Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952

Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952

Regular price $125,000

Introduction:
This 1579J Patek Philippe Chronograph watch is made in 18K yellow gold with a 36 mm case with "spider" lugs. The watch is powered with a 13" line caliber manual movement #868272/ #668586. This watch is one of a few unpolished examples and has its original factory dial. The case is well preserved with strong hallmarks. Further the watch has a new Patek Philippe and its original vintage Patek buckle.

Date & Paperwork: 
The watch was made in 1952, confirmed with an extract from the archives confirming its date of manufacture and further sale. Additionally, the watch comes with a one year movement guarantee.

Essay: 
Collectors of vintage Patek Philippe chronographs are most familiar with the firm’s landmark references: 130, 533, 591, 1463, 530 and 1579. The latter takes a somewhat unique position in this family, as it is the only model featuring fanciful lugs in the shape of briolette diamonds. Thanks to these unusual faceted lugs, the reference 1579 is also referred to as the “spider” lug chronograph, and features one of the most impressive case designs from the mid-20th century. Released in 1943 at Basel and in production until 1964, the 36mm diameter Wenger case with faceted downturned lugs and rectangular chronograph buttons has an unconventional look that remains sophisticated with an elegant appeal. The Valjoux ébauche was finished to the highest standards at Patek Philippe’s workshop and today it is known as the caliber 13''', one of the finest manual chronograph movements of its era. The dial is stunning, with its raised hard enamel printing , and while the timepiece was manufactured in 1952, with the short brand signature, as one would expect for the period. The reference was made with two different series of Stern Frères-fabricated dials: • 1st series from 1943 to 1949: Arabic and baton numerals, baton or feuille hands • 2nd series from 1950 to 1964: Arabic and square numerals, feuille hands More:. At first glance, one cannot help but marvel at the extraordinary condition of the case. It is, in our opinion, among the few examples to have remained in unpolished condition today. The present watch displays very crisp and sharp facets on the lugs. The model responds particularly badly to polishing, as even the lightest intervention dulls its sharp angles. The present example displays an incredibly sharp hallmark to the case band and beneath the lug.

Specifications: 
Reference Number: 1579J
Year: 1952
Case Diameter: 35mm
Dial Color: Silver
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952
Patek Philippe 1579J Chronograph Watch Circa 1952