Patek Philippe 2526 Vintage Calatrava Automatic Enamel 18K Yellow Gold / Bracelet (27607)

27607 Patek Philippe Calatrava 2526 Automatic, first self-winding watch made by Patek Philippe, 18K yellow gold case with 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe brick bracelet, (strap and Patek buckle available upon request), the case is in excellent condition with the lugs being full and thick, the entire watch length is 7.5 inches, iconc Patek Philippe caliber 12-600AT movement, 30 jewels, two-body case, screw down caseback, rhodium-plated movement, white porcelain-enamel dial which is in outstanding original condition, 18K yellow gold applied markers, dauphine calatrava gold hands, subsidary seconds dial, acrylic crystal, Excellent Condition with Patek Philippe box and Archive Papers confirming the date of sale on April 1957 and the yellow gold bracelet.

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This is a vintage 1955 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe 2526. It has a water resistant, screw-down back, and a two-piece polished body, with an off-white porcelain enamel face with applied yellow gold faceted baton indexes and dauphine hands. There is an auxiliary seconds sub-dial at 6 o'clock. It's only 11mm thick, stamped with the Seal of Geneva, with the movement, case, and dial signed. The Caliber 12-600 movement has 30 jewels, a rhodium plated straight-line lever escapement, with a Gyromax balance adjusted for cold, heat, isochronism and five positions. There is a shock absorber, an 18K gold rotor, bi-directional winding, a self-compensating Breguet free-sprung balance spring, and a swan-neck micrometer regulator. The movement, case, and dial are signed. There is also the double "P" logo on the crown, replacing the famous Patek Calatrava crest.

This Patek Philippe 2526 was only produced in 580 pieces, most commonly made in yellow gold, with a small series in pink gold, and only a few examples in white gold or platinum. In the 1950's most watches had metallic faces, and the fine porcelain dial that looked like ivory on this watch made it invitingly warm.

The Patek Philippe 2526 was Patek Philippe's first self-winding wristwatch. Initially introduced in 1952, it ushered in the era of the automatic. it's considered to be the finest time-only (no complications) wristwatch of that period. As a gentleman's watch it was wildly popular for years until it was discontinued in 1960, remaining timeless and the direct inspiration for many newer Patek models. This is the first and still one of the very finest automatic wristwatches ever made, and a mid-20th century hallmark.