seconds calibers made by any manufacturer. The caliber 27SC also serves the base for the movements used in some of the most hallowed complicated Patek Philippe vintage models such as the reference 2497. The Taubert-sourced case features the gently downturned and curvaceous lugs seen on the venerable reference 1463.

  • 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. 2508
An unbelievable and highly collectible almost new-old-stock pink gold wristwatch with center seconds, waterproof case and sticker on the back

Circa 1955
35mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for CHF77,470

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024