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Patek Philippe Ref. 2526 Platinum, Enamel Dial

02.01.16

Patek Philippe’s first automatic wristwatch, the legendary reference 2526 was introduced to the market in 1953. Launched with the celebrated caliber 12-600 AT, Patek Philippe’s first automatic movement, it is by many considered to be the most beautiful self- winding movement made by any manufacturer.

Produced predominantly in yellow gold, with a small series made in pink gold, and an even smaller series in white gold, reference 2526 examples cased in platinum are exceedingly rare, and remain the most difficult amongst collectors to acquire. When cased in platinum, they’re more commonly seen with a silvered dial and diamond indexes.

If Patek Philippe’s reference 2526 in platinum isn’t rare enough, when fitted with an enamel dial and white gold baton hour markers the watch becomes exceedingly rare. With only five known, this particular example stands out from the group, as the extract clearly specifies it was born with an enamel dial, which is the ultimate treasure for collectors.

This watch has been well preserved by the owner, and remains in excellent overall condition with strong definition to the case and lugs. Accompanied by the Extract from the Archives, this watch is excellent value for the discerning collector.

Lot 185 achieved 227,000 CHF at the Geneva Watch Auction: TWO.

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