Patek Philippe 2526R Calatrava 2526 'First Series' Rose Gold Freccero Signed / Bracelet (29713)

29713 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, the rose gold Patek Philippe bracelet is quite unique and rarely seen, the entire watch will fit up to a 6.5-7in wrist, the hallmark at the 4 o clock position is clear and this case is thick and defined, automatic Patek Philippe caliber 12-600AT, 30 jewels, two-body case, sub seconds at 6 o clock, first series dial is in remarkable original condition and is free of any cracks or hairline scratches, rose gold applied indexes with rose gold Calatrava hands, the dial is signed by the Uruguay dealer Freccero making this example even more rare, the Patek Philippe signature is in gilt print as well as the Freccero signature, iconic double PP crown, acrylic crystal, size 35.5mm, thickness, 12.5mm, Excellent Condition for an important Patek Philippe 2526 reference in rose gold, accompanied by original coffin style box signed by the Motevideo watch dealer Freccero, an additional black Patek Philippe suede strap and rose gold tang buckle, and Patek Philippe Archive Papers confirming date of sale in September 1955.


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More about Patek Philippe 2526R Calatrava 2526 'First Series' Rose Gold Freccero Signed / Bracelet

The 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 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.