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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1955
    Reference No: 2555
    Movement No: 704’767
    Case No: 307’678
    Model Name: Calatrava
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 27 SC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 31mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Delivered with a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming its date of manufacture of the present timepiece in 1955 and its subsequent date of sale on 28th May 1956.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Patek Philippe ref. 2555 is one that is scarcely seen in the market. Initially released in 1954, the monobloc case features a screwed-down water resistant caseback made by Master casemaker Antoine Gerlach (identifiable via key no. 4), which is perhaps the most interesting trait for this particular reference. A descendent of the coveted Calatrava ref. 96, the thick and flat coin bezel is certainly a familiar feature. Taking a closer look at the dial, one may notice that the texturized applied yellow gold indexes are a prominent feature further paired with distinctive dauphine hands increasing its legibility. Delivered with a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present timepiece in 1955, this is a great opportunity for lovers of vintage Calatravas to acquire an early water resistant reference. According to research, there are 39 known examples of this reference, the present example is the 8th to appear in the market.

  • 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. 2555
A very fine, well-preserved yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds

1955
31mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$140,000 - 240,000 
€14,800-25,400
$17,900-30,800

Sold for HK$176,400

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021