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Patek Philippe 2526 (11568)

Patek Philippe 2526 (11568)

Patek Philippe 2526, Reference 2526, 18K Gold (Comes on Both a Patek Philippe 18K Yellow Gold Bracelet and Alligator Strap), Rare, Manufactured 1957, First Self-Winding Watch Made by Patek Philippe, Two-body, Solid, Polished, Screw Down Case Back, Concave Lugs, Rhodium-Plated, Fausses Cotes Decoration, White Porcelain Enamel Dial with 18K Gold Applied Markers and Hands, Subsidary Seconds Dial, M. Cal. 12-600, 30 jewels, Excellent Condition with Archive Certificate from Patek Philippe. (11568)

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This is a rare, 1956 Patek Philippe masterpiece, and a hallmark in the middle of the 20th century. This is Patek Philippe's first self-winding wristwatch (Reference 2526). Introduced in 1952, it ushered in the era of the automatic and 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 18K yellow gold case is incredibly durable at only 7mm, with a water resistant, screw-down back. It has a two-piece polished body, and 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. 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. 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. It was only produced in 580 pieces with many made in yellow gold, a small series in pink gold, and only a few examples in white gold or platinum. The movement, case, and dial are signed. There is also the double "P" logo on the crown, replacing the famous Patek Calatrava crest. This is the first and still one of the very finest automatic wristwatches ever made.

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I have been dealing with European Watch Company for over ten years, and have purchased several wrist watches, including IWC, Patek Philippe, Rolex, and Jaeger-LeCoultre. They were not only fairly priced but arrived in like-new condition, fully warranted by European Watch Company. This company has an attentive, knowledgeable staff, a large inventory, and is a genuine pleasure to deal with.

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Winnipeg, Canada

After a lengthy search I located the Patek Philippe I desired at EWC, but the decision to make a high dollar purchase over the internet was a difficult one. Through numerous emails with Justin and looking at reviews of EWC I made the decision to proceed and I am now ECSTATIC. The watch is exactly as described and pictured. It was perfectly packaged and shipped FedEx overnight. My watch collection now includes the watch I have been seeking for over a year.In summary, you can deal with the EWC staff with confidence. They are professional, honest and you will receive a quality watch which will put a smile on your face.

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San Francisco

Dear EWC, I have just completed my very first purchase with your company: a mint Lange Datograph. Robert was extremely help throughout the process with the item delivered nicely packed to my Hong Kong address within days. The condition of the watch was absolutely mint as described and has exceeded my expectations, even under a loupe! I will be a return customer in no time. Well done!

James C.

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