A highly rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds, luminous markers and hands

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1955
    Reference No: 2508
    Movement No: 704'962
    Case No: 691'479
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 27 SC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Metal buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, dial further signed Hausmann & Co.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with lapped gold indexes and radium in 1955 and its subsequent sale on May 16, 1956.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1951, reference 2508 was large for the period. Boasting a 35mm case, it also featured a screw-down case back, enabling the watch to be water resistant. Powered by the caliber 27 SC, reference 2508 most notably features center seconds.

    The present watch, preserved in excellent condition, displays the signature of Hausmann & Co. at 6 o'clock. Most impressively, the dial displays luminous markers and hands, which is exceedingly rare. To date, this is the only known reference 2508 to display this particular configuration and signed by Hausmann & Co. Most importantly, the dial is confirmed by the Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives.

    Fresh to the auction market, this particular timepiece is preserved in remarkable condition. While one hallmark is crisp and visible beneath the crown, another hallmark is also preserved between the lugs. The back of the lug retains crisp definition, and satin finishes are still present. Furthermore, the hard enamel signature is present and raised, attesting to the untouched nature of the dial.

  • 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. 2508
A highly rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds, luminous markers and hands

1955
35mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, dial further signed Hausmann & Co.

Estimate
CHF25,000 - 50,000 
€22,900-45,800
$25,100-50,200

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Contact Specialist
Virginie Liatard-Roessli
Specialist, Head of Sale
+41 76 338 91 03
vliatard@phillips.com

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