Patek Philippe - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1951
    Reference No: 2483
    Movement No: 700'680
    Case No: 661'463
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 27SC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Gay Frères bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 32.5 mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case back furthermore with engraved inscription "M.H.N. 9.14.1953"
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1951 and its subsequent sale on August 30, 1951

  • Catalogue Essay

    The classic Patek Philippe Calatrava, reference 2483, was made in two versions, one featuring a subsidiary dial for seconds, and the other with sweeping centre seconds. Only in production for a short period of time in the 1950s, it is an especially rare reference.

    The present example encased in stainless steel is one of less than a handful known with centre seconds and applied Breguet numerals. The dial is full of character and has aged to a beautiful champagne color. Sharp edges and strong definition is evident throughout the lugs, bezel and case, further enhancing its rarity and beauty.

    Elegant yet masculine, it's fitted on a period correct Gay Frères bracelet that smartly complements it.

  • 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. 2483
A very rare and elegant stainless steel wristwatch with centre seconds, Breguet numerals and Gay Frères bracelet

32.5 mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, case back furthermore with engraved inscription "M.H.N. 9.14.1953"

CHF20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF43,750

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm