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Patek Philippe Calatrava
First Series, Circa 1954
Ref# 2526J

This 1955 Vintage First Series 18K Yellow Gold Patek Philippe Ref 2526J Is Accompanied with Extract From The Archive and a Period Patek Philippe Box. This example 2526J is an excellent condition for its age. The case hallmarks are very crisp and legible. The original enamel dial is free of any hairlines and in excellent condition.

The 2526J has a water resistant, screw-down back, and a two-piece polished body, with an off-white porcelain enamel dial with applied yellow 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.
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Patek Philippe
Calatrava
1954
2526J
Manual
12-600
Tang Buckle
Yellow Gold
Alligator
Yellow Gold
36 mm
White
Excellent
Stick Markers
Extract from the Archives and Box
1 Year Warranty