Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1952
    Reference No: 2508
    Movement No: 702’044
    Case No: 673’697
    Model Name: Calatrava
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 27 SC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Gay Frères bracelet, max length 175mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Gay Frères clasp
    Dimensions: 35mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1952, with applied gold hours markers and its subsequent sale on April 28th, 1953

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1951, reference 2508 was Patek Philippe’s first time-only model to have a waterproof Calatrava case. Boasting a 35mm case, the watch was intended for a more intensive and professional use than the usual Patek Philippe dress watch, featuring a screw-down case back, enabling the watch to be water-resistant - a feature found in a small minority of the vintage Patek Philippe production. Reference 2508 most notably features center seconds thanks to calibre 27SC (SC for Secondes au Centre), unarguably one of the most appreciated vintages manually-wound centre seconds calibers made by any manufacturer.

    The present example is fresh-to-the-market and was treated with utmost care throughout its entire life, with the case and dial still in their original splendour. Fitted with a rare and desirable Gay Frères yellow gold bracelet is an additional layer of appeal for this beautifully preserved example that will please connoisseurs of fine timepieces.

  • 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. 2508
An attractive and rare yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds and Gay Frères bracelet

35mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$95,000 - 190,000 

Sold for HK$756,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)