A rare and very fine yellow gold rectangular-shaped wristwatch with fancy scrolled lugs

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1951
    Reference No: 2471
    Movement No: 741'152
    Case No: 666'990
    Model Name: "Ricciolino"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9”90, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 33mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and, movement signed.
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1951 and its subsequent sale on August 8th, 1952.
    Literature: For another example of the reference 2471 see Patek Philippe Museum, Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, p. 219.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The 1930s, 40s, and 50s were a productive artistic period for Patek Philippe with rectangular and square-shaped timepieces being de rigueur, and the brand released numerous creative gentlemen’s watches. Their reference 2471 is a sensational example of the innovative case designs produced by the firm during the 20th century. The large rectangular-shaped case is enhanced with flared, triple scroll lugs at the ends, which are dramatic and distinctive, nicknamed the “Ricciolino” or “little ram’s head” by collectors. The case is by Markowski, who was one of the finest case makers in Geneva and known for his expertise with unusual case designs, including other references like the "Eiffel Tower", reference 2441 and "Banana", reference 2442.

    Released in 1950 and produced for only a short three year period, the reference is one of the rarest and largest rectangular wristwatches produced by Patek Philippe at the time. Produced in both yellow and pink gold, this example is well-preserved and is only the 8th known yellow gold example to be offered at auction. Nearly seven decades since its production, this watch feels and looks impressive on the wrist with a bold and artistic appeal that will draw passionate watch collectors to it. The watch has the exuberance of post-World War II society and it is a watch that hits the mark for fantastic design.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 2471
A rare and very fine yellow gold rectangular-shaped wristwatch with fancy scrolled lugs

1951
33mm Diameter
Case, dial and, movement signed.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 
CHF19,900-29,900
€17,400-26,100
HK$157,000-235,000

sold for $25,000

Contact Specialist
Paul Boutros
Head of Watches, Americas
+1 212 940 1293
pboutros@phillips.com

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