PATEK PHILIPPE CALATRAVA REFERENCE 2526 ROSE GOLD LUMINOUS DIAL
Introduced in 1953, the Patek Philippe reference 2526 marked the brand’s first venture into automatic watches, available in white, yellow, pink gold, and platinum. The movement driving this timepiece is the renowned 12-600AT, hailed as one of the finest automatic calibers in the history of watchmaking. The reference 2526 was offered with a variety of dial options, including black, metal, diamond, and the distinctive ‘Do Unto Other,’ but the most prevalent variation showcased a white enamel dial, as exemplified by this particular model. Crafted by Stern Frères, these dials are widely regarded as some of the most coveted time-only watch dials ever manufactured. Notably delicate, the enamel dials are prone to cracking from shock, making the survival of the 500 to 600 examples produced between 1953 and 1960 quite rare. Reference 2526 holds a significant place in the realm of vintage Patek Philippe watches. Regarded as the ultimate treasure among Patek enthusiasts, it is an essential and irreplaceable component of any comprehensive Patek vintage collection.
This Patek Philippe reference 2526 stands out as a noteworthy example of this iconic Patek Philippe model. Already rare on its own, this particular specimen possesses a distinctive and uncommon feature found in only about 15 examples: the presence of luminous material on both the hands and indexes. This characteristic significantly elevates the rarity and collectability of the watch. In terms of overall condition, it remains in very good shape. The case appears untouched, retaining its original form with some expected signs of wear and use, which is normal for a watch of this age. The dial still holds the luminous material on the hands and indexes, displaying only one light hairlines on the enamel surface between 6 and 7. The caliber operates flawlessly. Although the watch was originally sold with a leather strap, as confirmed by the extract, it now comes also with an 18kt rose gold bracelet featuring the Patek symbol on the clasp. This is likely an addition made by the owner over the years.
Accompanied by an Extract from the archives, this 2526 come with the confirmation of date of sale in 1957.
Serial Number 695,XXX, Diameter 35mm.