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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1951
    Reference No: 1513
    Movement No: 968'426
    Case No: 651'425
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12'''-120, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Extract from the Archives confirming production year of the present watch in 1951 and its subsequent sale on October 25, 1951

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe wristwatches encased in steel were initially less expensive than those encased in precious metals, however, the rarity of each piece has added significant value over the years.

    The present 1513 by Patek Philippe encased in stainless steel is very rare amongst collectors, with only 7 known to date. It is fitted with a silvered dial with Arabic and baton hour markers, and a subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock for constant seconds. The lugs are thin with a beautiful curvature, making this piece extremely elegant on one's wrist.

    The present example is extremely rare and in well-preserved overall condition.

  • 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. 1513
A fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with silvered matte dial, subsidiary seconds and applied steel Arabic numerals

1951
35mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for CHF15,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm