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Lot 2885 - A209 Wristwatches & Pocketwatches - Monday, 17. June 2024, 02.00 PM

Patek Philippe, extremely rare and very attractive perpetual calendar with chronograph, Ref. 1518, manufactured in 1950.

Yellow gold 750.
D 35 mm.

Reference No.: 1518
Case No.: 668371, three-part case with pressed back
Dial: Silver-plated dial with applied numerals, perpetual calendar with moon phase, signed Patek Philippe Genève
Movement: Highly refined manual-winding chronograph movement No. 868010 with minute counter, perpetual calendar and small seconds. 13-line movement with compensation balance, Breguet balance spring and swan neck regulator, 23 rubies"
Band: Leather band with Patek Philippe gold tang buckle
Accessories: Extract from the archives of Patek Philippe confirming the manufacture of the watch in 1950 and its sale on October 7, 1952

The reference 1518 from Patek Philippe, the first wristwatch with a perpetual calendar to be manufactured in series by a watch company, was launched in 1941 and only 281 examples were manufactured until 1954.

The 1518 was a design premiere which, with its basic layout - a calendar window at 12, two sub-dials at 9 and 3 and a moon phase at 6 - formed the template for all its "descendants". The rectangular pushers, the attractive aesthetics of the 1950s and the beautiful dial with tachymeter scale make this watch the first choice for discerning collectors today.

As the first perpetual chronograph made by a watch manufacturer, the Reference 1518 quickly attracted the attention of royalty and privileged individuals, including King Farouk of Egypt, the King of Jordan and Henry Graves Jr, arguably the greatest watch collector of the 20th century. Today, the Reference 1518 is a coveted timepiece that many Patek Philippe connoisseurs consider the crown jewel of their collection.

A beautiful watch: Patek Philippe ref. 1518


Watch expert Alexander Kostmann presents the Patek Philippe reference 1518 from circa 1950 in our 17 June auction and explains why it is considered a crown jewel for watch collectors.

CHF 180 000 / 360 000 | (€ 185 570 / 371 130)

Sold for CHF 500 000 (including buyer’s premium)
All information is subject to change.