Patek Philippe - 1526
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Patek Philippe. A Fine and Rare 18k Gold Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with Moon Phases
Patek Philippe. A Fine and Rare 18k Gold Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with Moon Phases.Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 1526, Movement No. 963'259, Case No. 657'223, Manufactured in 1949.Cal. 12'''120 mechanical lever movement, 18 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, silvered matte dial, applied gold dot and Arabic numerals, day and month apertures, subsidiary date dial, constant seconds combined with moon phases, circular case, snap on case back, 18k gold Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed.34mm diam..Special Notice.Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country..View Lot Notes >.Lot Notes.Accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1949 and its subsequent sale on October 17th of the following year. Further accompanied by a Patek Philippe presentation box, Patek Philippe pouch and outer packaging..Reference 1526 was produced from 1940 to 1952, and is known as one of the most elegant complicated models produced by Patek Philippe. Its scarce production also makes it one of the rarest - it is estimated that a little over 200 examples were made. The majority were cased in yellow gold, with a small amount being cased in pink gold. A single unique piece was cased in stainless steel, and can now be seen at Patek Philippe's prestigious watch museum in Geneva..Reference 1526 cases were made by Emile Vichet, who also made cases for the references 1518 and 130. The earliest dials featured a subsidiary dial with the date on the inner ring and the seconds on the outside, as a double railway, or chemin de fer. After 1943, the date ring was moved to the outside and the seconds on the inside. Towards the end of production in the late 1940's, the subsidiary dial only had a railway around the date, and the subsidiary seconds were indexed around the moon phase or the bottom half of the moon phase..Reference 1526 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, first edition, page 215.