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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1957
    Reference No: 2551
    Movement No: 764'795
    Case No: 698'133
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 12-600 AT, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Patek Philippe buckle stamped PPC
    Dimensions: 35.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1957 and its subsequent sale on 23 August 1958. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe pouch and fitted presentation box.
    Provenance: Property from an Important Asian Collector
    Literature: For a gold reference 2551, please see Patek Philippe Museum, Patek Philippe watches Volume II, page 245.

  • Provenance

    Property from an Important Asian Collector

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 2551 was first introduced in 1949 and was fitted with a self winding caliber, screwed case back, and a diameter of 35.5 mm. The case has a very distinctive step which continues down the lugs. Examples in white gold are very rarely seen and considered true collectors watches. It is believed that less than a dozen are known today.

    The present lot with gold stamps on the outside of the lugs has been kept in very good overall condition, and the dial with applied faceted numerals equally so.

  • 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. 2551
A very rare and fine white gold wristwatch

1957
35.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$300,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am