Patek Philippe 2526 Vintage Calatrava Automatic Enamel Dial 1st Series UNPOLISHED 18K Yellow (27995)

27995 Patek Philippe Calatrava 2526 Automatic "First Series", this 2526 is truly one of the finest well preserved 2526s we have had, yellow gold the case and bracelet both have evidently been sitting in the safe for a long time and the yellow gold case has tarnished to a very warm and charming rose color, the watch could be mistaken for rose gold, the 2526 is the first self-winding watch made by Patek Philippe with its iconic and over designed 12-600AT caliber, the yellow gold brick bracelet is long and watch length is 6.5-7 inches, the bracelet is stamped Patek Philippe 3 / 1954, the first series white porcelain-enamel dial which is in outstanding original condition, and free of any cracks or blemishes, the first series dials are noted by their sunken markers and "dimples" present around the 18K yellow gold applied markers, dauphine Calatrava gold hands, subsidary seconds dial, acrylic crystal appears to be original, case back is in excellent condition and does not appear to have been polished, hallmarks behind the lugs are bold and clear, Outstanding Collector Condition for an iconic and important Patek Philippe reference. To find this watch in unpolished condition is truly remarkable, comes with Patek Philippe box and Patek Philippe archive certificate; dated 12/1954.

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This is a vintage 1954 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 12-600AT 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.

This Patek Philippe 2526 was the company'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.