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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1951
    Reference No: 2441
    Movement No: 973'769
    Case No: 663'514
    Model Name: 'Eiffel Tower'
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 9'''90, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 29 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with gold numerals in 1951 and its subsequent sale on 6 March 1952.
    Literature: For another example of a reference 2441, please see Patek Philippe Museum Patek Philippe Watches, volume II, page 220.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 2441 was launched in 1948 and remained in production for about 7 years. Research shows that approximately 200 pieces of this reference were produced, the majority in yellow gold.

    Often referred, amongst collectors, as the Eiffel Tower due to the resemblance of the case to the first level of the famous Parisian symbol.

    The very specific architectural design of this reference, the rectangular case but with slopes and curves, was the inspiration for Patek Philippe’s designers who later created the “Pagoda”, launched in 1997 in celebration of the inauguration of the brand's new watchmaking centre in Geneva.

    Both references are celebrating this Art Deco design cue with squared terminating lugs and a large vaulted crystal surmounting the bridge that accompanies the dial from one side to the other.

  • 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. 2441
A fine and rare yellow gold rectangular wristwatch

29 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$120,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$137,500

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