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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1956
    Reference No: 2526
    Movement No: 762’780
    Case No: 694’778
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 12-600, 30 Jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 35 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1956 with enamel dial and lapped gold indexes and its subsequent sale on January 9, 1957

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s first automatic wristwatch, the iconic reference 2526 first emerged in the market in 1953. Launched alongside the celebrated caliber 12-600 AT, Patek Philippe’s first automatic movement, it is still, to this day and age, considered to be the most magnificent self-winding movement crafted by any manufacturer. Aesthetically, its elegant clean-lined case, delicate curves, and perfect proportions make it one of the most iconic time-only wristwatches for collectors. Its graceful and simplistic case design also inspired many other future models.

    This watch has been lightly polished during service but remains well preserved by the owner, and remains in great overall condition free of any cracks. This timepiece is of incredible value for discerning collectors.

  • 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. 2526
A rare and very fine yellow gold wristwatch with enamel dial

1956
35 mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 400,000 
€22,100-44,200
$25,600-51,300

Sold for HK$225,000

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: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018