Patek Philippe 2526R Vintage Calatrava 2526R 'First Series' ROSE GOLD Enamel Dial (27321)

27321 Patek Philippe Calatrava 2526 Rose Gold Automatic, 2526R, first self-winding watch made by Patek Philippe and very rare example in rose gold, the rose gold case is in excellent condition and has been lightly polished in the past, the hallmark at the 12 o clock position is still clear and this case is still thick, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 12-600AT, 30 jewels, two-body case, sub seconds at 6 o clock, first series dial is excellent original condition and is free of any cracks, rose gold applied indexes with rose gold Calatrava hands, iconic double PP crown, acrylic crystal, size 35.5mm, thickness, 12.5mm, Excellent Condition with Patek Philippe Archive Papers confirming date of sale in September 1955.

$66,700

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This is an 18K rose gold Patek Philippe 2526, made in 1955. It has a water resistant, screw-down back, and a two-piece polished body, with an off-white porcelain enamel face with applied rose 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 watch 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 is 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.