Patek Philippe – Simply the Finest Watche Money Can Buy
Some significant moments in watchmaking since 1839 …
In 1839 Antoine Patek began producing about 200 high-quality pocket watches per year.
In 1845 Patek & Co. Partnership founded in Geneva with Jean Adrien Philippe, technical director.
In 1846, Tiffany & Co. New York – Tiffany appoints Patek Philippe as its principal supplier of pocket watches.
In 1857, Universal Exposition in London – Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought a timepiece from them and as a result, the company rapidly consolidated its reputation, shooting to international fame.
In 1867 the company produced the world’s first wristwatch.
In 1927 the company produced the world’s first perpetual calendar wristwatch.
In 1941 the company produced the world’s first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch.
In 1962 the company produced the world’s first automatic, perpetual calendar wristwatch.
It is said that fewer than 1 million Patek Philippe watches have been made since 1839. That’s fewer than some very high-end Swiss manufacturers (Rolex for example) produce in one year. The company limits itself to producing less than 50,000 watches per year, even though it is estimated by watch market analysts that the company could sell ten times this figure. Patek production is so detailed that it takes nine months to make its most basic watches, and more than two years to produce some of the more complicated timepieces.
We associate Patek Philippe with the best, but more particularly, understated elegance, craftsmanship, heritage, design, perfection and confidence.
A beautifully restored 1968 Patek Philippe, model reference 2592, with wonderful flying lugs which present the watch beautifully and significantly increases the presence of the watch on the wrist. It is a beautifully elegant watch, which is in immaculate condition and one which is also equipped with one of Patek Philippe’s most successful and time honoured movements, the Patek Cal. 23-300 which remained in continuous production between 1956 and 1975.
As this watch was produced in 1968, it will make a perfect 50th birthday or anniversary present!
Although this watch is 50 years old, the design here is so clean, simple and minimalist it could easily be mistaken for a current day watch. White, with gold hands and gilt indices, doubled at 12, and the Patek Philippe signature. That’s it. So simple yet so pleasing. No more, no less, but so well balanced, beautifully proportioned and simply executed to perfection. In harmony with its watch case, the dial speaks ever so gently, “pure class, simple elegance and quality”.
This is the original dial which has been restored to the highest standards by the best dial restorers in the UK.
The Watch Case
The 18ct yellow gold watch case measures 33mm in diameter, excluding the original Patek Philippe signed crown. However, a particular feature of this watch is the beautiful flying lugs which extend the overall length of the case to 41mm and so significantly add to the presence of the watch on the wrist. The watch is 8mm in depth, making this a slimline watch thanks to its movement which is only 3mm deep.
The case is totally immaculate with no scratches, dings or other signs of damage visible to the naked eye.
Inside the case-back is signed Patek Philippe & Co, Geneve and Swiss. It also carries Swiss Geneva 18ct Hallmarks, along with the Patek model reference 2592 and the case serial number 2621753.
The Patek Philippe Cal. 23-300 18 jewels hand-wound movement was a cornerstone of Patek Phillipe production, being fitted to the classic Calatrava, and similar smaller watches for almost 20 years until 1975. It is unusual in that it is equipped with both an overcoil hairspring and a free-spring Gyromax balance, both significant refinements and rarely found in the same movement. The movement has an antimagnetic, straight-line lever escapement Gyromax balance, adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and five positions, with Kif shock protection.
The movement is simply beautiful. The Geneva wave finishing on the bridge and plates was all applied by hand over 60 years ago and looks bright and new today. The movement is as would be expected, totally immaculate, indicating the watch has been properly cared for and regularly serviced.
The movement has been fully overhauled and serviced by a Master Watchmaker. This means dismantling the watch to all its component parts, careful inspection under high magnification, replacement where necessary with only genuine parts, then careful reassembly and adjustment before final calibration in 5 positions. This watch winds, sets and runs accurately and reliably. At final test and calibration, this watch was running within +4 seconds per day, averaged over 5 positions. Please bear in mind this is outstanding for any watch of this age. We are therefore highly confident in offering 12 months’ warranty with this watch movement*.
The movement is all correctly signed Patek Philippe & Co, Geneve and Swiss, with the Calibre number 23-300 and movement serial number 788,421 which dates this watch to 1968.
*Please note our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.
The Strap and Buckle
The watch is fitted with a high quality Black Leather strap and gold plated buckle. Please note if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know, and we will do our best to oblige free of charge.
The Box and Papers
Although there is no original paperwork with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating the watch to 1968.
We provide our own comprehensive set of four documents with each watch we sell. This includes a separate detailed particulars document which fully describes the watch and includes photographs; a detailed purchase receipt which includes all vital information regarding the watch including details of our 12 months warranty, our Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee** and details of the 14 day approval period; our own Certificate of Authenticity and finally an Insurance Valuation for the replacement value of the watch which includes further photographs. **Our ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.
The watch comes complete with a high quality hardwood presentation box, as shown.
A rare and highly sought after Patek Philippe dress watch, from horology’s most revered name, which is truly something of beauty, to wear, use, treasure and enjoy!
This watch will also make an excellent investment and family heirloom piece. Even though Patek prices have risen dramatically in the recent years, we feel fine examples such as this remain undervalued. As each year goes by and the world market for vintage watches expands, availability becomes more limited and so prices are surely destined to climb ever higher!
A word about our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before restoring them to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post sales care and service. This approach inevitably means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are a number of well known stores in West London which are very successful, charging between two to three times the price you see here. We therefore consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.
We are happy to accept PayPal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you would wish to pay by bank transfer, we will be pleased to pass on a 3% transaction saving to you. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or International Bank Wire Transfer, we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
Please note we welcome part exchanges and offers of watches for sale.
We will be happy to Service your watch, Repair your watch or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.
If you have any questions, please call our landline 020 7727 7095 or mobile 07515 949 250 or if calling from overseas our landline number is +44 207 727 7095 or mobile +44 7515 949 250.
We are ready to help, always available and we await your call.
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