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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1955
    Reference No: 2481
    Movement No: 704'819
    Case No: 689'369
    Material: 18k pink gold, enamel and rubies
    Calibre: Mechanical, 27 SC
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe Henri Stern buckle
    Dimensions: 37 mm. diameter
    Signed: Movement and case signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the present watch is set with ruby-set numerals and painted portrait of King Saud bin Abdul Aziz in 1955 and its subsequent sale on 3 May 1956. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe fitted presentation box.
    Literature: For another example of the present wristwatch, please see Patek Philippe Museum Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, page 365.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 2481 is immediately recognizable with its large case diameter of 37 mm. and very prominent fluted lugs. Due to the large size of the case, Patek often use it for their enamel wristwatches. The present wristwatch is part of a limited number of approximately 150 pieces that were made in tribute to the King of Saudi Arabia.

  • 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. 2481
A fine and rare pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and ruby-set tinted enamel dial depicting the King Saud bin Abdul Aziz

37 mm. diameter
Movement and case signed

HK$240,000 - 480,000 

Sold for HK$437,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR

Hong Kong Auction 30 May 2017