Patek Philippe - Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS Hong Kong Sunday, May 26, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1980
    Reference No: 2499/100
    Movement No: 869’399
    Case No: 2’779’160
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13’’Q, 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold-plated buckle
    Dimensions: 37.5 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by a Patek Philippe fitted presentation box, hang tag and product literature. Further delivered with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1980 and its subsequent sale on June 30, 1980
    Literature: Reference 2499 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, pp. 302 & 304, and in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, pp. 306-307.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Few manufacturers in the world carry the gravitas of their name like Patek Philippe. The brand’s commitment to excellence in Haute Horlogerie is unwavering, and their track record of innovation in design is matchless. For decades, the ref. 2499 has stood on the nucleus of Patek Philippe collecting circles, and its popularity and following are unquestionably justified.

    Successor to the legendary Patek Philippe ref. 1518 — the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar wristwatch with chronograph function, the ref. 2499 was launched in 1950 and has since been in public consensus to be one of the most beautiful, impeccable and elegant wristwatches of all time. It is undisputedly a masterpiece of horology.

    Due to the extremely complex technical prowess required, only a total of 349 examples were created during its production, in which about 110 pieces were cased in yellow gold. The present watch belongs to the 4th series of this legendary model, featuring round chronograph buttons, applied baton numerals, outer seconds divisions and sapphire crystal. With the 4th series, Patek Philippe added /100 to the reference number which consequently became ref 2499/100.

    Made in 1980, this watch is kept in an awe-inspiringly amazing condition. This bedazzling example has a beautiful case, fitted with an achingly gorgeous dial and a flawless movement. Most noticeably, the signature stepped lugs of the dial remain to be very well-defined and powerful. Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming the dial configuration and production, this reference 2499 is a potent mix of historical relevance, horological mastery and artistic craftsmanship, and now-or-never opportunity to own Patek Philippe’s most iconic model.

  • 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. 2499/100
An exceedingly rare, highly attractive and important yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moonphases, hang tag and presentation box

37.5 mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$3,200,000 - 6,200,000 

Sold for HK$5,070,000

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Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019