Patek Philippe 2526J 1st Series Automatic Calatrava Watch Circa 1954
This Patek Philippe 2526J watch is considered to be the ultimate Vintage Patek Calatrava watch. It has an Porcelain enamel dial, screw down back, water resistant case and 12"'-600 caliber movement. It comes with an new Patek Alligator strap, and original Patek Philippe 18 Karat yellow gold buckle, PP crown.
Date & Paperwork:
The watch was made in 1954, 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.
The 2526 is a paragon of mid-20th century design aesthetic. The brand’s first self-winding wristwatch, it is a legend in the horological world for both its innovative caliber 12-600AT and classic masculine design with sensual enamel dial. Introduced in 1953, it has a timeless quality that is as contemporary today as it was 66 years ago. The 35.5mm diameter Baumgartner-fabricated case was oversized for the era, but due to its thicker proportions, perfectly suits contemporary tastes when many enthusiasts consider a 40mm diameter watch the standard. The automatic, in-house caliber, produced from 1953 until approximately 1960, is a work of art with the handcrafted 18k gold guilloché bi-directional rotor crested with the PP signature. It is considered by many to be amongst the finest automatic movements ever made, featuring highest grade finishing, and efficient bi-directional winding system allowing for the watch to achieve full power reserve in a relatively short period of time. Over the caliber 12-600’s seven year production period, 7100 movements were made and were featured not only in the reference 2526.
Reference Number: 2526J
Year Manufactured: 1954
Case Diameter: 35.5mm