A fine and rare platinum and diamond-set square wristwatch

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1958
    Reference No: 2496
    Movement No: 748'599
    Case No: 516'193
    Material: Platinum and diamonds
    Calibre: Mechanical, 10-200, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 26 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch is set with 36 baguette-cut diamonds weighing approximately 2.42 carats in 1958 and its subsequent sale on 26 November 1958.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced to the market in 1951, reference 2496 was made in a variety of case metals and offered is in wide variety of dial designs. The present platinum example is in extremely well preserved condition with crisp platinum mark at the side of the case. There are approximately 25 examples of the present reference in platinum with diamonds known.

  • 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. 2496
A fine and rare platinum and diamond-set square wristwatch

百達翡麗,精細及罕有,鉑金鑲鑽石,正方形腕錶,型號2496,1958年製

1958
26 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$220,000 - 320,000 

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

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